Garth Brooks announced on Wednesday (Aug. 18) that the five remaining Stadium Tour dates for 2021 plus the rained out Nashville date he'd hope to reschedule soon have been cancelled (for now, at least), due to the rise of COVID-19 cases across the country.
"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," Brooks said (as reported by The Boot). "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."
Brooks hopes to eventually rescheduled the impacted tour stops.
"I'm sincerely hoping we are back on tour before the year's end," he added (as reported by The Boot). "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 ... 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."
Ticketmaster will automatically issue refunds for ticket holders for all impacted shows.
The Stadium Tour
The country legend first announced his three-year Stadium Tour back in Oct. 2018.
"I wanted to call it the big-ass stadium tour, but they voted me down on that one," Brooks joked at a 2018 press conference. "It was going to be a college tour, but because of the cities -- how they worked out -- there are going to be some professional stadiums in there as well."
The opening date on the tour was on March 9, 2019 in St. Louis at The Dome at America's Center. Twelve more dates followed in 2019, highlighted by a two-night stand at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (May 3-4).
Things didn't go according to plan in 2020, with Brooks playing just one stadium stop-- a Feb. 22 date at Ford Field in Detroit--before the COVID-19 pandemic halted widespread touring.
The country superstar said that in planning the tour, it was important to make each show a unique experience.
"This one is going to be so special, so rare, so far apart," Brooks said. "Very individual. Very unique."
He added that his goal will be to "turn the arena into a honky tonk," making each show an incredible experience for everyone in attendance.
Brooks said he wants to encourage fans to treat the shows as a "game day" and show up to the concert wearing team colors.
Cancelled Stadium Tour Dates (not counting the postponed Nashville date)
Sept. 4- Lumen Field- Seattle, Washington
Sept. 18- Paul Brown Stadium- Cincinnati, Ohio
Sept. 25- Bank of America Stadium- Charlotte, North Carolina
Oct. 2- M&T Bank Stadium- Baltimore, Maryland
Oct. 9- Gillette Stadium- Foxborough, Massachusetts