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The U2 frontman took time out from the band's latest world tour to thank Canada for its foreign aid contributions and discuss future policy.
U2 lead singer Bono is once again trying to use his influence in the political world. The frontman, a keen philanthropist and heavily involved in charitable causes, met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other non-governmental organisations on Monday (June 15th) to discuss foreign aid.
CTV News reported that the 55 year old rock star came straight from a show in Montreal, where U2 had been playing the latest leg of their Innocence + Experience world tour, to the National Arts Centre near Parliament Hill in Ottawa for a day of meetings to push the agenda for foreign aid from Canada.
Bono reportedly met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and other political parties, to discuss foreign aid
Continue reading: Bono Meets With Canadian Prime Minister To Discuss Foreign Aid
Sheehan, 69, is thought to have suffered a cardiac arrest, and was discovered in his hotel room in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning.
U2’s latest tour has suffered yet more bad news, with the announcement of the sudden death of the band’s long-serving tour manager. Dennis Sheehan, who has overseen the group’s tours for over three decades, was found unconscious in his room in Los Angeles.
Sheehan, who was 69, was pronounced dead at the scene on Wednesday morning in the Sunset Marquis Hotel, having suffered a suspected cardiac arrest, according to TMZ. His death comes one night in to U2’s five-night residency at The Forum in Los Angeles.
U2 are mourning the death of their tour manager on Wednesday morning
Continue reading: U2's Long Serving Tour Manager Dennis Sheehan Dies
The guitarist fell off the stage in Vancouver during the band's encore earlier this month - they talked about the incident in a new interview with CBS News.
U2 feared that their current world tour might have been over on the first night after The Edge fell off the stage during an encore. In a group interview with CBS News, the four members talked about the moment during the Innocence + Experience tour’s opening night at Rogers Arena, Vancouver on May 14th.
“Sick in the pit of my stomach,” said Adam Clayton about how he felt at the time. “It was a weird moment, 'cause I knew what was down there.” Larry Mullen Jr. quipped “start and end all in the same evening,” in addition.
The Edge fell off the stage in Vancouver a fortnight ago
The U2 guitarist has never had a more appropriate name...
Things were going just fine as U2 took advantage of the Rogers Arena stage's runway during their Vancouver show on their Innocence and Experience tour. It was the first show of this new run of concerts, and it seems lead guitarist The Edge struggled to find his bearings as he tumbled off the edge.
The Edge takes a tumble on debut 'Innocence and Experience' show
Whilst 'The Edge' sounds like a cool and err... edgy nickname (sorry), it will forever be the cause of amusement for the rest of his bandmates, and indeed anyone who's seen the following footage. Thankfully, the musician did not sustain any injuries after his fall - which is just as well because he's got another 69 shows to do over the next few months.
Continue reading: The Edge Was On The Edge... Until He Went Over The Edge [Video]
The band performed on the subway as part of a scheduled appearance on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show
Internationally renowned rock band U2 are not known for their low-key gigs and, despite attempts to go under the radar, a quick bit of busking in a New York subway soon gathered quite a crowd.
U2 performed quite a different gig in a New York subway station
Doing a bit for chat show host Jimmy Fallon and an appearance on The Tonight Show, the famous quartet gave an acoustic rendition of Angels of Harlem in Grand Central Station.
Continue reading: U2 Try A Little Busking In NYC
The band filmed the surprise acoustic set ahead of their Jimmy Fallon appearance later this week.
U2 caused a bit of a stir in New York this week by performing a secret gig in a subway station.
The Irish rock legends, much more accustomed to playing cavernous stadiums and arenas, dressed up as street musicians and made an impromptu busking performance at Grand Central station on Monday night. The set was filmed ahead of the group’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ this Friday (May 8th).
U2 played a surprise gig dressed as buskers in New York on Monday
Continue reading: U2 Surprise New Yorkers By Busking In Grand Central Station
A Russian Duma deputy says that the artwork for U2's 'Songs Of Innocence' is tantamount to "gay propaganda".
