Garth Brooks rules out doing five Croke Park shows over three days

Dublin City Council had said it would allow two matinees to make up for gigs not granted licence

Thu, Jul 10, 2014, 21:12

“That is not okay for me and I don’t agree that that is the way to treat people.”

He ruled out performing in Ireland until the country’s planning rules were fixed.

“I don’t think you can talk about a future with Ireland until Ireland has a system that works. No offence - 400,000 tickets were sold, five shows were sold. Let those five shows be played, then fix the law,” he said.

Brooks described himself as “shocked” and “dumbfounded” and having been under a “dark cloud” for the last 10 days over the decision of Dublin City Council to permit only three of his five concerts.

“It is a day of joy. I am not going to be lying with everything that has been going on for the last 10 days it is also under a cloud now,” he said.

Dublin City Council tonight said it was satisfied that the event licensing procedure was “applied correctly in this particular case” and that the decision to only allow three concerts was “appropriate and balanced having regard to all the competing interests”.

“However, in response to the disappointment of ticket holders who purchased tickets in good faith for the cancelled Monday and Tuesday concerts and in light of concerns that these ticket holders could turn up on the other days creating security and public safety concerns the council has agreed, following consultation with An Garda Síochána, to consider a revised event management plan.

The cancellation of the Dublin concerts, which were to be the first in a comeback world tour, overshadowed Mr Brooks’s much-anticipated return to the music scene after a prolonged period away from extensive touring and recording.

The country music star spoke affectionately about his love for Ireland and performing in the country in the 1990s.

“I was treated like a king,” he said. “I have never been treated anything less than a kind by Ireland or its people.”

He compared his comeback show to Elvis Presley’s famous Comeback Special, saying that he wanted it to take place somewhere special.

“We figure that the one place on the planet to show the world the special moment we think is coming Ireland is the place,” he said.

He ruled out splitting the five shows up, pointing to the logistical complications of mounting such a large show built specifically for a single venue. He said that it would take 12 days of pre-loading and five days of “heavy-assed loading” after the last game at Croke Park.

“This thing is monstrous - the reason why it is: it must match the quality integrity of the Irish people so that is why we have spent so much time for this and this is why this dark cloud sits over us,” he said.

Brooks said he would announce the opening date and new location of the first show of his world tour on July 14th by contacting a fan who had asked him a question at a recent Las Vegas show.

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