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By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times

So you were upset that Apple sent you the new U2 album to your iTunes, even though you didn't ask for it. Now what?

On Thursday night's "Conan," Conan O'Brien aired a possible new solution for Apple to utilize against the surprising backlash to the giveaway.

As the fake Apple executive "Marcus Pratt" says in the bit, "Apparently, to today's youth, giving away a free album from one of the best bands of all time is like going to their house and taking a gigantic crap on their doorstep."

Dave Urbanski, The Blaze

For the last several Christmas Eves, U2′s Bono has appeared on the streets of Dublin to "busk" (i.e., sing/perform in exchange for donations) on behalf of a charity that helps the homeless.

This Christmas Eve was no different, as a wild crowd gathered around Bono and Irish songwriter Glen Hansard -- who plays for The Frames and The Swell Season and starred in the 2007 film "Once," winning an Oscar for Best Original Song ("Falling Slowly") -- while the pair prepared to sing and play without amplification.

No worries. The rowdy group erupted, drowning out Bono's voice on the chorus to "Merry Xmas Everybody," a 1973 song by the English group Slade. The mood was electric.

'A great, great poet who changed my life' - Bono

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by the Irish Independent

Bono described Seamus Heaney as "a great, great poet" who "changed my life".

"In so many things he was a gentle genius, whose words challenged us with the grit and beauty of life as much as they gave us solace. He wrote with a brevity that strangely spilled to the brim," he said.

"We all envied how he made that most complicated of things, the balancing of work and family, appear so simple. In Marie he found his other whole. And it is a joy to be around his kids. . . Michael, Chris and Catherine Ann. They have all of his humility in their sharpness."

And Bono revealed he carried Heaney's poetry with him, including on a recent trip to Liberia. "I'm bewildered to think Seamus is no longer with us. Because his words will be around forever, it seemed so would he."

Actor Liam Neeson also said: "He crafted, through his poetry, who we are as a species. By doing so, he defined our place in the universe. May he rest in peace."


SIR MICK JAGGER is planning to call U2 frontman BONO to ask his advice ahead of THE ROLLING STONES' headline performance at Glastonbury in June (13).


The Irish rockers famously axed a slot at the legendary music event in 2010 after singer Bono sustained a serious back injury, but they returned to headline the following summer (11).

The Rolling Stones are following in the band's footsteps by playing their first ever slot at the festival this summer (13), and Jagger wants to talk to Bono about his experience there.

He tells the BBC, "'Don't do it!' might be his advice, but it's a bit late for that. It is quite a difficult gig. U2 had terrible weather and that didn't help. You have to learn from their experiences."

The Rolling Stones will complete a North American tour before taking to the stage at Glastonbury, but Jagger insists the veteran rockers will have some time off after wrapping the U.S. shows.

He adds, "You gotta pace yourself. We have enough time before we come back to England, so we'll be well recovered."

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Julian Lennon says the U2 singer's eye condition is worsening


Julian Lennon, son of The Beatles' John Lennon, has revealed that Bono's eyesight is deteriorating.

The U2 frontman has admitted in the past that he requires his trademark sunglasses because he suffers from an eye condition which makes him over-sensitive to light, but now his friend Julian Lennon has confirmed the condition is worsening.

He told the Irish Daily Star: "Bono actually has a condition with his eyes. I don't know the exact issue but the brightness of the sun hurts them and it's a deteriorating issue."

However, Lennon admitted that he thinks the 'Where The Streets Have No Name' singer is lucky to suffer from a condition that can easily be made into a trademark style.

Bono and U2's search for God

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The Washington Times,

WASHINGTON, January 1, 2013 -- Humans have praised God through many means throughout our history. Science has ventured tentatively into these waters, but God remains a mystery, and some would argue that this is the way that it is meant to be.

My views on this are well documented: I believe that science has a role to play in our spiritual development - as Jacob Bronkowski said, knowledge is our destiny, and science's raison d'etre is surely to obtain that knowledge. Science and Religion don't have to be in opposition, they are sides of the one coin, and ultimately, if we foster the advance of both of them, their description of that coin must converge.

But because it is the new year, and perhaps a time to eschew controversy in favor of community, let me talk about music. Except in the most puritanical religions, music has always been one way that we have agreed we could seek to commune with God, and share our experience of that seeking. Gospel and hymns are the traditional forms of praise, but pop music is also gathering its own rich tradition.

To the surprise of many, U2, arguably the world's most popular rock band, is not afraid to release songs which have a spiritual emphasis. They wear their Christianity on their sleeves if you know where to look.

Glen Hansard along for the song on a night of nights

It has become an annual ritual, the great Bono busk in Grafton Street on Christmas Eve. This year the U2 front man was accompanied by Glen Hansard of "Once" fame and singer Lisa Hannigan.

It looks like a few thousand revellers who had gathered all day to see the great man joined them and Grafton Street was a throng of happy faces.

Bono did not disappoint, belting out 'Desire' among others. The fans joined in and it was another Bono night to remember.


By Wendy Geller, Stop The Presses!

U2 frontman Bono may be one of the world's highest-profile musicians, but you wouldn't know it from the low profile his family tends to take. Case in point: The rocker's 21-year-old daughter, Eve Hewson, who's been building an acting career in an understated, non-splashy fashion. Not too many people are familiar with Hewson's stunning looks--have you seen her before?

The beautiful blue-eyed brunette--the second-oldest of Bono and wife Ali Hewson's four children--stunned onlookers in New York at a screening of her new film, This Must Be The Place, which co-stars Sean Penn and Frances McDormand.

The movie competed at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and will go into limited release domestically on November 2. Hewson plays the teenaged Mary, a friend to Penn's portrayal of an aging Dublin rock star seeking revenge for his father's torment at the hands of a Nazi guard.

The Edge spotted with Bryan Ferry on stage

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On September 27, 2012, U2's The Edge was seen on stage performing with Bryan Ferry at the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital Friendship Ball in London, England. They played the Irish folk song "Carrickfergus", named after the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

By Richie Taylor, Irish Examiner

Bono and Ali Hewson's youngest daughter Eve was shocked when her parents gave her an unusual 21st birthday present at her coming of age party in a glitzy Las Vegas club.

Eve was also celebrating wrapping up the filming of her next movie, the gangster film Blood Ties, with Clive Owens and Mila Kunis.

The U2 frontman and his wife unveiled their own unique recorded version of the Lady Gaga song 'Telephone' at the club, where it was played to all star guests as well as music business moguls Jimmy Iovine and Wilmer Valderrama.

Bono himself introduced the track, originally performed by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in a Bonny & Clyde-themed video, before sending two bottles of Dom Pérignon champagne over to his daughter's table in the club at the famous Mirage Hotel.

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