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Claw blimey! Work continues on the revolutionary stage for the first of U2’s three gigs in Dublin's Croke Park

Claw blimey! Work continues on the revolutionary stage for the first of U2’s three gigs in Dublin's Croke Park

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

FIONA HANSON

U2 concert at Paris Stade de France. 12/07/2009. Submitted by Nicolas Boulay, France

U2 concert at Paris Stade de France. 12/07/2009. Submitted by Nicolas Boulay, France

U2 open their world tour in Barcelona

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 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou

Bono of U2 onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou

Dave Hogan

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

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

Dave Hogan

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

Dave Hogan

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.

Dave Hogan

U2 drummer Larry Mullen

U2 drummer Larry Mullen

The Edge and Bono

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 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)

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, 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)

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)

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)

MJ Kim

U2 guitarist The Edge

U2 guitarist The Edge

Even though Bono had not heard of Spotify U2's latest album, No Line on the Horizon, made its debut on the new music service

Even though Bono had not heard of Spotify U2's latest album, No Line on the Horizon, made its debut on the new music service

U2 guitarist The Edge has been labelled an environmental hypocrite over his plans to develop five mansions on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean

U2 guitarist The Edge has been labelled an environmental hypocrite over his plans to develop five mansions on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean

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

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

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)

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)

Mark Mainz

Claw -- the circular stage in Camp Nou, Barcelona

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.

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

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.

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou in Barcelona

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou in Barcelona

Dave Hogan

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.

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.

Dave Hogan

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.

Dave Hogan

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.

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.

Dave Hogan

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

Dave Hogan

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.

Dave Hogan

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

Dave Hogan

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

Dave Hogan

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.

Dave Hogan

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.

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.

Dave Hogan

Fans of U2 prepare for 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.

Dave Hogan

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

Dave Hogan

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

Dave Hogan

U2's Bono who launched RED to help fund AIDS programmes in Africa

U2's Bono who launched RED to help fund AIDS programmes in Africa

<!-- Enter image here -->  <font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Bono and the rest of U2 will get a replacement studio in Dublin's docklands</font>

<!-- Enter image here --> <font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Bono and the rest of U2 will get a replacement studio in Dublin's docklands</font>

Bono set for Derry gig?

Bono set for Derry gig?

Claw blimey! Work continues on the revolutionary stage for the first of U2’s three gigs in Dublin's Croke Park

U2's ‘Claw' was beginning to make its mark on the north Dublin skyline ahead of the band's three concerts in Croke Park, the first of which takes place tomorrow.

Crews of workmen, teams of cranes and legions of forklifts busied themselves on the Jones's Road pitch, which has been uprooted for the concerts, as the distinctive set began to take shape at GAA headquarters.

Although not yet complete, and without its distinctive wraparound video screen and inner and outer stages, the main stage almost reached above the main stands in the stadium and looks certain to do so once its central ‘antenna' is attached.

The figures are by now familiar: it's 50 metres high, weighs 390 tonnes, costs €100m and requires 180 trucks to move it from venue to venue. It is also a triplet, and while one claw is being put through its paces by the band (as one was in Amsterdam last night), another is being constructed at a different venue and a third is being transported to a different venue again.

“The show itself is probably the most sophisticated show we've gone on the road with,” the Edge said.

He told RTE 2FM’s Gerry Ryan that the latest 360 tour was about breaking down barriers between the band and their audience.

“That sort of spirit and that wish to make a connection ... because that's what this band has always attempted to do, to break down the barrier,” he said.

“And this production is particularly helpful for us in doing that. A U2 show is really about creating that connection and, so far, that's been one of the real features of these shows — that communal sense within the building.”

He jokingly said they had been “playing a few warm-up shows before Dublin” that had been “terrifying but compelling”.

The band are not due to arrive in Dublin until Friday and they are not expected to go through a full rehearsal at Croke Park.

The build-up to the concert has not been entirely controversy-free. Some fans were disappointed that the full 360 show will not be put in full effect over the three Dublin dates. Hill 16, which forms a backdrop to the stage, will remain empty for the concerts.

Residents in the Croke Park area have also been angered by extensive late-night works at the stadium to get it ready.

Belfast Telegraph