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Revealed: the day U2 stars Bono and The Edge came to blows

Bono and the Edge, during the first night of  their 360 degree tour in Barcelona
Bono and the Edge, during the first night of their 360 degree tour in Barcelona
U2 concert at Paris Stade de France. 12/07/2009. Submitted by Nicolas Boulay, France
U2 open their world tour in Barcelona
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Bono of U2 onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou
Fans of U2 watch them perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Ba2rcelona, Spain
Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
U2 drummer Larry Mullen
The Edge and Bono
Bono from Irish band U2 performs at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)
Bono, left, and Adam Clayton from Irish band U2 perform at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)
Bono and U2 perform at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)
U2 guitarist The Edge
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The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour
U2 frontman Bono
From left, The Edge, BB King and Bono are seen on stage at "The Blues & Jazz" Gala Concert at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday Oct. 26, 2008 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Mainz)
Claw -- the circular stage in Camp Nou, Barcelona
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou in Barcelona
The Edge of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
L-R The Edge, Larry Mullen, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Adam Clayton of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Fans of U2 prepare for the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
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They may have survived 31 years together in the world's biggest rock band, but that doesn't mean it has always been plain sailing for U2.

The Edge has spoken of how he once came to blows with his best friend Bono - and punched him in the face.

“It was one of those early gigs where you really feel your life depends on it being a great gig. Half way through the show Larry's drum kit falls apart and he literally has a set of spanners out trying to fix it. Bono didn't see what was going on, so all he knew was that Larry had stopped playing and he just lost it.''

Bono chimed in: “I looked down and there was no drummer. So I lifted the drum kit cup to have a look at what was going on and a proper little row broke out and then the Edge just caught me with one,” he said signalling a punch to the side of his face.

“He hit me very hard,” he added. To which the Edge simply shrugged: “He hasn't pushed me that far since.”

They were speaking on the BBC's Jonathan Ross programme ahead of the band's arrival back in Ireland.

While U2 will get an ecstatic welcome from the 240,000 fans who have paid to see their three homecoming concerts in Croke Park next weekend, it is nothing to the praise that is being heaped on them by the capital's business community.

Aebhric McGibney, policy director, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, said: “U2 are wonderful ambassadors for Ireland and their eagerly awaited return to Croke Park for these three concerts is a timely and much needed boost both in promoting Dublin as one of Europe's top cities to visit but also in injecting some much need money into the local economy.”

Frank McGee, CEO Dublin Tourism, joined in, saying: “They are the biggest band in the world and when they play their home town, it is extra special. The benefit that a U2 concert brings to the local economy is tremendous. In terms of tourism and promoting Dublin and Ireland you couldn't buy it and then there are the benefits to the local economy which needs all the help it can get.

“A U2 concert is the equivalent of Ireland winning the Grand Slam five times in the one season at home. More than 250,000 people will attend the concerts, all spending money on food, drink and accommodation. If only we could have one every year.”

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