Country superstar Garth Brooks playing in San Antonio for first time in 18 years

Country legend says San Antonio holds special place in his heart

SAN ANTONIO – Country superstar Garth Brooks is back in the Alamo City.

He kicked off his first of four shows Friday night at the AT&T Center after being off the stage for 18 years.

The country legend said San Antonio holds a special place in his heart.

"These are one of the places where you go, 'Ah, I love this place.' One of your favorite places to play, because they let you be you," Brooks said.

His wife, country singer Trisha Yearwood, will also be a part of the shows.

"It feels like with everything going on in the world that there's a couple of hours where you can come in and sing and get along and smile, laugh and cry," Yearwood said. "All of the emotions, so I love to see that every night."

The last time brooks was in San Antonio was in 1998, when he sold out six shows at the Alamodome.

Brooks would later retire to help raise his three daughters and said he was hesitant on returning.

"I never thought about touring, because I never thought that one, they would let us. Two, I didn't think they would show up," Brooks said.

Brooks has won many awards and sold many records but shows no signs of slowing down.

"We have another year left in the North American tour," Brooks said.

Brooks is playing Friday. There are two shows Saturday and one Sunday.