Wednesday 22 May 2019

Garth Brooks plans return to Ireland - to make it up to fans for Croke Park debacle

Garth Books was due to play five concerts at Croke Park in 2014
Garth Books was due to play five concerts at Croke Park in 2014
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

It's the saga that never ends. Garth Brooks has said he would like to return to Ireland for gigs at the end of his current world tour, to 'make it up to' his Irish fans.

The country singer disappointed thousands of fans, many of who had bought tickets and booked accommodation, when he pulled out of playing five shows at Croke Park last summer.

Speaking to Irish comedian Patrick Kielty during an interview for BBC Radio 2, he said he wants to make it up to his Irish fans with more gigs.

Brooks (53) invited Kielty (44) to interview him following one of his Boston shows in January this year and the interview was broadcast on Monday March 5.

However, the comments about Ireland were cut from the radio interview given it's massive mainland UK audience.

Kielty has confirmed they did talk about Ireland, and that Brooks said he would like to perform some Irish gigs at the end of his current world tour.

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Speaking to The Irish Daily Star, Kielty said, "We did talk about the Ireland thing, but because the show was going out on Radio 2 and thre's a lot of mainland country fans...

"[Garth] said, 'Well it was one of those things, we couldn't make it work' and he was gutted and he wants to try and fit it back in the tour and all these things."

Brooks is touring the US at the moment and will follow up with European but it could be three or four years before he makes it to Ireland.

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