Two weeks before Garth Brooks was scheduled to perform five sold-out concerts in Dublin, Ireland, the extremely popular country artist canceled following disagreements with the Dublin City Council.
At least 400,000 tickets had been sold for the kick-off to Garth’s comeback tour, which comes 13 years after the 52-year-old quit touring to focus on raising his three daughters. He committed back in 2001 to remaining a full-time father until they all left for college.
The crooner originally chose the 83,000-capacity Croke Park Stadium to fulfill an old promise to his Irish fans. “I was quoted then as saying, 'When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again…this time to the brink,'” Garth said in a statement last January, “and we're back to do just that.”
The “Friends in Low Places” singer will address the cancellations during a Thursday press conference, but it appears the city’s council declined to approve permits for all five shows, citing a policy limiting special events at the stadium.
Although other venues in the area offered to accommodate the musician, there was not enough time to prepare for a switch in locations.
A spokeswoman for the Dublin Chamber of Commerce revealed the cancellations would cost the city a pretty penny: $68 million, to be exact.
When tickets for the five shows went on sale earlier this year, they sold out almost immediately, prompting concert promoter Peter Aiken to tell The L.A. Times, “I don’t know where it could have stopped,” when discussing Garth’s sell-out potential.