It was the saga that rumbled on and on, but tonight (Monday) Garth Brooks confirmed once and for all that none of his five comeback gigs planned for Croke Park will go ahead.
In a statement, Mr Brooks said ‘to say I am crushed is an understatement.’
The statement read: “I have just received the news the Irish council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows. To say I am crushed is an understatement.
“All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason.
“As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one. So it is with a broken heart, I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by TicketMaster.”
Mr Books went on to thank concert promoter Peter Aiken and urged Irish fans to come and see him at his other gigs on his world tour if they could.
“I want to thank the Irish authorities for going the distance for all of us who wanted to share songs and dance together. “I really want to thank all the people around the world that continued to think good thoughts that this would actually happen. Most of all, to Peter Aiken and those 400,000 people who believed enough to go through what they have been
through to get to this point…I love you, always have, always will.
“I encourage any and all of them that can come see the show, at some point around the world, to bring your Irish flags and wave them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you.…garth.”
Aiken Promotions confirmed the news on their Facebook page saying: “Aiken Promotions regret to announce that despite pursuing all possible solutions, the 5 concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park is cancelled. No concerts will take place.
“The ticket return process will begin on Thursday 17 July at 9am through Ticketmaster.”