Garth Brooks teases upcoming tour as Irish shows hang in limbo
At a Nashville press conference this morning (7/10), Garth Brooks reiterated his hopes that a deal could still revive his 5-show stand in Dublin while adding that the first date of his world tour would be revealed on July 14th.
Brooks told reporters that he had promised a boy named Andy that he would be the first to learn of the first date of the new tour, and that he'll hold to that promise on July 14th. It will apparently be up to Andy to share that information outward.
Regarding the standoff that currently has Brooks' massive Irish concert events cancelled, Brooks wrote a letter to Irish promoter Peter Aiken early this week after Aiken announced that the shows would have to be cancelled due to objections from neighborhood groups concerned about noise and traffic near the venue.
Because of the proximity of homes to the venue, which is the largest stadium in Ireland, agreements had previously been put in place to cap the number of non-sport events at the venue each year. That cap--three events--had been exhausted by a three-night One Direction concert stand earlier in the year, though promoters moved forward with the Garth Brooks ticket sales thinking there was leeway to negotiate more events.
Ultimately, a deal was struck to allow for three Brooks concerts, but five had been put on sale an Brooks held firm on a "five shows or none at all" stance, leaving the promoter to attempt to get approval for five nights, which neighborhood groups opposed.
Meanwhile, refunds on the estimated 400,000 tickets are being held back until Monday, roughly the same time frame during which Brooks' staging and crews are expected to arrive in Ireland to begin building the custom staging for his shows.
In his letter to Aiken, published in several Irish and UK news outlets, Brooks noted that he would not call his crew home until ticket refunds were happening, adding "If you think that for any reason that the 'powers that be' in Ireland can fix this, then I will faithfully go to the last second."
it's estimated that the cancellations would cost the Irish economy about $68 million, since the majority of tickets sold were to people living outside the country, many of whom would be cancelling flight and hotel accommodations and ultimately not dining, renting cars, etc. With that amount of money in the balance, national political figures are reportedly trying to mediate an arrangement with the neighborhood groups prior to Monday's refund deadline.
In the press conference, Brooks also announced a new record deal with Sony Nashville, with plans to release a new album, which might grow into a double album, in time for Black Friday.