Tuesday 15 January 2019

... as bono takes back seat by revealing tour

It was the Hollywood wedding of the century, with VIP guest Bono saying George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding was "very emotional and lovely".

Bono remained tight-lipped on details of the couple's big day, but said that celebrations at Mr and Mrs Clooney's wedding party in Venice carried on into the small hours.

"The party was great. It's still going on . . . in some people's minds," he said.

Hours later, the U2 frontman was plugging the band's new album and revealing details of a tour.

He said the ageing rockers are planning an epic world tour, but won't be playing stadiums.

"We're gonna be touring and we're gonna start next year," he said on radio.

"We're gonna try and play the 3Arena and places like that, more indoors than outdoors this time, but we'll see where it takes us.

"It's exciting. We'll be coming your way and these songs are the songs that, I think . . . well, I think they will really just play themselves."

The 54-year-old also admitted that he finds it hard to leave his family to go on tour.

"Only if the songs are great can you bear leaving home," he said.


"We all have families and mates and . . . so you know, you're looking for 11 great reasons to leave home and I think we've got them.

"You know what it's like now, it's like a whole city goes on the road with us.

"Our kids go out on the road, they get excited about it. It's like Dublin goes on the road."

The Edge also confirmed that the band's next tour would be on a smaller scale.

"I think we will start small. We certainly can't get any bigger than the last tour," he told Rolling Stone magazine.

U2's last tour, U2 360, was launched in support of their 2009 album, No Line on the Horizon, and ran for almost two years. It became the highest-grossing concert tour in history, with ticket sales totalling more than €700m.


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