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Garth says only Ireland can solve Croker crisis

1 of 1 Garth Brooks called for all five concerts to be played
Garth Brooks called for all five concerts to be played

Garth Brooks has called on Ireland to solve the impasse over his five-concert Croke Park cancellation.

At a press conference today (July 10) in Nashville, the country singer said the issue of the Dublin concerts could only be solved by the Irish.

"The powers who can fix it are not here," he insisted, as he pointed at himself. "Up until ten days ago it was nothing but love."

Admitting that he was unfamiliar with the legal issues around the Croke Park concerts, he pleaded for the matter to be resolved for the benefit of his fans.

He also said that he would "meet the Irish PM", making it clear that the offer of a consultation with Enda Kenny would be snapped-up."I will fly, beg, crawl, on my knees," Brooks insisted.

The star also responded positively when told that Irish people, and his fans in particular, were deeply embarrassed by the gig fiasco.

"Ireland shouldn't be embarrassed," he said, with some emotion in his voice. "I have so much love for Ireland."

And he sees it as a bureaucratic problem rather than a fault of the people. "It's my opinion that the Irish system, buckled itself," he said . "so no, no the Irish have my love forever."

Should the concerts go ahead - as now seems likely - Brooks has promised to put on an unforgettable show for his many Irish fans.

"I hope to give you a show that will make you forget the ones in the '90s," he said, adding that the Irish were expecting "Superman".

"And we're going to give them Superman," he insisted.

As for playing the five concerts in two separate blocks, the country star insisted that would be logistically impossible.

"It's going to take 12 days," he pointed out, when asked about setting up the stage. "And then five days of heavy lifting after the final game there [in Croke Park]."

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