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Excitement from faraway and so close as U2 prepare for tonight's homecoming show

The band play the first of four Dublin shows tonight.

23/11/2015. U2 play The 3Arena in Dublin Tonight. U2 fans from Mexico here to see U2 in their hometown.

FANS AND FLAGS are already gathering ahead of U2′s first gig in their home city for over six years.

The band played their first Irish show of their current tour in Belfast last week, but tonight they’re in the 3Arena and will play the former Point Theatre for the first time since 1989.

The show is particularly relevant to the capital with many of the songs from the band’s current album, Songs of Innocence, written about their teenage years in Dublin.

Raised By Wolves, for example, is about the Dublin-Monaghan Bombings while another song is titled Cedarwood Road, Bono’s childhood street.

Tonight’s show is the first of four they’ll play this week.

23/11/2015. U2 play The 3Arena in Dublin Tonight. They've come from the Philippines to the see the show. Leigh Parker and Maite Moraza.

This afternoon, the band have also confirmed that they’ve rescheduled their two planned Paris concerts that were cancelled following the terror attacks in the city.

The band had been due to play the first of their two shows that day after the attacks, but they were cancelled because of security concerns.

Now, the band’s frontman says they the shows will go ahead on 6 and 7 December and they’ll “put on our best for Paris”.

“So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of 13 November irreplaceable,” Bono said from Dublin today.

“For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind – but they couldn’t steal the spirit of that city. It’s a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on December 6th and 7th. We’re going to put on our best for Paris.”

23/11/2015. U2 play The 3Arena in Dublin Tonight. Kistyn Adamson and Down Schiavo from the USA. Source: Rollingnews.ie

“The band wanted us to reschedule as soon as possible so that they could honour the commitment to their audience,” added U2 tour promoter‎ Arthur Fogel.

One of the Paris shows was scheduled to be broadcast live on US network HBO and it’s now confirmed that this will happen during the 7 December show.

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