Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Hardest day ever for me in music' - Garth Brooks tells US magazine about Croke Park heartbreak

Sean O’Grady

Published 07/08/2016 | 17:52

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks.
Garth Brooks.

Watch out U2 as Garth Brooks has vowed to beat the Dublin rockers record for the biggest tour attendance of all time.

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The legendary country singer (54) is currently on his Man Against Machine Tour and is determined to break U2’s record-breaking 360 tour run after they sold 7.3m tickets between 2009 and 2011.

Not one to be outdone, Brooks hopes he can beat the band in ticket sales.

"I'd like to beat U2 for country music's sake. We're 20 months into this tour and we're at 4.5 million, so I feel really lucky to be where we're at right now,” he said.

“If people keep showing up, so be it. If the people stop showing up, I don't have anything to bitch about. It's been a great run."

The Standing Outside The Fire singer drew the ire of fans in 2014 when he was schooled to play five nights in Croke Park but cancelled all the shows after licences were refused for two of the gigs.

Brooks 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 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."

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