Garth Brooks Writes Letter to Concert Promoter in Attempt to Save Croke Park Shows
Tells Peter Aiken that gear is still en route for the five planned shows in Dublin.
Evidently, the fat lady hasn’t yet sung, and Garth Brooks still has hope for his five on-again, off-again shows scheduled to start July 24 in Dublin, Ireland’s Croke Park.
We last reported that Garth had canceled his upcoming five-show Irish comeback after officials for the city of Dublin asked him to cut back to three shows when residents around the park voiced concerns over the effect the 400,000 people attending would have on their neighborhood. Garth then told concert promoter Peter Aiken that to do so was essentially selecting which people would get to attend a show and which wouldn’t.
However, in an attempt to rectify the situation, Garth has reached out to promoters again and in a letter penned to Ireland’s Independent dated July 7, he wrote:
I was informed yesterday that the shows are cancelled and the refunds begin on Monday.
I cannot begin to tell you how badly my heart is breaking right now. I hope you understand that to play for 400,000 people would be a dream, but to tell 160,000 of those people that they are not welcome would be a nightmare. To do what the city manager suggests (play three shows and not all five) means I agree that is how people would be treated and I just can’t agree with that.
Our guys are still en route and if there is any chance that the five planned concerts can be salvaged and nobody is being let down then we can proceed as planned until the refunds begin.
If you tell me, ‘Garth, thanks but it is over,’ I will cease my efforts and bring our people and gear back to the States. If you think that for any reason that the ‘powers that be’ in Ireland can fix this, then I will faithfully go to the last second.
Please let me know how to proceed.
All my gratitude, respect, and love to you and Ireland, G.
No word on whether today’s press conference that Garth has scheduled is regarding this matter or news on U.S. dates. Stay tuned!