Country star Garth Brooks is canceling his remaining stadium tour dates in five cities due to an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
Brooks had said weeks ago he would re-evaluate the tour in light of the increase in cases. Tickets will be refunded for shows scheduled in Cincinnati; Charlotte, North Carolina; Baltimore; Foxborough, Massachusetts and Nashville, Tennessee. He had also planned to play in Seattle but refused to put tickets on sale.
“In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was behind us,” Brooks said in a statement Wednesday. “Now, watching this new wave, I realize that we are still in the fight and I have to do my part. “
Brooks, one of the best-selling artists in the music industry, resumed touring in July and performs regularly to 60,000 to 70,000 people per stage. Many of his shows sell out well in advance.
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Brooks said he hopes he can resume touring before the end of the year and reschedule those tour dates.
Brooks’ wife, Campaign Queen Trisha Yearwood, recently told PEOPLE (the TV show!)
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“I had what was considered a mild case and I think that’s why we had – we were lucky that COVID didn’t get into our lungs, but that’s probably also why we got no more problems here, ”she explained. “It wasn’t a joke. “
« [Brooks] would not stay away from me… ”, she added of the 59-year-old woman. “I’m like ‘Dude, I can’t be responsible for giving Garth Brooks COVID.’ “
“’You have to go to quarantine on the other side of the house,” she told the country music star. “He wouldn’t. He was really worried about me. “
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Yearwood added: “But he never got sick and he was vaccinated. He took good care of me, but he drove me crazy. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.