Zane Lowe from Beats 1 Radio interviews U2 in London (July 10, 2017)


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Proposed four-storey facility would be located on the site of the band's Dublin studio

Conor Pope, The Irish Times

Plans for a U2 museum on the site of the band's recording studio in Dublin's docklands are at an advanced stage, with a planning application set to be lodged in the coming days.

Despite the fact that - along with Guinness, St Patrick, Oscar Wilde and, possibly, Michael Flatley's feet - U2 are Ireland's most famous export, there are no public spaces celebrating the band's achievements on the world stage.

Even the walls of graffiti which once surrounded their old studio at Windmill Lane have been levelled to make way for towers of glass and steel.

It is intended the four-storey museum will be dedicated to the band's archive and will include artefacts covering its 40-year story.

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He could have discovered the secrets of the universe

By Rhian Daly, NME

The Edge has recalled his first experience with magic mushrooms.

U2 joined Zane Lowe on Beats 1 earlier today to discuss their album 'The Joshua Tree', of which they are celebrating the 30th anniversary.

While Bono was reminiscing about the past, he described them as "high times". "There were no drugs," he quickly clarified, but his bandmates corrected him, mentioning magic mushrooms.

Asked by Lowe if any of the songs on the album were inspired by being on mushrooms, The Edge responded: "Well, this was a bit later, but I had one funny moment with the mushrooms. This was a metaphysical experiment, you understand? It was very spiritual."

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By Associated Press/Billboard.com

In a frank and heartfelt speech, U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates of four decades for their support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse years ago, and then joined them for a rollicking rendition of a few hits.

"We have a pact with each other," said Clayton, 57, who was receiving an award from MusiCares, the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "In our band, no one will be a casualty. We all come home, or none of us come home. No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise, and letting me be in your band."

He ended by quoting lyrics that Bono, U2's frontman, had written when the band was starting out: "If you walk away, walk away, I will follow." At that, his bandmates came out to join him, performing "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," ''Vertigo" and, fittingly, "I Will Follow."

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Opening Act(s): Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Setlist:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad - Heroes - Where Are We Now?
  4. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  5. Where the Streets Have No Name - California (There Is No End to Love)
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. With or Without You - Breathe
  8. Bullet the Blue Sky - America (Stephen Sondheim)
  9. Running to Stand Still
  10. Red Hill Mining Town
  11. In God's Country
  12. Trip Through Your Wires
  13. One Tree Hill
  14. Exit - Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
  15. Mothers of the Disappeared
  16. Encore(s):
  17. Miss Sarajevo
  18. Beautiful Day - Starman
  19. Elevation
  20. Vertigo - It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)
  21. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  22. One - Ghost Dance
  23. I Will Follow

Remarks:

U2's final stop on the 12 date European leg of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 stopped in Brussels, Belgium tonight. Bono stated that Belgium was where the tour "began" originally, since the the staging, event and structures engineering company, Stageco, built U2's live stages here. In the beginning chords of "One", Bono also dedicated tonight's show to Sam Shepard, the late American playwright, who passed away a day before. He had set "Bono's mind on fire" while Bono was writing lyrics for The Joshua Tree album. After "One", an excerpt of Patti Smith's "Ghost Dance" was sung (with "We Shall Live Again"), attributing Mr. Shepard's personal connections to Patti Smith from long ago. The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 resumes again on September 3 in Detroit, Michigan!

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