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CROKER ROCKS; Promoters bid to lure superstars for summer gigs.

Byline: By NEIL COTTER

ROBBIE Williams and The Rolling Stones are being lined up to rock Croke Park next summer, the Irish Daily Mirror can reveal.

Concert promoters are also hunting US legends Bon Jovi for a third June gig after the phenomenal success of the U2 concerts this year.

The three gigs, scheduled to take place over one sensational weekend at GAA Headquarters, will smash even the 160,000-strong U2 attendances.

An insider revealed: "We are determined to make these events even bigger than the U2 gigs. If all the minor details can be ironed out then music fans are in for one amazing weekend in June 2006."

Angels star Robbie, 31, admitted Ireland is his favourite place to perform and would jump at the chance of a Croker gig. The ex-Take That singer stole the show while supporting The Verve in Slane in 1998 and rocked the Co Meath venue again a year later.

But it was his performance in front of 135,000 fans at Dublin's Phoenix Park in 2003 that confirmed his status as the biggest draw in the business.

The gig attracted the second largest open air crowd to a single event in Ireland - second only to the visit by Pope John Paul II in 1979.

The source continued: "The U2 concerts in June simply took the breath away, and we believe we can pull that off again next year.

"Robbie is probably the biggest draw this country has ever seen and he loves performing here."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 15, 2005
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