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Friday 18 April 2014

U2 make a point with first O2 show

Bono and The Edge

They were the first band to play in the Point Theatre two decades ago and now U2 have become the first act to perform in it since its re-birth as the O2.

Well, half of them have played it. Bono and The Edge both played guitars and sang to a handful of people, including owner Harry Crosbie, the other night.

The first concert lined-up for the new, expanded venue is the Childline Charity gig next Tuesday, but rumours had been doing the rounds that U2 were going to slip in ahead of everybody. There was even a rumour that they were going to go on as an unannounced support act to The Kings Of Leon there before Christmas.

The pair strolled into the venue with their guitars to film part of a new TV tribute show to the late Ronnie Drew that will be presented by Gerry Ryan over the Christmas period. The pair played to 15,000 empty seats.

The first time U2 were in The Point they were filming parts of their movie 'Rattle And Hum', as well as recording some of the album, including the hit single 'Desire'. So this week they decided to play two songs from the movie and album of the same name. They ran through 'Van Diemen's Land' with The Edge on lead vocals and 'Desire', with Bono back in control.

Bono once referred to the late Ronnie Drew as "the king of Ireland". He also co-wrote the number one single 'The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew' earlier this year and was delighted to take part in the musical tribute.

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