Friday 26 December 2014

Axeing of concerts 'a disgrace', say country stars

Claire McCormack

Published 10/07/2014 | 02:30

Nathan Carter

LEADING country music stars say the cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts is a "disgrace" and they are "gutted" that the Irish scene will not benefit from the showpiece gigs.

"I think it's a very bad state of affairs that we couldn't negotiate two extra shows when the demand was there," said country music star TR Dallas. "It would have been a big boost for country music."

He added: "It's a disgrace. The Taoiseach should have met with the powers that be, it was such an important event for Dublin and for Ireland."

Country music performer Philomena Begley, who had a ticket for the Saturday night concert, said she was "gutted" and was really looking forward to watching the entertainer with her family.

"I'm so disappointed. I was in the VIP section for his last Croke Park performance and he was electric so I couldn't wait to see him again," said Ms Begley.

Both music stars said they didn't understand why the Croke Park residents were so opposed to the concerts, as the majority of people going to see Brooks would be more mature.

Musical duo Foster and Allen said that those who cancelled the concerts were "making a mountain out of a molehill," and both empathised with the show's promoter Peter Aiken.

"The GAA owns Croke Park and Garth Brooks agreed to play so I don't see what any government or council official has any say in it," said Mick Foster.

Tony Allen said: "Mr Aiken is the man who is really going to suffer here and I feel very sorry for the fans and for the revenue for the country."

Nathan Carter, who was chosen to support two of the gigs, said he was disappointed for his own fans who were looking forward to seeing him perform.

"I hope Garth will make a return to Ireland in the not too distant future," he said.

Irish Independent

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