Wednesday 24 May 2017

'It feels like home' - Adam Clayton on U2's return to Croke Park in July

Adam Clayton at a U2 gig in Croke Park. Photo: Damien Eagers
Adam Clayton at a U2 gig in Croke Park. Photo: Damien Eagers
Bono, left, and Adam Clayton, of the band U2, perform in the band's first concert of their new world tour in Vancouver. Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP

Sasha Brady

After much speculation U2 have confirmed that they will return to Croke Park for the Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour.

The Dublin four-piece will take to the Jones Road stadium on July 22, as part of a world tour which will take in cities across the US, Canada and Europe.

Speaking from his home at Danesmoate in Rathfarnham (the house where the Joshua Tree was recorded), Adam Clayton told RTE Radio One listeners that the band is looking forward to a return to Croke Park.

"We love it. It feels like home for us," the U2 bassist told Ryan Tubridy.

U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour, 2nd leg: Europe. Croke Park, Dublin, June 1987... View of the many fans in the audience. One holds up a poster/placard of the band. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Colection)
U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour, 2nd leg: Europe. Croke Park, Dublin, June 1987... View of the many fans in the audience. One holds up a poster/placard of the band. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Colection)

The first time the band played the GAA headquarters was The Unforgettable Fire tour in 1985 to a sold-out 60,000 strong crowd.

"It was legendary - from our point of view - to be in there," Clayton said of that first gig.

Bono and Adam Clayton from U2 perform at Croke Park on July 24, 2009 in Dublin. Photo: Getty Images
Bono and Adam Clayton from U2 perform at Croke Park on July 24, 2009 in Dublin. Photo: Getty Images

"At that stage not many bands had played in Croker. And over the years our relationship with Croke Park has gone from one, to two to three to four tours in a tour. So we're very happy to be back there."

While Clayton admitted that the band do miss being away from family while on the road, he said they have very little to complain about.

"We get treated very well. We get looked after and pampered and moved around and fed regularly. At this point the hardest part is being away from the family. It's hard on the men with family life.

"But the actual process of performing in front of a willing audience is something that is never tiring.

"It's a privilege. It's enlightening. It's vitalising.

"It's one of the great experiences and I don't think any of us would ever tire of that."

Tickets for the U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 are on sale Monday, January 16 in Ireland, the UK and Europe and Tuesday, January 17 in the US and Canada.

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