Melody Maker (1989-09-23)
U2 are to end the decade with a series of shows at Dublin’s newest venue, The Point. The shows, on December 26, 27, 29, 30 and 31, will feature an entirely new stage set. This will also be the first time the band have played material from their “Rattle and Hum” LP in Ireland. They last appeared in Dublin at Croke Park in the summer of 1987. Contrary to the over-imaginative reports elsewhere, Island Records have confirmed that there will be no British U2 gigs this year.
They will be supported by BB King for the shows which are going under the banner of “Love Comes to Town”. The band are promising lots of surprises for the New Year’s Eve concert and The Dublin Point are having more seats installed. This reduces the venue’s capacity to just 4,500 per night but ensures that everyone will have a good view.
The band left for Australian dates two weeks ago. According to insiders, they wrote a song on the way which they plan to record over there. There’s a possibility it may be released as a single to coincide with the Dublin shows.
Tickets are being limited to two per person and are being distributed throughout 27 towns in the Irish Republic and 10 towns in Northern Ireland. A limited number will also be available in mainland Britain. All tickets will be available from the usual agents and go on sale from Monday September 18. They cost IR£20.50 and IR£25.50. There are no equivalent UK pound figures yet.