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"A lot of my early memories of teenage years were of violence, and the sheer fear of leaving the house, going to catch the bus," frontman says

by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone

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 Bono grew up on, but it began -- like many U2 tracks -- with a guitar riff the Edge came up with at home. In speaking about these initial steps, the Edge noted he sketches songs on GarageBand and works with drum loops Larry Mullen Jr. recorded for the demo process.

"My job is to find a way to inspire Adam and Larry and Bono, so I don't often care to finish out a piece fully," the Edge said. "I just want to get something down that I think is a great starting point and then I know that whatever I come up with, they'll come up with something better. So I just need to get it going where its identity is clear and it's got some kind of vitality and point of view that's interesting."

by Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Rolling Stones vs. U2. Mick vs. Bono. Keef vs. the Edge.

Who is the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band? Baby boomers might argue the Stones. Gen Xers might advocate for U2.

Last week, this baby boomer had the rare opportunity to see these iconic bands on back-to-back nights: the Stones on Tuesday in Milwaukee, U2 on Wednesday in Chicago.

How were the shows? Outstanding. Was one better? Yes. Which band was the greatest? I'll answer that later. First, impressions and experiences.

Just given their ages, the four Stones, 68 to 74, have to be in the autumn of their 53-year career. U2, a quartet ages 53 to 55, are in midcareer -- year 39, to be exact -- sort of like the Stones in the mid-1980s. U2 is coming off two slow-selling, hits-devoid albums, the latter of which, "Songs of Innocence," resulted in bad karma because it was sent for free last year to hundreds of millions of iTunes users, some of whom saw it as unwanted spam.

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by Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

Montreal -- Bono and Adam Clayton are sitting on a couch in a downtown hotel last week after a U2 concert, talking T-shirts. Suddenly they're 17 years old again hanging out at punk clubs in their hometown of Dublin, circa 1977.

"The Ramones, the Clash, the Buzzcocks," says Clayton, the band's bassist, reminiscing about the bands that he, Bono and the other future members of U2 -- guitarist the Edge and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. -- witnessed and drew inspiration from as teenagers.

"The Buzzcocks -- the melodies were so great," Bono says, mimicking Pete Shelley furiously strumming a guitar. "What was their drummer's name (John Maher)? Larry used one of his parts on one of our songs."

"I took a few things from (the Stranglers') JJ Burnel - a great bass player," Clayton adds.

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Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. - Send in the Clowns - I Can See for Miles
  3. Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song for Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday - When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  9. Raised by Wolves
  10. Until the End of the World - Love and Peace or Else
  11. Intermission
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways - My Sweet Lord
  15. The Crystal Ballroom
  16. Sweetest Thing
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. Bullet the Blue Sky - 19
  19. The Hands That Built America - Pride (In the Name of Love)
  20. Beautiful Day - I Remember You
  21. With or Without You - My Kind of Town
  22. Encore(s):
  23. City of Blinding Lights
  24. Mother and Child Reunion - Where the Streets Have No Name - California (There Is No End to Love)
  25. Happy Birthday - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - People Have the Power

Remarks:

U2's 4th show in Chicago included the very first live performance of "The Crystal Ballroom", a song U2 has soundchecked tirelessly for weeks and dedicated to the fans as Bono claimed that it was "a song that fans had asked for." Bono's wife, Ali, is also at the show tonight and "Sweetest Thing" is dedicated to her. Bono and the band also sing a Stevie Wonder version of "Happy Birthday" for actor John Cusack, who is in attendance tonight.

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