Alexander Starovoitov, a deputy representing the right-wing LDPR party in the Russian Duma (parliament), believes that Apple is guilty of spamming youths with illegal content when it gave away U2’s recent album Songs of Innocence for free back in September 2014 to all of iTunes’ 500 million worldwide users.
In a report by The Guardian, Starovoitov believes that the album’s artwork, which features the group’s drummer Larry Mullen Jr embracing his son Elvis while shirtless, promotes sexual relations between men.
Continue reading: Russian Politician Accuses U2 Of Spreading "Gay Propaganda"
As a result of the crash, the 54-year-old singer broke several bones including a facial fracture in his left eye socket, three different fractures in his left shoulder blade and a fracture in the left upper arm, which shattered in six different places.
Bono has finally broken his silence after sustaining several severe injuries whilst cycling in New York's Central Park, which required five hours of surgery and caused the band cancel their weeklong residency on Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show.'
Bono suffered several severe injuries when crashing his Bike in Central Park in November
"Recovery has been more difficult than I thought," he wrote in a New Year's note on U2's website. "As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again."
Continue reading: Bono May Never Be Able To Play Guitar Again After Bike Crash
Bono admits it isn't clear if he will ever play guitar again.
Bono has revealed that his bike accident from last year may have lasting effects on his guitar playing ability, as he admits his disappointment in his frequently flippant New Year update on U2's website.
Bono reveals guitar playing worries
In what he insisted was a 'freak accident', Bono was left badly injured following a bicycle ride in November 2014 where he fractured his shoulder, elbow and hand among various other parts of his arm. In a post subtitled 'I for Irish Pride' on the band's website, he revealed the extent of his injuries, which included having a titanium elbow fitted.
Continue reading: Bono Frets Over Future Guitar Playing Ability
The band have been accused of “cashing in” on the Troubles with their latest video.
Belfast residents have complained about the disruption caused by filming for U2's latest video in the city’s New Lodge area. Some have also voiced concerns that the band are “cashing in on the Troubles” with their latest shoot, which has included scenes of burning vehicles and actors playing wounded victims.
U2's latest video shoot has angered some Belfast residents
The band themselves were not on set as the scenes were filmed for the video which is believed to be for ‘Every Breaking Wave’ from their latest album, Songs of Innocence. The Belfast Telegraph reports that “smoke was seen billowing from the New Lodge area” as scenes were filmed in a street of disused terrace houses.
Continue reading: U2 Belfast Video Shoot Draws Complaints From Local Residents
The tour will stop at 19 cities across Europe and North America next year, but an Irish date is yet to be announced.
U2 will be hitting the road again next year with the band playing indoor arenas for the first time in over a decade, as part of a European and North American tour, which will visit 19 cities. Entitled the ‘iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour’, it will begin in Vancouver on May 14th and will run until November 11th in Paris.
Coming to a city near you next year, U2
The dates include four night runs at New York’s Madison Square Garden, the CA Forum in Los Angles and London’s O2 arena, while the rest of the cities will see a pair of concerts.
Continue reading: U2 Announce 'Innocence + Experience' Tour For 2015
The British chart toppers questioned U2's thought processes behind the joint rollout with Apple's new iPhone back in September.
Jack Steadman, the lead singer of British indie stars Bombay Bicycle Club has criticised U2 for controversial rollout of their last album, saying that it’s indicative of the extent to which the band are “disconnected from young people.”
Bono came in for more flak from British indie group Bombay Bicycle Club
The Irish band’s thirteenth album Songs of Innocence gained notoriety and criticism back in September when the group teamed up with Apple for a simultaneous launch of their new products. The group’s album automatically downloaded to the accounts of iTunes’ 500 million account holders, and it caused so much frustration that software was developed specifically for removing it.
The 54 year-old singer underwent five hours of surgery to repair multiple fractures in his arm and face after crashing his bicycle in New York's Central Park.
Earlier this week it was reported that U2 were forced to cancel their weeklong residency on Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' with his house band, The Roots, scheduled to start November 17th, after Bono sustained an arm injury whilst cycling in New York's Central Park.
