Fact: U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper and The Weeknd are set to headline the 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Lorde, the xx, Travis Scott and Major Lazer are also due to perform. The event runs from 8 to 11 June (17).
Fact: Drake, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Usher and U2 were announced as part of the line-up at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday (25Jul16). The event will take place in the city's T-Mobile Arena, on 23 and 24 September (16) and will also feature performances from Pitbull and British rockers Tears For Fears.
Fact: Irish rockers U2 added another celebrity guest to their London residency by performing with veteran musician Patti Smith during their show at the city's O2 Arena on Thursday night (29Oct15). They performed with former Oasis star Noel Gallagher earlier in the week.
Fact: British rocker Noel Gallagher joined Irish stars U2 onstage at London's O2 Arena on Monday night (26Oct15) to perform I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For followed by The Beatles' All You Need Is Love.
Fact: Irish rockers U2 are set to take fans behind the scenes of their current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour in a new TV documentary, produced and directed by An Inconvenient Truth filmmaker Davis Guggenheim. The show will air on America's HBO network on 7 November (15), while devotees will also get to watch the stars in a Live in Paris Concert Special on 14 November (15).
Fact: Rockers U2 gave a local covers band a huge boost during their show in Toronto, Canada on Monday night (06Jul15), by inviting the group members up onstage. Tribute act Acrobat, led by Gabrielvox, joined Bono and company for a performance of Desire. The cover act's guitarist, U2 superfan Mark Baker, also joined the band onstage in Montreal during their Innocence + Experience World Tour.
Quote: "The reviews have been amazing. It also shows that the Apple experiment really worked for us because we've had a younger audience who know all these tunes and they've been listening to them a lot. That is a thrill for us." Irish rocker Bono is convinced U2's controversial release of album SONGS OF INNOCENCE was a success because it broadened their appeal. The band came under fire for teaming up with tech giant Apple to offer iTunes customers a free download of the disc last year (14).
Fact: U2 rocker Bono braved the cold on Christmas Eve (24Dec10) to perform with singer/songwriters Damien Rice and Glen Hansard on the streets of Dublin, Ireland. The trio thrilled onlookers on Grafton Street with their performance, and donated their tips to a local homeless charity.
Quote: "I know I can be a pain in the a**e. I have an annoying gene; it's in my DNA - I even annoy myself. When righteous anger turns to self-righteous, projectile vomit is the right response." U2 rocker Bono admits he's irritating.
Quote: "Would I want the pressure of being a big cheese on a stadium tour? I see what happens to U2 and who would want that?" Robert Plant isn't keen on reforming Led Zeppelin for a world tour - because U2's efforts have put him off.
Quote: "A school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was where I first found my voice." U2 star Bono insists it should be no big surprise he and bandmate The Edge have penned the score for the new Spider-Man stage musical.
Quote: "We’ve been on the receiving end of some cynicism from the Broadway media establishment, but really, who can blame them?" U2 star The Edge understands the negative remarks he and bandmate Bono have received for scoring Julie Taymor's new Spider-Man musical.
Quote: "I can sit. I can stand. I can move around a bit. Feeling strong, feeling confident. I’m ready - rebuilt by German engineering, better design I’m told." U2 star Bono insists he's ready to rock again after recent back surgery, which forced the group to scrap U.S. shows and a headlining spot at the Glastonbury festival. The band will return to the road in Turin, Italy on 6 August (10).
Quote: "I spoke to Bono a few hours after he came out of the operation, but he was not making any sense. I can tell you, whatever he was on... But he didn't remember any of the conversation, which is a shame because he promised me his car and various other valuables, a few paintings." U2 rocker The Edge jokes about his first chat with bandmate BONO following his emergency back surgery on Friday (21May10).
Fact: U2 frontman Bono was extra disappointed to have to cancel the band's appearance at Britain's legendary Glastonbury festival following his back surgery - because they wrote a new song especially for the event.
Quote: "There are things I've said that maybe made Bono worse and more like the showman... He obviously isn't a buffoon. He's a clever bloke and he's written some good tunes - nothing with any profundity, I don't think - but some decent melodies... (and) he's got at least one more private jet than me." ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN star Ian Mcculloch on his decades-long feud with the U2 frontman.
Quote: "Bono’s a performer pretty much like I am. He’s not a dancer; he’s not jumping around. He’s having a conversation. He’s using his stillness as movement." JAY-Z likens himself to U2 star BONO onstage.
Fact: Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis is courting rap superstar Snoop Dogg to headline this summer's (10) event following the success of JAY-Z's set at the 2008 concert. U2, Muse and Stevie Wonder currently share top billing at the U.K.'s traditionally rock 'n' roll festival in June (10).
