U2 keen to play in Abu Dhabi, says entertainment boss
U2 are looking to play in the Gulf region, with Abu Dhabi signalled as a possible venue, according to the chief executive of Flash Entertainment.
U2 singer Bono performs on stage at the Bercy Accordhotels Arena in Paris on December 6, 2015.
The legendary Irish rock band completed their most recent tour, entitled Innocence + Experience Tour, last December with emotional concerts in Paris on December 6/7, which were postponed following the attacks on the city a month earlier.
The band have never played in the UAE, but according to the head of Flash Entertainment, John Lickrish, they are keen to play in region, with Abu Dhabi’s Du Arena mooted as a possible venue.
“Bono has been to Abu Dhabi and I know the people he has met with,” he told the National newspaper. “They are looking to play this region, because they haven’t done so before. It would be the worst kept secret in the world, if it does happen.”
Lickrish said getting them to play in the region has been difficult due to “routing”.
“Flying from London to New York gives them an opportunity now to do about 40 or 50 gigs, whereas flying from London to Abu Dhabi gives them the opportunity to do maybe two. And then you have another five-hour flight to go somewhere else. U2 can play New York and then they can play Philadelphia,” he told the newspaper.