U2's Clayton proud to be part of music programme

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Adam Clayton said that he's "proud" to be part of the national music education programme, to which U2 have donated €2m raised from their recent Irish concerts.

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The U2 bassist, Taoiseach Enda Kelly and Minister Jan O'Sullivan gathered today along with students from Music Generation to cement their commitment to the programme.

As well as U2's €2 million paycheck for the programme, The Ireland Funds also donated €1 million, which ensures the programme will be funded to 2020 and beyond, and it also got a boost from the Department of Education, who have committed to ongoing funding, which means the music initiative can be expanded.

The programme, which currently reaches 26,000 children and young people annually who would otherwise not have had access to music education, can now be expanded in up to nine additional areas across the country.

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Fender board director gets own signature

By MusicRadar/Total Guitar/Guitarist

NAMM 2016: In a move that's taken pretty much no-one by complete surprise, two years after The Edge joined the Fender board of directors the U2 guitarist finally has his widely-rumoured signature guitar, alongside a suitably desirable signature amp.

The Edge Strat will apparently replace the guitarists' usual collection of vintage instruments on tour, so it's safe to assume that the design was a genuinely considered, close collaboration between endorsee and luthier.

Features include two special Custom Shop Fat 50s single-coil pickups in the neck and middle position, cranking out versatile tone with enhanced bass response, a DiMarzio® FS-1™ pickup at the bridge and a quartersawn maple neck for an Edge-ish bright tone.

The Edge Deluxe amp, released alongside the Strat, is essentially an update of the '57 tweed Deluxe he currently uses - a 12-watt hand-wired amp configured for a tighter low end response.

The Fender Strat will retail for approx $1800/£1260, while the Deluxe will set you back $2399/£1740.

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U2 have joined the tributes pouring in for David Bowie as they pay respects to one of their biggest influences.

by Sasha Brady, Irish Independent

U2 posted a message on tweet saying 'Planet Earth is blue" upon hearing the news of the iconic singer's death on Sunday evening at 69.

Bowie - known for his hits like Changes, Ashes To Ashes and Starman - left a legacy created by pioneering musicianship and ground-breaking lyrics dating back almost half a century.

The Irish megastars have have always been open about the influence Bowie had on their music and career.

Bono Busks in Dublin

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Performs U2's "When Love Comes to Town" and "Every Breaking Wave" with Glen Hansard, Hozier, and more

By Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork Media

Since 2009, Bono has busked in Dublin on Christmas Eve for Ireland's homeless and housing charity Simon Community. Unfortunately, he couldn't perform last year, as he was recovering from surgery for injuries suffered in a serious cycling injury. This year, he returned to the streets to perform with an ensemble that included Glen Hansard, Hozier, and more. Watch them do U2's "When Love Comes to Town" and "Every Breaking Wave" below, via Stereogum.

U2 recently played a pair of shows in Paris for an HBO special. One night, they brought out Patti Smith to pay tribute to the victims of the November 13 attacks. The next night, they played two songs with Eagles of Death Metal.

U2's last album, Songs of Innocence, came out in 2014.

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by Nita Lelyveld, LA Times

For years, U2 guitarist the Edge has sought to build five homes atop an undeveloped ridge in an unincorporated area of Malibu.

For nearly a decade, environmental groups and many residents have objected, saying to do so would needlessly despoil sensitive habitat and mar the visual landscape.

On Thursday, after numerous hearings of the California Coastal Commission, the Irish musician finally prevailed.

At a meeting in Monterey, the panel voted unanimously to approve David Evans' project -- although much has changed since the initial proposal in 2011.

Five houses will be built on the property in the Sweet Mesa area, each one more than 10,000 square feet and featuring its own swimming pool.

But where they once were to stand proudly spread out along the upper ridge line, the homes instead will be clustered closer together on a lower plateau.

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"The bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock 'n rollers cannot either," band writes

by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone

Eagles of Death Metal returned to Bataclan in Paris less than one month after gunmen interrupted the band's show at the venue as part of a series of terrorist attacks around the French capital, The New York Times reports.

Frontman and co-founder Jesse Hughes did not offer a comment to reporters gathered outside the venue, though he and his bandmates added flowers to the makeshift memorial site and read their own tributes. Eighty-nine people were killed in the attack at Bataclan, including the band's merch manager, Nick Alexander.

On Facebook, Eagles of Death Metal addressed their poignant return to Paris, which was prompted by an invitation to join U2 onstage at the end of their Monday gig at the AccorHotels Arena.

"The bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock 'n rollers cannot either ... and we never will," the band wrote. "We are incredibly grateful to U2 for providing us the opportunity to return to Paris so quickly, and to share in the healing power of rock 'n roll with so many of the beautiful people -- nos amis -- of this great city."

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by Mesfin Fekadu, AP Music Writer

At an all-star event honoring the nonprofits ONE and (RED), co-founder Bono wanted to make one thing clear: "This is not a charity concert."

Instead, the U2 frontman wanted to celebrate the achievements in the fight against AIDS with the help of Miley Cyrus, Vice President Joe Biden, Sting and Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, which was Worlds AIDS Day.

"This is a celebration. This is an instigation. This is a provocation. This is not a charity concert," Bono told the audience at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Bono thanked his supporters, spoke about AIDS statistics and rocked onstage with the Edge, performing U2 hits like "Every Breaking Wave," ''Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" and "Angels of Harlem."

Biden, who appeared with his wife Jill Biden, said Bono impressed him by convincing leaders to assist the advocacy organizations ONE and (RED), including the late Sen. Jesse Helms.

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by Elsa Keslassy, International Correspondent, Variety

PARIS -- After canceling their two Paris concerts in the wake of terrorist attacks that killed 129 people, members of U2 visited the memorial site near the Bataclan to pay homage to the victims on Saturday night.

U2 had been scheduled for concerts at Paris' AccorHotels Arena this weekend, the first of which was supposed to be telecast live on HBO. But the shows were hastily canceled amid the state of emergency declared by President Francois Hollande.

French media showed footage of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. somberly laying flowers at the memorial site strewn with candles and other tributes to the estimated 89 people who died while attending a performance by California band Eagles of Death Metal. Bono earlier condemned the attacks as a "direct hit on music."

The Foo Fighters have also announced the end of their European tour and have canceled their concerts in Torino, Paris, Lyon and Barcelona.

It's official. The remaining U2 shows in Paris have been postponed until further notice (http://www.u2.com/news/title/paris/news/). Listen to a shaken Bono talk on 2fm Dave Fanning's radio show. You can hear the somber tone in Bono's voice clearly in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Bono: "They hate music, they hate women, they hate all the things that we love, and this is an illness that is in the world now and we just can't give into it". Listen here:

by Natalie Abrams, Entertainment Weekly

U2 has canceled its Saturday night concert in Paris, which was slated to then air as the HBO special iNNOCENCE +eXPERIENCE LIVE IN PARIS, in the wake of the tragic attacks in the city on Friday night.

The special, which would include the full concert experience, was slated to be filmed live on Saturday to air on HBO later that day at 9 p.m. ET. A documentary chronicling the band's Innocence + Experience tour aired a week prior on HBO. (The network will air the feature film Jersey Boys during that time instead.)

"As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned," read a statement on the band's website. "U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time."

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