U2 plan to rock 200,000

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8.24.03 - Irish Mirror

U2 are being lined up to rock 200,000 fans at Phoenix Park next summer, The Irish Mirror can reveal.

The Dublin super group will stage the record-breaking shows in August as part of a huge tour.

Madonna was originally approached to perform but said she had no plans to tour next year.

So U2 have stepped in and vowed to stage the biggest show ever in Ireland.

A source close to the group said yesterday: "They will perform two nights at Phoenix Park in front of 100,000 fans on each occasion.

"It's going to be the biggest music event of its kind ever staged in Ireland and it's perfect for U2.

"They are really excited about it and will have the new album out by then so it's perfect timing."

Robbie Williams sold out this Phoenix Park spectacular to 135,000 earlier this month and fans proclaimed the venue a hit.

Bono and the lads have been in the studio recording material for a new album which is set for release early next year.

A world tour is also in the planning stages although no official dates have been confirmed.

The source added: "This will be the biggest thing U2 have ever done.

"It may seem like a long way away but two concerts of this size take a long time to plan.

"It's all in the preliminary stages but U2 are up for it and everything is in place to make it happen.

"They want to have their biggest ever concert on their home territory."

U2 last thrilled their Irish fans when they headlined Slane in August 2001.

The band set a new record for the highest grossing tour in America and sold out 70 venues around the world.

The source added: "The last tour was mainly indoor arenas, this time they are going to go back to the open air stadium concerts.

"However, the Phoenix Park shows will be the biggest they have ever done. It's going to be a magical night for everyone."

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