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Garth Brooks Makes Farewell Announcement

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the United States, the country star has decided to put a stop to the rest of his tour.
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Sorry country fans, but Garth Brooks is calling it quits.

The country star, who has been on a stadium tour across the United States this summer, has officially canceled the remaining five dates of his 2021 tour.

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Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and the spread of the Delta variant across the country, Garth decided it was in his fan’s best interest to hit the pause button.

Garth Recently Performed in Front of 90,000 Fans

Before canceling, Garth was set to perform in Cincinnati, Ohio (September 18), Charlotte, North Carolina (September 25), Baltimore, Maryland (October 2), Foxborough, Massachusetts (October 9), and Nashville (the date had not been rescheduled following a weather cancellation).

In fact, the news of his canceled shows comes less than a week after he performed in front of roughly 90,000 fans in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Wants to Do “His Part” to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

“In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was falling behind us. Now, watching this new wave, I realize we are still in the fight and I must do my part,” he shared in a statement.

“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,” he explained.

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He continued, “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.”

COVID Numbers Keep Climbing

Though more and more Americans are getting vaccinated every day, not enough people in the country have been vaccinated to reach herd immunity. 

Not to mention, the average number of COVID cases has increased more than five times what it was back in June 2021, according to Taste of Country.

And, though Garth has yet to reschedule these dates, he hopes to make it back out on the road by the end of the year.

“I’m sincerely hoping we are back on tour before the year’s end. 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,” he shared in the statement.

“The joy I have seen in everyone’s faces as live music returns has been more than worth our constant diligence to maintain safety protocols not only for the fans, but for our band, the crew and the hard-working staff in these stadiums.

He continued, “Their dedication to safety for the people who fill those seats has been a miracle to watch and a blessing to receive. I am truly grateful.”