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Sunday 4 December 2016

U2 to close world tour with Paris gigs in symbolic gesture

Bono may end tour in Paris
Bono may end tour in Paris

U2 are expected to announce their new Paris dates shortly in a move that would see them close their world tour in France in a symbolic gesture.

The band had to pull the plug on their November 14 and 15 Paris gigs in the wake of the terror attacks.

Now Bono, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and the Edge are expected to re-schedule the two gigs at the AccorHotels Arena for shortly after their Irish concerts.

Dates

A statement on U2's official website about the Innocence and Experience tour said that a "show report is coming soon" - and the Paris venue has two free slots in early December.

U2's RTE pal Dave Fanning has said that he imagined that the dates will be rescheduled for sooner rather than later.

He also said the symbolic gesture would be a "lovely tribute" to the people of Paris. "It's all speculation, but I think it would be great. And I would be up for it. I don't know if it's going to happen but it's a lovely idea," he said.

"I had my tickets for the Saturday show in Paris. I was due to fly over on the Saturday morning with my wife and kids and then we were going to Disneyland Paris on the Monday.

"Obviously, that didn't happen, but I would love to see them reschedule it for next month."

However, he added that the decision was in the hands of the security forces.

"It's absolutely nothing to do with them [U2]. It's up to the police and the Government. U2 are so far down on the list of concerns at the moment with everything else that's going on," he said.

In an interview with Fanning, Bono said the band had a strong desire to return to Paris and that those behind the attacks "are not going to change us".

He added that it was "up to the French authorities and the city of Paris" to determine when the concerts may go ahead.

This Monday will see them take to the stage at the 3Arena for the first of four sell-out concerts. The curtain will come down on their Irish tour on November 28 - which was originally meant to be the last date in their tour.

When asked about reports that the band would shortly announce their postponed Paris tour, a spokesperson for the band said at this point it was all "speculation." "Nothing concrete has been confirmed yet," she said.

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