Bono had to undergo five hours of surgery to repair multiple fractures after his bike crash in Central Park
As details of his injuries surface, it turns out the Irish singer was severely hurt following his crash, breaking several bones including a facial fracture in his left eye socket, three different fractures in his left shoulder blade and a fracture in the left upper arm, which shattered in six different places and even broke through the skin.
The U2 frontman was injured while riding his bike through New York's Central Park on Sunday, November 16th.
We now know that U2 frontman Bono’s cycling accident was much more serious than first reported, after Rolling Stone published a list of the singer's painful sounding injuries. The 54 year old was involved in a "high energy bicycle accident in New York's Central Park on Sunday, after he attempted to avoid another rider, according to the magazine.
Bono in London a day before the accident
In a statement from New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to Rolling Stone, it is said that Bono was taken to the hospital’s emergency department before undergoing, ”multiple X-rays and CAT scans" followed by five hours of surgery.
Bono's packed schedule will have to wait due to his recent injury.
U2 frontman Bono has reportedly injured his arm riding his bicycle around Central Park in New York and is set to undergo surgery for the problem. So says U2’s official website. In a message to their fans, the band (or their PR person, anyway) wrote: "We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back!"
Bono will have be off playing for a while.
This puts a spoke in the wheel of their upcoming week-long residency on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The gigs have been postponed indefinitely.
Continue reading: Bono's Injury Puts The Breaks On U2's "Tonight Show" Residency
The Irish band's frontman suffered an arm injury while cycling in New York, and requires surgery.
Irish rockers U2 were scheduled to perform on Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' with his house band, The Roots, for a full week, starting November 17th. However, they have been forced to cancel their residency after Bono sustained an injury with cycling in New York.
U2 will not be playing all week on Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show'
The announcement came from the band's remaining members The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. via a post on their official website.
The singer was unharmed and his flight landed safely after the plane mishap
Rock star Bono survived a brush with aircraft danger after his private plane lost its tailgate as it was coming in to land in the German capital airport. The Irish U2 frontman, 54, was travelling with four friends from Dublin to Berlin when the incident happened.
He was making his way to Berlin in his £50 million Learjet 60 to accept an award at the Bambi International Music Awards in the city.
Bono's private jet lost its tailgate on the way to Berlin but he was unhurt
Continue reading: Bono's Private Jet Loses Its Tailgate Mid-Flight
Bono's contrition didn't last too long - he originally apologised three weeks ago, but now he's taken that back
Three weeks ago Bono apologised for the free iTunes giveaway of U2’s album. But now, he’s rescinded on that apology – backtracked on the backtrack, if you will – saying that the rollout of Songs of Innocence is “one of the proudest things for us ever”.
Bono now says that the free Songs of Innocence release made him very proud
In an interview with Billboard, he explained the reason behind the decision: "We always wanted our music to be heard, and the idea that we could have worked for years and years [on] what we think are the most personal songs that we have ever written - and you have to become very raw to write like that - only then for them maybe not to be heard was terrifying.”
Continue reading: Bono Retracts Apology Over 'Songs Of Innocence' Giveaway
The ionic Irish band will perform tracks form their new album 'Songs of Innocence' for five straight nights on the NBC talk show.
In the midst of Metallica being booked to perform for five straight nights on the last week of 'The Late Late Show With Craig Fuerguson,' it seems another late night talk show has caught the music bug as Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' has acquired U2 to perform with his house band, The Roots, for a full week.
U2 will begin their weeklong residency on the chat show on Monday 17th November
On Monday night's (Nov 3rd) episode of the 'Tonight Show,' Fallon told viewers that "U2 are coming back Monday, November 17, for an entire week." It is worth noting that the Irish rock band and Metallica will be performing on the exact same days for the entire week, luckily Fallon and Ferguson are aired on different time slots.
Continue reading: U2 Set For Weeklong Residency On Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show'
Bono has revealed why he always wears sunglasses and it's not what you'd expect!
