U2 Joshua Tree Tour 2019
· Bono's Madrid setlist, 28/11/22
· Bono's Paris setlist, 25/11/22
· Bono's Berlin setlist, 23/11/22
· Bono's Dublin setlist, 21/11/22
· Bono's Manchester setlist, 19/11/22
· Bono's Glasgow setlist, 17/11/22
· Bono's London setlist, 16/11/22
· Bono's Los Angeles setlist, 13/11/22
· Bono's San Francisco setlist, 12/11/22
· Bono's Nashville setlist, 09/11/22
Ahern seeks to pacify upset U2 fans|
Posted on Wednesday, March 14 @ 01:24:42 CET by macphisto
(Telegraph.co.uk) -- ROWS over a sell-out concert by U2 in the summer prompted an intervention by Bertie Ahern, the Irish Prime Minister, yesterday.
The rock group is due to stage a one-off gig in the grounds of Slane Castle, Co Meath, and when tickets went on sale in Dublin last Saturday morning, all 80,000 were sold in just 45 minutes.
The speedy sale prompted protests by hundreds of fans who had camped overnight outside a record store in Dublin's city centre Grafton Street in the vain hope of buying a ticket for the August 25 show.
Their disappointment persuaded U2 lead singer, Bono, who was later backed by a number of politicians, to call for a second concert at the Slane Castle venue.
The environment minister, Noel Dempsey, said yesterday that a new licensing system for concerts, instead of a planning permit, was to be given priority by Mr Ahern's government. The new rules could be in place in time for a second U2 concert this year.
Mr Ahern said: "It has been clear to us for some time that the planning system is not the appropriate vehicle under which to consider applications for outdoor events."
Earlier, the concert promoters said they could easily have sold up to 250,000 tickets for the concert. The owner of Slane Castle, Lord Henry Mount Charles, said he would have to consult with people living in the nearby village of Slane if there were a second concert.