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The Edge proclaims that U2's upcoming Dublin gigs will lift the roof off the 3Arena

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 11/11/2015 | 18:01

U2 performing during their Innocence + Experience tour at the O2 arena in London
U2 performing during their Innocence + Experience tour at the O2 arena in London
U2 performed at London's O2 Arena
Noel Gallagher appears on stage with U2 at London's O2

U2 is preparing to raise the roof of the 3Arena for their upcoming Irish gigs, The Edge has said.

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The U2 guitarist said the Dublin audiences are U2's most energetic, alongside the Glasgow audience.

"We're putting on a show that's designed for a much bigger house than the 3Arena.

"I'm sure it's going to lift the roof off with the energy concentration," he said.

"The Glasgow audience are great. They and the Dublin audience, I think, are the two that are the most energetic of all our audiences in this part of the world.

"South America is great. But Dublin and Glasgow, the audiences are just amazing.

"There's a bit of gypsy in me. I do love travel as well," he said.

In an in-depth interview with Hot Press magazine, he said the band are delighted to support the Music Generation iniatitive.

"The Dublin shows are essentially charity shows, because you’re donating the €2million profits to Music Generation," the guitarist remarked.

"Do you do that anywhere else for any other cause?

"No, it’s an Irish thing. We’ve done it for years.

"Once we started touring and doing big shows, I think we’ve always done it. We want to make those Dublin shows very special."

Music Generation is a philanthropic initiative that was kickstarted in 2009 with a donation of €2 million from the Ireland Funds (a global fundraising network for people of Irish ancestry) and €5million from U2.

The body's aim is to ensure that all children, regardless of their means, gets access to music tuition.

Programs in singing, rock and pop groups, hip-hop and traditional music are offered to children under 18 in locations all around the country.

He shared some exciting news about who we can expect to join them on stage at the Dublin shows.

"All our aunties and uncles - they're very special guests," he laughed.

"On-stage is great, but off-stage there's always so many people to say hello to. And it's wonderful, but it's also...it can be quite a lot."

The Edge said that while he has boltholes in the South of France and in Malibu, Dublin will always be the place he calls home.

"Dublin is the centre of all my activities, where all my stuff is, and all my people. My sister lives there, so definitely Dublin."

U2 play The SSE Arena, Belfast on November 18 and 19 and The 3Arena, Dublin on November 23, 24, 27 and 28.

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