Tuesday 21 October 2014

Five questions Garth Brooks’ letter to ‘Aiken and Ireland’ raises

Published 09/07/2014 | 18:33

And so the Garth saga continues. The country music star wrote to 'Aiken and Ireland' this afternoon saying he still wants all five of his Irish concerts to go ahead and has asked if there is ‘any chance’ they can.

Not only has this next chapter of the Comeback Special debacle given an ounce of hope to fans, it has also raised a few questions.

1. Who cancelled the concerts?

Garth writes that he ‘heard yesterday that the shows were cancelled’. Did he not cancel them? Aiken Promotions’ announcement yesterday simply read, ‘It is with great regret that Aiken Promotions today announce that the 5 concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park has been cancelled. No concerts will take place’.

Most of us assumed Garth was behind the final decision after his ‘Five shows or nothing’ proclamation.

2. Where are Garth's 'guys'?

Why are Garth’s ‘guys’ still en route when the shows were cancelled yesterday? Where are they and where are they going? It’s been more than 24 hours since the cancellation was announced. It is possible to travel a significant distance in 24 hours in this day and age, equipment or no equipment.

3. What does this mean for the world tour?

What will this mean for Garth’s world tour that he is set to announce in a live conference on his website tomorrow? Will it start in Europe at all? Will he mention the debacle that has ensued in Ireland since his tickets first went on sale?

4. How will Aiken, Dublin City Council, the GAA and the Government respond to this one?

Is there hope yet for the emergency legislation? Now that the injunction bid has been withdrawn, could emergency legislation overturn Dublin City Council’s decision?

5. Where have you been for the past 24 hours?

Why did it take Garth so long to comment on the situation? He found out ‘yesterday’ according to his letter, so he had all day yesterday (noting time difference) and all last night to think about it. If his team was on the road and he realised time was of the essence with refunds already being organised, why didn’t he put pen to paper sooner?

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