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Recession-proof U2 shift 2.5m tickets

Recession? What recession? Irish rockers U2 have proved they're immune to the economic downturn after they sold a staggering 2.5 million tickets for their global tour.

Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton are delighted that all their 360 Degree tour seats have been snapped up.

The Dublin shows on July 24 and 25 at Croke Park sold out in just 40 minutes, leading to the announcement of a third date on July 27.

In Los Angeles, U2's Rose Bowl performance sold 90,000 tickets in one day, making it the fastest-selling and largest concert ever at the famous US venue.

Not surprisingly, the 'Get On Your Boots' singers also broke similar records for ticket purchases in Croatia and Spain.

And they even had a street in New York -- U2 Way -- named after them for a week last month.

The rockers are enjoying a break before their massive tour kicks off this June.

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Lead singer Bono (48) was pictured in the Caribbean this week with wife Ali.

Meanwhile, the stars will be looking towards the U2-penned Spiderman musical which is set to run in Broadway.

An open casting audition has been called and is expected to attract thousands of wannabe Peter Parkers.

The music and lyrics were written by Bono and The Edge last year.

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