NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A touch of the south is coming to the Bronx.

Garth Brooks replaced his trademark cowboy hat with a Yankees baseball cap Tuesday as he held a news conference in the Bronx.

Brooks’ world tour will stop at Yankee Stadium on July 9.

“They know their country music here, I know it’s kind of odd, but it feels very at home to play here,” Brooks said.

Brooks’ last show in New York City was in 1997, when he played a free concert for 1 million people in Central Park. He said he wanted an impressive venue for his big return to the Big Apple.

“This place changes every second, but what doesn’t change is your guarantee that whatever happens in this town is going to be epic, whatever happens in this town is going to be fantastic,” Brooks said.

The choice was also inspired by Billy Joel, who held a successful concert at the old stadium across the street.

“Billy Joel is a God for me and his music is in everything we do,” Brooks said.

When asked if the “Piano Man” would be his special guest, Brooks didn’t rule it out, saying part of entertainment is the element of surprise, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.

The country megastar plans to play some his fan favorites when he comes to the Big Apple.

“The song in my life that I think I keep learning over and over again every night is ‘The Dance’ because ‘The Dance is just about where your life is at the point where you’re at,” Brooks said.

The Bronx show will be the last stop on Brooks’ 2016 tour.

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