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Brooks announces Dublin gigs

Monday, January 20, 2014 – Garth Brooks is returning to Ireland this summer, he announced Monday in Dublin.

"The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event" will be two shows at Croke Park in Dublin on July 25-26. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m. Brooks played the venue in 1997 and sold out both shows.

"Before we go back on tour in the Fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band, and crew. In '97, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park, the stadium was under construction. 130,000+ of some of the greatest fans in the world. I was quoted then as saying 'When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again...this time to the brink...and we're back to do just that," Brooks said.

Brooks announced in December that he would return to touring in 2014. He has been off the concert trail since 2001. He has performed several selected concerts - mainly fundraisers - since then. He also has had a five-year concert deal since 2009 in Las Vegas.

Brooks released a new boxed set of covers, "Blame It All On My Roots," in November. The disc was his 13th number one on the country charts.

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