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Sunday 4 December 2016

U2 confirm Ireland tour dates after ‘rebuliding’ stage for show

U2 star The Edge said not playing to a home crowd in Ireland would be a huge disappointment to the band (Danny North/U2/PA)
U2 star The Edge said not playing to a home crowd in Ireland would be a huge disappointment to the band (Danny North/U2/PA)

U2 have confirmed they will play Ireland on their current European tour amid conflicting reports they will play three dates in Dublin’s 3Arena.

While The Edge said no venue in the Republic of Ireland is suitable, frontman Bono revealed they found a way to “reformat the show” as the current stage is too large to assemble in any Irish venue.

A spokeswoman for the band confirmed they will play Ireland and details of venues and ticket release dates will be revealed soon.

Meanwhile, a source told the Herald that more details on venues will be revealed within the next two weeks.

A spokesperson for the 3Arena said they have “nothing confirmed” for a possible U2 run at the venue.

It has also been speculated that the band will play Belfast.

Speaking after coming off stage in Turin on Saturday night, Bono said that the band was “coming home”.

“It got to the stage where we just had to tell our people You have to make this happen, you have to make this work, this is where we are from and we have to bring the tour home,” said Bono.

“We found a way to reformat the show, to literally rebuild it for the Irish shows.”

The legendary band’s European tour kicked off in the Italian city of Turin last Friday night and is scheduled to end in Paris on November 15, although it had been reported that U2 would finish their European run with three nights in Dublin at the end of November.

Toughest

The Edge added that while the band loves playing to an Irish crowd, home audiences are often the “toughest” to please.

“It’s a home crowd and they know us better than anyone else. They know all the references better than anyone else,” he said.

“I would say it’s the most appreciative and in some ways also the toughest crowd, because they know what to expect. They’ve high expectations.”

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