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Stockholm #3 POSTPONED to Tuesday 22/09

Today, U2 were meant to perform their third of four shows in Stockholm. Unfortunately, the show has been postponed to Tuesday 22 September. See the official announcement on U2.com here.

The English part of the video starts at about 1:35min.

Fans were being admitted to the arena when a security breach occurred. Admission stopped, with initial reports suggesting there were technical issues with the ticket scanners at the entry gates. It emerged that police and venue security were seeking an armed man who had entered the arena. Fans in the seated areas were evacuated from the venue as searches were conducted, then those in general admission moved to the seats and searched while the floor was checked. This process dragged on, and with the situation still not resolved satisfactorily after 10pm - and with thousands of fans stuck outside the venue - police advised the venue and concert organisers to postpone the show.

Tickets for this show will be honoured on Tuesday 22/09. Tomorrow's show, Stockholm #4 on 21/09, will go ahead as scheduled.

Many readers will recall the last time U2 shows had to be postponed - the second North American leg of the 360 Tour was pushed back from 2010 to 2011 after Bono had to undergo emergency back surgery. U2's last regular tour concert to be entirely cancelled (rather than postponed) was 29 May 1997 in Raleigh.

The closest parallel event to this occurred back on Lovetown. A bomb threat was phoned in before the 18 November 1989 concert in Sydney (which itself had already been rescheduled from October because Bono had problems with his voice). The entire venue was evacuated and no bomb was found - which meant that the show went ahead.

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