Country music legend Garth Brooks announced earlier this year that he would be playing five shows at Croke Park in Ireland. All shows quickly sold out and racked up a total of 400,000 in ticket sales! The people who live around the area were not too pleased that Garth was playing five shows and due to the rules that Croke Park was only to have 3 shows per year and the mere thought of heavy traffic and problems that may arise due to too many people, the people demanded that Garth only play three shows.
Dublin councillors still attempted to get licenses for all five shows to go ahead, but ultimately could not get the job done.
Garth originally said it would have to be “all five shows or none at all.” And with that, a statement from Aiken Promotions confirmed today that Garth Brooks has decided to pull out of all five shows stating, “To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another.”
Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan says the Garth Brooks debacle is an embarrassment for the country.
Don’t worry though, Ireland. Garth stated “However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will.”
Aiken Promotions says they will outline the ticket return process tomorrow.
Garth Brooks is still set to hold a live press conference on Thursday, July 10th at 12pm ET/11pm CT on his website garthbrooks.com.