Wednesday January 29, 2020

With or without U2

Today’s kids don’t listen to much radio. They have record players, Spotify and YouTube; they rap, sing or play drums; they like Villagers or Van Morrison. But they don’t, mostly, listen to U2. As the nation’s most famous foursome play four dates at the 3Arena, Nadine O’Regan asks a group of young people what music by ‘older people’ they like, and what U2 would have to do to win their hearts

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

4th November, 2018

U2 are not just the most successful band to have ever come out of Ireland: they are also perhaps the most ambitious band to have ever emerged from this country.

Tomorrow, the Dublin four-piece will take to the stage in the 3Arena in Dublin, the first of four dates they’ll play in the capital this week, following on from their Belfast gigs. They’ll play songs from their 14th studio album, Songs of Experience, meshing them...

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