U2 Launching ‘The Virtual Road’ Archival YouTube Series with 2001 Slane Castle Gig for St. Patrick’s Day 3/17


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Beginning this week, U2 will host The Virtual Road, a series of four concerts from the Irish band‘s vaunted history on its YouTube channel — with each remaining available for only 48 hours.

The first show from the series will launch, appropriately, this Wednesday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. For the occasion, U2 will bring back U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle, a show from Sept. 1, 2001 at the iconic outdoor venue, U2’s first performance on the banks of the River Boyne in more than two decades.

As for the other shows on the schedule, here’s a bit more information from a news release:

On March 25, fans can tune in to see U2: Live At Red Rocks recorded on June 5, 1983, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, the United States, on the band’s War Tour. A career-defining show, the rain-soaked performance at the iconic venue helped establish U2’s reputation as one of the greatest live acts in the world. And another Grammy-nominated Dublin band, Fontaines D.C., will open the show with a performance recorded in their hometown last year.

The PopMart Tour stormed into Mexico City in December 1997 for a memorable show at the Foro Sol Stadium and on April 1 will see Carla Morrison open for the band, only on YouTube, for a very special one-off performance ahead of Popmart: Live From Mexico City.

In December 2015, U2 returned to Paris less than a month after the November 13 terrorist attacks on the city for two rescheduled shows. iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE: Live in Paris marked the final performance on the tour, an unforgettable evening which included an emotional performance of Patti Smith’s ‘People Have The Power.’ On April 10, YouTube will broadcast the show for the very first time, with the French band Feu! Chatterton on support.

And here’s a quote from the members of U2 on The Virtual Road streaming series:

“Every show is memorable for us, but these four particularly so… It’s exciting to be on the road again… Embracing all the wonder of the virtual road… And especially exciting to be joined by such a brilliant line-up of fellow travelers in Dermot Kennedy, Fontaines D.C., Carla Morrison, and Feu! Chatterton.”

Back in October, U2 also celebrated a landmark moment in its history with a lavish 20th anniversary edition of 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind, one of the group’s most globally successful albums to date.


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