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The Irish band will be joined by Interpol, Zola Jesus and Sam Smith on the BBC Two programme

by Leonie Cooper, NME

U2 are set to appear on Later... with Jools Holland.

The band will be playing songs from their recently released 13th album, 'Songs Of Innocence', on the BBC Two show later this month, with the show set for broadcast on Tuesday October 21 at 10pm and Friday October 24 at 11.05pm. Sam Smith, Interpol and Zola Jesus will also appear on the long-running live music programme.

Meanwhile, U2's bassist Adam Clayton recently said that the band have finished '70 per cent' of their next album. Speaking to Q, Clayton said that they have already got over half of the material together for the follow-up to 'Songs of Innocence'. Their next album will be their 14th and is set to be titled 'Songs of Experience'.

He commented: "I think we've probably got 70 per cent of the material that we think will go onto it. The 30 per cent that we're missing I think we'll be able to generate relatively easily. But the amount of energy it will take to refine the perspective of those songs is hard to predict."


U2 performed a soulful rendition of "Ordinary Love" at the 86th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California. The Hollywood audience gave the band a standing ovation as the song came to a close. Unfortunately, U2 did not win for "best original song", as that award went to "Let it Go" from the Disney film "Frozen". In 2003, U2 was nominated for "The Hands that Built America", an original song from Martin Scorcese's "Gangs of New York", and they also lost. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch executed a fantastic "photo bomb" when the band members of U2, accompanied by their wives and girlfriends, were posing in front of the camera on the red carpet.

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Watch U2 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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U2 performed 2 songs on the debut of Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show on February 17, 2014. The first song was Invisible, taped on the rooftop of NBC's 30 Rock headquarters (Top of the Rock) in Manhattan for a small group of fans. The second song, Ordinary Love, was performed in the studio following a brief discussion with all 4 members of the band. Please check out the video clips below.

by the New York Film Academy

The public has a strange relationship with the children of the rich and famous. Whether through simple curiosity or through poisonous envy, many child starlets reach even greater notoriety than the parents themselves - as a case in point, compare the amount of column inches devoted to the entrepreneurial Kathy and Richard Hilton compared to their relatively talentless daughter, Paris.


Of course, many children with infamous parents revile the celebrity status which is practically handed to them at birth. Others strive to carve out their own niche and make a name for themselves off the back of their own exceptional talents rather than rely on their namesake.


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Bono's youngest daughter, Eve Hewson, is one such rising star.

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Leicester Mercury

Surprise celebrities added their applause to a rapturous standing ovation for the world premiere of Finding Neverland.

Hundreds of people packed out Curve to see the opening night of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's production.

The show premiered on Saturday night and included two unexpected star guests - U2 frontman Bono and guitarist The Edge - who had been invited by Mr Weinstein.

Mr Weinstein said:"We were so honoured that Bono and Edge came to see our first preview of Finding Neverland in Leicester. There was real excitement amongst the cast to meet them backstage after the show. I came to see Bono's show Spiderman in New York during previews, and he was a really good friend to come and see my first show here in Leicester."

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As one of the most ambitious, extravagant and dynamic shows ever to hit Broadway, the $75 million Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical might have been expected to spin nothing but good fortune for songwriter Bono.

By Jacqui Goddard in Miami, The Telegraph

But the latest chapter in a legal dispute over the production's troubled genesis has heaped fresh embarrassment on the U2 rocker, one year after he and the show's producers fired Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor in a disagreement over her creative vision.

Court documents filed by Ms Taymor, 59, in US District Court in New York have unleashed a new wave of venom in the unseemly row over her sacking, alleging that Bono and fellow U2 band member The Edge - who jointly wrote the musical's score - "severely hampered" the show's progress at a time when its future was on the line.

Drawing in part on private emails written by the show's principals, Ms Taymor's court filing alleges that the pair were largely absent from the show's crucial developmental stages, delivered unsuitable music and lyrics, conspired with the producers to oust her and were "frequently distracted" from their duties - on one occasion in Bono's case, by alcohol and supermodels including Christy Turlington.

'Spider-Man' director chides U2 in lawsuit

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NEW YORK, March 3 (UPI) -- The former director of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" says Bono and The Edge left the production hanging while they toured with U2.

Julie Taymor said in court documents the delays in getting the complex musical ready for its premier were due in large part to the rockers' failure to make needed changes to the score in a timely manner.

The pair, Taymor alleged, failed to attend rehearsals and ignored her e-mail seeking their input on musical numbers, which resulted in the whole production being thrown off schedule. The producers have filed a countersuit against Taymor blaming her for their losses, The Hollywood Reporter said.

U2 celebrate 'Spider-Man' success

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Irish Times

Rock giants U2 are celebrating the success of their Broadway record-breaking hit Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark after it shattered Broadway box office and attendance records during the last week of 2011.

Bono and The Edge wrote the music and lyrics for the show, which was once branded the biggest flop on Broadway but took in $2,941,790 (€2.25m) over nine performances last week.

"For all the problems, there was magic on the stage," said Bono. "Things did get chaotic and messy after our producer Tony Adams died.

"But this week's news has us all giddy again and we are raising our glasses to Tony, to our indefatigable cast, crew, creative- and production team."

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By Patrick Healy, The New York Times

In a new interview with Esquire magazine, the theater director Julie Taymor accuses Bono and the Edge of U2 - her former collaborators on the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" - of maligning her as exhausted and overwrought as a bogus explanation for ousting her from the production in March and then overhauling the show as they saw fit.

Edge, who wrote the music and lyrics for "Spider-Man" with Bono, had previously used those two adjectives to describe Ms. Taymor's state of mind last winter. Of those adjectives, Ms. Taymor told Esquire, "I think that those were important to paint a picture of a director who you needed to release in order to make this big change. I had to be characterized that way in order for something to happen." After her firing, "Spider-Man" shut down for three weeks to insert new dialogue and scenes that Ms. Taymor's former colleagues had been secretly preparing and sharing with the producers during the winter.

Bono, at least, had no idea about her energy or psyche last winter, Ms. Taymor said, because he was mostly absent while she was making changes to "Spider-Man" during preview performances.

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