The Irish Supreme Court ruled on Friday that U2 can, in fact, go home again.
In a unanimous decision, the law body declared that the mega-band will be
allowed to bring their massive PopMart tour to their hometown of Dublin on Aug.
30 and 31 after all.
The ruling follows one issued Monday by the lesser High Court that argued that the concerts constituted a "material change of use" for the Lansdowne Road stadium, and thus were prohibited. The court felt that it would be illegal to use the sports arena as a venue for a rock concert.
Upon learning of the Supreme Court judgment, U2's American spokesman Paul Wasserman told ATN, "I'm glad justice prevailed." Although he had not yet spoken to the band, Wasserman said that operations for the Dublin shows
were not set back by this week's court case. "The U2 New York office says
it's a go."
U2 manager Paul McGuinness said in a prepared statement, "I'm very relieved at the decision. We're very much looking forward to playing at home. I have to
say that the enormous wave of support from the public and the media has
been truly amazing and we really appreciate it."
The original suit brought to block the Irish-quartet's concerts was filed by residents living near the rugby stadium. Along with the primary decision permitting the shows, the court further ruled that residents would not be allowed to file additional suits to stop the concerts once they have begun, according
to the Irish Times.
For the 40,000 fans who had already purchased tickets for U2's colorful PopMart concerts -- featuring the world's largest video screen, a towering golden arch and a two-story inflatable lemon -- when the High Court blocked them, Friday's ruling surely comes as relief.
But Wasserman said that many Americans would also be breathing easier
following the Supreme Court decision.
"There are about a half-dozen travel agencies that I know of that have offered package trips to Dublin hotels and the U2 concerts. They were calling us all week asking, 'Has there been a decision made?' Some of these travel agencies had already sold tickets."
The August shows mark the first time U2 has played in Dublin since their last major tour, 1994's Zoo TV Tour.