For all the trouble they've received trying to play concerts in their
hometown of Dublin, you'd think the nice men of U2 had become Marilyn
Manson-like pariahs. Actually, the Irish mega-stars are the victims of a
local planning statute.
After $2.9 million worth of tickets had been sold for U2's Aug. 30 and 31
PopMart performances at the Lansdowne Road stadium, Ireland's High Court
blocked the concerts from taking place, according to Reuters. The
judiciary ruled that the performances are illegal under planning laws.
The court, however, also issued a stay of the ruling until Wednesday,
granting time for an appeal to the Supreme Court.
U2's manager, Paul McGuinness, told the Irish Times on Monday that
the band's promoters were working to overcome "this most recent obstacle,"
and the group was "really looking forward to playing at home, and we hope
The court ruling is only the latest dilemma for U2 in Dublin. Before they
booked the Lansdowne venue, they were originally scheduled to play at
Phoenix Park. That plan was scuttled for financial considerations.