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Garth Brooks cancels Baltimore concert due to spike in COVID cases

Garth Brooks said on Wednesday he has canceled the next five cities on his stadium tour, including a Sept. 25 show at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, due to the recent uptick in COVID cases in the U.S..

The tour, which kicked off in July, is refunding around 350,000 tickets to the country singer’s shows that were scheduled for the coming months. All ticket holders will automatically be issued a refund.

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In addition to the September show in Baltimore, the tour canceled shows in Cincinnati, Charlotte, Foxborough, Mass., and Nashville.

“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. 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,” Brooks said in the news release.

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The news release said the tour will monitor COVID-19 cases and how other entertainers and events handle the current wave of cases.

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

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