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Brooks Irish shows in jeopardy

Thursday, July 3, 2014 – Garth Brooks' five Irish shows may be in jeopardy because two were already canceled due to permit issues, the Independent reported today.

The concerts were slated to start July 25. Concerts on July 25-27 can go ahead, but the shows on July 28 and 29 are in jeopardy.

Concert promoter Peter Aiken was quoted as saying "it is up in the air" whether any of the five shows will occur at the GAA headquarters after the Dublin City Council voted to give a license to three of the five shows. Apparently issues exist about how many shows are slowed at the stadium each year.

Brooks quickly sold out the shows with 400,000 tickets gobbled up by the public. The shows were to be the first since Brooks announced he was coming out of touring retirement.

The paper quoted Aiken," "I can't say for definite that the three shows are definitely going to happen now. It is up in the air. I am devastated."

Aiken said Brooks told him, "give me a solution. Tell me what to do about those 160,000 people."

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