Bono explained why he wears sunglasses seemingly all the time whilst appearing on a British talk show.
Bono spotted in London on Thursday (16th Oct.).
Continue reading: Bono Reveals Why He Always Wears Sunglasses: "I Have Glaucoma"
'Songs of Innocence' was given away free to iTunes users last month in promotional rollout with Apple, but the stunt backfired.
U2 frontman Bono has issued an apology to iTunes users over the release of their recent album Songs of Innocence. Users of the software had a free copy of the new album automatically downloaded to their accounts as part of a marketing stunt in September that tied in with the release of Apple’s new iPhone.
U2's latest album Songs of Innocence was given away free but the marketing stunt backfired
The apology was prompted by a criticism from a Facebook user during a question and answer session. “Oops, I’m sorry about that,” said Bono. “I had this beautiful idea and we kind of got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard.”
Continue reading: Bono Apologises Over Unwanted Downloads Of U2's New Album
Yes you read it right, apparently Bono once thought he had some songwriting wisdom to impart on Neil Young.
You might have felt angry last month when Bono gave you his new album without asking if you'd wanted it first. But imagine how Neil Young felt when the U2 frontman offered him some unsolicited songwriting advice?
During an appearance on the Howard Stern Show yesterday (October 14th) the legendary singer recalled the time that Bono gave him advice about how to write a hit song.
Don’t worry U2 wont just turn up at your door uninvited, the band are planning to play indoor arenas.
Generous music makers U2
Speaking to Absolute Radio the 54 year old singer said, “It’s exciting. We’ll be coming your way and these songs are the songs that, I think, will play themselves.” Adding, “only if the songs are great can you bear leaving home. We all have families and mates, so you’re looking for eleven good reasons to leave home and I think we’ve got them.”
Don't want U2's album 'Song of Innocence'? Not even for free? Step right this way.
Apple has launched a tool to help iTunes users remove U2's new album Songs of Innocence, which was made available as a free download following a product launch event in California on Tuesday (September 9).
U2 launched 'Songs of Innocence' at an Apple launch
The album was downloaded by 2 million users between Tuesday and Friday last week, though some Apple customers complained that the record was essentially being forced upon them and appeared in iTunes and iOS devices with no easy way to remove it.
Continue reading: Want To Know How To Remove U2's 'Songs Of Innocence' From ITunes?
The band's latest album, Songs of Innocence, is available to all Apple iTunes Music Store customers and U2.com subscribers for free before its full release on October, 13.
It was announced today that Irish superband U2’s latest studio album, Songs of Innocence, will be released through Island Records on October 13. However, for U2.com subscribers that simply cannot wait that long, and for Apple iTunes Music Store customers that may or may not be able to wait that long, the album is available today (Wednesday, September 10). For free.
Irish rock band, U2, have completed their newest album since 2009
Featuring 11 new tracks from the rock quartet, Songs of Innocence has been given to subscribers of the band’s website and has been gifted to over half a billion Apple iTunes customers worldwide - free to download if users wish.
Continue reading: U2 Unleashes Its New Album For Free. For Some.
Bono has described the release of 'Songs of Innocence' as "mindblowing"
Ok, so the stamp of approval in the headline comes from Bono himself, though take nothing away from U2 and their deal to release Songs of Innocence - their first album in 5 years - in-line with the announcement of the iPhone 6. This album is classic U2.
Bono, of U2
The band performed at Apple's event in California on Tuesday (September 9, 2014), where CEO Tim Cook announced the new iPhone and Apple watch. It was also revealed that U2's new album would be offered for free to the 500 million users of Apple's iTunes service.
Continue reading: U2's 'iPhone' Album 'Songs Of Innocence' Is "Kind Of Mindblowing"
This year's show might not be as controversial, but Zadan and Meron are still going all out.
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made a controversial hit out of the Oscars last year, but they might be on thin ice this time. Getting Seth McFarlane to host anything is a risky bet and his antics last year got a lot of people – notably the feminist crowd – pretty riled up. The controversy served its purpose. Last year’s show pulled in 40.3 million US viewers, the largest audience the show has had in three years. Zadan and Meron’s show was a hit with the key 18-49 demographic and the duo were invited back this year.
