A select few fans of Irish rock group U2 found what they were looking for when they won the right to have copies of U2’s new book signed by all four band members.
Interest in Saturday’s book signing by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen proved so intense that organizers had to restrict access to 250 fans, who won tickets through a lottery on U2’s official Web site and via competitions on radio stations across Ireland.
All 250 were waiting inside Eason’s bookshop, the biggest in Ireland, when the famous four arrived to put their signatures to copies of “U2byU2,” a coffee-table book that went on international sale Thursday. Unusually, Bono made no formal comments and journalists were not admitted to the private signing, although photographers were allowed.
Outside in the rain, police and crash barriers kept about 1,000 fans at bay on O’Connell Street, the major thoroughfare in Dublin.
On Monday, U2 is scheduled to perform alongside Green Day in New Orleans’ Superdome, which is officially reopening following Hurricane Katrina for an NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons.