GIGS OF THE WEEK U2 IN DUBLIN
In the past three years, U2 have played Ireland seven times. By the end of next week, they will have brought the total to 11. Each show has sold out, each has been (largely) acclaimed. Of course, when U2 come to town, some people want to take a line or two out of one of their best songs – “I want to run, I want to hide” – in order to display their indifference or displeasure, but overall it’s fair to say the band is welcomed with open arms by fans fervent and fairweather.
Things are changing in the U2 camp, though: age may not wither them, but those huge video screens with their megapixel resolutions tell the truth – they are now looking every inch of their years. Bono has had several health issues over the past four years, one of which has been deemed too serious to even talk about. There’s also a firm sense that following the intimate, personal subject matter of their two most recent albums – 2014’s Songs of Innocence, and last year’s Songs of Experience – the U2 circle has been well and truly squared.
For their next studio album, the band will surely have to delve into something else for inspiration. Based on reports of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE shows, it would seem that the current and future political landscape is an area that U2 could effectively, intelligently mine for material. Another area – at least in performance terms – is to do with their 1991 album, Achtung Baby, what they did with their 1987 album,
The Joshua Tree: take it on the road. Watch this space, as they say.
U 2 perfor mat Dublin’ s 3 Arena on November 5th, 6th, 9th and 10th
The Edge and Bono on stage in Belfast last week.