Garth Brooks has confirmed for once and for all that none of his five concerts planned for Dublin’s Croke Park will be going ahead.
In a statement released today through his PR rep, Nancy Seltzer and Associates, the country singer expressed his deep disappointment after learning that the Dublin City Council would not be able to change their decision to only grant licenses to three of the concerts.
This was later confirmed by Aiken Promotions, which regretfully announced that “despite pursuing all possible solutions, the five concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park is cancelled. No concerts will take place.”
Brooks said he is “crushed.”
“I have always been advised to NEVER send a message in ‘the moment,’” read the statement. “It is said it is best to take a walk, wait awhile, and think about it. “With that said, I just received the news the Irish council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows.
“To say I am crushed is an understatement. All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.
“So it is with a broken heart, I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by TicketMaster.”
The company will begin the refund process for all 400,000 tickets on Thursday at 9:00 am GMT.
Brooks gave thanks to his Irish fans and the Irish authorities – ranging from Enda Kenny to various government ministers to the Mexican Ambassador – who tried to facilitate a solution.
He encouraged his 400,000 disappointed fans to try to “come see the show, at some point around the world,” and to “bring your Irish flags and wave them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you,” he said.
“I love you, always have, always will.”
For the full play-by-play on the Garth Brooks extravaganza, read these IrishCentral articles and more: