Brooks had been scheduled to perform July 25-29 at the 82,000-seat sports stadium, but the council refused to authorize the last two performances because of objections raised by local residents. In a written statement, the council said, “The cumulative effect on residents and on some businesses would lead to an unacceptable level of disruption to their lives and livelihoods.”
A total of 400,000 tickets were sold for Brooks’ five-night run at Ireland’s largest venue. Two shows were initially planned in Dublin, but ticket demand prompted Brooks and the concert promoter to extend the series to five nights. With the additional cost of providing an expanded stage and production, the promoter says it’s not economically feasible to offer only three nights of concerts and unfair to approximately 160,000 people who bought tickets to the last two shows.
Brooks addressed the issue in a statement to the council.
“I can’t thank the people of Ireland enough for how welcome they have made me feel,” he said. “I have faith that Dublin City Council will make the best decision for the people of Ireland. For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another. However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will.”
Last week, Brooks’ official website posted a message saying, “The wait is over … 7/7,” creating speculation he could be announcing a world tour on Monday (July 7). However, the website was updated Monday to inform fans that a press conference will be streamed live Thursday at noon ET.
How about Blake Shelton exploding at No. 1 this week with “My Eyes” — his pairing with Gwen Sebastian? And it took him a mere 12 weeks to do it.
Then there’s Mrs. Shelton’s parallel triumph. After being dislodged for a week, Miranda Lambert’s Platinum has bounced back as country music’s the top-selling album.
If all this isn’t enough excitement for you, then you’re pretty much out of luck. Not a lot’s happening on Billboard’s latest country charts.
There’s just one new album and two new songs.
Debuting as the No. 49 CD is Bubba Sparxxx’ Made on McCosh Mill Road. On the songs side, we have Thompson Square’s “I Can’t Outrun You” (No. 59) and Kristian Bush’s “Trailer Hitch” (No. 60).
Songs making a comeback include Ben Rue’s “I Can’t Wait (Be My Wife)” (No. 57) and Jason Aldean’s “This Nothin’ Town” (No. 58).
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Brantley Gilbert’s Just as I Am, Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party, Willie Nelson’s Band of Brothers (last week’s No. 1) and the multi-artist collection Now That’s What I Call Country: Volume 7.
Completing the Top 5 songs array are Jake Owen’s “Beachin’,” Chris Young’s “Who I Am With You,” Tyler Farr’s “Whiskey in My Water” and Joe Nichols’ “Yeah.”
Last week’s No. 1 song, Justin Moore’s “Lettin’ the Night Roll,” has slipped to No. 6.
Things are looking good for Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids,” which bowed in last week at No. 27. Now it’s at No. 20.
Not a lot of new titles to play with for title tunes. But desperation prevails. So to thoroughly distort the songs’ original meanings, we offer these fusings: “I Can’t Outrun You/Roller Coaster” and “I Got a Car/Trailer Hitch.”
How do we do it! And, more to the point, why?
