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U2 - SLANE AGAIN?

After the first date sold out in 45 minutes, Bono is begging to do an extra date...

U2 frontman BONO has called on Irish premier BERTIE AHERN to intervene and grant special dispensation for a second show by the band at the 80,000-capacity Slane Castle this autumn.

Speaking to Irish television yesterday (March 11) in the light of the furore surrounding ticket allocation for the band's currently confirmed only show in August, which saw scuffles and sporadic fighting among disappointed fans in Dublin on Saturday morning (March 10), Bono said he wanted "to let the people know that we are available for another gig in Slane and that we'd very much like to do that. And we would ask Bertie Ahern or the Pope or God, or more importantly the good people of Slane if they could suffer the inconvenience of another day, as we could really do something really historic here."

Tickets for the show sold out in 45 minutes.

Bono expressed bitter disappointment that many fans had missed out.

"They have given the band a very good life and we don't like to see them on the streets and disappointed and we're also very disappointed."

In a posting on their website www.mcd.ie, promoters MCD have joined with Slane Castle owner Lord Henry Mount Charles to say they are committed to a second show.

However, under the current system, planning permission for concerts in Ireland must be sought nine months in advance of the date and also Slane Castle has planning permission for only one show a year.

An MCD spokeperson has added that "we would need the goodwill of the people of Slane" in order to stage a second show. Fans are being encouraged to e-mail the relevant authorities in a bid to change minds over the staging of the show. For further details, click here....

Over 200,000 tickets for all eight of U2's UK shows on their 'Elevation' tour also sold out within hours of going on sale on Friday (March 9).

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