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Saturday 10 December 2016

U2 return to slap-up meal and a late-night singalong

Bono with pal Gavin Friday leaving L’Guelton in the early hours yesterday morning
Bono with pal Gavin Friday leaving L’Guelton in the early hours yesterday morning
Larry Mullen leaves L’Guelton restaurant on Fade street

U2 wrapped up their world tour with a late night out in Dublin.

The world-famous band came home to their capital city to celebrate the end of their Innocence + Experience tour in typically raucous style.

U2 played the last show of their tour on Monday night in Paris and they jetted back to Ireland to mark the occasion with all their family and friends.

Bono, Larry Mullen, the Edge and Adam Clayton all booked out an area in top French bistro L'Gueulton on Fade Street for a well-earned night out, the Herald can reveal.

There with a party of 12, they were joined by Bono's stunning wife Ali, alongside long-time friends Guggi and Gavin Friday.

Revellers

Spirits were high among the revellers with one source revealing how they sang Happy Birthday to one of their fellow diners at one point in the night.

They could also be heard singing soccer anthem Give it a Lash Jack as Bono treated diners to an impromptu sing-along.

The famous four and their friends arrived at the restaurant at about 10pm on Tuesday and stayed until well after 2am as they finally relaxed after their gruelling European tour.

"They were all in great spirits and looked really relaxed after the tour," said a source.

"They weren't hidden away in a private area or anything. They were just eating away with all the regular diners. You wouldn't even know they were in there.

"Everyone just left them alone to enjoy their meal and have a few drinks."

At their final Paris concert, the Dubliners were joined on stage at the AccorHotels arena by Californian band The Eagles of Death Metal.

Their appearance came just weeks after the horrific terrorist attacks in the Bataclan theatre which claimed 89 lives.

Afterwards, the band posted a touching tribute to Bono and the gang.

"We want to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for everything our brothers in U2 did for us in the aftermath of the November 13 attacks," it read.

"They reminded us that the bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock 'n rollers cannot either ... and we never will.

"We are incredibly grateful to U2 for providing us the opportunity to return to Paris so quickly, and to share in the healing power of rock 'n roll with so many of the beautiful people - nos amis - of this great city."

U2 were due to close their world tour in Paris on November 14 and November 15 but had to pull the plug on their concerts in the wake of the attacks which claimed 130 lives.

Bono and his three bandmateswill now take a well-needed rest after finishing their tour as they all enjoy Christmas at home.

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