"The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event" won't happen after all. The country superstar issued a statement this week saying he would not be going to Ireland later this month to play any shows. His decision follows the Dublin City Council's refusal to reconsider their ruling to only allow Brooks to stage three of his five scheduled concerts.
Promoter Peter Aiken tells Ireland's RTE TV's "Six One News" it's not a decision that Garth made lightly, and the singer is "devastated" by the outcome. He explains that Brooks tried to work out a compromise, and offered to give matinee performances and play all five shows in three days. Aiken adds that Brooks is losing "millions in this deal," but he's "sticking by his principles."
Brooks' rep tells Ireland's TheJournal.ie that the singer will address the matter in his press conference Thursday. But Ireland is expected to be just one topic of the media event, which was announced Monday.
"The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event" was scheduled for July 25th through the 29th. The five shows - and a total of 400,000 tickets - sold out in record time back in February. The concerts were to serve as Brooks' warm-up for an upcoming but as yet unannounced world tour.
Garth's proposed trek, which he informally announced last December, will be his first in more than a decade.
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