Garth Brooks has broken the hearts of his Irish fans by confirming all five of his sold out Croke Park shows near Dublin, set for later this month (Jul14), have been cancelled over a permit issue.
Officials at Dublin City Council have told the country star they cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the necessary licenses for all five shows, and so Brooks has stuck to his all-or-nothing pledge.
Promoters were granted permission to stage three shows at Croke Park, but came up against local opposition when they added two extra dates due to demand.
Councillors sided with the locals and agreed the extra two shows could not go ahead, prompting Brooks to threaten to pull all the concerts.
In a statement released on Monday (14Jul14), the singer writes, "I just received the news the Irish council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows.
"To say I am crushed is an understatement. All I see is my mother's face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.
"So, it is with a broken heart, I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by TicketMaster."
Brooks can only hope that his Irish fans will get to other shows on his world tour, adding, "I encourage any and all of them that can come see the show, at some point around the world, to bring your Irish flags and wave them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you."
Almost 400,000 fans were expected to attend the shows, which were billed as Brooks' Irish comeback after a 17-year absence.