Monday 24 July 2017

Comeback king Bono delivers . . . with extra cheese

U2 tour kicks off with Turin spectacular

Bono joins U2 crew members before their show in Turin to pass out pizzas to those fans who turned up early to listen to the band's rehearsals
Bono joins U2 crew members before their show in Turin to pass out pizzas to those fans who turned up early to listen to the band's rehearsals

Ken Sweeney and Grainne Cunningham

SELLING pizza to the Italians is no easy feat, but Bono and his crew literally had them eating out of his hands last night as the band kickstarted the third leg of their 360 World Tour in Turin.

Fans who gathered outside Stadio Olimpico for an early fix of U2 were treated to slices of the famous Italian snack, handed out personally by the rockers.

And hours later, the massive stadium literally erupted in smoke and white light as "The Claw" unleashed the multi-million selling group on tens of thousands of adoring fans.

The mothership, silent for two months due to Bono's back injury, went straight back into overdrive and began delivering stirring renditions of hits including 'Beautiful Day', 'The Unforgettable Fire', and 'I still haven't found what I'm looking for'.

As forecast by manager Paul McGuinness, lead singer Bono appeared to be "moving well" with no sign of the back injury which forced him to undergo emergency back surgery in May.

Among the new tracks performed by the band last night was 'The Flowering Rose of Glastonbury' which U2 had been due to perform at this year's Glastonbury Festival in the UK.

But there's always next year -- Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has approached U2 to be the headline act at the 2011 festival after they were forced to pull out of this summer's music event due to Bono's injury.

Last May, the supergroup's lead singer was admitted to a specialist neuro-surgery unit in a Munich hospital where he underwent crucial surgery, forcing the band to postpone its North American tour by a year to May 2011.

But last year, he was fighting fit as he led the band through a crowd-pleasing greatest hits set, as well as material from their latest album, 2009's 'No Line On The Horizon'.

Dressed in trademark black, with his iconic wraparound shades, Bono leaped and bounced around the stage like a man half his age.

After last night, the band move onto Germany for the next dates in their European tour which include Frankfurt on August 10, Hannover on August 12, and Horsens on August 15/16, before ending in Italy again on October 8 in Rome.

The fourth leg of the tour isn't until seven months later in May 2011, when they'll start in the US city of Denver.

Irish Independent

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