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Christmas cheer as U2 confirm three concerts at 3Arena

U2 are to play three gigs in Dublin this Christmas, with Bono to announce the details in an interview recorded with the late Tony Fenton.

The DJ, who died in March after a battle with cancer, was invited to join Bono and wife Ali at home in Killiney to record the interview in January.

It will be broadcast by Today FM on Monday at 3pm.

U2's gigs will be at the 3 Arena and are part of their upcoming indoor Innocence + Experience tour.

The interview with Fenton came about when he bumped into Bono on a night out.

He had wanted the U2 frontman to come on the show around the time of the release of Songs of Innocence but unfortunately the DJ was in hospital at the time.

Upon hearing of Tony's ill-health, Bono welcomed Fenton into his home to record the interview.

During the interview the pair compare their experiences of growing up on Dublin's Northside, a stone's throw from each other.

Bono pays the DJ the compliment of saying that the band are big fans of his and how he is "more consistent than U2".

It was the last interview that Fenton recorded.

He sadly passed away on Thursday, March 12 and U2 played at his funeral singing 'Ordinary Love'. The upcoming U2 tour will be the first time the band plays indoor arenas in a decade, with performances in 19 cities worldwide.

The band play Vancouver on May 19 before moving on to the US and the European leg starts in Turin, Italy on September 4.

The band did not announce Irish dates at the same time as the US and European dates but promised that special shows were being planned to benefit the U2-initiated Music Generation project which helps young people to access music education.

The tour follows the recent release of U2's thirteenth studio album Songs Of Innocence by Island Records, which was given to U2.com subscribers and gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide.

The release caused controversy with some Apple customers complaining that the album appeared on their devices even if they didn't want it.

Bono later apologised for the way it was distributed.

"I had this beautiful idea and we kind of got carried away with ourselves," he said.

Many more were pleased to get the album however.

To date, Songs of Innocence has been streamed 81 million times and downloaded by 30 million fans.