U2 announce first ever India concert

Irish rock band U2, Bono (second from right), The Edge (right), Adam Clayton (left) and Larry Mullen Jr accept the global icon award during the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Wembley Arena in London November 12, 2017. — AFP pic
Irish rock band U2, Bono (second from right), The Edge (right), Adam Clayton (left) and Larry Mullen Jr accept the global icon award during the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Wembley Arena in London November 12, 2017. — AFP pic

NEW DELHI, Sept 18 — Irish rockers U2 have announced they are to play their first ever concert in India, wrapping up the band’s Joshua Tree Tour 2019 in the coastal megacity of Mumbai on December 15.

India has in recent years seen an increase in big international acts touring there, with Beyonce, Shakira, Coldplay, Demi Lovato and Bryan Adams playing to packed venues.

Bassist Adam Clayton said he was “looking forward to bringing a dash of Dublin to Mumbai” while frontman Bono evoked India and Ireland’s common struggles for independence from Britain.

“We have the same colours in the flag, our tiny little nation. Mahatma Gandhi commented on the struggle for Irish independence and warned against the violent struggle,” Bono told Rolling Stone India.

“And our prime minister, he’s a physician — he’s trained in Mumbai, his father’s from Mumbai,” Bono said, referring to Irish premier Leo Varadkar whose father is Indian.

The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 kicks off in Auckland November 8 and includes Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, as well as Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul and Manila, U2 said yesterday. — AFP

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