Garth Brooks: Come see the show elsewhere

The Garth Brooks national meltdown is either over or about to get worse — depending on whether you’d staked a summer of happiness on getting to a Garth gig at Croke Park.

Alas, the bad news for the 400,000 fans - or almost one tenth of the population - to buy the €60 a head tickets - is that the warbler in Wranglers is not going to grace these shores anytime soon.

However he does love us and wants the Irish to come to concerts anywhere around the world where the rules of licensing shows are less stringent than in the Emerald Isle.

“I encourage any and all of them that can come see the show, at some point around the world, to bring your Irish flags and waive them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you.…garth," the country music star said in an emotional statement last night.

After almost a fortnight of too-ing and fro-ing and all kinds of interventions from people who should know better, the concerts are nonetheless a none-runner.

Today, Dublin city manager Owen Keegan will appear before Transport Committee hearing to discuss the council’s role on the licensing of concerts. The pulling of the Gareth gigs comes at a cost to the GAA of close to €4 million.

The concerts were due to run for five nights, beginning on July 25, but Dublin City Council granted licences only for the first three shows.

That prompted Brooks to issue an ultimatum, stating he would only play all five or none at all.

The latter is now the case, a sorry end for Aiken Promotions who said the concerts were the fastest-selling shows they were involved in in more than 50 years.


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