Quote: "I was backstage all day spotting U2, no way would I have the guts to approach them. Then I got back to my dressing room and there was a note saying, 'Come and say hello to your fanclub - love U2.' I've since had that note framed." Scottish singer Amy Macdonald on meeting the Irish rockers at an awards show in Germany.
Fact: Soul legend Stevie Wonder has been confirmed to close England's Glastonbury Festival this summer (10). Irish rockers U2 will headline the opening night on 25 June (10), while British rockers Muse will be the big draw on 26 June (10), before Wonder brings the annual event to an end on 27 June (10).
Fact: U2 star Bono hit the streets of Dublin, Ireland on Christmas Eve (24Dec09) to busk with singer/songwriters Damien Rice and Glen Hansard. The Irish trio stunned shoppers on Grafton Street with their tunes and donated tips to a local homeless charity.
Quote: "I wouldn't exist as a singer without Joey Ramone. Blame him. When we were 17, if our songs were tanking, U2 used to play Ramones songs and pretend they were ours." Bono pays tribute to The Ramones.
Fact: Rock superstars U2 will headline the 40th anniversary of Britain's Glastonbury Festival next year (10) - marking the Irish band's first ever appearance at the iconic music event. Bruce Springsteen made his Glastonbury debut when he hit the stage this summer (09).
Fact: More than 2.5 million U2 fans hit the web to watch the rockers' Pasadena Rose Bowl concert YouTube.com on Sunday (26Oct09).
Quote: "We’ve broken a lot of attendance records, usually ones we’ve set ourselves." U2 manager PAUL MCGUINNESS on the huge demand for tickets to see the band on their 360 tour. The show will set attendance records at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Sunday night (25Oct09), when 95,000 people are expected to turn up for the show.
Fact: Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Paris Hilton and Cindy Crawford were among the celebrities who joined 96,000 fans for U2's record-breaking concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday night (25Oct09).
Fact: Slash joined the Black Eyed Peas for a rendition of GUNS N' ROSES anthem SWEET CHILD O' MINE prior to U2's record-breaking concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Sunday night (25Oct09).
Fact: U2's concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California on 25 October (09) will be streamed live on the internet via YouTube.
Quote: "Not only is he an amazing singer and artist, but he dedicates his life to helping the less fortunate and to saving lives. He is such an inspiration to me as a philanthropist." Paris Hilton admires U2 frontman Bono.
Fact: U2's upcoming show at Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl will be the biggest ever gig at the famous venue - more than 96,000 fans are expected to attend the sold out concert on 25 October (09).
Fact: Bruce Springsteen, U2 stars Bono and The Edge and Sheryl Crow will be among the guests joining Elvis Costello for the second season of his Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... TV show, which debuts in December (09).
Quote: "We're actually at the limit, the absolute limit, when you consider the economics and the practicality of transportation. We're really as big as we could get." Rocker The Edge insists U2's current world tour is the biggest spectacle the band could pull off.
Fact: SINEAD O'CONNOR has recorded new vocals for live renditions of U2's YOUR BLUE ROOM tune from their 1995 Passengers album.
Quote: "We've got a few albums up our sleeves. We've got a whole album we started with (record producer) Rick Rubin, which is a rocking club album with beats and big guitars, and I can't wait to get back to that." U2 rocker Bono can't wait to release new material.
Fact: Oasis are set to battle it out against rival Britpop group Blur at the forthcoming Q Awards, despite announcing their split last month (Aug09). The WONDERWALL hitmakers will go head-to-head with the PARKLIFE stars for the Best Live Act honour, alongside U2, Arctic Monkeys, THE Prodigy, Kasabian and Take That.
Fact: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bosses have lined-up an all-star list of honourees including Bruce Springsteen, U2, Stevie Wonder, Metallica and Aretha Franklin to perform at the organisation's 25th anniversary concert in New York next month (Oct09).
Fact: DAME VERA LYNN has become the oldest living artist ever to appear in the U.K.'s top 20 album chart. The 92 year old's WE'LL MEET AGAIN - THE VERY BEST OF VERA LYNN beat off competition from the likes of U2 and Blur to score the number 20 slot - 70 years after her Second World War heyday.
Quote: "She's the greatest actor of her generation, she's the one to watch. She happens to sing like a bird, it's like a true voice. She's a very pure spirit and a very bright mind." U2 frontman Bono is convinced Evan Rachel Wood, who will sing his songs in the upcoming Spider-Man musical, is a true talent.