- 2005, The Montgomery Gentry video “Something To Be Proud Of” premieres on CMT
- 1990, Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” steps to #1 on the Billboard country chart, where it remains for three weeks
- 1980, Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker sing the national anthem at the Republican National Convention in Detroit, later admitting they were on cocaine. Also on the schedule: Pat Boone, Donny & Marie Osmond, Richard Petty, Vicki Lawrence and Susan Anton
- 1973, The Everly Brothers break up in the midst of a concert at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, Phil Everly smashing his guitar at the side of the stage after “(‘Til) I Kissed You.” Don Everly performs the night’s remaining two shows solo
- 2002, Brad Paisley hooks the #1 slot on the Billboard country chart with “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)”
- 1994, Garth Brooks performs “Hard Luck Woman” with Kiss on “The Tonight Show”
- 1962, Rhonda Vincent is born in Kirksville, Missouri. She emerges as a major bluegrass talent in the 1990s and 2000s, and contributes to the Grammy-winning country album “Lovin’, Livin’, Losin’: Songs Of The Louvin Brothers”
- 1954, Louise Mandrell is born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Barbara Mandrell’s sister collects five solo hits in the 1980s, including “Save Me” and “I’m Not Through Loving You Yet.” She also adds backing vocals on Merle Haggard’s “Always Wanting You”
- 2007, Fruit Of The Loom debuts an ad campaign featuring Vince Gill singing “Daddy Was The Apple Of My Eye” with various fruits from the company’s logo playing in the band
- 1994, Keyboard player Brady Seals makes his last appearance as a member of Little Texas in Charlotte, Michigan
- 1983, Kimberly Perry is born in Jackson, Mississippi. She becomes the lead singer in the family trio The Band Perry, the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year in 2011. She also wins Song of the Year for writing “If I Die Young”
- 1972, Tom T. Hall records “(Old Dogs-Children And) Watermelon Wine” around noon at Mercury Custom Recording Studio in Nashville
- 1987, “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” takes George Strait to #1 on the Billboard country chart
- 1981, Earl Thomas Conley scores his first #1 single in Billboard with “Fire & Smoke”
- 1973, Singer/songwriter Scotty Emerick is born in Hollywood, Florida. He joins Toby Keith’s band and becomes a co-writer on such hits as “Beer For My Horses,” “Whiskey Girl,” “I Love This Bar” and “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight”
- 1952, Hank Williams records “You Win Again” a day after his divorce is finalized, along with “I Won’t Be Home No More” at the Castle Studio in Nashville’s Tulane Hotel
- 2012, Luke Bryan performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Kellie Pickler does “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch. The National League beats the American League, 8-0
- 2004, Toby Keith’s “Whiskey Girl” takes over the #1 position in the Billboard country singles chart
- 1970, Gerald Vernon is born in Columbus, Ohio. Using the professional name Gary LeVox, he becomes the lead singer for Rascal Flatts, whose tight harmonies and positive lyrics lead to numerous multi-platinum albums and Vocal Group of the Year honors
- 1965, Ken Mellons is born in Kingsport, Tennessee. The deep-voiced singer earns a 1994 hit with “Jukebox Junkie”
- 2010, A “CMT Crossroads” episode featuring Kenny Chesney and Steve Miller debuts. The set list includes “I Go Back,” “Rock N’ Me” and “Living In Fast Forward”
- 2001, The Country Music Association announces 12 honorees will be added to the Country Music Hall of Fame: Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Sam Phillips, The Louvin Brothers, The Delmore Brothers, The Jordanaires, Webb Pierce, Don Gibson, The Everly Brothers, Don Law, Ken Nelson and Homer & Jethro
- 1983, Ricky Skaggs rides to #1 in Billboard with “Highway 40 Blues”
- 1954, Elvis Presley records Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” for Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee
- 2000, Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” begins a five-week ride at #1 on the Billboard country chart
- 1996, Keifer Thompson moves to Nashville from Oklahoma. Shortly after, he meets future wife and fellow Thompson Square partner Shawna McIlwain
- 1972, When a concert date is cancelled, Barbara Mandrell joins the Grand Ole Opry, three weeks earlier than scheduled
- 1961, Toby Keith is born in Clinton, Oklahoma. The former semi-pro football player emerges in 1993 with “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” becoming a brash hitmaker, songwriter, label owner and entrepreneur
- 2007, Montgomery Gentry rolls straight sevens by topping the Billboard chart with “Lucky Man” on 7-7-07
- 2004, Jimmy Buffett’s “Hey, Good Lookin’” video–featuring appearances by George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Clint Black and Alan Jackson–debuts on CMT
- 1973, Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me” reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
- 1927, Charlie Louvin, of The Louvin Brothers, is born in Section, Alabama. Along with brother Ira, they mix gospel and country, landing on the Grand Ole Opry in 1955. Charlie remains with the Opry following his brother’s death in 1965