By Kurt Wolff
After staging huge and wildly successful stadium shows in Dublin, Ireland in 1997, Garth Brooks is returning to the same venue this summer. Today (Jan. 20), Brooks announced he will play two concerts, July 25 and 26, at Dublin’s Croke Park.
The shows take place in advance of Brooks’ previously announced world tour, which is slated to begin later this year. The two Ireland concerts are being dubbed the Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event.
“Before we go back on tour in the Fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band, and crew,” Brooks said in a statement posted on his website. “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.”
Tickets for the two concerts in Croke Park go on sale Thursday, Jan. 30 from Ticketmaster and all usual ticket outlets nationwide.
Brooks, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012, first hinted at stepping back into the limelight with a series of cryptic messages on his website. Those steps have so far included the new box set Blame It All on My Roots, a CBS television special that aired last November, and the announcement that he will be setting out on a massive world tour beginning this year.
“The world tour is all going to be the stuff you know Garth from and all the new stuff that’s coming,” Brooks said in an interview with CBS Minneapolis’ BUZ’N 102.9 (a Radio.com station). I can’t tell you how excited I am about that. It’s a new tour. New Garth music that I hope gets treated like the old stuff.”