Saturday 27 December 2014

How superstar Garth Brooks almost didn't make it to Croker

Aishling Phelan

Published 21/01/2014 | 10:24

Garth Brooks announces he will play Ireland for the first time in 17 years with two dates at Croke Park, July 25th & July 26th, for the Irish leg of his tour 'The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event', Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland - 20.01.14. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Garth Brooks
Returning to Ireland since his last gig in 1997, fans of the country singer from across the globe are expected to snap up tickets when they go on sale next week.

EVEN singing superstars can have bad days.

Garth Brooks was looking forward to flying to Dublin to announce his return to Croke Park.

But he had a last minute hitch – he forgot his passport.

His wife – renowned singer Trisha Yearwood – reminded him about his passport the night before.

“Mrs Yearwood placed my passport out for me not to forget.

“I remembered my underwear, I remembered my socks but I totally forgot the passport.

Garth Brooks announces he will play Ireland for the first time in 17 years with two dates at Croke Park, July 25th & July 26th, for the Irish leg of his tour 'The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event', Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland - 20.01.14. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks announces he will play Ireland for the first time in 17 years with two dates at Croke Park, July 25th & July 26th.
Garth Brooks announces he will play Ireland for the first time in 17 years with two dates at Croke Park, July 25th & July 26th, for the Irish leg of his tour 'The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event', Croke Park, Dublin.
Garth Brooks is eager to return to the scene of one of his "best shows ever" when he plays Croke Park this summer.
The event ended up being a best-selling DVD for the country superstar, who is now 51.
Brooks, who flew into Dublin to announce the double header concerts, believes his Croker gig was "one of the best shows I ever did".
Fans from across the globe are expected to snap up tickets when they go on sale next week, with many fondly recalling his last Irish performance 17 years ago.
"In 1997, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park," he said, although the stadium was then being redeveloped.
Fans of the 'Friends in Low Places' singer had caught wind of his imminent arrival, some even tracking his plane and gathering outside Croke Park yesterday ahead of the announcement.
"I was quoted then as saying 'When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again. . . this time to the brink'.
Glenda Gilson was at croke Park to interview the super star for Xpose.
Gerry Kelly had got wind of the announcement and turned up at Croke Park.
Larry Gogan from RTE attended the annoucement of the two concerts at the Dublin stadium.

“Two thirds of the flight up to Maine, it hit me so I told the pilot and they said I guess we’re going back home,” he explained.

It was then organised that Mr Brooks could enter the country for a short time but the drama was not yet over.

“Halfway over here the windshield on the plane cracks but the pilots were so cool,” he said.

The country singer admitted that he slightly panicked.

“I couldn’t be a pilot because I’d be screaming my guts out the whole time but everybody handled it great and we landed with no problem.”

He compared his concert dates in Croke Park this  July to a “date with a girl in high school”.

“Yeah I’m looking forward to it, it’s like a date with a girl in high school that you were just in love with and now you come back and all you can think about is how you look, how you feel,’’

“You want to mean as much to these people as they mean to you,’’ he told The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show. 

Returning to Ireland since his last gig in 1997, fans of the country singer from across the globe are expected to snap up tickets when they go on sale next week.

The 51-year-old country singer flew to Dublin yesterday to officially announce that he will take to the stage in Croke Park on July 25 and 26.

Not surprisingly, tickets are expected to sell out within minutes.

In 1997, Garth thrilled more than 130,000 Irish fans over two nights in Croke Park – memorably his show included helicopters.

For this July’s concert, Garth said himself and his team aim to ‘better’ that performance.

“We’re going to do the same thing because what I want to do is show this place off, this place is beautiful,” he said.

The much-loved singer said he would bring a film crew with him to capture the highly-anticipated gigs.

“How it comes out we’re not sure yet but you don’t come to a place like this and not capture it, it’s too cool to not capture.”

Asked what makes a great country song, he said: “I can’t tell you how many times I put a song out and it didn’t work.

“The people decide what’s a hit and that’s the fairest jury.”

Tickets for the Comeback Special, presented by Aiken Promotions, go on sale on January 30 at 9am from ticketmaster and all usual ticket outlets nationwide.

Promoted articles

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment