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Local Feud Scuttles 5 Garth Brooks' Dublin Shows

Local Feud Scuttles 5 Garth Brooks' Dublin Shows

CREATED Jul 8, 2014

DUBLIN (AP/NewsChannel 5) -Like an ill-fated romance in a country song, Garth Brooks and Dublin just weren't meant to be.

Five Irish concerts by the country music star were called off on Tuesday after a battle between venue owners and local residents that became a national furor.

More than 400,000 tickets had been sold for the gigs, due to start at Croke Park stadium on July 25.

The stint had been billed as a "Comeback Special" for the 52-year-old superstar after more than a decade of semi-retirement.

Brooks was originally scheduled to play two shows, and when the number of performances was increased to cope with demand, some nearby residents complained.

Dublin City Council last week refused to grant permission for five shows, saying they would cause "an unacceptable level of disruption" for residents and businesses.

The dispute grew increasingly bitter, sparking a legal bid by some residents to have the shows canceled, and a rival petition calling for them all to go ahead.

Brooks released a statement last week saying he would play five shows or none.

"To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another," he said.

Promoter Peter Aiken said Tuesday that attempts to reach agreement among the feuding parties had failed and "no concerts will take place."

Ticket-seller Ticketmaster said it would be offering refunds.

Brooks is one of the best-selling musicians in U.S. history, with more than 128 million albums sold, and helped make country music an international phenomenon.

Last week, a message appeared on the singer's website, saying, "The wait is over ... 7/7."

On Monday, the message was changed to his logo with lightning in the background, and said the announcement would be made Thursday at 11 a.m. CDT. The news conference will be streamed live on the site, as will an interview with the singer.

It’s unclear what exactly the announcement will be, but it's possible that he will announce dates for a comeback tour-- something that he has been hinting at for more than a year.

In December,  Brooks said that he would go on tour in 2014. Brooks retired from touring in 2001 to spend time with children. As of May, they have all finished high school.

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