Sunday 21 January 2018

'Touring with U2 is most fun I've had in 25 years' - Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher appears on stage with U2 at London's O2
Noel Gallagher appears on stage with U2 at London's O2

Sean O'Grady

Noel Gallagher has said touring with U2 has been the most fun he has ever had in his 25 year career as a musician.

Noel, pictured inset with Bono during his Oasis days in the ’90s, described the Dublin rockers as “one of [his] favourite bands ever” and said he has had a brilliant time with them over the years.

“I’ve been touring in one form or another for over 25 years and this is the most fun I’ve ever had,” he told FC Barcelona’s website. “We’re playing in all the great cities in Europe. My family are on the road with me [and] my friends.

“It’s been amazing. [U2] have been absolutely brilliant every night. They’re one of my favourite bands ever.”

Bono and Noel Gallagher celebrating Noel's 50th birthday. Image:Twitter
Bono and Noel Gallagher celebrating Noel's 50th birthday. Image:Twitter

Noel’s estranged brother Liam recently took a shot at him for joining U2 on their Joshua Tree tour, saying he was “brown nosing” them.

Noel and the High Flying Birds will open for U2 when they take to the stage tomorrow evening.

Doors at Croke Park will open at 5pm and concert-goers are advised to be at the venue in sufficient time as there will be increased security screening in place. Overnight or early queuing is not permitted.

Gallagher will begin his set at 7pm, with U2 on stage at 8.30pm.

Noel joined them on stage to perform a surprise duet of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For at one of their shows at London’s O2 Arena in 2015.

He later described it as “a dream come true” in an interview with Audioboom, adding: “They are one of my favourite ever, ever bands and that’s one of the best songs ever written. It was a blast, a real honour.”

Oasis once supported U2 on the band’s Popmart tour in 1997.

The Cigarettes And Alcohol hitmakers split in 2009 and the brothers have been feuding ever since, with Liam repeatedly calling Noel a potato.

Despite initial reports of rain, it might just be a Beautiful Day for concert-goers.

Forecaster John Eagleton said it “currently looks as if it will be dry, with warm temperatures of 15 or 16C”.

Gates open at 5pm and as part of increased security measures, backpacks or large handbags will not be permitted.

Umbrellas, alcohol, garden furniture and selfie sticks are also prohibited.

Revellers are encouraged to use public transport and allow at least two hours’ extra travel time.

Under 14s will not be allowed on the pitch with under 16s needing to be accompanied by a parent.

Read more: Everything you need to know ahead of U2's Croke Park gig

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