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Sunday 21 September 2014

The day Garth came to town

Published 05/02/2014 | 05:22

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Garth Brooks

GARTH Brooks fever has well and truly swept the nation, with tickets to three of his four Croke Park concerts next summer having sold out in record time.

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And almost 16 years ago the country music superstar paid a surprise visit to Bray, where he serenaded the crowds from atop a bus.

Garth was using the East Coast Radio studios, which were then located at Prince of Wales Terrace in Bray, to have a live link-up with a radio station 'The Voice of America' in the USA.

It was a real feather in the cap for the local radio station and Brooks was welcomed with open arms.

It was May 15, 1997 and as well as an interview and performance in-studio, Garth went outside to meet legions of fans gathered there.

He was very gracious and pleasant, signed autographs, shook hands and posed for pictures. He then climbed on top of his tour bus to sing 'Friends in Low Places,' for the assembled crowd who had donned Stetsons and country regalia for the occasion.

They duly joined in, very tunefully, and made for an extremely memorable evening in Bray.

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