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The Edge: U2 trying to take world tour to Ireland

Published 05/09/2015

In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Bono Vox, right, leader of Irish rock band U2, performs in Turin, Italy, on the occasion of the band's opening of their European tour. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Bono Vox, right, leader of Irish rock band U2, performs in Turin, Italy, on the occasion of the band's opening of their European tour. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
Handout photo of (left to right) Larry Mullen Jr, The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton on stage during the U2 concert at Turin's Pala Alpitour Arena last night as the band kicks off their European leg of their Innocence and Experience tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday September 5, 2015. Bono drew attention to the plight of refugees during the concert. The frontman and activist said he did not have the answers to the refugee crisis but added that we "must work together" to find the solution. See PA story SHOWBIZ U2. Photo credit should read: Danny North/U2/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo of Bono on stage during the U2 concert at Turin's Pala Alpitour Arena last night as the band kicks off their European leg of their Innocence and Experience tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday September 5, 2015. The singer drew attention to the plight of refugees during the concert. The frontman and activist said he did not have the answers to the refugee crisis but added that we "must work together" to find the solution. See PA story SHOWBIZ U2. Photo credit should read: Danny North/U2/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo of U2 (left to right) Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr, Bono and The Edge ahead of their concert at Turin's Pala Alpitour Arena last night as the band kicks off their European leg of their Innocence and Experience tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday September 5, 2015. Bono drew attention to the plight of refugees during the concert. The frontman and activist said he did not have the answers to the refugee crisis but added that we "must work together" to find the solution. See PA story SHOWBIZ U2. Photo credit should read: Sam Jones/U2/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo of Bono on stage during the U2 concert at Turin's Pala Alpitour Arena last night as the band kicks off their European leg of their Innocence and Experience tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday September 5, 2015. The singer drew attention to the plight of refugees during the concert. The frontman and activist said he did not have the answers to the refugee crisis but added that we "must work together" to find the solution. See PA story SHOWBIZ U2. Photo credit should read: Danny North/U2/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Bono Vox, leader of Irish rock band U2, performs in Turin, Italy, on the occasion of the band's opening of their European tour. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Bono Vox, leader of Irish rock band U2, performs in Turin, Italy, on the occasion of the band's opening of their European tour. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Bono Vox, leader of Irish rock band U2, performs in Turin, Italy, on the occasion of the band's opening of their European tour. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Bono Vox, leader of Irish rock band U2, performs in Turin, Italy, on the occasion of the band's opening of their European tour. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
The Edge said U2 want to add dates in Ireland

Rock superstars U2 are doing everything they can to take their world tour to Ireland - with The Edge saying not playing to a home crowd would be a "huge disappointment" to the band.

The Innocence + Experience tour is suitable for a particular type of venue due to its unique set and there is nowhere in the south of Ireland to accommodate it.

But The Edge told the Press Association that a venue in Northern Ireland may come to the rescue.

"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.

"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," he said.

Pressed on whether U2 may be coming to Belfast, The Edge said: "I wouldn't rule it out."

There has been much speculation about U2 adding dates in Ireland to the tour, and The Edge said: "We are certainly working very hard on it and we can't announce anything right now but it would be a huge disappointment to us if we weren't able to play in Ireland and so every effort is going in to make that possible."

The band has just kicked off the European leg of their world tour and will be playing a string of dates at The O2 in London and dates in Glasgow, before finishing up in Paris in November.

Speaking about their Irish fans, The Edge said: "It's a home crowd and they know us better than anyone else. They know all the references better than anyone else.

"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."

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