Officials in Dublin, Ireland are scrambling for a solution in the wake of a statement from Garth Brooks saying he’ll play five shows or none at all. The ultimatum comes after the city issued a license for only three of the five shows booked in the city’s Croke Park. “I can’t thank the people of Ireland enough for how welcome they have made me feel,” says Brooks in the statement released over the weekend. “I have faith that [the] Dublin City Council will make the best decision for the people of Ireland. 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.” City chiefs held an emergency meeting and even attempted to rebook the two canceled shows at another location – a move promoters say is logistically impossible since staging and lights were designed for the dimensions at Croke Park.
“What I was told this morning – by Aiken Promotions and the GAA [Gaelic Athletic Association] – is that the ship leaves tonight with material for the stage and if there are not five concerts on board, there will be none,” Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke told the city council. More here. That would be fine with one resident near the park, who has initiated a lawsuit to stop all five shows. More here.
Meanwhile, the talk of the long weekend was Brooks’ big announcement after a promise on his website reading, “The wait is over … 7/7.” The big announcement seems to have been postponed, however. A new message invites fans to “Watch a live stream of Garth’s press conference at garthbrooks.com!” Thursday (7/10) at noon EDT.
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