Quote: "I'm acutely aware of what ADAM (CLAYTON), LARRY (MULLEN, JR.) and Bono are doing, whether or not we catch each other's eyes. It's like some sort of dance. There's an element of which is much more mysterious, which is the way the magic happens to be working that night. And you're only a small part of that." U2 bassist The Edge feels there is a higher power at work during the band's performances.
Fact: U2 star Bono recently interviewed George Clooney for a CNN news special. The rocker asked the politically-motivated movie star if he'd ever truly considered running for office, to which Clooney replied, "I thought about it years ago."
Fact: U2 will set single-day concert attendance records in three cities when their 360° Tour rolls through New Jersey, Chicago and Boston this year (09). Fox Business reports the Irish rockers have been forced to add extra dates in the three cities after selling 220,000 tickets to three shows in minutes on Monday (30Mar09).
Quote: "I got trashed in the U2 dressing room. I had my pants around my ankles and I was holding a f**king wheel of cheese. I turn around and look, and its the drummer from U2, who just invited me to the f**king show." Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl on his unfortunate first meeting with LARRY MULLEN.
Quote: "There's no doubt about the fact that I have a wild streak and I'd be very capable of setting fire to myself. So, you know, I don't go to church for the view." U2 star Bono admits his faith steers him away from drug and alcohol abuse.
Quote: "What hes listening for is a unique feeling, a unique mood and a unique palate. And he doesnt get hits. I bet he told Coldplay to leave VIVA LA VIDA off their album. Brian would listen to (I CANT GET NO) SATISFACTION and say, 'I love that song, but can we get rid of the guitar bits?'" U2 star Bono on working with cerebral super-producer Brian Eno.
Quote: "Itll be a monster, cause its the most accessible music weve probably ever written. It could be our (rock opera) TOMMY. We could do it with guest stars and everything." U2 star Bono hopes to turn the music he and bandmate The Edge have created for Broadway's new Spider-Man musical into a concept album and live show.
Fact: Irish rockers U2 have confirmed they are to release two albums in 2009. New record NO LINE ON THE HORIZON will be followed up with a "more meditative" disc from the same 2008 studio sessions.
Quote: "I know lots of people who love music want us to play that. It's something we're working up our whole life to do. I think that we can commit that we really, really want to do this." U2 frontman Bono is desperate to headline legendary British music festival Glastonbury this summer (09).
Fact: Evan Rachel Wood will take her first bow as Spider-Man's love interest MARY JANE WATSON in the Broadway debut of new musical SPIDER-MAN, TURN OFF THE DARK when previews begin next January (10). Casting and design issues held up the production of the $31.3 million (£21.7 million) for months, which features music and lyrics by U2's Bono and The Edge.
Quote: "One of the things we like about rock 'n' roll is the genuine religiosity. And genuinely people do want you to die on a cross age 33, with a Jack Daniels in your hand. Our job is in part to de-rail a mythology that isn't helpful to music or musicians." U2 frontman Bono believes fans would love him more if he was dead.
Quote: I hear the gift bags are much better at The Brits. I cant wait to see U2 and Coldplay perform. I want to see if our sound stands up to the big boys. If Bono gives me the evil eye during our performance, hes in trouble. Kings Of Leon drummer NATHAN FOLLOWILL on performing at the Brit Awards in London on Wednesday (18Feb09) night.
Fact: Rockers U2 are to appear on U.S. chatshow host David Letterman's LATE SHOW for a full week to promote their upcoming album NO LINE ON THE HORIZON. The Irish group will be Letterman's musical guest each night from 2 to 6 March (09) - becoming the first artists to ever perform on the show for a full week.
Quote: "I don't understand the lack of ambition out there. There's no fantasy. U2 are like f**king Liberace compared with what's coming out now... Everyone knows it's a difficult time to sell records. Not enough people are taking that as a challenge." The Killers' Brandon Flowers attacks bands who lack drive and shun the spotlight.
Quote: "What a gig for us to play. I've asked if we can play every Monday night there; that would be something... Just to stand and look down on that crowd was an unbelievable experience... It's a big deal for our band." Bono still can't believe U2 were asked to perform at Barack Obama's pre-inauguration concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday (18Jan09).
Fact: Famed British rock venue the LONDON ASTORIA will close its doors for the last time on Wednesday (14Jan09) after 32 years. The 2,000 capacity venue, which has hosted legendary shows by the Rolling Stones, U2, Nirvana, Metallica, and Pearl Jam, will be bulldozed to make way for a new rail link after a massive public campaign to save it failed.
Fact: Rock legends U2 will debut their new single GET ON YOUR BOOTS live at the 2009 Brit Awards ceremony at London's Earls Court on 18 February (09).
