Like an ill-fated romance in a country song, Garth Brooks and Dublin just weren’t meant to be.
Five Irish concerts by the country music star were called off on Tuesday after a battle between venue owners and local residents that became a national furor.
More than 400,000 tickets had been sold for the gigs, due to start at Croke Park stadium on July 25.
The stint had been billed as a Comeback Special for the 52-year-old superstar after more than a decade of semi-retirement.
Brooks was originally scheduled to play two shows, and when the number of performances was increased to cope with demand, some nearby residents complained.
Brooks released a statement last week saying he would play five shows or none.
Cooper at Castle
Shock rocker Alice Cooper loves White Castle sliders.
Cooper is such a fan of the little square hamburgers that he showed up at the company headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday to be inducted into the restaurant’s Craver Hall of Fame.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that the 66-year-old rock legend – whose real name is Vincent Furnier – told about 250 people gathered at the restaurant’s headquarters stories about his father sharing White Castle burgers with him when he was a kid.
Music for the dogs
DogTV, the 2-year-old subscription TV network for dogs, asked Grammy-winning musician Andrew Dost of the pop-rock band fun. to write some psychoacoustic music for the network.
The unnamed result, nearly four minutes of harp, piano and repetitive electronic undertones, debuted Monday during a relaxation segment.
Dost is the first Grammy winner to work with DogTV and he will donate all proceeds for his work to A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue, a shelter in his hometown of Detroit.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Brian Dennehy is 76. Actor Richard Roundtree is 72. Actor Chris Cooper is 63. TV personality-turned-musician John Tesh is 62. Singer David Ball is 61. Singer Debbie Sledge is 60. Actor Jimmy Smits is 59. Actor Tom Hanks is 58. Actress Kelly McGillis is 57. Singer Courtney Love is 50. Bassist Frank Bello of Anthrax is 49. Actor David O’Hara is 49. Musician Jack White is 39. Actor Fred Savage is 38. Actress Georgie Henley is 19.