Talks to bring country-music megastar Garth Brooks to Ireland are reportedly at an ‘advanced stage.’
Virgin Media News reports that the Oklahoma singer is finalising plans for a least three dates at Croke Park next September.
It would come eight years after the infamous ‘five in a row fiasco,’ which saw Dublin City Council refusing licenses for a five-gig run at the Dublin stadium.
On The Hard Shoulder, music broadcaster Pat Carty said there may be more than three dates next year.
“The rumour is there that Garth Brooks is going to appear in Croke Park for three dates next September and there is the possibility of a second weekend – so more gigs to come,” he said.
“In 2014 you had the five-in-a-row fiasco. What happened was they booked the five dates and sold the tickets – you are talking about 400,000 tickets and people queuing up overnight for it – and then Dublin City Council came in and said listen we’ve only given you a licence for three dates.
“Garth Brooks himself said listen, I am either doing the five or none at all. There were protests, there were Oireachtas hearings – there were people pulling their hair out on the street, all that kind of thing, but they didn’t go ahead as we know so this would be the big return of Garth Brooks.”
He said country music has always had a special place in Ireland.
“We’re talking about everything from country and Irish with Daniel O’Donnell up to Garth Brooks – it is just music people love, it is as simple as that.
“But if you look at Garth Brooks, he is doing some dates in America and they sold 86,000 tickets for a gig in Nebraska in 75 minutes.
“He is the only artist in history in America that has nine albums that have been classified diamond status – and that is ten million-plus sales of each album.”
Plans for the gigs have yet to be confirmed by Brooks’ camp or by DCC and Croke Park.
He last played in Ireland in 1997.