Ellen might be a safer choice for host, but she is far from boring.
And yet. The choice of Ellen for this year’s host suggests that the producers were at least a little bit intimidated by last year’s backlash. This year’s host, Ellen, while hilarious and ever entertaining, is a much safer option and has proven appeal with the Oscars’ key demo – women.
The Irish rockers' new charitable track hit hard at Sunday's big game.
U2 gained maximum visibility at last Sunday's Super Bowl where the rockers debuted new single 'Invisible' to raise money for the charitable Red campaign in association with Bank of America. The track, which appeared on a commercial played during the football game, was launched to encourage viewers to support the charity.
U2 Are Back After A Triumphant Ad Slot At Sunday's Super Bowl.
For 24 hours after the ad aired, fans could download 'Invisible' for free via iTunes with Bank of America pledging to donate $1 (60p) to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria each time the song is downloaded. During that time window, the bank also agreed to donate up to $2m (£1.2m) even though Fox Sports allegedly charged advertisers around $4m (£2.4) for each 30-second commercial.
Continue reading: U2 Defy "Irrelevance" With 'Invisible' Exposure At Super Bowl
Bono and Co. to reveal a new song with a charitable purpose.
U2 are gearing up to debut new song 'Invisible' at next weekend's Super Bowl, which will lead into the Irish rock band's 13th studio album. The track will appear on a commercial played during the sports match airing in conjunction with the Bank of America and Bono's charitable Red campaign.
U2 Are Preparing To Debut 'Invisible' At Next Weekend's Super Bowl.
After the commercial has aired, fans will have 24 hours to download 'Invisible' for free via iTunes with Bank of America pledging to donate $1 (60p) to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria each time the song is downloaded. During that time window, the bank have agreed to donate up to $2m (£1.2m) despite Fox Sports allegedly charging advertisers around $4m (£2.4) for each 30-second commercial.
Continue reading: U2 To Launch New Free Track 'Invisible' During Super Bowl Next Weekend
Will Smith will join U2 as the show airs with new host Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon takes over Leno on the re-vamped show
The former 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' host was announced to replace Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' last year, with his own show being taken over by 'Saturday Night Live' star Seth Meyers on February 24th 2014. 'I Am Legend' actor Will Smith will be Fallon's first guest on his new show, no doubt discussing his several upcoming movie projects including comedy 'Focus' .
U2, Bono and The Edge - The Weinstein Company & Netflix 2014 Golden Globes After Party at The Old Trader Vic's at the Beverly Hills Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 13th January 2014
Katherine Lynch, Bono, The Edge and Adam Clayton - Katherine Lynch, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton Dublin, Ireland Members of U2 outside Harry Crosbie's Cafe Bar H for their holiday party Thursday 20th December 2012
A shadow of my former self. The Edge https://t.co/ISzIqeO6dA
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but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us… https://t.co/cRdpl8Aog5
MacPhisto's sad to leave Paris: a city that knows how to treat an ageing boulevardier like him. But he has some go… https://t.co/7vbzzWoCnk
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Guess where I am? The Edge https://t.co/CWCZ7DRelJ
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Adam, illuminé dans la ville des lumières. Troisième des quatre soirées parisiennes. Adam, illuminated in the city… https://t.co/1YmbRVZgpQ
Edge à Paris. Trois spectacles d’enfilés, un dernier à suivre. De superbes soirées dans une ville formidable. Edge… https://t.co/qmfcT7UDct
RT @JRart: When @u2 shows up at my Paris Reffetorio and a surprise concert for our guests ... https://t.co/SOknJCOYyC
- The Great Dictator 1940. #U2 #U2eiTour https://t.co/qSZnWeL5Id
We’re at a place called Vertigo… and tonight it’s also called Paris. #U2 #U2eiTour #U2SongsOfExperience #Paris… https://t.co/dzv3JVuHHF