Garth Brooks was in Dublin today (Jan 20th) to make a very special announcement in person. Standing in Croke Park, the location of his now legendary sell out concerts in 1997, Garth Brooks announced that he would be returning to that same venue in July 2014 for two very special performances. The shows, two special performances before his worldwide tour which is due to start later this year, are called The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event. Over two nights in Croke Park Dublin, Brooks and his fans will celebrate his legendary career – a career which saw him named the No 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, sell in excess of 128 million albums and receive every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.
“Before we go back on tour in the Fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band, and crew,” Brooks said of the announcement. “In ’97, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park, the stadium was under construction. 130,000+ of some of the greatest fans in the world. I was quoted then as saying ‘When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again…this time to the brink.’…and we’re back to do just that.”
Tickets for The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event on Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th in Croke Park, presented by Aiken Promotions, go on sale on Thursday, January 30th at 9 am from Ticketmaster and all usual ticket outlets in Ireland. Tickets are €65.45 or $88.79 US, for those who plan to travel from the US.
In 2001, Brooks retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. In 2008 The President Elect, himself, requested that Brooks headline President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. A crowd of over 300,000 did the “wave” to Brooks’ performance of “Shout” while the President sang along. That same year the Governor of California asked Brooks to help the state. Brooks performed five concerts in two days with the proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, Garth Brooks: Live in L.A. allowing viewers to donate as well.
In December 2010, Brooks finished an astonishing nine sold out concerts in six days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Brooks “The Person of the Week” and the Mayor of Nashville announced that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to over 145,000 who attended the concerts.
In January, 2012 he was named the best selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and Soundscan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales. Brooks also sold out his recent appearance at the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The sell out 15,000+ seats happened in less than a minute. Brooks was recently inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Performing for his induction were his heroes George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger.
On November 29th, 2013, Brooks took the night with almost nine million viewers watching his CBS special Live From Las Vegas. That very day Brooks released his new boxed set, Blame It All On My Roots, which debuted for the 13th time in Brooks’ career at No. 1 on the country charts. The boxed set also rose to the top of the Billboard 200 Chart making it the ninth time Brooks has been able to achieve that feat.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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