Garth Brooks cancels tour dates due to COVID surge
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Garth Brooks is canceling his tour dates in five cities, citing a rising number of COVID-19 cases. The country star restarted touring in July and regularly performs in front of sold-out stadium crowds. But Brooks says after reassessing the situation, he will cancel his planned next shows in Ohio, North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts and Tennessee. He also had planned to play in Seattle but declined to put tickets on sale. Brooks said in a statement that he had thought the pandemic was falling behind but realized that we are still in the fight, and he must do his part.