Wednesday 21 March 2018

U2 eye 'intimate' 3arena gigs for Songs of Experience Tour

U2 at the 3Arena on November 23, 2015
U2 at the 3Arena on November 23, 2015
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

ROCK legends U2 could be set for a run of gigs at Dublin's 3Arena next summer, a music insider has revealed to the Herald.

This week saw the famous Dublin foursome announce tour details of the long-awaited next stage of their Songs Of Experience tour, along with a new single from their 14th studio album.

They will kick off their schedule in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 2 at the BOK Centre, which has a capacity of 19,000.

Unlike their last tour, The Joshua Tree, in which they played to huge stadium audiences around the world, including Croke Park's 82,000 fans, this time they have pared things back.

Bono and the Edge
Bono and the Edge

An insider said that more dates for the European leg of the tour will be announced in the new year, as excitement builds in the run-up to their latest album release.

The 3Arena in Dublin on the city's northside would be of a similar capacity to the venues for their initial American tour - and also suit the style of concert they are performing this time around.

The One stars last performed at the quayside venue to rave reviews back in 2015, playing four sell-out shows, so performing there again would see the Songs Of Experience tour coming full circle

"The Joshua Tree tour worked really well as a big stadium tour with impressive staging and pyrotechnics, but their new concert will have a different feel completely," said the insider.

"They have described the album as a collection of intimate letters, so their choice of venue will reflect that. U2 always like to mix things up each time, it's one of the reasons why they're one of the best live bands, so the 3Arena is the most likely venue for them, considering the tone of the new show."

A follow-up to Songs Of Innocence, their new album will be out on December 1 and feature 13 new songs, including the second single Get Out Of Your Own Way, which is out now.

The first single from the collection, You're The Best Thing About Me, written about Bono's wife Ali Hewson, was released to critical acclaim in September. Bono recently said that the album was influenced by Irish poet and writer Brendan Kennelly's advice, to "write as if you're dead".

Recorded in Dublin, London and LA, the result is a series of songs in the form of letters to people and places close to Bono's heart.


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