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  • 11 July 2014, 10:50

Garth Brooks Rejects Deal To Save Irish Shows

Garth Brooks has turned down a deal that would have seen the country music star play his five comeback shows in Dublin.

The singer scrapped all his Irish concerts after local authorities denied permission for two of them.

But after tense behind-the-scenes talks, Dublin City Council on Thursday put forward a compromise which would have seen the five shows go ahead - if two of them were matinees.

But within hours the singer responded by saying two daytime shows "cannot possibly compare" to a five-night straight run.

His publicist Nancy Seltzer said: "To treat 160,000 people differently than all the rest who will be seeing the show the way it was meant and created is wrong.

"He does not understand why it is once again put upon him to treat people less than they deserve to be treated and he still returns to why did they allow five shows to be sold and all these people to be disappointed.

"It is not his decision; it is, with the greatest of respect, the city council's."

Concert promoters, Aiken Promotions, also issued a brief statement stating the option of matinees on Saturday and Sunday was not feasible.

Earlier, Brooks, 52, offered to "swim, fly or crawl" to Ireland for a meeting with premier Enda Kenny to try and let the five shows go ahead.

"We're still under a cloud but I hope joy is coming," he said in a press conference streamed online from Nashville, Tennessee.

"I will do whatever it takes except cancelling on people. If the Prime Minister himself wants me to, I will crawl, swim of fly over this weekend and sit on my knees and beg."

The singer originally planned two performances at the 82,000-seat Croke Park stadium in Dublin for later this month, but locals objected when that was increased to five successive shows.

The council then denied permission for two of the concerts, saying they would cause "an unacceptable level of disruption" for residents and businesses.

This led the top-selling US singer to issue an all-or-nothing ultimatum saying to choose one show over another "would be like asking to choose one child over another".

The Taoiseach said the concerts pull-out would cost the country's recovering economy in the region of ?250m and would also damage its reputation.

Brooks, who has not toured since 2001, sold 400,000 tickets for his "Comeback Special Event".

He has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide.

Earlier this week a presenter on Irish radio station Newstalk convinced Gerry Adams into singing Brooks' hit song If Tomorrow Never Comes.

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