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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.

U2's Joshua tree has been vandalized

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One of the plant's limbs was hacksawed

by Michelle Geslani, Consequence of Sound

The Joshua tree made famous by U2's 1987 album Joshua Tree has remained a popular and much revered Mojave Desert site for fans for the last two decades, even after its collapse back in 2000. However, during a recent visit, one fan noticed something particularly disturbing: Someone had vandalized one of its limbs.

In the forum section of fan website atu2, member "Hwy 190″ wrote about the shocking discovery:

"This past Sunday, I made my proverbial yearly hike out to the Tree with my dog to reminisce only to find that some hack and I do mean hack, decided it was a bright idea to take a hacksaw to one of the Tree's limbs - evidently to remove an inch thick cross section as a souvenir. Are you kidding me?"

Here's the picture of the vandalized tree:

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It's unclear who is behind the vandalization, or when it actually took place, but "Hwy 190″ has some words of advice to any fans itching for a piece of the tree and its history: "Leave the damn Tree alone, so that future fans can enjoy it. Left alone, the Tree will be there for many, many decades to come." My two cents: Take pictures, they last longer!

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"No one's blaming them," the drummer says. "Apple has done great things, but it has also contributed to the devaluation process [of music]"

by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason thinks that Apple "got off scot-free" following the mixed response to the way the tech giant distributed U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence. Speaking with the British edition of GQ, Mason noted how U2 bore the brunt of the negativity, apologizing to iTunes users for "forcing" the album on them.

Although Mason said that he, too, would have taken Apple up on an offer to release one of his albums in exchange for £50 million, the fallout from the release has "made everyone think again about how they want their music delivered, given or sold.

"Look, U2 are a great band, and Bono's an extraordinary individual, so this isn't an anti-U2 tirade," he continued. "But it highlights a vital aspect to the whole idea of music in the 21st century. What's also interesting is that Apple seem to have got off scot-free. No one's blaming them. Apple has done great things, but it has also contributed to the devaluation process."

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U2 frontman Bono says he fears that he may never play guitar again following a bike accident last November.

He made the comment in his A to Z of 2014, published on the band's website.

Bono broke his arm in six places and fractured his eye socket, hand and shoulder blade in what he called a "freak accident" in New York.

In the letter to his fans, he said he was unable to move around physically and would have to "concentrate hard" to be fit for U2's next tour.

At the time, the hospital where Bono was being treated said he had been involved in "a high-energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider".

The Irish rocker spoke this week about being on painkillers for weeks and said he had a "massive injury, I can't blame on anyone but myself".

No Christmas eve busking from Bono in 2014

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Bono, who has been recovering from a serious bicycle accident, did not attend the annual Christmas eve busking on Dublin's Grafton street this year, but was spotted with Shane MacGowan outside The Cliff Townhouse on St Stephens Green. Bono's wife Ali Hewson as well as bandmate Larry Mullen were accompanying him. Bono's left arm was in a heavy cast. Check out a photo here and here.

By Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com

As U2 announces a sizable North American tour for 2015, guitarist The Edge is confirming that Bono, who recently injured himself in a bicycle accident and has been out of commission since, is going to be just fine by then--even though he may have to miss some appearances in the process, including KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas later this month.

The rocker called in to CBS Radio station KROQ's Kevin & Bean Show this morning (Dec. 3) to discuss the incident, as well as the tour.

"He managed to come out of it with what you could only describe as injuries from a car crash, literally, multiple fractures of bones in his elbow and in his back," The Edge said. "But he's doing OK."

Don't worry--though his injuries, which included multiple fractures (chiefly a facial fracture affecting the orbit of his eye and a humerus bone fracture in his left arm that tore through the skin), may have been severe, at least he was wearing a helmet.

By Marc Schneider, Billboard

Bono just can't catch a break, can he? On the mend after suffering a nasty fall from his bike earlier this month, the rocker and his band U2 have topped GQ's highly influential Least Influential People of 2014 list.

As you can expect, the mag slices into Bono (the "Tom Friedman of rock") and the boys for colluding with Apple to plop their new album, Songs of Innocence, into everyone's iTunes library, unsolicited and free of charge. "The worst part was the way both Apple and U2 treated this, like it was some kind of noble gift to The People; in fact this was a $100 million marketing campaign," GQ writes. "Yes, $100 million to turn U2's socially conscious dad-rock into a piece of direct mail."

Bono's cycling accident was more serious than previously thought, with the singer having to endure five hours of surgery for his injuries.

by Aoife Kelly, Irish Independent

U2's frontman was involved in a bike accident in Central Park, New York on Sunday and new details have emerged on the extent of his injuries.

According to Rolling Stone Bono crashed when he attempted to avoid another cyclist and was involved in a "high energy bicycle accident".

He was rushed to New York Presbyterian/Well Cornell Medical Center where he underwent five hours of surgery.

The magazine list his injuries as including a "facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye", three fractures of his left shoulder blade, a fracture of his little finger, and a fracture of his left humerus with the "bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin".

Speaking to Rolling Stone, orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD, said that a "nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws".

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O'Connor (left) at the Band Aid 30 recording on Saturday

The singer also targeted Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Prince in new interview

by Kory Grow, Rolling Stone

Sinéad O'Connor wishes her countrymen in U2 had just put out their latest album, Songs of Innocence, rather than pushing it onto people involuntarily. "What they did with iTunes was a badly judged move," the singer recently told The Daily Mail. "There was something almost terrorist about it. I'm really not a U2 fan but it wasn't at all kosher invading people's lives like that. It was bad management."

O'Connor participated in the interview ostensibly to promote her involvement in Band Aid 30, an update of the charity recording project Band Aid, which recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in 1984. Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof originally started Band Aid to raise money for people affected by famine; Band Aid 30 will raise money to fight Ebola in west Africa. (U2 frontman Bono is also one of the singers who participated in Band Aid 30.)

"I'm involved for one reason alone, and that's because I love Bob," O'Connor said in the interview. "If he ever asked me to mop his kitchen floor I would, willingly."

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