Bono hails 'generous' Britain as U2 kicks off UK tour leg
U2 frontman Bono has praised Britain's "generosity" in leading the "fight against extreme poverty" as the band kicked off the UK leg of their world tour.
The 55-year-old singer praised the country for its "inclusiveness" after images of war-torn Syria were shown to thousands of U2 fans at London's O2 Arena.
Addressing the crowd, Bono said: "There are a lot of countries that say a lot, there are a lot of countries that do a lot. This is a country that does both.
"What you are doing to transform lives around the planet, you can not know. You should be very proud of what we're achieving.
"This is a great country. That's part of what makes Great Britain great - its generosity and its inclusiveness."
U2 are playing six nights at The O2 as well as dates in Glasgow and Belfast before finishing the Innocence and Experience tour in their home city of Dublin on November 28.