December 2008 Archives

Niamh Horan, Irish Independent

Bono may have upstaged everyoåne at the opening of the Leopardstown Racing Festival, but not even the U2 frontman could halt the decline in betting turnover at the famous Christmas meeting.

Fresh from Christmas dinner in Dalkey and his victory over An Taisce, who tried to stop his rooftop extension, Bono was among the first to arrive at the Dublin race meeting.

He was there enjoying a well-earned break after putting the finishing touches to U2's latest album.

"Sure, you're always nervous, but we've gone at it as if it was our first and the critics who have gotten a chance to listen to it already have all said it's the best yet" Bono told me, referring to the album No Line on the Horizon. "We're going after the younger audience this time too," he revealed.


Richie Taylor, Irish Independent

They were the first band to play in the Point Theatre two decades ago and now U2 have become the first act to perform in it since its re-birth as the O2.

Well, half of them have played it. Bono and The Edge both played guitars and sang to a handful of people, including owner Harry Crosbie, the other night.

The first concert lined-up for the new, expanded venue is the Childline Charity gig next Tuesday, but rumours had been doing the rounds that U2 were going to slip in ahead of everybody. There was even a rumour that they were going to go on as an unannounced support act to The Kings Of Leon there before Christmas.

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