A third Irish concert has become doubtful due to the high rental costs of Croke Park stadium, according to an article in the Sunday Times this week.
While we obviously feel sorry for U2 (and Irish fans) for this blatant GAA extortion, our eyebrows were raised when we read what John Giddings, representing the promotors, Solo UK, told the Sunday Times reporter:
One of the contentious issues is the fact that the GAA told its 10,000 premium members — who got preferential booking for the concerts — that there would be three U2 concerts at the stadium when a third show had not been arranged. This put pressure on the band to perform a third night.
“We have only ever considered two shows,” said Giddings. “It puts the group in a difficult position. There is nowhere in Europe where we are doing three shows.”
But Mr Giddings, surely Amsterdam (13, 15, 16 july) is still part of Europe? Granted, they are not played consecutively, but still, three shows.