Garth Brooks has sent a letter to concert promoter Peter Aiken about his five cancelled Croke Park comeback shows scheduled for July 25th through 29th.
In a letter obtained by The Music Universe, Brooks writes:
“I was informed yesterday that the shows are all cancelled and the refunds will begin on Monday. I cannot begin to tell you how badly my heart is breaking right now. I hope you understand that to play for 400,00 people would be a dream, but to tell 160,000 of those people that they are not welcome would be a nightmare. To do what the city manager suggests (play three shows and not all five) means I agree that is how people should be treated and I just can’t agree with that.
“Our guys are still en route and if there is any chance that the five planned concerts can be salvaged and nobody is being let down then we can proceed as planned until the refunds begin. If you tell me, ‘Garth, thanks but it is over,’ I will cease my efforts and bring our people and [our ship with 18 semis full of] gear back to the States. If you think for any reason that the ‘powers that be’ in Ireland can fix this, then I will faithfully go to the last second.
“Please let me know how to proceed.
“All my gratitude, respect, and love to you and Ireland, g”
“If you think for any reason that the ‘powers that be’ in Ireland can fix this, then I will faithfully go to the last second.”
Ticketmaster has released a statement on how to get a refund for the five cancelled concerts. Fans who purchased their tickets by phone, online or mobile need to do nothing. Starting July 15th, refunds, including all service fees, will be refunded to the credit card used for purchase. Fans who purchased tickets at a Ticketmaster location are required to fill out a refund form and return their tickets to a Ticketmaster Ticket Center. Seven to ten business days should be allowed to see refunds hit each account.
Brooks has scheduled a press conference for Thursday (July 10th) at noon ET/9 am PT live from Nashville, and it’s highly anticipated that he will announce further details on the cancelled concerts. Brooks is also expected to announce his first world tour in 13 years which The Music Universe has heard is planned for 30 cities with up to four concerts per city.
Sony Music Nashville and Brooks’ camp also sent out an invite for the media to attend this press conference, so it’s also likely that Brooks has signed a licensing agreement with Sony Music Nashville for future music and will announce a new album to coincide with the tour. Brooks owns the masters to all of his recordings even though he has released much of his music through Liberty and Capitol Records, in which a licensing agreement ended in 2005. Brooks has since released projects on his own Pearl Records with distribution through Big Machine Label Group for 2007’s The Ultimate Hits and other projects exclusively through Walmart, including last year’s Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades Of Influences.
It’s also possible Brooks will announce a deal to distribute his music legally online through iTunes or another digital outlet, although the country superstar has been adamant won’t happen with the current structure and policies each digital retailer requires.
We will post the official information as soon as it becomes available from Brooks and his team.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.