HE may not be Irish, but country music legend Garth Brooks has managed to beat U2's consecutive concerts record at Croke Park.
Dublin-based U2 broke Irish box office marks in 2005 when they sold out tickets for three concerts at the stadium as part of their Vertigo tour in minutes.
Four years later in 2009, Bono and co held three more sell-out dates at GAA headquarters during their hit 360 tour – which became the highest-grossing tour of all-time. The band performed to a home crowd of more than 240,000 and reportedly made a €20m profit from the shows.
But Brooks (below) is set to top that feat. The Oklahoma-born singer will stage four back-to-back concerts in Croker after an additional show was announced yesterday. Tickets for the extra July 28 gig go on sale this Thursday at 9am.
"I can't explain how I feel, how joyous and nervous I feel – I'm humbled and stunned," Brooks said. "Three [gigs] was more than I could have asked for, so a fourth – I've never felt this way and I've never got to do this, so to the people of Ireland, thank you."