Garth Brooks says it's "five shows or none at all" at Dublin's Croke Park stadium after the Dublin City Council refused to issue licenses for two of the scheduled concerts.
Brooks had been scheduled to perform July 25-29 at the 82,000-seat sports stadium, but the council refused to authorize the last two performances because of objections raised by local residents. In a written statement, the council said, "The cumulative effect on residents and on some businesses would lead to an unacceptable level of disruption to their lives and livelihoods."
A total of 400,000 tickets were sold for Brooks' five-night run at Ireland's largest venue. Two shows were initially planned in Dublin, but ticket demand prompted Brooks and the concert promoter to extend the series to five nights. With the additional cost of providing an expanded stage and production, the promoter says it's not economically feasible to offer only three nights of concerts and unfair to approximately 160,000 people who bought tickets to the last two shows.
Brooks addressed the issue in a statement to the council.
"I can't thank the people of Ireland enough for how welcome they have made me feel," he said. "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."
Last week, Brooks' official website posted a message saying, "The wait is over ... 7/7," creating speculation he could be announcing a world tour on Monday (July 7). However, the website was updated Monday to inform fans that a press conference will be streamed live Thursday at noon ET.