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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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Photo by Damien Eagers

U2's the Edge yesterday paid a moving tribute to his "one-off" dad who passed away aged 84 at the weekend.

by Deirdre Reynolds, Irish Independent

Bandmates Bono, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton rallied around the rock star and his siblings Richard and Gill as their father Garvin Evans was laid to rest in north Co Dublin.

Speaking to the congregation at Howth Presbyterian Church, the guitarist - whose real name is Dave Evans - praised his father's "unswerving" positivity in the face of a decade-long battle with illness and vowed to follow in his "truly amazing" footsteps.

He said: "What can I say about my dad? He was a one-off - a bundle of energy.

"His ceaseless optimism was awe-inspiring, particularly during the last 10 years of his life when he had every reason to be despondent. I can honestly say I never saw a single moment of negativity. He loved life and he lived it always looking forward."

Tributes paid as U2 star Edge's father dies

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by Eimear Rabbitt, Irish Independent

John Garvin Evans passed away in the Bon Secours Hospital in Dublin on Saturday following a long illness.

Originally from Wales, Mr Evans and his wife Gwenda moved to Dublin in the 1960s and settled in Malahide.

They had three children, David, who went on to become The Edge, Richard, and daughter Gillian.

Gwenda passed away in 2012.

Mr Evans' heartbroken family said he died "peacefully after a long and courageous battle with illness met with typical joie de vivre, in the wonderful care of the staff of the Bons Secours Hospital."

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 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.

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Former Oasis man also says the band's catering is far better than at his own shows

by Luke Morgan Britton, NME

Noel Gallagher has described teaming up with U2 at their London gig earlier this week as a "dream come true".

The former Oasis guitarist joined the band onstage during the band's O2 Arena show on October 26, performing their hit 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' before segueing into a cover of The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love'.

Gallagher joined the Irish four-piece at the end of their two-hour-plus show on acoustic guitar and backing vocals, footage of which you can watch below.

"I'd like to bring out of one my heroes, one of the band's heroes to help us out with this next song. Will you welcome to the stage the high flying bird himself Noel Gallagher," Bono announced to the crowd before Gallagher took to the stage.

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In the new book, Sons + Fathers, Adam Clayton felt like a member of the Rolling Stones when he received his very first bass guitar. Read more here.

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The famous Dublin studios where U2 recorded some of their earliest and best-loved albums has been demolished.

by Sam Griffin, Independent.ie

The Windmill Lane studios, located in Dublin's south inner city, was the iconic site for a host of top international music acts who recorded tracks going back to the 1970s, when they were opened by Brian Masterson.

The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, REM, Sinéad O'Connor and Elvis Costello all recorded in the studios.

However, it was U2, who recorded parts of 'The Joshua Tree' album at the site, who were best associated with Windmill Lane.

Bulldozers and wrecking balls moved in over the weekend with just the iconic graffiti walls still surviving after the weekend's work.

The actual studios were moved out of the buildings and relocated to Ringsend some time ago. The buildings were then purchased by property investment company Hibernia REIT, who bought the loans held against the Hanover Building on Windmill Lane for €20.16m, as well as an adjoining one-acre development site for €7.5m.

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by Adam Cullen, Herald.ie

Rock royalty descended on the capital this week as Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds took to the stage at Dublin's 3arena.

The Oasis legend packed the house on Wednesday night, but it wasn't only Britpop fans who were on hand to welcome Gallagher back to his ancestral homeland.

Fellow rock stars Bono, the Edge and their pal Guggi were also spotted among the revellers.

The U2 lads were seen enjoying the gig as Gallagher blasted out new tunes and Oasis classics.

Noel, whose parents were born in Ireland, was spotted out and about in town after the gig with The Edge. The pair were seen at new hotspot Sophie's, located in the swanky Dean Hotel.

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