Bono's best friend Dave Fanning lands exclusive
RTE 2FM DJ Dave Fanning will play U2's first single in four years tonight...33 years after playing their first ever single.
The veteran broadcaster, who is a close friend of the band since the early 1970s, has landed Irish music's coup of the year.
The legendary rockers are releasing their first single in nearly five years, 'Ordinary Love', from the Mandela soundtrack, and are sticking with the adage of 'if it' ain't broke, don't fix it'.
"Paul McGuinness always referred to us as a good luck charm, he said 'Fanning always plays it first'", Fanning told Independent.ie.
"This particular version of this song will not appear on the album, whether another version does or not, remains to be seen as they're still finishing things off."
Fanning explained that it was 'inevitable' that he would be chosen for the honour due to his long-standing personal and professional relationship with the musicians.
"The first single they ever released was 33 years ago, they came into us on the radio and we did something we've never done again," he began.
"We brought them in for five nights in a row to talk about themselves. Every night, we played three songs by this new band U2 and it was up to listeners to decide what single they would release.
"When you think about it, 500 to 700 singles are released by Irish bands every year. I didn't even know they'd get a gig in the Baggot Inn! But that's how it happened."