Garth Brooks: ‘The wait is over…7/7’

Garth Brooks fans have always known that seven is his lucky number and on Monday, July 7th, fans will get yet another big announcement from the country superstar.

Brooks updated his website this week with another cryptic message writing, “The wait is over…7/7,” accompanied by the thunder and lightening effects that has graced his site for the past year.

The big announcement everyone has expected for years came via ABC’s Good Morning America in December when Brooks revealed to Robin Roberts that he will tour this fall.

“You know what, since it’s you and since we’ve had a history forever, let’s announce it. We’re going on a world tour in 2014,” he said before expressing the shock of the unscripted reveal. “I can’t believe I just did that but you are a doll.”

While very few details have been released since, the announcement on July 7th is most likely the tour and not a new album since Brooks released the life-spanning eight disc boxed, Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, through Walmart in November. However, that still isn’t stopping fans from speculating that the long awaited duets album Brooks has slated with his wife and fellow country star, Trisha Yearwood, would be announced or a new solo album with a radio single to follow the announcement of the tour.

“The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event” Brooks has scheduled for July 25th through 29th at Dublin’s Croke Park, selling over 400,000 tickets, has now been reduced to three shows due public outcry from locals living near the massive concert venue.

In a new report from Ireland’s RTE on Thursday, “permission has been refused for two of the five planned” shows Brooks and concert promoter Aiken Promotions had scheduled. The event was originally scheduled for two nights, but then rapidly expanded to five after huge demand and selling over 400,000 tickets.

After locals protested the concerts, claiming the number of concerts “goes against previous agreements [between Croke Park and the Residents Alliance of hosting two concerts per year] and will have a detrimental effect on the surrounding community for the duration of the concerts,” Dublin City Council said “granting permission would have been unprecedented and have posed unacceptable levels of disruption to the local community.”

The council cites one of its reasons for limiting the number of concerts to three as it “did not want to set a precedent for increasing the number of concerts in Croke Park” and points out that “if it allowed five Garth Brooks concerts on top of three One Direction concerts, this would have doubled the previous maximum number per year.”

It also pointed out that three of the five shows were on week nights — Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Aiken Promotions is looking at a venue alternative for the remaining two shows, but nothing has been confirmed as of press time. Also, no word on if or when the 160,000 ticket holders who are unable to attend the two canceled Croke Park shows will be refunded.

Check back Monday for the special announcement Brooks has planned.


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.