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By Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio - In honor of U2's 40th anniversary as a band, Bono, The Edge and company are taking over the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Well, sort of.

The museum will host a special U2 celebration the weekend of Sept. 24-25. The event is been dubbed the social media friend "#U240Cleveland."

Bono and his bandmates won't be on hand (Well, at least we assume they won't). But the Rock Hall is partnering with fan club @U2 to present two days of activities and events dedicated to the legendary act, which was inducted into the museum in 2005.

The Rock Hall says it plans to release full details for the weekend in the coming weeks. In case you need a reminder of just how iconic U2 is, the band has 22 Grammys, and is one of the highest selling music acts and highest grossing tour artists of all time.

But don't worry. You still have time to catch up on some of your favorite U2 jams.

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By Abe Hawken for MailOnline

Rock star Bono today left flowers and an emotional message at the scene where Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed 84 people after driving a 19-tonne lorry down the famous Nice promenade.

The U2 lead singer, 56, was caught up in the terror attack and had to be rescued from a nearby restaurant by anti-terrorist police.

And he today wrote a poignant message saying that 'there is no end to grief' - lyrics used on the band's track California (There Is No End To Love).

The signer-songwriter was on the terrace of 'La Petite Maison', close to where the Bouhlel, 31, drove his hired lorry into crowds enjoying a firework display while celebrating Bastille Day.

After the atrocity, Bono tweeted a message of support to the victims of the massacre and he was today photographed laying flowers to pay his respects.

A minute's silence was today held on the Promenade des Anglais, the famous seafront where helpless revellers - including 10 children - were hit by the terrorist's lorry.

Bono was dining in a restaurant near the scene of the horrific Bastille Day lorry massacre in Nice at the time of the attack, it has been reported.

by Sebastian Mann, Evening Standard

The U2 singer was apparently caught up in the panic as the terror unfolded on the Promenade des Anglais on Thursday evening.

La Petite Maison restaurant owner Anne-Laure Rubi told French newspaper Le Parisien the 56-year-old was dining on the terrace near the seafront when the attack happened.

She said: "Suddenly I saw people running, without shouting. It was a silent panic. It was shocking."

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U2 guitarist The Edge talks about the Paris concert broadcast on HBO, security concerns, and the new album

by Melinda Newman, Billboard

On Dec. 7, U2 took the stage at Paris' Accorhotels Arena to make good for the second of its two shows originally postponed in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in the city that left 130 dead, including 89 at the Bataclan concert venue where Eagles of Death Metal were playing.

The concert, U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris, captured live for HBO by director Hamish Hamilton, was a breathing testament to the healing power of music, not only for the audience, but for U2 as well. "It sort of felt like it was part of a process of reclaiming live rock and roll in the city of Paris," says U2 guitarist The Edge in an exclusive interview. "We were by no means the first event post the Paris attacks, but for us it was very symbolic and very significant. We tried to get back as quickly as we could."

U2 invited the Eagles of Death Metal to join them on stage, marking the first time the California band had played since the attacks. "They were robbed of their stage, so we would like to offer them ours," U2 frontman Bono told the audience.

Calling from the studio where U2 is working on the follow-up to 2014's Songs of Innocence, The Edge talked to Billboard about that Paris night, increasing security following recent events such as the Christina Grimmie murder and the Orlando club massacre, as well as the new album and a possible new tour.

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Reviewed by Brian Orndorf, June 14, 2016, Blu-ray.com

It was supposed to be just another night on the highly successful "Innocence + Experience" tour, taking the band U2 to Paris for a concert intended for cable and internet broadcast. Unfortunately, plans for entertainment were quickly set aside to deal with the November 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks, an event that shocked the world and forced U2 to rethink touring plans. Not wanting to disappoint loyal fans and preserve their reputation as one of most socially and politically-minded bands of all time, U2 returned to Paris three weeks later, refusing to bow down to terror-minded folk and put on a big time rock show to help heal a shattered city. "Innocence + Experience - Live in Paris" isn't a radical reinvention of the U2 live event, keeping to the essentials of stage presence and widescreen sound, but there's a special level of power to the show, a searing emotionality that runs through the whole endeavor, with Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton trying their best to bring joy and catharsis to the world through their exquisite song catalog and a brilliant visual display.

Bono joined Bruce Springsteen onstage at one of his shows in Dublin's Croke Park a few days ago and performed "Because the Night" with the E Street band on "The River Tour 2016" in front of 50,000 screaming fans! Watch this unique 2 camera mix from May 29, 2016:

We found a couple of other fan-made videos of this song you can also watch below:

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Robust audio and unique fan perspective:

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Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Dennis Sheehan's sudden death. U2's tour manager died 2 weeks after the launch of U2's Innocence + Experience tour in Los Angeles. All four band members of U2 took a private helicopter to Dungarvan, Ireland, and made a surprise visit to Sheehan's family, and later took photographs with some of the townspeople. Above is a photo from U2's Twitter account. Below are photos of U2 at Downey's Bar with fans.

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Interscope/Island have announced that they will release on Blu-ray U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live In Paris. The release will be available for purchase on Friday, June 10.

The concert film captures the Irish band's groundbreaking tour as it returned to the French capital for two very special shows in December last year--one of which was The New York Times' Jon Pareles' #1 concert of 2015--despite the fact that he was not in attendance, marking quite possibly the first time a TV broadcast topped the Times' live shows of the year list.

In addition to uplifting guest spots from Eagles of Death Metal and Patti Smith, U2 - iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE - Live In Paris puts viewers inside the AccorHotels Arena with Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr.: the deluxe versions of the release also include a behind-the-scenes interview with live broadcast director Hamish Hamilton; exclusive tour visuals narrated by the band's lifelong friend Gavin Friday; music videos; additional live tracks filmed during the tour; and much more.

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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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