Thursday 27 April 2017

Trump win ended age of celebrity influence - and U2 are first victims

The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 playing in Las Vegas in 2016. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty
The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 playing in Las Vegas in 2016. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

When U2 fans snapped up all the tickets for their July 22 Croke Park gig within six minutes of them going on sale yesterday morning, it was as if all was right in the world.

After all, whenever the U2 juggernaut rolls into town, we know what we can expect - devoted fans queuing overnight, pictures of ecstatic people waving their precious golden tickets for the cameras, followed by the inevitable complaints that the scalpers have, once again, been the real winners.

There is something almost reassuring about the general fuss and hype whenever U2 tickets go on sale because it is now a ritual that most of us have grown up with.

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