Garth Brooks. What an amazing show business story he is.

In the 1990s, Brooks — the now out-of-retirement superstar who’ll play his first Louisiana shows in 18 years at the Smoothie King Center this weekend — brought country music to the mainstream in a stadium rock and pop way.

A contemporary of Clint Black, Travis Tritt and Alan Jackson, Brooks arrived on the scene in 1989. He quickly blazed the multiplatinum, stadium-filling path that such succeeding stars as Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift followed. Much of his material was no more country than the music of sensitive singer-songwriters and classic-rock acts Foreigner and Rush.

Oklahoma native Brooks moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1987. Initially rejected by every record label in Nashville, Brooks signed with Capitol Records in 1988, one of the labels that previously turned him down. His self-titled album debut appeared in April 1989. Its heart-on-his-sleeve ballad “The Dance” was a breakout, crossover hit.

Brooks’ blockbuster follow-up album, “No Fences,” appeared in 1990. Featuring the hits “Friends in Low Places,” “Unanswered Prayers,” “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House” and “The Thunder Rolls,” the album stayed at the top of the country charts for 23 weeks. By 1993, its sales had passed 10 million copies.

As early as 1990, Brooks’ elaborate stadium shows sold out in minutes. He was country music’s first rock star.

Brooks’ huge sales continued with 1991’s “Ropin’ the Wind” (10 million-plus in two years) and 1992’s “The Chase” (5 million by the end of 1992). Succeeding albums — 1993’s “In Pieces,” 1995’s “Fresh Horses” and 1997’s “Sevens” — all went multiplatinum.

During the late 1990s, the singer grew interested in things other than music. In 1998, he unsuccessfully tried out for the San Diego Padres baseball team. Brooks also sought the leading role in “The Lamb,” a film about a troubled, fictional rock star named Chris Gaines. Although the film never reached production, in 1999, Brooks released the album “In the Life of Chris Gaines.” By Brooks’ mega-successful standards, it was a failure.

The Chris Gaines misstep preceded Brooks’ announcement that his 2000 album, “Scarecrow,” would be his last. He left the spotlight to go home to Oklahoma and raise his children.

Brooks occasionally interrupted his retirement. In 2008, he headlined President Barack Obama’s inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Also that year, Brooks played five concerts in two days for the benefit of fire victims in California and firefighting efforts in the state. In 2010, he played nine sold-out shows in six days to raise money for Tennessee flood victims.

Brooks exited retirement in 2009 via his four-year, solo residency at Steve Wynn’s Encore Theater in Las Vegas. In December 2013, the singer made a surprise announcement on “Good Morning America.”

“You know what,” he told Robin Roberts, “since it’s you and since we’ve had a history forever, let’s announce it. We’re going on a world tour in 2014.” Brooks’ wife, singer Trisha Yearwood, and children were fine with his return to touring, he said.

“So now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music,” he said. “I get to be with the person I want to be with, which is Ms. Yearwood.”

Yearwood is performing with Brooks during his three-year world tour, which began in September with 11 sold-out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago.

Brooks’ four New Orleans concerts this weekend at the Smoothie King Center follow his June 26 and June 27 and July 3 and July 4 performances at Houston’s Toyota Center. Reviews from Houston as well as his June concerts in Birmingham, Alabama, report that Brooks still burns hot in concert.

At 53, The Birmingham News critic opined, Brooks remains a compelling performer whose durable “meat-and-potatoes” voice complements his Average Joe stage persona. The Houston Press reported: “Two hours and 15 minutes after the show began, Brooks had more energy than when he started. The crowd was still giving it right back to him. The place was jacked.” INFORMATION ON

GARTH BROOKS CONCERTS INFO

JULY 10, 7:00 p.m.

The Smoothie King Center encourages fans who attend the Garth Brooks concert to arrive early.

DOORS OPEN: 5:30 p.m.

SHOW TIME: 7:00 p.m.

AVAILABLE ON-SITE PARKING: All Superdome Garages (1, 1A, 2, 2A, 5, 6), Champions Garage, and Lot 3 for $15.00. ADA parking is available in Lot 3.

PARKING FACILITIES OPEN: 3:30 p.m.

DROP-OFF & PICK-UP: Le Rouge Lane

CAMERA POLICY: No professional cameras.

BAG POLICY: No bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” and no backpacks will be allowed. There will be bag checking at all entry gates (Note: Express Entry Gates will be open for patrons with no bags).

JULY 11, 7:00 p.m.

The Smoothie King Center encourages fans planning to a­ttend the Garth Brooks World Tour to arrive early.

DOORS OPEN: 5:30 p.m.

SHOW TIME: 7:00 p.m. Please note there is no opening act, and Garth Brooks is scheduled to take the stage at 7:00 p.m.

AVAILABLE ON-SITE PARKING: Limited to Superdome Garages 1, 1A, 6, Champions Garage, and Lot 3 for $15.00. ADA parking is available in Lot 3. On-site parking may sell out. Additional downtown parking facilities are available within a short walk to the Smoothie King Center.

PARKING FACILITIES OPEN: 3:30 p.m.

DROP-OFF & PICK-UP: Drop-off on Le Rouge Lane. No post event pick-up at this location or anywhere within the perimeter shown on the venue map.

CAMERA POLICY: No professional cameras.

BAG POLICY: No bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” and no backpacks will be allowed. There will be bag checking at all entry gates (Note: Express Entry Gates will be open for patrons with no bags).

EXITING: Patrons will be asked to exit the Smoothie King Center immediately following the conclusion of this show in order to allow for preparations for the second show.

JULY 11, 10:30 p.m.

DOORS OPEN: Doors are expected to open at 10:00 p.m. but may be delayed due to completion time of first show and the nature of back-to-back events.

AVAILABLE ON-SITE PARKING: Parking for this show will be limited to Superdome Garages 2, 2A, 5, Champions Garage, and Lot 3A for $15.00. ADA parking is available in Lot 3A. Onsite parking may sell out. Additional downtown parking facilities are available within a short walk to the Smoothie King Center.

PARKING FACILITIES OPEN: 8:30 p.m.

DROP-OFF & PICK-UP: Le Rouge Lane (patrons being dropped off for second concert should expect delays accessing drop-off location).

CAMERA POLICY: No professional cameras.

BAG POLICY: No bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” and no backpacks will be allowed. There will be bag checking at all entry gates (Note: Express Entry Gates will be open for patrons with no bags).

SPECIAL NOTE: Early arriving fans are urged to visit close by restaurants and bars until the first concert concludes. Fans who choose to remain near the Smoothie King Center will be asked to line up on the east and west sides of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome exterior plaza. Fans will not be allowed to line up or congregate near the entrances to the Smoothie King Center until the audience for the first concert has completely exited the Arena.

JULY 12, 7:30 P.M.

The Smoothie King Center encourages fans planning to a­ttend the Garth Brooks World Tour to arrive early.

DOORS OPEN: 6:00 p.m.

SHOW TIME: 7:30 p.m.

AVAILABLE ON-SITE PARKING: All Superdome Garages (1, 1A, 2, 2A, 5, 6), Champions Garage, and Lot 3 for $15.00. ADA parking is available in Lot 3.

PARKING FACILITIES OPEN: 3:30 p.m.

DROP-OFF & PICK-UP: Le Rouge Lane

CAMERA POLICY: No professional cameras.

BAG POLICY: No bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” and no backpacks will be allowed. There will be bag checking at all entry gates (Note: Express Entry Gates will be open for patrons with no bags).