Fact: U2's first album in five years, No Line on the Horizon, will hit stores on 2 March (08), the Irish rockers have revealed.
Quote: "I don't think we're the greatest band in the world; U2 are on holiday." Coldplay frontman Chris Martin jokes about being named Best Act In The World Today at the Q Awards in London on Monday (06Oct08).
Fact: U2 rocker Bono is writing a blog for British newspaper The Financial Times from the Millennium Development Goals summit in New York. The star has penned a column on Africa's need for help from Europe and details a recent meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Fact: A Los Angeles theatre troupe has married SHAKESPEARE with U2 for a quirky new musical, based on the Bard's AS YOU LIKE IT. AS U2 LIKE IT is currently a hit at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank.
Quote: "If you start from the pseudo British accent and the little reported fact that the singer sounds like a girl, things don't look too promising... You do want to give the singer a slap for lots of reasons, but let's start with the pretentiousness." Bono responds to a Rolling Stone magazine review about the reissue of U2's BOY album with his own thoughts.
Fact: An internet campaign has been started urging U2 frontman Bono to "retire from public life". The online petition has so far raised $390 (GBP195) - all the money will be given to charity if the singer agrees to step out of the public eye.
Quote: "What is the difference between God and Bono? God doesn't wander down Grafton street (Dublin's fashionable boulevard) thinking he's BONO." Music producer and The X Factor judge Louis Walsh makes a crack at U2 frontman BONO.
Fact: A painting which hung in U2's Dublin, Ireland recording studio for 19 years has been sold for $10 million (GBP5 million). The band sold the work by late New York artist JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT at an auction in London on Tuesday (01Jul08).
Quote: "You would think Bono has enough money to fix whatever is going on in Africa. But apparently, he only has half." Comedian Rob Schneider encouraged viewers to donate on American Idol charity special IDOL GIVES BACK on Wednesday (09Apr08) - insisting even the U2 frontman isn't rich enough to solve world crises.
Quote: "Getting a text from Bono is one of the biggest things that can happen to an Irishman. (He's) the chieftain of our country." Best Song Oscar winner GLEN HANSARD on receiving a text message from the U2 rocker immediately after claiming gold at the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb08).
Quote: "U2 are older than us by a little bit. Madonna's career started later, (but) she's a little older than me." Duran Duran star NICK RHODES insists the band aren't the oldest rockers in the music industry.
Quote: "I'm a lippy Irish rock star, and I'm more used to putting my foot in my mouth than my fist." U2 star and world activist BONO.
Fact: U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton is calling on YouTube users to vote for their favourite song to lead her presidential campaign. Among the top five are tracks by the likes of U2, Shania Twain, and K.T. Tunstall.
Quote: "You can think you're a rock star until you get on U2's plane and see how much bigger their security guards are than your security guards." Kings Of Leon star CALEB FOLLOWILL on the reality check of supporting U2 on tour.
Quote: "I'm looking forward to playing all the new places on this tour. I'm sick of talking to Bono and he telling me all the places that U2 have played that we haven't done. That's why we're doing this tour." Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler looks forward to performing in Dubai for the first time this summer (06).
Quote: "If you were normal or if you were straight up, a self-confident character, why would you wanna be in a band. You'd wanna get a job in an insurance company... where rational people make rational decisions." U2 frontman Bono insists all rock stars are damaged goods.
Quote: "The great artists, they own a colour - with VAN GOGH it was yellow, with MATISSE it was yellow and a blue. Very few artists own their own tone. He does... There's a colour that we've seen through his guitar playing that didn't exist before he played." Bono has high praise for U2 bandmate THE EDGE.
Fact: U2 star Bono's 'Red' campaign has been a huge hit - more than 15 million pregnant women in Africa can now get treatment to prevent the transmission of HIV to their unborn children thanks to the money raised by the sales of red merchandise at The Gap, Apple and Giorgio Armani stores.
Fact: U2 will next year (07) release a 3-D movie recorded on the South African leg of their Vertigo world tour in February and March 2006.
Fact: Irish supergroup U2 are to host an online scavenger hunt next Monday (23OCT06), on the band's official website U2.com. Hunt The Lyric will see fans of the band have two weeks to search for U2 lyric snippets on a host of web sites, with one lucky winner walking away with an all-expenses trip to Hawaii.
Fact: Hip-hop mogul Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter has become just the third African-American to make it onto this year's (06) Vanity Fair Annual New Establishment Power List. The rapper ranks number 46, behind Oprah Winfrey (9) and RICHARD PARSONS of Time Warner (11). Carter is also one of three musical artists that made the list, along with U2 frontman Bono (24) and Rolling Stones star SIR Mick Jagger (56).