Garth Brooks Rejects Deal To Save Irish Shows

Garth Brooks has effectively turned down a deal that would have seen the country music star play his five comeback shows in Ireland.

The singer scrapped his five concerts after local authorities denied permission for two of them.

But the Dublin City Council earlier put forward a compromise which would see all the shows go ahead – if two of them were matinees.

The singer has responded by saying two matinee shows “cannot possibly compare” to a five-night straight run.

Earlier, Brooks offered to “swim, fly or crawl” to Ireland for a meeting with premier Enda Kenny to try and let the shows go ahead.

“We’re still under a cloud but I hope joy is coming,” he saidin a press conference streamed online from Nashville, Tennessee.

“I will do whatever it takes except cancelling on people. If the Prime Minister himself wants me to, I will crawl, swim of fly over this weekend and sit on my knees and beg.”

Brooks, 52, earlier called for the licencing and planning system for concerts to be set aside to allow him to play over five nights and reviewed after that.

The singer originally planned two performances at the 82,000-seat Croke Park stadium in Dublin for later this month, but locals objected when that was increased to five successive shows.

The council then denied permission for two of the concerts, saying they would cause “an unacceptable level of disruption” for residents and businesses.

This led the top-selling US singer to issue an all-or-nothing ultimatum saying to choose one show over another “would be like asking to choose one child over another”.

The Taoiseach said the concerts pull-out would cost the country’s recovering economy in the region of ?250m and would also damage its reputation.

Brooks, who has not toured since 2001, sold 400,000 tickets for his “Comeback Special Event”.

He has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide.

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