Garth Brooks Has a ‘Heavy Heart’ As He Cancels Next Five Stadium Concerts
Seven-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks has canceled the remaining five scheduled shows on The Garth Brooks Stadium…
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Seven-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks has canceled the remaining five scheduled shows on The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour.
Brooks made the decision following his stadium concert in Lincoln, Nebraska over the weekend and admits it was a difficult one to make.
“In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was falling behind us. Now, watching this new wave, I realize we are still in the fight and I must do my part,” he shared in a statement issued on Wednesday (Aug. 18). “I have asked the wonderful cities of Cincinnati and Charlotte to wait too long and I don’t want to now do that same thing to the great folks in Boston and Baltimore. As far as Nashville, we are looking for a make up date from the July rain out and though this is not COVID related, to make them wait makes me sad, as well.”
The country music icon hopes to share new dates for the shows in the near future.
“So, it is with a heavy heart we announce the decision to cancel all five shows but with a hopeful heart, we will reschedule and start over when this wave seems to be behind us,” he said.
The five concert locations being cancelled include: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, scheduled for September 18th, Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, scheduled for September 25th, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, scheduled for October 2nd, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, scheduled for October 9th and Nissan Stadium in Nashville which has not been rescheduled yet.
“The joy I have seen in everyone’s faces as live music returns has been more than worth our constant diligence to maintain safety protocols not only for the fans, but for our band, the crew and the hard working staff in these stadiums,” Brooks added. “Their dedication to safety for the people who fill those seats has been a miracle to watch and a blessing to receive. I am truly grateful.”
For ticket holders, no action is required to obtain a refund; Ticketmaster will issue a refund to the original method of payment used at time of purchase.
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