U2 announce first ever concert in India

Bono of the rock band U2 performs at Bridgestone Arena on May 26, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

U2 is set to finish their 2019 Joshua Tree tour with a concert in India in December.

The band will play at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on December 15, and this will be the first time they will have performed in the country.

In a video for the show, U2’s lead singer Bono said the upcoming concert in Mumbai will be “one of the greatest nights” of his life.

The frontman also evoked India and Ireland’s common struggles for independence from Britain.

Bono told Rolling Stone India: “We have the same colours in the flag, our tiny little nation.

“Mahatma Gandhi commented on the struggle for Irish independence and warned against the violent struggle.

“And our prime minister, he’s a physician – he’s trained in Mumbai, his father’s from Mumbai,’ Bono said, referring to Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar.

In recent times, India has seen an increase in international bands touring in the country. Bryan Adams, Shakira, Coldplay all played to packed venues in the country.

“We’re much looking forward to bringing a dash of Dublin to Mumbai, India – a country famous for its rich culture of art, music, movies, theater, literature, food and so much more,” band member Adam Clayton was quoted as saying. “There is a lot of excitement in the U2 camp.”

“We have been around the world with ‘The Joshua Tree,’ and we can’t think of a better place to celebrate the end of this tour,” The Edge added. “Mumbai, India, we’re coming for you – I hope you’re ready.”