U2'S Swedish Tour Dates In Doubt After Dublin Delay
U2's upcoming European tour dates have been thrown into doubt after their stage equipment was held up by locals in Dublin, Ireland, in a row over the dismantling of the stage set.
The Irish rockers wrapped up the last of their three-night residency at Croke Park on Monday (27Jul09) and are due to play two gigs in Gothenburg, Sweden later this week (31Jul-01Aug09).
But tour organisers fear the concerts may not be able to go ahead as planned after trucks carrying parts of their elaborate stage set were prevented from boarding scheduled ferries out of Ireland on Tuesday morning (28Jul09).
Protesters crowded the streets outside the stadium to show their anger at the local council for allowing work to continue throughout the night as stagehands took apart the band's custom-built 360-degree platform.
And the delay could cost U2 the next stops on their current world tour because the audio and visual equipment are key to their live shows and take a week to construct.
Tour director Craig Evans says, "It will be tight."
Organisers admit they will not know whether the concerts will be going ahead until the last minute, as the impact of the delay has yet to take full effect.
Tour manager Jake Berry adds, "It affects the tour schedule, read it whatever way you want."