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After 19 years, Garth Brooks returns to Fresno. Tickets on sale Aug. 5

For those keeping track, it’s been a year of big concerts in Fresno.

It just got bigger.

Garth Brooks has announced his return to Fresno after almost two decades.

The mega country pop star will be in town Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Save Mart Center with his wife, country singer Trisha Yearwood. Tickets are $74.98 with fees and service charge and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5 online at ticketmaster.com or on the phone at 866-448-7849 or 800-745-3000. Note, tickets will not be available at the box office or Ticketmaster outlets and there will be an eight-ticket limit per purchase.

To put this announcement in some context, Brooks was causing fan frenzy before Justin Bieber was even born.

The singer’s 1992 performance at Selland Arena sold out, with more than 10,000 tickets in a half-hour. The phone company hadn’t seen that kind of usage since the Loma Prieta earthquake, a PacBell spokesman said in a Fresno Bee story at the time.

Some will remember the show as the one where Brooks’ crew left him stranded at Fresno hotel.

When Brooks returned in 1997, he played five sold-out shows at the arena, making a combined $900,018. It was biggest-grossing concert stop at the convention center to date.

Nineteen years later, the singer still has draw.

Brooks played six nights in Sacramento last March and another three nights in San Jose in November. The tour was No. 4 on Pollstar’s Top 100 North American tours, according to the Fresno-based trade publication’s mid-year rankings. It averaged 50,000 tickets and put Brooks in the company of Bieber, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé and Rihanna, who rounded out the top five. Forbes magazine has him ranked as the highest earning artist in country music right now – ahead of guys like Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan.

Live shows aside, Brooks is also the top-selling artist in history, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. His latest album, “Man Against Machine,” was released in 2014.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

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