Thursday 22 March 2018

U2 set for 'special' homecoming gig in Dublin with 2018 tour

U2 at Twickenham (David Jensen/PA)
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Live Nation and MCD have today confirmed dates for the European leg of U2’s eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

They will kick off their schedule in the US at the BOK Centre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 2.

The European tour will begin in Berlin on August 31 and will take in a string of European dates, including Cologne, Paris, Madrid, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Milan, Manchester and London.

In addition, special home shows are being planned for Dublin and Belfast, details of which will be announced as soon as they are finalised.

It's rumoured that the 3Arena is on the cards for the Dublin leg of the tour.

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.

A follow-up to Songs Of Innocence, was released on December 1 and features 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.

Tickets for the U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE European Tour will go on sale beginning Friday, January 26 and there will be a public ticket limit of four tickets per person. subscribers will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets beginning Thursday, January 18 at  10am and running through Saturday January 20 at 5pm.

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