Sunday 11 December 2016

'Cross my heart I'll get to play there again' - Garth Brooks wants to return to Ireland

Sasha Brady

Published 10/08/2016 | 10:38

Garth Brooks tells fans he wants to return to Ireland. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Garth Brooks tells fans he wants to return to Ireland. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks delighted fans with a Facebook Live chat on Monday night and spoke about his wish to return to Ireland.

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The country music superstar took to Facebook with a live webcast for his social-media video series, Inside Studio G: A Monday Night Conversation.

The series gives fans a unique look at the making of his next album; and as well as offering stories about the yet-untitled offering, the musician set aside some time to answer his fans' burning questions.

Of course his Irish tour came up, although it was the Brooks who introduced it to the conversation.

A fan named Chris asked the music kingpin where he would like to perform, specifically a place he hasn't yet been.

"I've been lucky to play in a lot of places," he said.

"I don't think I'll get to play in all the places I want to play because the main ingredient is the sincerity of the people that want to hear it, that's what it's all about.

"There's a place that I haven't played yet that I've played before, if this makes any sense? Dublin, Ireland... how can I say it any more than that? Cross my heart I'll get to play there again."

In June 2014 he cancelled a run of three concerts at Croke Park after he was refused permission by Dublin City Council to perform a planned five night run.

The singer admitted he is still gravely disappointed over the incident.

"I can tell you, next to losing my mom, that might have been the hardest day ever for me in music," he recently told Billboard Magazine.

"That's how much it hurt. I just don't get it. To this day I scratch my head. I cannot figure this one out."

Rumours circulated in July that Brooks was tipped to play GAA's Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium in Cork in 2017, driven by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Des Cahill.

However, a spokesperson for Aiken Promotions quashed those rumours and said there were "no plans" for an Irish Garth Brooks gig.

The saga continues...

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