Garth Brooks scraps five-show comeback run in Ireland

Just a couple days ahead of a scheduled press conference, Garth Brooks has pulled the plug on five Dublin shows later this month after the city council denied permits for two of the dates.  // Tour dates at SoundSpike

Just a couple days ahead of a scheduled press conference, Garth Brooks has pulled the plug on five Dublin shows later this month after the city council denied permits for two of the dates.

The rarely-touring country star was slated to perform five consecutive nights at Dublin's Croke Park beginning July 25, expecting to draw more than 400,000 fans total. A number of residents filed official complaints about the five-show stretch, arguing that it violates the venue's agreement with the neighborhood to hold only three such events each year. Just a few weeks ago, three One Direction concerts took place here.

Though city council issued permits for the first three Brooks dates but not the last two, the comeback shows' promoter said the special Brooks run was either five shows or nothing, ultimately releasing the following statement: "It is with great regret that Aiken Promotions today announce that the 5 concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park has been cancelled. No concerts will take place."

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Brooks, who has been retired from the tour circuit for more than decade, has a press conference slated for Thursday (7/10), which will livestream at his website. Rumors suggest news of an international comeback tour, though nothing has been confirmed.

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