Garth Brooks has officially canceled the next five stops on his stadium tour, citing the “new wave of the Covid-19 virus spreading across the nation.”
The 59-year-old country star just recently took to his website to announce the Garth Brooks Stadium Tour cancellations, including a September 18th show in Cincinnati, a September 25th gig in Charlotte, an October 2nd performance in Baltimore, an October 9th set in Foxborough, and a Nashville concert that was to take place sometime this year.
Brooks likewise specified that the roughly 350,000 fans who purchased tickets to the nixed shows will automatically receive refunds. The stadium tour – which resumed last month – attracted north of 300,000 total fans across its first five dates, according to the Tulsa-born artist and his team. Within the total, about 74,000 persons watched Brooks perform in Kansas City, and this gig, like July’s Latitude Festival, featured an on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinic that few concertgoers utilized.
Elaborating upon the decision to put his next five stadium performances on ice until 2022, Garth Brooks said: “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. 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. So, it is with a heavy heart we announce the decision to cancel all 5 shows but with a hopeful heart, we will reschedule and start over when this wave seems to be behind us.”
On the latter front, despite the fact that “new concert dates will be sought in 2022” for the canceled stadium performances, Brooks also indicated that he hopes to resume touring before 2021’s conclusion.
“I’m sincerely hoping we are back on tour before the year’s end,” relayed the two-time Grammy winner (and 14-time nominee). “With that said, the most important thing to me is fulfilling my end of the Stadium Tour by making sure every show is doable before putting tickets on sale (that is why we pulled the Seattle on sale) and making sure the environment these people are trading their time and money to put themselves into is not only the best experience ever, but also the safest one we can provide.”
Lastly, “a spokesperson for the tour” – not Brooks – “said the team will continue to monitor the virus’ impact and watch how schools, sports, and other entertainment entities are handling this stage of the pandemic.”
AEG recently announced that its live-music venues and events will require fans to show that they’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine or tested negative for the bug, and Live Nation followed suit. Bonnaroo 2021, for its part, is still set to kick off on September 2nd, albeit with a vaccine/negative-test requirement, while New York City’s controversial vaccination mandate went into effect this week.