HeadLine: U2 ROCK SUPERGROUP HEAD FOR SCOTLAND
The Mirror, 30/03/2001, p1
by SHAUN MILNE
ROCK giants U2 are planning a giant gig in Scotland.
The Irish supergroup want to stage a massive open air concert for
65,000 fans on the banks of Loch Lomond.
They have already approached West Dunbartonshire Council about using
Balloch Park on two dates in August.
Lead singer Bono and guitarist The Edge are both keen to come back to
Scotland for the first time in four years.
The Edge said: “We want to play in Scotland. How could we miss it out?
“Scottish fans have always been great to us. We’ve have had so many
great nights at venues like the Barrowland.
“We’ll be in Scotland for sure. We’ve played there from our very first
Organisers of their Elevation World Tour, which kicked off in Miami,
Florida, last weekend, appeared to have snubbed Scotland when it
emerged there was no date north of the Border but three in England.
The band has still to officially confirm the new plan, but with their
only UK dates already sold out at London, Birmingham and Manchester, it
would be a huge insult if they refused to play here.
U2’s agents have written to the council inquiring about holding a
concert at the picturesque venue. Balloch Park last held a major
concert in August, 1996, when Oasis played to 80,000 fans over two
The council spokesman said: “The council would look at the logistics of
staging a concert.
“We would then liaise with the promoters to see if they would be happy
with the facilities that we could provide.
“When Oasis played, we had to consider factors such as public transport
to and from the venue.”
U2 were recently awarded a Brit Lifetime Achievement award and named
Best International Group for their album All That You Can’t Leave
A band spokesman said last night: “We have made several inquiries about
venues, but they are still being tossed about.”
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