Tuesday, July 8, 2014
– Garth Brooks is not going to play Ireland after all. All five sold out shows with more than 400,000 tickets sold were cancelled today by the promoters due to licensing issues.
Aiken Promotions said in a statement, "It is with great regret that Aiken Promotions today announce that the 5 concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park has been cancelled.
No concerts will take place.
The ticket return process will be outlined tomorrow.
Aiken Promotions have exhausted all avenues regarding the staging of this event.
We are very disappointed for the 400,000 fans who purchased tickets for The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event."
Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions flew to the U.S. to meet with Brooks to try and salvage the shows, but to no avail apparently.
Dublin City Council refused to grant a license for two of the five shows. due to issues from the community. The council said, "The cumulative effect on residents and on some businesses would lead to an unacceptable level of disruption to their lives and livelihoods."
On Tuesday night, the Dublin councilors voted to review license conditions for all five shows to proceed.
Brooks had said he would do "All five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another," he said.
"However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will."
Brooks is slated to hold a press conference on Thursday, although the subject was not disclosed. Rumors have circulated that he may be announcing a world tour.