Garth Brooks expressed his great ‘sadness’ over the cancellation of his tour, and questioned Irish permit systems that led to it in his highly anticipated press conference this afternoon.
He did not announce any reconciliation, and instead said that it is up to the ‘higher powers’ in Ireland to try to come up with a solution.
“Anyone who’s sad about this is not one billionth as sad as I am. Because I am the big loser here,” he said.
“Don’t sell a show to people and just cancel on them. It’s not okay. That’s not the way to treat people.
“If the prime minister wants me to, I will crawl. I will swim. I will fly over to him this weekend. I will drop on my knees and beg him to sort this out to let them have fun.
“It’s been put on my side. I don’t have a clue how we got here, all I know is that the powers who can fix it aren’t here.
“It’s just a simple ‘yes’. Go to work after the shows are done to work on never letting this happen again.
“We should be all laughing and joyous, and now it’s a dark cloud.
“Those tickets were sold, they needed to let them go ahead and sort their laws afterwards.”
Brooks said that he was not aware of any problems until the licence was not granted last week, when the equipment for the concerts had already been shipped on their way to Ireland.
“I have no idea what has happened, in January I went over and was treated like a king. I’ve never been treated like anything less by Ireland or its people.
“Anybody that knows us knows we don’t do golden circle. We don’t elevate tickets or drop seats so that people with more money can afford more seats.
“You treat everyone equal, so everyone who wants to can see a Garth show.”
Twitter was dominated by references to Garth Brooks in the lead-up to the press conference, with Piers Morgan even getting involved.
Garth revealed that the planned show was going to be ‘spectacular’ in line with Elvis’ comeback tour.
“I don’t want to give matinees a half-assed show. I will do whatever it takes apart from cancelling on people.
“It’s not a show that you pick up and move. It’s a one-off show. This thing is monstrous,” he added.
He recalled his tour there in the 90s and reminicesd of the great memories he found.
He also said how delighted he was to bring the show back to Ireland for fans who were too young for him to see him the first time around, saying that 75% of ticket buyers were under-25.
Brooks used the press conference to announce a new record deal with Sony and that announcements of a world tour and new music would come over the next few months.
“Thank God and everyone who’s given me the chance to look at a second-half of a career,” he added.