Garth Brooks rejects Dublin's five-gig compromise

A tense stand off between US country star Garth Brooks and Dublin City Council over its cancellation of his comeback gigs in the Irish capital has ended without compromise.

On Tuesday Aiken Promotions announced with "great regret" that the US singer's five sold-out gigs planned for later this month at Croke Park were cancelled after the council granted permission for only three.

Country star Garth Brooks has rejected a compromise over scuppered plans for his five night comeback extravaganza in Ireland.
Country star Garth Brooks has rejected a compromise over scuppered plans for his five night comeback extravaganza in Ireland. Credit: Reuters

Brooks said that he would play "all or none" and today rejected a compromise to play three night-time gigs and two matinees, instead of the intended run of all evening performances.

The controversy even saw Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny intervene, with RTE quoting him as saying that he hoped the offer of three evening shows and two matinees "would be a potential solution".

But the 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' star said that playing to 400,000 people over three days "cannot possibly compare" to five separate night concerts.

His publicist Nancy Seltzer said: "To treat 160,000 people differently than all the rest who will be seeing the show the way it was meant and created is wrong."

"He does not understand why it is once again put upon him to treat people less than they deserve to be treated and he still returns to why did they allow five shows to be sold and all these people to be disappointed.

"It is not his decision; it is, with the greatest of respect, the city council's."

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