As Garth Brooks told his 80,000 screaming fans this evening, he’s been waiting for this concert “all his life”.
And the air of relief and euphoria was palpable at Croke Park tonight as the country music sensation finally fulfilled its 2014 promise.
His fans flocked to the sacred site in the north from all over the country, sporting cowboy hats and belts as the gates opened at 5pm.
His loyal army has for eight years hoped to pay tribute to the American performer on Irish soil – and they will enjoy every second of his famed performance.
After a long wait, half an hour didn’t seem like a big deal. An announcement at 7:30 p.m. was played over the loudspeaker stating that there was a slight delay to allow fans to arrive at the venue.
But when he finally took to the stage at 8 p.m., fans nearly lifted the roof with their cheers as he headed straight for a loud performance of ‘Ireland’.
Showing off his 50 lbs weight loss in a pair of blue denim jeans and a black shirt, he later performed ‘Queen of the South’, ‘Rodeo’ and ‘The Beaches of Chayenne.’
At one point, he dropped to his knees and told screaming fans that he wasn’t there to talk about what happened in the past.
“I’m here for a purpose and that’s to raise some sort of hell tonight,” he said.
The packed crowd responded with a chorus of ‘olé, olé, olé’ as he wrapped the tricolor around himself and enjoyed the moment.
He told them they were “going to hear a lot of cowboy songs tonight” as he finally made his own Irish stage debut.
A sprawling structure in a semicircle with a large screen to the left and a long walkway, he gave attendees a performance to remember as he went from monster to monster. Other monsters include ‘The Thunder Rolls’ and ‘Unanswered Prayers. ‘
In a surge of emotion, he was relieved to tell them, “You guys are back! I just want to enjoy this moment right now.”
For many in attendance, it was also a dream come true for them to see the Grammy-winning star in person.
Cork woman Janet Egan, who was there with her best friend Tina Geary, said she was “like a kid waiting to see Santy all day”.
And who can blame her, as she’s waited 28 years to see Garth Brooks in the country music scene.
“I lined up for his 1994 concert at the Point Theatre. We had to queue at HMV to buy tickets and I was next in line. Then they come down and say, “Sorry, we’ve sold out.” I cried,” she said.
She tried again in 2014 and again, she lined up all night for him while she was pregnant and of course, it got cancelled. This time, it will be a “lucky third” for her. “I can’t wait now, it will be unreal. My favorite song is Baton Rouge but I love all of his songs,” she said.
Marking their 21st anniversary together was couple Kate Hanly and Eddie Harty, who boarded for the concert.
“It was great to be here the first night and we will be back on the Limerick Concert train tonight. Someone said it’s like thousands for a hotel here now. I would love to hear him play The Dance because this week we have been together for 21 years and it was our song when we first met,” she said.
Many ticket buyers choose to take the train to the concert and get the ‘Party Train’ back home at midnight, due to the high room rates.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/im-here-for-one-purpose-and-thats-to-raise-some-kind-of-hell-tonight-garth-brooks-thrills-his-fans-in-croke-park-41977524.html ‘I’m here for a purpose and that’s to raise some sort of hell tonight’ – Garth Brooks gets his fans emotional in Croke Park