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Guitarist plays three U2 tracks, Leonard Cohen cover at "most beautiful parish hall in the world"

by Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

U2's The Edge became the first artist to ever stage a contemporary music concert inside Vatican City's historic Sistine Chapel Friday when the guitarist played a short acoustic set as part of a conference on regenerative medicines. The Edge, who called the unique venue "the most beautiful parish hall in the world," performed U2's "Walk On," "Yahweh" and "Ordinary Love" as well as a cover of Leonard Cohen's "If It Be Your Will" backed by an Irish choir.

The Edge, whose father died of cancer and whose daughter fought leukemia, has been on the board of the Angiogenesis Foundation since 2007 (angiogenesis is the body's ability to grow new blood vessels). The Sistine Chapel performance was part of the Cellular Horizons conference, where over 200 doctors, scientists, researchers and philanthropists gathered to discuss ways to combat diseases like cancer.

Bono on Prince, circa 2005

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Taken from the the book "Bono: In Conversation" by Michka Assayas:


"These white rock stars, they think they're authentic, and that Prince is just some sort of showbiz Christmas tree. But he has more soul in his little finger than a whole harbor full of these rock bands."

Photo from 1995.

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Photo by Damien Eagers

U2's the Edge yesterday paid a moving tribute to his "one-off" dad who passed away aged 84 at the weekend.

by Deirdre Reynolds, Irish Independent

Bandmates Bono, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton rallied around the rock star and his siblings Richard and Gill as their father Garvin Evans was laid to rest in north Co Dublin.

Speaking to the congregation at Howth Presbyterian Church, the guitarist - whose real name is Dave Evans - praised his father's "unswerving" positivity in the face of a decade-long battle with illness and vowed to follow in his "truly amazing" footsteps.

He said: "What can I say about my dad? He was a one-off - a bundle of energy.

"His ceaseless optimism was awe-inspiring, particularly during the last 10 years of his life when he had every reason to be despondent. I can honestly say I never saw a single moment of negativity. He loved life and he lived it always looking forward."

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Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Vertigo
  3. I Will Follow - Mother
  4. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  5. Cedarwood Road
  6. Song for Someone
  7. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  8. Raised by Wolves
  9. Until the End of the World - Love and Peace or Else - Words
  10. Intermission
  11. Invisible
  12. Even Better Than the Real Thing - Break On Through
  13. Fashion - Mysterious Ways - Burning Down the House
  14. Elevation
  15. Every Breaking Wave
  16. October
  17. Zooropa - Bullet the Blue Sky - Ode to Joy - 19
  18. Zooropa
  19. Where the Streets Have No Name - California (There Is No End to Love)
  20. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  21. With or Without You
  22. Encore(s):
  23. City of Blinding Lights - Ne Me Quitte Pas
  24. Beautiful Day - I Remember You
  25. Mother and Child Reunion - Bad - Into the Mystic
  26. One - Invisible
  27. People Have the Power (with Eagles of Death Metal)

Remarks:

The final show of U2's Innocence + Experience Tour happened tonight in Paris, France, and was made up for the November 15 date that was cancelled due to last month's Paris terrorist attacks. The show was recorded for HBO's live broadcast that was to be transmitted later in the evening for audiences in the USA. This fourth show contained a number of pleasant surprises including an extended bridge in "Vertigo" with Bono introducing the entire band. The contest winners from U2.com are brought up on the e-stage and walkway and rejoice. During "Zooropa", Bono changes some of the lyrics in the song and exclaims: "What do you want? Do you want us to be afraid? To turn away from our neighbors? You will not have our hatred. You will not have our hatred. We choose love over fear! Love over fear!" Like the previous night's show, the video screen displays a rolling list of the victims of the Paris attacks while the colors of the French flag illuminate the arena during "City of Blinding Lights". The songs "Elevation" and "One" are performed in all 4 concerts in Paris, making this a first on the entire tour. The biggest highlight of the night came though in the very final song when Bono brought out the Eagles of Death Metal to perform "People Have the Power", a band who tragically lost 89 people in their audience during the deadly attacks. Bono: "They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, so we would like to offer them ours." In an incredibly bold move, U2 walked off the stage and let the Eagles of Death Metal close out the show with their own song "I Love You All the Time".

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