Monday 23 April 2018

U2 pack out Croke Park on Joshua Tree tour

The band played a home gig to an excited crowd.

Bono at U2’s Croke Park concert (Brian Lawless/PA)
Bono at U2’s Croke Park concert (Brian Lawless/PA)

By Katie Archer

U2 have made a triumphant return to Dublin’s Croke Park on the only Irish date of their current tour.

The band are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their hit album The Joshua Tree by touring and stopped in for a homecoming show to play to a packed out stadium.

U2 played their only Irish date (Brian Lawless/PA)

Performing in front of a striking red background with a silhouette of a tree, the band were easily picked out by their thousands of fans even from the back of the stadium.

Hits from the 1987 album include Where The Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, and With Or Without You.

The band had a striking stage set (Brian Lawless/PA)

Earlier in the evening, the band tweeted a photo of the packed stadium that they were looking out at.

The band were supported by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and celebrity concertgoers included Colin Farrell and Robbie Keene.

Support act Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Brian Lawless/PA)

People living near Croke Park said that the concert was so loud, they could hear it for miles around.

Colin Farrell at the U2 concert at Croke Park (Brian Lawless/PA)

One person tweeted: “Ah lads, if I had wanted to hear U2 tonight, I’d have bought a ticket. I live 3km from Croke Park.”

Another added: “U2 are so loud in Croke Park, despite being miles away at home, I can still hear them.”

However, fans also shared their views from inside the stadium, praising the band’s show.

The tour takes in dates in Europe, America, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil.

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