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Could Bono and the boys be set for home town gigs in Dublin’s 3Arena this Christmas?

Published 19/04/2015 | 10:53

Bono performs on stage for the second night of U2's 360 Degrees World Tour in their home town at Croke Park on July 25, 2009
Bono performs on stage for the second night of U2's 360 Degrees World Tour in their home town at Croke Park on July 25, 2009
Adam Clayton and The Edge perform on stage for the second night of U2's 360 Degrees World Tour in their home town at Croke Park on July 25, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland.
Bono performs on stage for the second night of U2's 360 Degrees World Tour in their home town at Croke Park on July 25, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns)
U2 frontman Bono nurses his injured arm as he walks down Grafton Street in Dublin on Saturday. Photo: Peter O’Doherty
U2’s Adam Clayton, The Edge, Bono and Larry Mullen with Ali Hewson at the funeral of their friend radio presenter Tony Fenton at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, where they sang ‘Ordinary Love’ from the altar.

Rumours are rife that U2 plan to end their world tour in Dublin this December with a string of Christmas gigs in the city’s 3Arena.

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Bono and the boys are said to be planning five concerts in the venue to take place in late November and early December to finish their Innocence and Experience tour in the capital.

It is believed that more than 72,000 tickets will go on sale for the gigs throughout the next few weeks, according to The Sunday World.

This is the first time the band will play in the venue, formerly known as The Point, since December 1989. In 2009, the band played two sold-out gigs in Croke Park as part of their 360 tour.

Meanwhile, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen are set to kick off their world tour on May 14 in Vancouver, Canada.

The band will play eight shows in New York’s Madison Square Garden, six of which are already sold out. The European leg of the tour will kick start in Turin on September 4.

Adam Clayton and The Edge perform on stage for the second night of U2's 360 Degrees World Tour in their home town at Croke Park on July 25, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland.
Adam Clayton and The Edge perform on stage for the second night of U2's 360 Degrees World Tour in their home town at Croke Park on July 25, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland.
Bono performs on stage for the second night of U2's 360 Degrees World Tour in their home town at Croke Park on July 25, 2009
Bono performs on stage for the second night of U2's 360 Degrees World Tour in their home town at Croke Park on July 25, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns)
U2 frontman Bono nurses his injured arm as he walks down Grafton Street in Dublin on Saturday. Photo: Peter O’Doherty
U2’s Adam Clayton, The Edge, Bono and Larry Mullen with Ali Hewson at the funeral of their friend radio presenter Tony Fenton at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, where they sang ‘Ordinary Love’ from the altar.

While preparation for the tour is well underway, Bono continues to recover from injury after falling from a bicycle in New York’s Central Park last November.

The front man suffered a facial fracture and facial abrasions as well as three fractures to his shoulder blade.

Speaking of the tour Bono said: “We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two, and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed,” he said.

The band recently attended the funeral of their good friend Today FM’s Tony Fenton, where they performed Ordinary Love in his memory. The much-loved DJ passed away last month.

U2 frontman Bono nurses his injured arm as he walks down Grafton Street in Dublin on Saturday. Photo: Peter O’Doherty
U2 frontman Bono nurses his injured arm as he walks down Grafton Street in Dublin on Saturday. Photo: Peter O’Doherty
U2’s Adam Clayton, The Edge, Bono and Larry Mullen with Ali Hewson at the funeral of their friend radio presenter Tony Fenton at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, where they sang ‘Ordinary Love’ from the altar.
Bono performs on stage for the second night of U2's 360 Degrees World Tour in their home town at Croke Park on July 25, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns)
Bono performs on stage for the second night of U2's 360 Degrees World Tour in their home town at Croke Park on July 25, 2009
Adam Clayton and The Edge perform on stage for the second night of U2's 360 Degrees World Tour in their home town at Croke Park on July 25, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland.

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