Garth Brooks Cancels All Dublin, Ireland, Comeback Shows

Five of his shows at Dublin’s Croke Park canceled after city denies licenses for two of them.

UPDATE: Garth Brooks Writes Letter to Concert Promoter in Attempt To Save Croke Park Shows

Irish eyes are no longer smiling as Garth’s planned dance in Dublin comes to an end.

Earlier this year, the country music megastar announced he would perform three concerts at Dublin, Ireland’s Croke Park to kick off his hopefully soon-to-be-announced worldwide comeback tour. He then began adding dates as shows sold out in record time, ultimately selling 400,000 tickets for five shows.

But in an announcement this morning (July 8), concert promoter Aiken Promotions says all five concerts were canceled after a bid to cancel just two of the shows was refused by Garth.

According to the Irish Central, despite Garth’s popularity in Ireland, residents around Croke Park stadium began protesting the shows because of noise, vandalism and public nuisance. Concert promoter Peter Aiken flew to Tulsa from Ireland to plead with Garth to proceed with the original three shows. In a statement, the country star said, “For us, it is 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 also said, “However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will.”

Garth isn’t the only disappointed party. The Irish Times reports that the estimated loss to Dublin’s businesses is 15 million euro, or over $20 million, and that other economic losses were reflected in employment and hospitality.

That’s a whole lot of green that won’t be going to the Emerald Isle. But Garth has a big announcement coming Thursday, July 10, so perhaps we’ll find out what’s going on with the rest of the world tour he’s got in the works.

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