How a U2 Tribute Band Got Onstage With the Real Thing

July 7, 2015

As we reported earlier, Bono invited the Toronto U2 tribute band Acrobat onstage Monday night to perform "Desire" during a show at the Air Canada Center. Acrobat frontman Gabriel Pate gave us all the details on meeting Bono, getting onstage and dueling...


Watch Bono Bring Elvis Impersonator Onstage After Glitch

June 4, 2015

U2 wrapped up their five-night stand at L.A.'s Forum Wednesday night with a show heavy on their new material, including the live debut of "Volcano," an acoustic rendition of "Ordinary Love" and the first performance of "The Troubles" since opening...


Inside U2's Innocence Spectacle: Backstage With Bono & Edge

May 21, 2015

It's about 25 hours before U2 kick off their Innocence + Experience tour at Vancouver's Rogers Arena and Bono is sitting on a plush couch in a backstage lounge near the Edge. He's fiddling with a laptop and looking at a CDR recorded at a recent tour rehearsal....


U2 Relive Northern Ireland's Violent Past in New Video

February 23, 2015

The video for U2's new Songs of Innocence single, "Every Breaking Wave," dramatizes the wave of violence that swept Northern Ireland in the Eighties. Belfast-born filmmaker Aoife McArdle made the clip using footage from her 13-minute short film, Every...


U2 Prep Unique Sound System for Upcoming Tour

April 30, 2015

As Bono continues to recover from his injuries following a bike accident last year, U2 are gearing up for an unique arena tour set to kick off May 14th at Vancouver's Rogers Arena. The group will be splitting each concert into two...


Bono: 'I May Never Play Guitar Again'

January 2, 2015

U2 frontman Bono posted a 6,000-word A to Z summation of 2014 on, revealing that the massive bike injury he suffered last year may prevent him from ever playing guitar again. "Recovery has been more difficult than I thought,"...



Sing Bono's Band Aid 30 Lyrics to Help Fight Ebola

December 9, 2014

The organizers behind Band Aid 30 – the latest incarnation of Bob Geldof's charitably minded supergroup Band Aid – have issued an "Ice Bucket Challenge"–style viral video call to action to music fans. Using a free iOS app called WholeWorldBand,...


Read Bono's World AIDS Day Email to Bill Clinton

December 1, 2014

While Bono recovered from a recent bike accident, U2 played their previously booked World AIDS Day gig with Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen filling the singer's shoes. Still, the frontman and activist made his presence known,...


U2's New Singers: Bruce Springsteen, Chris Martin

December 1, 2014

All four members of U2 were originally scheduled to perform at the World AIDS Day (RED) performance Monday night in Times Square. But with lead singer Bono still recovering from serious injuries suffered from a bike accident last month, the...


Bono Defends Spotify: 'Let's Experiment'

November 7, 2014

The same week that Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify and called the music-streaming service a "grand experiment," Bono has voiced his support of the service using the same word as Swift. "It's an experimental period," the U2 frontman said at...


After 'Innocence': U2 Look Ahead to Tour, New Album

September 26, 2014

In late 2010, U2 began recording a new album with producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton during downtime from their 360° world tour. They had little idea they were kicking off a four-year process, far and away the longest they'd ever spent on a single...


U2 Talk 'Zen Artists,' Discipline in Behind-the-Scenes Video

September 11, 2014

It's been a busy week for U2: Nearly 48 hours ago, the band surprised half a billion iTunes users when their 13th LP Songs of Innocence suddenly appeared in their music libraries, and on Thursday, Bono and the gang provided a behind-the-scenes...


U2's the Edge Offers Bono Progress Report

December 3, 2014

In November, U2 frontman Bono suffered extensive injuries that required a five-hour surgery following a serious cycling spill. "He's doing OK," guitarist-bandmate the Edge told KROQ, according to, though he compared the...

Live Review

Bruce Springsteen Fills Bono's Shoes in Times Square

December 1, 2014

For the thousands of people crammed into the center of Times Square on a rainy Monday evening, it must have seemed like a surreal dream inspired by a night gorging on junk food, Born to Run and The Joshua Tree. U2's the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry...


Bono's Doctor Details Horrific Injuries After Bike Accident

November 19, 2014

Three days after U2 revealed that lead singer Bono injured his arm in a "cycling spill" requiring surgery, the grim details of the singer's accident and prognosis have been disclosed to Rolling Stone. While riding his bike...


Bono Apologizes for Forcing U2's New LP on iTunes Users

October 15, 2014

Bono has officially apologized for his part in making U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, a compulsory free download on iTunes. In a Facebook Q&A dubbed #U2NoFilter, the singer answered a "question" requesting that the band never repeat the album...


U2 Reveal Intimate Cover Image for 'Songs of Innocence'

September 26, 2014

U2 have unveiled the intimate cover image for their new LP, Songs of Innocence, which will be released in physical form on October 13th. The black-and-white photo, shot by Glen Luchford, shows drummer Larry Mullen Jr. shielding his...


U2's Surprise iTunes Strategy: the Industry Reacts

September 12, 2014

U2's deal to release its new album Songs of Innocence for free via iTunes is not without precedent, but in combining Beyoncé's surprise-album strategy with Jay Z's corporate partnership with Samsung for 2013's Magna Carta......


How Lykke Li Wound Up on U2's Secret Album

September 11, 2014

"Most things in life come as a surprise," Lykke Li says the day after U2 surprised the world with their new record, Songs of Innocence. The Swedish-born singer is the lilting voice sublimely singing "Little by little..." amid the swirling strings...