Garth Brooks made a special announcement live from Dublin, Ireland on Monday. Standing in Croke Park, the location of his legendary sold out concerts in 1997, he announced he will return to the venue July 25-26 for two special performances. “The Garth Brooks Comeback Special” shows will be the precursor to his world tour, which will launch this fall.
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“Before we go back on tour in the Fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band, and crew,” Garth said. “In ’97, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park, the stadium was under construction. 130,000+ of some of the greatest fans in the world. 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.’…and we’re back to do just that.”
Garth retired in 2001 and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. In 2008, President Obama asked Garth to headline his Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial and later that year, the Governor of California requested his help with raising funds to prevent fire catastrophes. He performed five concerts in two days with portions of the live concerts shown as a TV special, “Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.”
Continuing his habit of returning to the stage for charity, Garth returned to Nashville in December 2010 where he performed nine shows in six days to raise funds for flood relief. In January, 2012 he was named the bestselling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and Soundscan, with more than 68.5 million sales.
Tickets for “The Garth Brooks Comeback Special” will go on sale January 30 at 9 a.m. through Ticketmaster.com and all usual ticket outlets nationwide.