FIRST THEY TAKE MANHATTAN

They've named a song after the city, Bono's bought a place in Manhattan, and then there's the recent rooftop gig - do you think they like the place?...

U2 are to play a free, one-off show at the 1,000 capacity NEW YORK IRVING PLAZA on December 5.

Tickets for the show will not go on general sale, instead will be given away via radio competitions on the local station K-ROCK.

According to sources within the station, the show will sacrifice “high definition video screens, hi-tech lighting (and) extravagant sound systems” in favour of a “lo-fi, analogue” performance from the Irish rockers.

The set will also be broadcast on the station, and it is expected to be syndicated to other radio stations across the US.

U2 recently played in New York. On October 30, they made their first live appearance in the US in three years from the balcony of the MTV building in Times Square.

The band performed three songs, ‘Elevation’, ‘Beautiful Day’ and ‘New York’, which were also filmed and later broadcast on the music channel.