Garth Brooks has revealed his decision to cancel the remainder of his stadium tour due to concerns surrounding a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.
The cancelations include Garth’s scheduled shows at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, M&T Band Stadium in Baltimore and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. Also included is a yet-to-be rescheduled show at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, which was postposed due to weather.
“In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was falling behind us,” Garth said in a statement. “Now, watching this new wave, I realize we are still in the fight and I must do my part.
He continued, “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 announcement comes after Garth revealed to fans he and his team were scheduled to assess the most-recent COVID-19 data after his show in Lincoln, NE on August 14. After their review, Brooks and his team have decided the stadium tour will not continue on as planned.
“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.”
A tour spokesperson is reportedly monitoring the virus’ impact and will continue to take into consideration the response from schools, sports, and other entertainment entities before revealing plans for continued live music from Garth.
“I’m sincerely hoping we are back on tour before the year’s end,” Brooks concluded. “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.”