Tuesday 23 January 2018

No Dublin date for U2 but Belfast a possibility


Sharon McGowan

U2 have confirmed that they will not play any Dublin dates on their European tour.

The Edge admitted the band will not be bringing their 'Innocence + Experience' tour to the Republic because there are no indoor concert venues suitable for the show.

While the possibility of Dublin concerts has been ruled out, the guitarist added that the four-piece, including singer Bono, are hoping to end their tour in Belfast instead, as it would be a "huge disappointment" for them not to bring the show to Ireland.

"This show is designed for a type of venue and unfortunately there isn't one, certainly in the South.

"I think there might be one in the Belfast area so we're looking at that as well," he said. "But you can't invent a venue. It's either there or it isn't.

"So we're doing a lot of head scratching to see if we can figure out something."

The band's European tour kicked off in the Italian city of Turin on Friday night and is scheduled to end in Paris on November 15.

The Edge said that while the band loves playing to an Irish crowd, home-grown audiences are often the "toughest" to please.

"It's a home crowd and they know us better than anyone else. They know all the references better than anyone else.

"I would say it's the most appreciative and in some ways also the toughest crowd, because they have high expectations."

Irish Independent

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