The Irish superstars have just kicked off the European leg of their Innocence + Experience tour, beginning in Amsterdam, with shows throughout Stockholm, Berlin, Barcelona and more – before finishing up in Paris in November.
But so far, there are no dates officially scheduled for their devoted home fans.
This is because the tour’s unique set apparently requires a particular type of venue and there is nowhere in the Republic of Ireland to accommodate it.
But The Edge has thrown an eagerly anticipated spanner in the works with his major hint that there may be a possibility of staging the show in Northern Ireland…
He explained recently: “This show is designed for a type of venue and unfortunately there isn’t one, certainly in the south, I think there might be one in the Belfast area so we’re looking at that as well.
“But you can’t invent a venue. It’s either there or it isn’t. So we’re doing a lot of head scratching right now to see if we can figure out something.”
Now this is purely speculation, but we reckon the Boucher Road Playing Fields, which was able to facilitate the massive 40,000 ticket demand for this year’s Tennent’s Vital featuring Calvin Harris, could make the ideal location, or alternatively the newly revamped SSE Arena. But of course, we have no idea what these ‘special requirements’ are…
Amidst building speculation that they would announce a gig in Northern Ireland, it seems U2 are certainly tempted, as when asked if they could be coming to Belfast, The Edge said: “I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Speaking about their Irish fans, The Edge said: “It’s a home crowd and they know us better than anyone else. They know all the references better than anyone else.”
“I would say it’s the most appreciative and in some ways also the toughest crowd, because they know what to expect. They’ve high expectations.”
“We are certainly working very hard on it and we can’t announce anything right now but it would be a huge disappointment to us if we weren’t able to play in Ireland and so every effort is going in to make that possible,” said The Edge.
Now Bono has added fuel to the fire by confirming that U2 will be playing “Innocence and Experience” shows in Ireland at the end of November.
“We are coming home… It was really hard to figure out a way of doing it, but we just had to make it happen,” he told The Irish Times after coming off stage on Saturday night in Turin following the band’s second show in the city.
The city or cities they will play in, the exact dates and venue names will be made public soon as well as information about ticketing for the shows.
But building our hopes we could be revisiting Boucher Road again very soon, Bono explained, “We found a way to reformat the show, to literally rebuild it for the Irish shows.”
“It got to the stage where we just had to tell our people “You have to make this happen, you have to make this work, this is where we are from and we have to bring the tour home.”
So with all the The Edge’s hints and Bono’s recent announcement, we eagerly await the announcement of an NI show – and where better than Belfast?