Thunder rolls in Dublin as Garth Brooks comeback gigs cancelled

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Singer Garth Brooks onstage during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 7, 2013A hotly anticipated comeback by country music star Garth Brooks in Dublin later this month suffered a serious setback on Thursday when the local authorities refused a licence for two of his five sold-out shows. Some 400,000 tickets for the Croke Park stadium gigs, billed as a "Comeback Special Event" before a promised world tour by the US singer later this year, had sold out in record time as Brooks-mania swept Ireland. Dublin City Council has now granted permission for the first three concerts on July 25, 26 and 27, but not those planned for July 28 and 29 -- leaving 160,000 ticket holders without a show to go to. "The scale, magnitude and number of the concerts with an expected attendance of in excess of 80,000 people per night over five consecutive nights -- three of them week nights -- is unprecedented," the council said in a statement.

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