The wait is … over?
After posting a cryptic message on his official website with those four words (minus the question mark), Garth Brooks announced Monday (July 7th) that a press conference is now set to take place on his website Thursday, July 10th at 12:00p.m. ET. The question remains as to what the global superstar will reveal during the press conference but the safest best would be on details of his first world tour in 13 years, an event he’s been teasing since last December.
Presumably, the tour, which is expected to launch this fall, will go off without the complications that now plague the series of five shows Brooks had planned for later this month in Dublin, Ireland. Those shows, set for July 25-29 at Croke Park, have been the source of often heated negotiations between concert promoter Aikens Promotions, venue management and the Dublin City Council. After the council refused to grant licenses for two of the proposed dates, Brooks issued an ultimatim to the council Thursday, July 3rd, saying that he would not perform the other three concerts.
“I can’t thank the people of Ireland enough for how welcome they have made me feel,” the singer said in a statement. “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.”
Dublin City Council has said the decision to cancel the two dates cannot be appealed at this point.