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Friday 9 December 2016

U2 won't bring world tour to Dublin

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 not play any Dublin dates on their current European tour.

The Edge admitted the band will not be bringing their Innocence + Experience tour to the Republic of Ireland because there are no indoor concert venues suitable for the show.

While the possibility of Dublin concerts has been ruled out, the guitarist added that the four-piece are hoping to end their tour in Belfast instead as it would be a “huge disappointment” for the band not to bring the show to Ireland.

“This show is designed for a type of venue and unfortunately there isn’t one, certainly in the South. I think there might be one in the Belfast area so we’re looking at that as well,” the rocker said.

“But you can’t invent a venue. It’s either there or it isn’t. So we’re doing a lot of head scratching right now to see if we can figure out something.”

Toughest

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.

The Edge added that while the band loves playing to an Irish crowd, homegrown 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.”

The lack of a Dublin show isn’t the only bad news U2 revealed to fans recently.

The group’s frontman Bono has admitted that the chances of him being about to play guitar again are “not looking good” after he injured his hand in a bike crash in New York’s Central Park last November.

“I’m embarrassed talking about it. It’s just a bummer,” he said.

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