Lucky Edge for 250 U2 fans
LARISSA NOLAN HUNDREDS of U2 fans stood in the pouring rain yesterday to catch a brief glimpse of their idols as they returned home to Dublin. The band arrived at Easons in O'Connell Street at midday where they signed copies of their autobiography, U2 by U2, for just 250 lucky fans in the bookshop that was closed especially for the event.
The 250 had received special passes to be allowed into the store after winning competitions held on U2's website and on radio phone-in shows.
But just as many dedicated fans stood outside Easons to greet Bono, Larry, Adam and The Edge as they arrived for the signing yesterday.
The four musicians spent 10 minutes shaking hands and waving to fans who had waited for hours behind security barriers to see the biggest band in the world.
John Byrne, 27, from Clare Hall in Dublin, said it was worth the wait. "I'm a huge U2 fan - it would have been great to win a pass to get inside, but I wasn't that lucky. But I saw them going in and Adam Clayton shook my hand, so I'm glad I came out."
Sorcha Donnelly, 29, from Killiney, Dublin, said: "I was lucky to get near the top of the barriers, so I saw them coming in. I was starstruck and could hardly speak!"
Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen and The Edge spent two years working on the book, which is compiled from more than 150 hours of interviews and contains previously unpublished photographs.
But the U2 frontman said he had not enjoyed reminiscing about their 30-year career for the biography.
"I hate it. It's like pulling teeth. I'm much more interested in the future than the past," he said.
The band had the official launch of the book in London on Friday and fly to America today for more signings.