U2 members mix with fans in Winnipeg

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You too could have got close to U2 if you had been at the airport or Burton Cummings Theatre tonight.

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You too could have got close to U2 if you had been at the airport or Burton Cummings Theatre tonight.

About a dozen Winnipeggers were thrilled when the Irish rockers walked off their tour jet on the west side of the Winnipeg’s airport to sign autographs and pose for photographs — albeit on the other side of a chain- link fence.

“Bono immediately came from the plane and made a bee-line right to the fence to greet the fans there,” Winnipeg Free Press freelance photographer David Lipnowski said.

David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press The Edge greets fans at the back entrance of the Burton Cummings Theatre Friday afternoon. Bono and the band took time to shake hands, sign autographs, hug fans, and pose for photos after coming straight from the airport. U2 is performing at Canad Inns Stadium Sunday night as part of their U2 360 world tour.

“He showed genuine interest in people. And then The Edge joined him as well.”

The band then jumped into the lead cars of a 12-vehicle entourage and drove to the downtown theatre.

“They got out to meet the 250 to 300 people at the rear of the theatre,” Lipnowski said.

“They spent 15 to 20 minutes signing autographs, hugging people, and posing for photos… Bono said to a couple of children ‘when I grow up I want to be like you’ and pointed to them.

“Then they went into the back entrance of the theatre and that was it.”

David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press U2 frontman Bono waves as he gets off the U2 360 tour plane Friday at the Esso Avitat airport. U2 is performing at Canad Inns Stadium Sunday night.

U2 play Winnipeg Stadium on Sunday.

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