THE SLANE RANGERS!

The Irish rockers line up a day of eclectic entertainment at the Slane Castle show...

U2 have announced the support bands for their DUBLIN gig on August 25, when the band make their return to SLANE CASTLE after 20 years.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Kelis, JJ72 and Relish are to join the Irish quartet, who received awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and Best International Band at the Brit Awards on Monday (February 26), at the venue, which they have only played once before when they supported Thin Lizzy 20 years ago. It will be the band’s first appearance in Ireland since their 1997 Popmart performance at Dublin Lansdowne Road.

Drummer Larry Mullen told [url=]www.u2.com: “We’ve waited a long time to do this. It’s going to be a beautiful day.”

It will be the biggest show on the band’s Elevation 2001 tour, and will wind up the European leg of the tour, dates for which are expected to be confirmed soon.

Cities and dates already confirmed include:

Rotterdam (July 3, 4)

Copenhagen (6,7)

Stockholm (9, 10)

Hanover, Preussag Arena (12)

Cologne, Koeln Arena (13)

Munich, Olympiahalle (15)

Paris, Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy (17, 18)

Imola (22,23)

Vienna (26, 27)

Anvers, Sportpaleis (August 1)

Dublin, Slane Festival (25)

As previously reported, the band kick off their US tour at the end of this month. Two of the dates have been changed. Chicago on May 19 has been rescheduled for May 12, and St Louis on May 18 has been cancelled. It is believed Bono’s wife Ali is due to give birth around those dates.

Meanwhile, Bono has given his first in-depth interview about his faith in 20 years. It can be read in full [url=] by clicking here.