ARTS AND FEATURES — 22 January 2014

By Shelley Marsden

U.S. country music superstar Garth Brooks has told the Irish World he hopes Irish audiences will help him recapture the magic of his ‘best ever show’ at Croke Park in 1997.

Standing at the venue for his now legendary sell-out concerts, the 51 year old revealed that he would be returning to that ‘special place’ after a 17-year hiatus for two one-off shows in July.

Garth told the Irish World: “It feels great to be back. Everybody here is very flattering, very sweet and very respectful. It doesn’t feel like all those years have passed at all.”

Talking about his 1997 gigs in the city, he said: “You knew something special was going on. And what’s special is the Irish people themselves. You look at the DVD we made, and the performance doesn’t look that difference to the one I did day in, day out. The response was different, that was the Irish people.

“Right now, I’m looking out over the stadium which is twice the size it was last time, so this could stand a very good chance of being really, wonderfully fun.”

The singer said the only big change as an artist this time round is that his beliefs don’t really fit in with the ‘digital age’, with how things are sold and packaged: “I haven’t changed at all. I think the world around us has changed tremendously.

“Getting used to that and getting back in the game, particularly with social media which wasn’t around in the late nineties, will be the biggest challenge for me. That’s what it’s all about, getting out there and getting back up to speed, running alongside the groups that are out there today.”

For the full article, see this week’s Irish World (issue Jan 25 2014).

Tickets for The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 July  in Croke Park, presented by Aiken Promotions, are on sale from this Thursday, January 30 at 9am from ticketmaster and usual ticket outlets nationwide.

 

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