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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.

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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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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Guest vocalists performed "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with 'U2 Minus One'

by Andy Greene, Rolling Stone

For the thousands of people crammed into the center of Times Square on a rainy Monday evening, it must have seemed like a surreal dream inspired by a night gorging on junk food, Born to Run and The Joshua Tree. U2's the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. played the familiar opening notes of "Where the Streets Have No Name," but Bono was nowhere in sight. Instead, out walked Bruce Springsteen in a leather jacket. Needless to say, the crowd - which didn't pay a dime for the show or have any clue it was even happening until about 2:30 that afternoon - went into complete hysterics.

"I want to run!" he sang with incredible force and confidence. "I want to hide. I want to tear down these walls. . ." It was an amazing moment at a World AIDS Day (RED) benefit that came together in complete secrecy over the past couple of weeks. Originally scheduled as a regular U2 show meant to follow their planned week-long Jimmy Fallon residency, the band had to start working the phones after Bono's devastating Central Park bike injury left him unable to perform. Nobody says no to Bono, especially an injured Bono, so Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen agreed to front U2 for the evening, joining Kanye West and Carrie Underwood on the bill. Despite everything that goes into assembling a free outdoor concert in the heart of New York City, word of the gig didn't reach the public until U2 announced it on their website about five hours before showtime.

Bono states that "Ebola is a political failure, not a medical failure" and that he wishes "we didn't have to do this (recording) and see the same old faces again" and that "we've been trying to make this kind of event a thing of the past".



The video premiered on the X Factor and Bono sings 2 lines in the video:

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Geldof and Midge Ure will re-record a new version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' with producer Paul Epworth on Saturday (November 15)

by David Renshaw, NME

Chris Martin of Coldplay, Foals and Ed Sheeran will all feature on a new Band Aid 30 charity single, marking the 30th anniversary of the original Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'.

Announcing the news at a press conference in London today (November 10), original Band Aid organisers Midge Ure and Bob Geldof said all money raised from sales of the single will go towards the fight against Ebola in west Africa. Ure confirmed that the lyrics to the original song will be tweaked ahead of recording to reflect the challenges affecting today's Africa, with references to hunger taken out.

Geldof said: "We know we can contain Ebola; we have the doctors, the nurses, medicines and state systems, we have money. [People are] dying again because they are extremely poor. That is radically unacceptable."

U2 frontman also used his talk at Cannes Lions to playfully gibe Apple

By Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone

Bono playfully gibed Apple for their long-standing partnership with the U2 frontman's global nonprofit, (RED), during his presentation at Cannes Lions, Billboard reports.

Specifically, Bono leveled his "criticism" at friend and Apple's Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive, who was seated nearby. "One of the reasons it's such a credit to have Jony Ive on the stage is because Apple is so fucking annoyingly quiet about the fact they've raised $75 million," said the singer. "Nobody knows!"

To prove his point, Bono showed off his official (RED) iPad cover, noting that the nonprofit's logo languished on the inside cover, constantly obscured by the tablet itself. "Where's the (RED) branding?" he asked. "Nobody can see that. This is modesty run amok. This is the Apple way. They're like a religious cult."

By Sue Strachan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The exuberant brass band of students from the Trombone Shorty Academy and Cha Wa, a Mardi Gras Indian, performing with them aren't the usual sights one might see at Tulane University's Wilson Center Atrium, the building that houses the athletic department. Yet, for the April 23 debut of the Music Rising at Tulane website, it provided a both a location and a reminder of why Music Rising was founded.

Music Rising was started by U2's the Edge and music producer Bob Ezrin as an organization that could help restore and preserve New Orleans diverse musical traditions after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It now also does national disaster relief funding. Music Rising at Tulane is a partnership between Music Rising and Tulane University's School of Liberal Arts, and its mission is to study, preserve and promote the musical cultures -- and its ancillary facets, such as dance -- of the Gulf South region, including the states of Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas, as well as the Caribbean, Latin America and the African diaspora.

Speakers at the press conference included Michael Bernstein, the school's Provost; Carol Haber, dean of the School of Liberal Arts; Joel Dinerstein, director of New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and of the school's American Studies program; Blake Haney of Canary Collective, the group that designed the site; and Bob Ezrin, who is also the vice chair of the board of Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which administers Music Rising.

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Hard Rock project will benefit Amnesty's human rights work

Amnesty International,

Hard Rock has launched a new limited-edition U2 t-shirt to mark international human rights day (10 December) and raise funds for Amnesty International.

U2 joins a legendary roster of rock icons - including The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Jon Bon Jovi, Shakira, Ringo Starr and John Lennon - as part of Hard Rock's "Signature Series", which has helped to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes worldwide.

The "U2 Signature Series: Edition 30" t-shirt is being produced through a partnership between EDUN LIVE and Hard Rock, and will be available online and in Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafe locations in London, New York and Dublin, with 15% of the retail price benefitting Amnesty. It will be available in Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos worldwide from February 2013.

The U2 Signature Series t-shirt is printed on a navy blue EDUN Live t-shirt made from 100% African cotton (image available).

The shirt, which costs £20.45, features an image of an electric guitar with angel wings, emblazoned with the words "JUSTICE," "HUMANITY" and "EQUALITY." A barbed wire is seen wrapped around the neck of the guitar. The back of the t-shirt bears the signatures of each member of U2 - singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.

U2's The Edge said:

"I hope this t-shirt generates loads of cash for Amnesty International and their tireless work towards the release of prisoners of conscience all around the world.

"Plus there's a guitar on it - so it's a win-win as far as I'm concerned."

Amnesty International Campaigns & Communications Director Thomas Schultz-Jagow said:

Buy the t-shirt at hardrock.com

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