U2 brought it home to Dublin last night for the first of four sold-out gigs at the 3Arena and boy did they prove they still have what it takes.

The days of being young rebels are behind them now. The demographic of those in the expectant crowd last night ranged from teenagers all the way through to our newly elected president of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.

When you realise that Bono was a teenager in 1973 when Eamon De Valera was still President you can judge just how much of Ireland’s modern existence they have been the soundtrack to.

Almost every concert they have played in Ireland has been at Croke Park, Slane or other massive outdoor venues. Getting back to the 3Arena was always going to be popular and tickets sold out in minutes when they went on sale back in February.

There are still tickets for some concerts on the rest of the tour but Dublin was always going to be an attraction for thousands of overseas fans as well as the local public.

This is, in fact, the third time they have played four nights at the Arena or the Point Depot as it was the first time back in 1989.

They also did four nights in November 2015 as part of the Innocence and Experience Tour.

Last night was a blend of the music and the show with which they have become so well associated with.

This year’s LED screen was nine times the resolution of the one back in 2015 and ran the entire width of the Arena. There was a stage that came out into the middle of the crowd as well as the main stage.

25 songs spanning 38 years since the release of Boy back in 1980. In a world of passing fads and trends who would ever have imagined…

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