A Lucky Few Get Signed Copies of U2 Book

The Associated Press
Saturday, September 23, 2006; 3:28 PM

DUBLIN, Ireland -- So many people showed up at a signing for U2's new book Saturday that organizers had to restrict access to 250 fans who had won tickets through a lottery on the band's official Web site and via competitions on radio stations across Ireland.

All 250 were waiting inside Eason's, Ireland's largest bookstore, when the four bandmates _ vocalist Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. _ arrived to put their signatures to copies of "U2byU2," a coffee-table book that went on international sale Thursday.

Bono made no formal comments at the private signing, and journalists weren't admitted, 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.

Most celebrities pushing books in Ireland do book signings at Eason's. But this was the first time that organizers decided to issue admissions by lottery to prevent crowd chaos.

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