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Matt Damon was among those backstage at U2

Matt Damon (left) and Don Law backstage at Gillette Stadium with a shirt commemorating the Paradise Rock Club’s 40th anniversary.handout

Before Sunday’s sold-out show at Gillette Stadium celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band’s “Joshua Tree” album, Irish rockers U2 huddled backstage for a reception with a few familiar faces.

Singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton, and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. had a meet and greet with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and members of his family, former secretary of state John Kerry, Red Sox (and Globe) owner John Henry and his wife, Globe managing director Linda Pizzuti Henry, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy, MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle and his wife, Bank of America exec Anne Finucane, former New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, Live Nation’s Don Law, and actor Matt Damon.


Law gave Bono a T-shirt commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Paradise, which the rock club is celebrating throughout 2017. (As any self-respecting fan of the band knows, U2 played its first-ever US show at the Paradise, opening for Barooga Bandit in 1980.) Damon got a kick out of the shirt and took a photo of it with Law.

Though it opened the show with the overtly political anthem “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” U2 didn’t have too much to say about President Trump. At least not explicitly. Bono did thank the crowd several times for “letting us into the country,” which seemed to be a not-so-subtle reference to Trump’s controversial travel ban.