- 03 Aug 17
U2 have always put more into the crucible of live performance than almost any other band on the planet, endeavouring to make every tour an artistic and creative statement in itself. In advance of the return of their Joshua Tree Tour to Dublin, we chart the circumstances of their tours, recall the iconic moments and the visual highlights and reprise what it is that makes them the world’s pre-eminent live act. By Olaf Tyaransen
The Irish ‘leg’ of the tour, involving a number of forays, went a lot better, and included shows in Queen’s University, Belfast; Dublin’s National Stadium; and later Galway’s Seapoint Ballroom and Sligo’s Blue Lagoon. Unfortunately, their gig in Ballina’s Town Hall on May 10th (Bono’s 20th birthday) – which they opened with upcoming single ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ – erupted in violence when a gang of thugs attacked U2’s roadies. As reported by Eilish Ward in Hot Press, U2 gave as good as they got, but a chair was broken over Bono’s back and Adam’s glasses were smashed. The incident ultimately resulted in a court case, which saw the local yobs being fined the princely sum of £9.50 each for public affray.
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