U2 Return To Boston Area For Exclusive Gig

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Exclusive. That’s the word some local media are using to describe tonight’s U2 show at the Somerville Theatre, a 900-seat venue in the city’s Davis Square section. For a group with such a large fan base, the limited number of tickets available for this event has sent local area dignitaries, politicians and other self-proclaimed VIPs scrambling to get their normally-privileged hands on some.

According to Greg Hill, morning DJ for long-enduring local rock station WAAF, tickets to tonight’s show are “toughest ticket” he has seen. Fielding calls from major sports team owners and even major rock band vocalists, Hill doesn’t have much confidence in his chances of bringing any tag-alongs to the show with him. Hill will be there for WAAF, which is broadcasting the show live.No Line on the Horizon

Local reaction to U2’s presence in the area is mixed, which is probably a reflection on the reputation of the group, and particularly frontman Bono, for their activism, which some people view with a skeptical eye.

This is U2’s third and last stop that’s taken the group to a few small venues including Chicago and New York. The Irish rockers have also appeared on national television, including ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS’s Late Show With David Letterman.

The group’s next move is expected to have them in rehearsal for their upcoming tour which is set to hit stadium-sized venues in Europe and North America.

The group’s recently-released album No Line on the Horizon marks the end of a dry spell for U2 fans that has lasted since 2004 when they released How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

For more on tonight’s show, check out the Boston Herald.

Fans outside the Boston area may be able to listen to the show via WAAF’s website, which normally streams their broadcast there.


  1. Steve March 11, 2009 at 11:41 am

    People are going to be really disappointed when they get there and find out U2 isn’t actually, y’know, playing music. I think they’re just getting interviewed on the radio and playing pseudo-DJ for a syndicated broadcast, not actually performing.

  2. Steve March 11, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Okay, I might have to retract that…it looks like they’re setting up gear for tonight’s appearance. But they definitely didn’t do anything musical at last night’s similar radio-sponsored appearance at the Metro in Chicago. Weird.

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