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SLANE'S WORLD; Half a billion fans will see U2 gig.

Byline: NIALL MOONAN

MORE that half a billion people will see U2's second gig at Slane.

The Elevation concert on September 1 will be beamed around the world live, making it one of television's biggest ever music events.

And police warned forged ticket holders yesterday: "Don't even try getting in."

Scanning devices will be used on approach roads to next Saturday's and September's gigs, to be watched by more than 160,000 fans.

Gardai Chief Superintendent Michael Finnegan said: "We've already recovered several hundred forged tickets.

"Some are poor but some are very good quality. But we're quite confident that nobody with a counterfeit ticket with get into Slane."

Promoter Eamonn McCann said: "Around three hundred million saw Robbie Williams when his concert was filmed here. I would imagine a greater number of people will see the U2 gig."

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ELEVATION: Bono's second Slane concert will be seen by millions; BEAUTIFUL DAY: Thousands at Slane
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Date:Aug 18, 2001
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