Sunday 26 May 2019

Garth's second coming

Garth Brooks in Croke Park yesterday
Garth Brooks in Croke Park yesterday
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Fans thrilled as country superstar to play Croke Park ahead of world tour

COUNTRY superstar Garth Brooks is eager to return to the scene of one of his "best shows ever" when he plays Croke Park this summer.

Fans from across the globe are expected to snap up tickets when they go on sale next week, with many fondly recalling his last Irish performance 17 years ago.

Brooks, who flew into Dublin to announce the double header concerts, believes his Croker gig was "one of the best shows I ever did".

The event ended up being a best-selling DVD for the country superstar, who is now 51.

At the end of his high-octane performance he promised plaid-wearing fans he would return.

"In 1997, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park," he said, although the stadium was then being redeveloped.

"I was quoted then as saying 'When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again. . . this time to the brink'.

"I made a promise to come back, and I'm sticking to it."

Fans of the 'Friends in Low Places' singer had caught wind of his imminent arrival, some even tracking his plane and gathering outside Croke Park yesterday ahead of the announcement.

But it was some time before he touched down. "I forgot my passport, so it's been a trip getting here," he explained.

"We were stuck in Maine for about three hours due to my incompetence, trying to figure out how to get over here.

"And then about halfway over the windshield cracked on the pilot's side. So it's been a trip to get here."

Brooks will perform on July 25 and 26.

The Croke Park shows are not part of his world tour, instead they are one-off specials titled 'The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event'.

These shows will run ahead of his world tour which will kick off in November. Brooks said fans could expect a gig like no other.

"When I come back here I don't want to recreate what I did before. I want people to say 'wow'," he said.

"Croke Park is bigger than I remember it, but I'm really looking forward to getting out there."

And he said his crew were also excited about returning to Dublin. "We told the guys when we were in Las Vegas; some of them even started crying. Vegas was an acoustic set the whole time, so you never really got to ramp it up. I can't wait to perform here."

Tickets priced €65.45 go on sale at 9am on January 30, through Ticketmaster.

* LEGENDARY crooner Julio Iglesias will play Dublin's O2 Arena in May, with tickets on sale this Thursday.

It is the first time that the 70-year-old star has performed in Ireland since 1982, and he will also be playing one night in Belfast during his visit here.

He will perform in Dublin on May 15 and in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, on May 18, with tickets for the latter gig going on sale on January 30.

Irish Independent

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