Beautiful day for U2's biggest Irish fans
From London to Paris to Moscow, U2's greatest fans still haven't found what they're looking for - but they won't stop trying.
Queues started to form outside Dublin's 3Arena at 6pm yesterday as diehard fans refused to rely on technology to secure a ticket for the band's homecoming performances in November.
Being at the head of the line was extra-special for Eamonn Meek, from the Liberties in Dublin, as he celebrated his 46th birthday yesterday.
He has seen the rockers 35 times.
"There's only one band I like more than U2, Simple Minds, and they're playing the day after them. That would be the best Christmas ever," he said.
Beside Eamonn was Greg Fitzsimons (43), from Whitehall, who had been keeping a close eye on the queue before pitching his tent.
"I drove past last night to see if there was a crowd," he said. "I went for a run this morning and then I came back at 2pm and have been here since."
For those hoping to attend all of the band's 'Innocence and Experience' gigs from November 23 to 28, a limit of two tickets for one night has caused disappointment.
"They're trying to stop the touts, but it's a hard thing to do," said Greg.
"It's not fair because it means I can't go every night but it is fair to the general person.
"There's such a demand, even the album would show you.
"They released it for free and all young people have it now, everyone has it."
This will be gig number 61 for the superfan, who returned from his honeymoon early to see U2 perform in Madison Square Garden.
"They are the best band in the world and the most consistent. It's my dream to be pulled up on to the stage," he said.
Patrick Coughlan (41), from Artane, was spending the night with friends he hadn't seen since queuing for the 2009 tour.
"It's the same people, very loyal fans, and I love seeing them again," he said.
Dave Griffith (42), from Goats- town, Dublin, said the night would be spent comparing songs from previous tours, though he prefers some more than others.
"There's things I call the toilet songs, like 'With or Without You'. I always go to the loo during it," he said.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Ticketmaster and are expected to sell out in record time.