Bono stressed the importance of bringing the tour back to Ireland, even though the huge stage configuration will have to be reworked to suit the smaller arenas in Ireland. It is rumored that the band will play three shows at the 3Arena in Dublin between the dates of November 25 and 29, with a nearby hotel block-booked.
“It got to the stage where we just had to tell our people, ‘You have to make this happen, you have to make this work; this is where we are from and we have to bring the tour home.’”
The Irish shows – Bono did not confirm if other Irish cities would be included – will be especially poignant for the band, as their last album, “Innocence and Experience,” contained several songs about their Irish upbringing, including Bono’s ode to his childhood home, “Cedarwood Road.”
“I am so happy we are bringing this home,” adds Bono. “These Irish shows will be like an Irish wedding. It is always tricky planning a wedding – who sits besides who could ruin it!”
The "Innocence and Experience" tour enjoyed critical acclaim and a virtually sold-out run in the U.S. and Canada after it kicked off in May and wrapped in July at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The shows in Turin made mention of the Syrian refugee crisis, particularly of the little boy pictured washed up on a beach, a shocking sight that was beamed around the world.