U2 set to announce 3 Dublin Innocence + Experience tour dates
U2 are finally poised to announce dates for the Irish leg of their upcoming indoor Innocence + Experience tour.
The band will play three dates at the 3Arena, Dublin this Christmas and exact dates and details will be announced in an interview recorded with the late Tony Fenton for Today FM which will be broadcast on Monday May 4 on the station at 3pm.
In January of this year, Tony was invited to join Bono and wife Ali at home in Killiney to record an interview with the U2 frontman.
Tony had wanted to interview Bono for many years and, after bumping into each other on a night out, Tony asked Bono to come onto The Tony Fenton Show around the release of the band’s new album.
Bono promised he would but unfortunately Tony was in hospital when 'Songs of Innocence' was released. Upon hearing of Tony’s ill-health, Bono welcomed Tony into his home to record the interview.
During the interview, Bono and Tony compare their experiences of growing up on Dublin’s Northside, a stone’s throw from each other. While Tony avoided trouble, Bono was in the thick of it.
Bono chats openly about the band’s upcoming tour, including details of Irish shows this Christmas, and spills the beans on previous tours, revealing his favourite tour, the highs and lows of being on the road and why he was whacked on the head with a hairdryer.
During the interview, Bono pays Tony the compliment of saying that the band are big fans of his and how he is “more consistent than U2”. It was the last interview that Tony recorded. Tony sadly passed away on Thursday 12 March this year.
The upcoming U2 tour will be the first time the band plays indoor arenas in a decade, with performances in 19 cities worldwide during the tour's first year with pairs of shows in each city. The band play Vancouver on May 19, and the US leg then kicks off before it wraps with four dates in New York on July 18, 19, 22, and 23.
The European leg starts in Turin, Italy on September 4. Four London dates have been added (October 26, 27, 29 and 30 at the O2 Arena).
The band did not announce Irish dates at the same time as the US and European dates but promised that special shows were being planned to benefit the U2-initiated Music Generation project - and the three Dublin dates will take place at Christmas.
This Music Generation helps children and young people to access music education in their own locality.
The tour follows the recent release of U2’s thirteenth studio album Songs Of Innocence by Island Records, which was given to U2.com subscribers and gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide.
To date, Songs of Innocence has been streamed 81m times and has been downloaded by 30m fans.
“We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two” said Bono, “and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!”
Bono is still recovering from his bike accident in Central Park which saw him sustain several fractures and pull out of a week-long residency on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.