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U2 are not coming to Bucharest this year

The general mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu, stated that U2 would not  appear on Bucharest’s new National Stadium this September, according to  mediafax.ro. The Irish band is to be, then, at the end of their South Africa  tour, so that it would be too difficult to ensure transport for their famous stage, The Claw.

“The negotiators were telling me 120 trucks would be needed to transport  the famous stage. Without the stage, the show wouldn’t be complete,”  Oprescu explained. Instead of U2, Sorin Oprescu promised he would bring another band to perform on the Lia Manoliu National Stadium, but did not  provide any names. “We have a back-up plan, but I will only reveal it when the stadium is ready,” the mayor added. At the beginning of the year, the  head of the Bucharest City Hall’s Investments Department, Bogdan Hreapca,  ad stated: “We know for sure that we’ll have a concert that will  gather approximately 60,000 people in September. We are negotiating with  n U2 promoter. If it’s not U2, then it will certainly be a top band,  because the people of Bucharest, and others, deserve this”. According to  Bucharest City Hall representatives, the Lia Manoliu National Stadium,  where U2 were supposed to appear, is to be completed by this summer. The arena is due to host, on August 9, the Romania-Argentina game.

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