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  • 17 July 2014, 8:45

Brooks Gigs Compensation: Lawyers Consulted

Garth Brooks' concert promoter has said he is considering legal action for compensation, claiming he and the country music star have lost millions after five shows were cancelled.

Peter Aiken is consulting lawyers about potentially suing those he blames for the collapse of the concerts at Dublin's Croke Park.

Thousands of fans were left devastated after council chiefs refused a licence for all of the shows, which were scheduled for later this month.

Brooks turned down a deal which would have seen him play three evening shows and two matinees.

The singer said he was "crushed" after making the decision.

"I'm taking legal advice over that," Mr Aiken told a parliamentary hearing into the fiasco. "It's all very raw at the moment."

Dismissing suggestions he earned a significant sum from interest on the ticket sales, Mr Aiken said he has paid out deposits for equipment and accommodation for a massive entourage.

"I'm down a seven figure (sum) on this," he said. "And Garth Brooks is going to be out millions."

Also hauled before the parliamentary watchdog, Croke Park chief Peter McKenna insisted he was assured five gigs would get the go-ahead after a private telephone call with city manager Owen Keegan.

Senator Eamonn Coghan told the hearing that if an "an element of money and greed" did not come into it, everybody would have been happy with three concerts.

However, Mr Aiken denied it was anything to do with greed and said it was about making history.

Dublin City Council chiefs have claimed they were willing to look at compromises on three separate occasions after initially blocking two of the five planned shows.

This included a four-night run, an option to stage three concerts at Croke Park and two elsewhere in the capital or a third idea for two matinees and three night-time shows over the same weekend.