U2 say 'no' to Croker and opt for 'more intimate' venue
Rock legends U2 are opting against a concert in Croke Park with their new album tour - and instead want to play in more intimate venues.
Frontman Bono and his band mates Larry Mullen Jr, Adam Clayton and the Edge, have said that when they set out on the road again, they’d prefer to perform for their masses of fans in an indoor setting.
Until this week, when they were surpassed by country singer Garth Brooks who will put on four shows this summer, Dublin-based U2 held the record for the most consecutive gigs at Croker.
They played to 240,000 people at GAA headquarters over three nights during their Vertigo tour in 2005, as well as during their 360 tour in 2009.
But going forward, it’s looking likely the chart-toppers will be selling tickets for smaller venues like the O2.
“We are ready to tour, but we'd like to play indoors,” Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, revealed.
“Those big outdoor shows, those grand, grand operas – some of the best nights of our lives have been there playing those.
“No roof over your head. But for these tunes, we're certainly going to start indoors. We'd like to play The O2, those kind of places.
“They're nice little clubs. Sometimes it's nice to play intimate things like that."
Speaking to broadcaster Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 on Monday night, father-of-four Bono continued:
"We played a ballroom for Sean Penn [before the Golden Globes Awards recently]. It was for 200 people and what was interesting playing on a little stage. Sometimes, we want to dye those roots."
U2 raised a phenomenal €2,324,990 for Bono’s charity Red in 36 hours, by making their new single ‘Invisible’ available to download on iTunes with all the proceeds going to a good cause.
It was downloaded over three million people around the world and for every download Bank of America paid $1 (73c) to the Global Fund via Red to fight Aids, TB and Malaria.
The campaign, coinciding with Super Bowl Sunday went above and beyond the original pledge of $2m.
“That was a nice feeling… there were one million downloads in one hour Sunday,” Bono said.
“You think, 'Are people interested?' But I think our band has something and they know that we don't just put albums out. We do think about it."
U2, who have been nominated for an Oscar for their song ‘Ordinary Love’ which features in the movie ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’, are currently putting the final touches to their new album, and it is almost ready to hit shelves.
"With U2, our album isn't finished until it's in the stores. Even now, The Edge is trying to mix it,” Bono said.
“It's tricky getting us four boys across the line. But we are very thrilled with ‘Invisible’. It feels good. I'm just delighted that there are still people that are interested in us.”