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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...

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Watch U2 Perform 'Desire' With Local Tribute Act

July 7, 2015

U2 fans saw double during the band's concert in Toronto Monday night, when the Irish rock outfit brought out local tribute act Acrobat for a spirited performance of the Rattle and Hum hit, "Desire." A fan-shot video captured the performance, which...

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Bono, Edge Break Down U2's 'Cedarwood Road'

June 30, 2015

Bono and the Edge broke down U2's songwriting process and recalled the rough North Dublin roots that inspired the Songs of Innocence cut, "Cedarwood Road," in a revealing interview for Song Exploder. The song gets its name and story from the street...

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Watch U2 Play 'Gloria' for First Time In 10 Years

June 29, 2015

U2 played the third show of their five-night run at Chicago's United Center Sunday night, and for the second song of the evening, they dug out "Gloria" from their 1981 LP October. "We're a band from the north side of Dublin called U2," Bono told...

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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...

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Watch U2 Perform 'Sweetest Thing' With Bono Impersonator

May 27, 2015

"You're looking really good, man," Bono told the singer of a U2 tribute band that he'd pulled onstage at the band's L.A. Forum gig Tuesday night. It helped that the man in question, Joe Hier – who sings for an outfit called Hollywood U2 –...

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U2 Give Backstage Tour of New Trek, Talk Edge's Stage Fall

May 25, 2015

U2 recently embarked on their Innocence + Experience tour, and the band have already treated audiences in Vancouver, San Jose and Phoenix to remarkable visuals, incredible sound and unearthed fan favorites popping up in the setlist....

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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....

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U2: Trying to Throw Their Arms Around the World

May 15, 2015

This is the big sound," says the Edge. He rattles a basement rehearsal space with three monster chords from a vintage Epiphone Casino guitar, dunked in distortion so ferocious that his black baseball cap seems in danger of flying off. Bono is right beside...

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Flashback: U2 Play the Final Encore of 360° World Tour

May 14, 2015

U2 are just hours away from kicking off their long-awaited Innocence + Experience world tour at Vancouver's Rogers Arena. It's been nearly four years since the band last played a regular show, which took place in front of 66,000 fans at a festival...

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Watch U2 Busk in Subway, Ride Bikes on 'Tonight Show'

May 9, 2015

U2 finally made their long-awaited visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, an appearance that was delayed six months as Bono recovered from a major cycling accident. "I had the humerus bone sticking out of the leather jacket,"...

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Watch U2 Debut 'The Crystal Ballroom' Live

June 30, 2015

U2 were about halfway through their fourth consecutive concert at Chicago's United Center when Bono announced they were going to perform a song they'd never done before. "There's a bunch of people that have been on the road since we started this tour,"...

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Summer Live Preview: Superstar Shows Help Revive Industry

June 5, 2015

Nothing like U2, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, the Who and Taylor Swift to make the concert business forget that in 2014, revenues dipped and ticket sales dropped from 40 million to 38 million. All those sure-thing music superstars are on the road...

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U2 Play Old Hits, Share Stories at Thrilling Roxy Theatre

May 29, 2015

Bono knows how to work a room, only for decades he's been working arenas and stadiums, offering sweeping gestures on the most epic stages. Last night at the Roxy Theatre on L.A.'s Sunset Strip, U2 showed they could still dial things down to the most...

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U2 Tour Manager Dennis Sheehan Dead at 68

May 27, 2015

Longtime U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan died Tuesday night in West Hollywood. The band confirmed his death via its website. He was on tour with the group in Los Angeles, where U2 was about to kick off a five-night residency. Variety reports Sheehan...

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Watch U2 Play Super Rarity 'In God's Country' With Fan

May 23, 2015

U2 are just five shows into their Innocence + Experience Tour, and they're already taking fan requests and breaking out super rarities. At Friday night's show in Phoenix, the group was all set to play "The Sweetest Thing" on the B stage until...

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U2 Honor B.B. King, Mock the Edge's Fall at Second Show

May 16, 2015

U2's Innocence + Experience tour nearly came to an extremely premature end at the end of opening night when the Edge took a nasty tumble into the audience, and on the second consecutive show at Vancouver's Rogers Arena Bono joined the many people...

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U2 Reinvent the Arena Show at Triumphant Tour Opener

May 15, 2015

It was about 10 minutes past 8:00 p.m. when the lights dimmed at Vancouver's Rogers Arena and "Beat on the Brat" by the Ramones began blaring out of U2's massive sound system, kicking off the group's long-awaited Innocence + Experience Tour. As the band...

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U2 Preview 'Innocence and Experience' Tour in New Video

May 12, 2015

With U2 kicking off a North American tour this week, the group has released a short video offering a glimpse of what fans can expect. The 45-second clip opens with an illustration of the staging, shots of the band backstage and the Edge warming up. But...

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U2 Reschedule 'Tonight Show' Appearance

May 2, 2015

U2 will guest on The Tonight Show on May 8th, nearly six months after a major bicycle accident forced Bono to cancel the band's weeklong residency on Jimmy Fallon's late night program. "You heard that right! U2 will be back on the show next...

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