Irish rock band U2 announced its first-ever concert in India on September 17, on Twitter. The show is scheduled to take place in Mumbai on December 15, 2019.
The band wrote, “‘Bono, what are you doing on December 15th 2019?’ First-ever U2 show in India that’s what, as The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 heads to Mumbai. Pre-sales from next Tuesday, September 24.”
They also added a funny promotional video, claiming it’s going to be the best night of their life. However, their timing seems to be quite off, according to twitter.
The band has been under attack since the announcement, as several Twitter users have criticised them for paying no heed to the Indian atrocities in Kashmir, before deciding to perform in India.
A user claimed he suddenly lost his long term heroes, after the band claimed to favor India, not only in terms of playing a show but also in terms of their ‘functional democracy’ as mentioned in their interview.
To which another user began to defend their decision, claiming that not all the people living in India are criminals, or deserve hatred. Suggesting that the concert means no harm to anyone.
Then there was the user who decided to preach morality in terms of making the band realise that eight million people are under siege in Kashmir. And asked them to reconsider their decisions.
Along with another user who felt this decision was extremely disappointing. Adding that it is inevitable for the band to be unaware of the situation in Kashmir and thus, making their decision quite incriminating.
In a recent interview with Bombay Times, the band stated that “We made India a priority on this tour and we are excited. It’s a culmination of so many years of our ambition to get to India and meet our Indian audience.”
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