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On The Road
  • U2's 360 Tour Named Top North American Trek of 2009

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM ET
     |  Daniel Kreps

    U2's massive 360° Tour wasn't just the biggest trek this year in terms of sheer size: the band's latest jaunt supporting No Line on the Horizon has also been named the year's most successful show by concert tracker Pollstar. Their research also revealed that despite the recession, concert ticket sales for the top 50 tours were up this year across the board compared to 2008's final numbers. That's thanks largely to U2, who easily surpassed all other acts by se...  | More »

  • Bob Dylan Celebrates Charlie Sexton's Return By Cranking Up His Guitar in L.A.

    October 14, 2009 12:12 PM ET
     |  Mikael Wood

    There are many reasons to celebrate Charlie Sexton's return to Bob Dylan's live band, but the biggest one might be that Sexton's presence frees up Dylan to peel off terrifically cranky lead lines on a guitar that sounds like it's been strung with straightened-out wire hangers. Kicking off a three-night stand at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles last night, Dylan spent a good deal of his two-hour set tangling with the Austin blues-rock whiz, who this fall is playing gu...  | More »

  • U2 Reinvent the Stadium Show as 360 Tour Launches in Chicago

    September 13, 2009 1:05 PM ET
     |  Andy Greene

    The last time U2 played a stadium concert in America it was nearly 12 years ago at the tail end of their disastrous Popmart tour. Terrible record reviews and half-empty stadiums for their gigantic production brought the band's spirits to an all-time low. "If we come back again I think it's going to be something very different," Bono had told the crowd at Seattle's Kingdome. "Because I don't think we'll ever be able to afford this again." Their next two American tours ...  | More »

  • Dave Grohl Discusses U2, Eddie Money and LSD, Jams with Jon Brion at L.A. Chat Show

    March 19, 2009 12:35 PM ET
     |  Shirley Halperin

    One monster jam went down at Hollywood's Largo Theater last night, as Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion pounded through a medley of classics by Rush, Foghat, Eddie Money and the Edgar Winter Group all in under three minutes. It followed a dramatic stage reading by Grohl of metal band Manowar's "Gloves of Metal" and "All Men Play On Ten," recited as poetry while Brion tickled the piano keys with a serene lullaby. If that sounds ridiculously...  | More »

  • U2 Rock Fordham University: On the Ground at the "Secret" Set

    March 6, 2009 12:47 PM ET
     |  Jenn Pelly

    "I joined a rock & roll band so I could get out of going to college," Bono told students at New York's Fordham University at 8 a.m. this morning, during a somewhat-secret six-song U2 set at the school's picturesque Bronx campus that was aired on Good Morning America. "Maybe if it looked like this, and felt like this, things could have been different," he added. The show — which capped the band's first-week publicity blitz for its new No Line on the Horizon — to...  | More »

  • U2 Launch Promotional Blitz as "No Line on the Horizon" Hits Stores

    March 2, 2009 12:38 PM ET
     |  Daniel Kreps

    With their new album out tomorrow, U2's promotional blitz for their five-star No Line on the Horizon begins tonight as the band performs the first of five consecutive gigs on The Late Show with David Letterman. After the long struggle of recording Horizon, U2's promo appearances are pure fun, the Edge tells Rolling Stone. "In some ways, it's a relief from the intensity of trying to finish the album," he said. "It's a holiday." The band is expected to wrap up their Letterm...  | More »

  • Bob Dylan Visits the Sixties and the Present at First-Ever Brooklyn Show

    August 13, 2008 1:02 PM ET
     |  Andy Greene

    During the encores of Bob Dylan's concert last night in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Dylan did something he rarely does onstage: he spoke to the audience. "It's a shame the Dodgers left Brooklyn," he muttered between band introductions. The show — his first-ever concert in the New York borough — was a mixture of the very old and very new. He didn't play a single song from the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s. In fact, he split it nearly down the middle with eight songs from ...  | More »

  • Led Zeppelin Members Rock With Foos, Jimmy Page Talks Reunion

    June 9, 2008 10:47 AM ET
     |  Daniel Kreps

    Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones joined the Foo Fighters on stage this weekend as the Foos played London's Wembley Stadium. The LZ duo played two songs with the band, with Grohl taking over drums and drummer Taylor Hawkins taking vocals on "Rock And Roll" before Grohl returned to the mic for "Ramble On." Grohl, who has expressed his desire to fill in for John Bonham since Zeppelin first announced their reunion concert last year, told the crowd "Welcome to th...  | More »

  • Portishead Warm Up for Coachella With Small L.A. Gig

    April 25, 2008 1:30 PM ET
     |  Tricia Romano

    Portishead unveiled a new set Thursday night at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles with a Coachella warm-up gig that left fans anxiously anticipating the real deal this Saturday night. What was supposed to be a VIP-only secret show (Quentin Tarantino, the Osbourne family and Mark Ronson were among the rumored expected attendees), quickly spread to the masses, with fans and radio contest winners let inside to get a taste of the band's festival performance. Though attendees missed out on the...  | More »

  • Bob Dylan Reworks the Classics at Mexico City Kick-Off Gig

    February 27, 2008 12:15 PM ET
     |  Richard L. Dewey

    An enthusiastic, sell-out crowd packed Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional last night to watch Bob Dylan open his twelve-gig Latin American tour. The concert marked Dylan's comeback after a short hiatus (save for three warm-up gigs last week at the House of Blues in Dallas) as well as his long-awaited return to the region — the last time Dylan embarked on a major tour of the region was in 1998, as the opening act for the Rolling Stones. Dylan began the evening on electric guitar...  | More »

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