June 24, 2005 - Dublin, Ireland - Croke Park


Opening Act(s): Radiators, Snow Patrol


Vertigo, I Will Follow, The Electric Co., Elevation, New Year’s Day, Beautiful Day-Rain-Here Comes The Sun, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, City Of Blinding Lights, Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own, Love And Peace Or Else, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet The Blue Sky-When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Running To Stand Still-Walk On, Pride (In The Name Of Love), Where The Streets Have No Name, One-Rain. Encore(s): Zoo Station, The Fly, With Or Without You-Take Me To The Clouds Above, Yahweh, Vertigo-Jailbreak.


U2 return to Croke Park almost 20 years to the date of their first gig in the historic Dublin stadium. Rain falls for much of the day and night, and twice Bono sings a bit of the Beatles’ ‘Rain.’ Bono continues the Aung San Suu Kyi tribute during Running To Stand Still. A bit of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Jailbreak’ is added at the end of Vertigo 2.

Media Review:

Big ‘Hello’ as U2 Come Home to Excited Fans

by Kieran McDaid,

Hello, hello,” opened the show and Bono didn’t have to wait long for a reply as Dublin’s favourite sons, U2, took to the stage at Croke Park in front of almost 80,000 hometown fans.

All four band members walked to the front of the stage before playing a note to accept the adulation of fans, some of whom had slept outside to get their tickets months ago before repeating the trick last night to be first into the venue.

The scale and volume of the welcome that greeted the lads, who grew up nearby, must even have shocked men who are feted across the globe.

So high were spirits when first song, Vertigo, hit, parts of the crowd seemed noticeably dizzy.

Even the rain could not dampen the spirits of the excited crowd as they waited for U2 to take to the stage as a Mexican Wave and its accompanying roar reverberated around the ground.

But as the concert got underway, it was clear the boys had come home and Bono couldn’t resist inquiring how the crowd was and whether they were okay in the rain.

Fans had travelled from across Dublin, Ireland and the world for the first of U2’s homecoming concerts at the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

As the second song, I Will Follow, blasted out, there were thousands of volunteers to do just that.

By the time the gates opened before the scheduled 4pm this evening for the first of three sell-out gigs, a handful of fans had already braved a rainy night camping out to ensure they got the best spots for the show.

U2 manager Paul McGuinness said the band were apprehensive but very confident before the show and that confidence was well-placed as the crowd provided as much noise as the amazing sound system.

The 28 metre-high stage, which took a team of 82 to erect, ensured fans were treated to a spectacular stage show, the like of which only U2 could, and would, put on.

The massive steel frame of the stage, which had to be specially adapted for the requirements of the GAA stadium, took three days to build and as it appeared to grow more dominant in the fading light, it proved a worthwhile labour.

The set lists for the three Dublin shows were due to change but Friday’s night’s crowd appeared more than happy as all the songs were sang back at the stage with gusto.

Everyone seemed to agree that they “still hadn’t found what they were looking for”, but this must have come close.

One U2 fan, Martin Burgel from Cologne in Germany, said he had waited for four weeks to get tickets for tonight’s concert.

“It’s the best thing in the world. I think this is one of the biggest days for me,” he said.

Dublin has been gearing up for the concerts for months, with hotels booked out across the city for the weekend and roads closed around the stadium since this morning.

A garda on duty at the stadium said there was no arrests and the crowd was as well behaved as any seen at such an event.

Although, he added some ticketholders must not have shown up as the crowd was slightly smaller than represented by the 80,000 tickets sold.

Tickets for the three gigs have been going for as much as 500 euro (£330) on the internet after they sold out within hours of being released.

As well as Ireland’s most famous rock band, the fans at tonight’s concert were also entertained by a blinding set from Northern Ireland band, Snow Patrol, and The Radiators.

On Saturday The Thrills and Paddy Casey will be lining up to support U2, with Ash and The Bravery on Monday’s bill.

Copyright © 2005 All rights reserved.


Photos by Haydn West (AP).


Great show, but the sound was crap. i'm going back tonight, please have the sound sorted....

i went to the croke park gig on the 24th june 2005 in dublin and it was the best gig i've ever been to. they really classed themselves as the best band ever

I was at the Friday and Saturday night gigs and I've come to the conclusion that Croke Park is just crap for concerts, the crowd totally drowned out the band, but the sound was marginally better on the Saturday than the Friday, lets see what Monday brings.....

I was at Croke park on Friday the 24th. Truly an amazing experience with devoted fans. U2 is truly the biggest band in the world, no question. In the front of the pitch standing the sound was fairly good, the delay probably affected the back of the stadium more. Bono's speach was a little bit blurry but there is always room for improvement :)

Mood was unpresidented as fans from all corners of the world with great spirits enjoyed evey second of the gig. Must have shed a tear or two when "Where the streets have no name" and "Sometimes you can't make it on your own" were performed, i must confess. Even the rain didn't lower our spirits that night. As a Finnish fan this was a night i'll never forget, thanks U2!

At Dublins Friday night gig. An amazing experience, although the sound was poor at the start.Wish I could have gone again

i came all the way from Istanbul, Turkiye for their 24.06 friday gig.. they are the best.. it was great to see them in their home Dublin..

We came form the states to see U2 play in there hometown on the 24th. Such an amazing experience that I will never forget. The crowd was so intense and alive during every minute of their set. Best show of my life! Thanks U2 and Dublin!

What a concert! Still the best band in the world. Listened to all 3 concerts from the back garden of a relative who lives nearby and went on Friday. Anyone know the name of the song played before they came out each night

wake up by arcade fire

Essa coluna ficou muito boa!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sou fã do U2 desde pequena!!!!!!!!!
E amei essa coluna do U2.

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