I'm not sure if this has made the news much outside Ireland but Garth Brooks is going on tour next year and chose Ireland to hold his comeback special concerts. In July (hooray, I'll be in Ireland) but the last weekend (boo, I need to be back in Germany before the 22nd). I toyed with the idea of flying back on the Saturday and then home on the Sunday, which wouldn't involve me taking any time off work and I even spent a couple of hours when the tickets went on sale trying to get some but wasn't able to. I'm really disappointed that I can't go but the sensible part of me knows it's for the best. Concert tickets were not in the budget for this month and flights back to Ireland just for a weekend in the height of summer would have been going a bit overboard. Not that there aren't loads of people going overboard, some have tickets for all five nights that he is now playing! In total about 400,000 tickets were sold. The first three dates within about two hours and the second two within maybe three hours. It was madness, I tell ye. Someone on the Irish discussion forums boards.ie suggested that he should have done it a few years ago and lifted the country out of the recession sooner. LOL
At any rate, for now, I'll just wait and see where he actually plays during the tour in 2015 - maybe he'll be in Germany, too. I've missed tickets for his other shows years ago, too, so it has to work out sometime, surely. In the meantime, this comedian put together a song for Garth Brooks, to explain what's been happening in Ireland since he last played there. In 1997 the Celtic Tiger was well under way and seventeen years later, the story is very, very different. It's very Irish so apologies to those who aren't familiar with Irish politics and things that have happened there in the last couple of decades.