By Joey Guerra
Updated 8:18 pm, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Garth Brooks is finally coming back to RodeoHouston.
The country superstar will open and close the 2018 RodeoHouston season at NRG Stadium, playing Feb. 27 and March 18.
He appeared briefly in person Thursday at the Stars Over Texas Stage just outside the carnival rides.
"I thought we were opening or closing. I didn't know we were doing both until they said that," he said.
"One's gotta outdo the other one somehow. We'll do something different (at each show)."
A big crowd gathered even before a black SUV pulled up to the gates. Brooks sported a ball cap, beard and boots. He took time to answer questions from every reporter and posed for selfies with giddy fans.
Brooks previously played RodeoHouston twice, way back in 1991 and 1993.
"This is where it all started for us," he said. "This was the first place we wore the wireless headsets to get to the people and stayed with it the rest of our career because of this show right here."
Brooks said "raising up babies" and his own successful solo tours kept him from coming back. But when the invitation came again, he couldn't say no.
"We were all freed up. I said, 'I'm not gonna bat an eye at this.' I wanted this so bad," he said.
"They called every year. They've been so sweet about it."
Earlier in the day, Brooks tweeted, "On my way to Austin, via Houston? Hmmmm. I have an announcement to make! love, g #AskMeHowIKnow."