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Garth Brooks did this Irish tribute band 'a huge favour'

Garth might not have been able to get five nights of gigs in Ireland but these guys had no problem.

Source: Garth Brooks Tribute Show via Facebook

MOST GARTH BROOKS fans around the country might be mourning the loss of the Croke Park concerts that were due to take place this weekend but one group of Garth fans are pretty happy about it.

They are part of a seven piece Garth Brooks tribute band and they have been booked for five nights of gigs in a row – something the man himself didn’t even manage.

Billy Sullivan, the ‘Garth’ of the band, told TheJournal.ie that the phone has been ringing off the hook since it was announced that none of the five concerts planned from Friday to Tuesday would be going ahead.

Source: Garth Brooks Tribute Show

“We’re booked up for next weekend as well,” he said. “As I speak there are more calls coming in.”

It’s all because of Garth – he did us a huge favour. I don’t know if that would have gone like that if he didn’t have to cancel.

Most of the gigs they are playing are in venues that were already hosting some kind of Garth Brooks themed evening, to coincide with the concerts.

“The country doesn’t need people to start cancelling events and hotel bookings so they’re desperate for people and for bands to come,” Sullivan commented, adding that he knows of four other tribute bands who have been doing well from the cancellations.

Sullivan, who is obviously an avid Garth fan, said he did think it was a shame that the concerts were cancelled as he had tickets himself and was looking forward to it.

If I’m being honest, I was kind of happy when I heard in the end because I thought this should work in our favour.

The band has already been playing gigs over the last couple of weeks and Sullivan said fans have been acting as if they were watching the real deal.

Source: Garth Brooks Tribute Show

Because he’s not coming, we’ve been trying to put on an even better show, get close to the audience, bring them up on stage.

They have also been a big hit with the ladies, just like the real Garth.

“The ladies, they seem to love a cowboy hat,” Sullivan joked. “I might just start wearing mine around in the street.”

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