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The Edge falls off stage, makes inevitable pun
U2 kicked off their world tour last night.

Updated: 13.27

U2 KICKED OFF their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver last night.

Some people had queued since Monday to see the opening night of the band’s first tour in four years.

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Fans were quite excited, particularly this lover of adjectives:

Not everyone had a great seat though:

It was all going well until the Edge fell off the stage.


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Don’t worry – he was soon back on his feet, but Michael had a warning for the rest of the band:

After the show, the Edge let everyone know he’s okay (with an inevitable pun) – but does have some serious bruises:

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Meanwhile, an old friend showed up…

The 70-date tour is almost sold out, but some tickets are still available for the band’s other shows at the Rogers Arena. The next gigs are in California and Arizona.

Fans in Ireland may experience a slightly different show, with Bono recently telling the Irish Times there isn’t a suitable venue here to stage the concert in its present form.


Meanwhile, the band has hit back at criticism they get for moving some of their business to the Netherlands for tax purposes.

In an interview with Sky News, Bono insisted the band pays “a fortune” in tax.

“Because you’re good at philanthropy and because I am an activist people think you should be stupid in business and I don’t run with that,” he said.

The Edge added: “So much of our business is outside of Ireland so it is ridiculous to make a big deal out of it.”

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