The Garth Brooks Five

I am really getting sick of all this crap about Garth Brooks.

For those of you who have been fortunate enough to have avoided the Irish news for the last couple of weeks, Garth Brooks was booked to play a couple of concerts in Dublin.  For reasons that completely escape me, there was a high demand for tickets and instead of the original two gigs they decided to extend that to five.

Now the gigs were to be held in Croke Park which is a stadium in the heart of Dublin's Northside.  The local residents weren't too happy at the prospect of being locked into their homes for five days so they objected.  I think I would probably object too at the prospect of not being able to park within a couple of miles of my house and then having to put up with the rowdy after-gig crowds?

The residents successfully lodged an objection to the extra gigs and they were canceled.  This was sort of unfortunate for the idiots morons tone deaf people who had already bought tickets for the extra gigs but c'est la vie.

I gather they managed to arrange refunds for the extra gigs, so you would think that would be the end of it?


Garth Brooks announced that it was five gigs or nothing.  That sounded like an excellent suggestion as they could then cancel the lot and blame it on Brooks.

But then the locals started protesting again.  Now they want the full five concerts as they want their kids to be employed in the local pubs and in chip-vans and the like instead of loafing around selling drugs and robbing cars [did I mention this is Dublin's Northside we're talking about?].  The council said a decision had been made and that it was two gigs or nothing.

So now we have half the residents protesting that they don't want the extra gigs because their lives will be disrupted.  The other half of the residents are protesting that they want the five gigs so their kids can sell hot-dogs instead of heroin.  Garth Brooks is saying it's a case of all or nothing.  The concert promoters are running around like headless chickens and are to fly to Merka to try to reason with Brooks.  And now the Law has stepped in and is investigating claims that some of the protests that were lodged were forgeries.

All in all it's a bit of a mess.

Personally I couldn't give a shite.  As far as I am concerned they can run the five or cancel the lot.  I feel no sympathy for the fans as they are stupid enough to fork out a fortune to hear a third rate Merkan country singer.  I feel little sympathy for anyone who chose to live in the shadow of a fucking football stadium.  

I just wish they'd shut the fuck up and get on with it.

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The Garth Brooks Five — 10 Comments

  1. Calling Garth Brooks a third rate musician is an insult to all third rate musicians!

    What's up with all this anyway?  I thought this country music crap was a piece of American crap.  I never realized that it went beyond our shores.

  2. Just how long have the Aikens been in this business.

    Selling tickets months before looking for permission was stupid on any scale,

    Maybe they thought if they left it to the last second to apply they couldn't get refused.

    • It was a cock-up on an industrial scale. 

      Aiken is now stating he "was 'very disappointed' for the fans who intended to go".  I'd say he is far more disappointed at having to hand all that lovely cash back?

    • Sham,that's how the developers operated during the boom(which led to the great BOOM)-build first then apply retrospectively for planning permission on the basis that "we have da fookin thing built now,they'll hardly make us knock it"

  3. I'm gonna go against the grain here and say I like Garth Brooks. And country music in general. I might even fork out for a ticket if he was playing in our area.

  4. Johnny Cash was a distinctive country singer, and he played the guitar well too. But I'm a bit of a cultural sniffysnob –  I do rather fancy JS Bach set to electric violin jazz, as done by some group in Sydney whose name eludes me on this sunny morning in the far east. But chacun a son gout, as the eveque said to the non-jazzy actrice. Garth Brooks may have talent and jaded sex appeal, for all I know. His promoters got greedy and exceeded the limit set out by DCC. The GAA hasn't come out moral tops in all this either. This great national amateur institution has let big bucks go to its head.  The love of money…  as the good book saith. Brooks's fans and the entertainment business have been given an almighty slap in the face. My sympathies with the fans, even if JS Bach jazzified is more wholesome entertainment, although not sexy.

    They could brilliantly now invite the vanquished Brazil soccer team to come and trounce Ireland 10 – 0 in a friendly game in Croker.

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