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Other U2 dates 'only a warm-up'

U2 perform in Berlin on their 360 world tour
Bono and his bandmates are playing three gigs at Dublin's Croke Park

U2 frontman Bono has told fans to expect the band's most spectacular performance yet as their 360 world tour rolls in their hometown.

The rock superstars will play tonight the first of three gigs at 80,000 capacity Croke Park in Dublin, the only city where they are scheduled to play for three nights.

Speaking on the band's website, Bono joked that other dates thus far on the tour had only been a warm-up for the Dublin dates.

"The 'rehearsals' have been going really well," he said.

"We've been rehearsing in Barcelona, Milan, Nice, Berlin and Amsterdam. But we expect that the main event in Dublin will be better than any of them."

Lead guitarist, The Edge, spoke of the "magic" of playing on home soil.

He said: "Every time we go onstage there's a certain chemistry between the four of us.

"But in Dublin the crowd actually take us to another level. It's incredible. It's never just another show for us."


On Friday, U2 fans from as far away as Japan and Australia were evident on streets of Dublin.

The fact that the 360 degree 'claw' stage will only give them a 270 degree perspective in Croke Park - the home of GAA - due to technical problems didn't appear to be an issue.

And some were obviously looking for the full U2 experience, regardless of cost, having booked themselves into the exclusive Clarence Hotel, which is owned by Bono and The Edge.

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