Wednesday 17 January 2018

Garth Brooks: 'For us, it is five shows or none at all'

Garth Brooks at Croke Park
Garth Brooks at Croke Park
Garth Brooks
Garreth Murphy

Garreth Murphy

Garth Brooks has said it is "five shows or none at all" this evening, furthering fears that he will pull out of the remaining concerts at Croke Park.

In a remarkable statement released this evening, Mr Brooks said: "I can’t thank the people of Ireland enough for how welcome they have made me feel. 

"I have faith that Dublin City Council will make the best decision for the people of Ireland. 

"For us, it is five shows or none at all. 

"To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another. 

"However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will," said Mr Brooks.

The statement will heap pressure on the decision made by Dublin City Council not to grant licences for two of the five shows.

Mr Brooks' statement came at the end of an eventful day when Dublin City Council decided to allow only three of the proposed five Croke Park shows, due to start on Friday 25th July.

The council said allowing all five concerts would have caused unacceptable levels of disruption.

The  statement came only hours after promoter Peter Aiken said he feared Brooks may not perform any of his Croke Park shows.

Mr Aiken said "it is up in the air" whether any of the five country and western superstar's gigs will take place at GAA HQ after the decision by Dublin City Council to only grant a licence for three of the five concerts.

Mr Aiken confirmed the exclusive story today that all five of the Brooks concerts could be cancelled after the decision not to grant licences to the final two shows on Monday July 28 and Tuesday July29.

"I can't say for definite that the three shows are definitely going to happen now," he said this evening.

“It is up in the air. I am devastated."

The promoter also refuted suggestions that Aiken Promotions should have anticipated problems with licences.

“I was in contact with Dublin City Council on a daily basis. My office was in contact on a daily basis. It was never indicated there was a problem with the five shows.”

Mr Aiken said moving the concerts to another venue is not an option as it would be logistically impossible.

The GAA said it will assess the implications of DCC's decision and will make no further comment until Monday 7 July.

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