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article imageGarth Brooks in dispute with Dublin City Council

By Tim Sandle     Jul 5, 2014 in Entertainment
Dublin - A decision to refuse permission for two of five Garth Brooks shows in Dublin later this month will not be changed or reversed, according to Dublin City Council.
International country star Garth Brooks is unable to play two of what were five scheduled dates in Dublin (Ireland) this year. This has led to a war of words between the singer and the City Council.
Garth Brooks is a U.S. country music singer and songwriter. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at Number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Since then he has enjoyed international appeal. Brooks has sold more than 125 million albums and is best known for hits such as "The Thunder Rolls" and "Friends in Low Places."
According to the BBC, the US star was due to stage five shows at Croke Park stadium on 25-29 July. However, when the council refused permission for two of the dates, Brooks said he would do "five shows or none at all." This has led to a standoff between the singer and the council. The reason for the council saying no to two dates relates to planning laws and safety, according to the Irish Independent.
One problem is that most of the tickets for the two cancelled dates have already been sold. About 400,000 fans have booked tickets for the five sold-out concerts. Incredibly this is the equivalent of 10 percent of Ireland’s population.
Dublin City Council's official statement, posted by Irish News, reads: "Dublin City Council has been consistent (since it was confirmed that tickets were sold for five concerts) in informing the promoter and his agents that its main concern was the impact that five consecutive concerts would have on the local area."
It remains to be seen if Brooks pulls out, or if the council changes its mind, or whether Brooks simply plays three of the five dates.
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