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While the Stones are happy to trade on a back catalogue largely compiled 40 years ago, the Irish rockers are pushing new material to prove their relevance

by Scott Christian, The Guardian

For those whose stores of musical nostalgia and classic rock band decadence are running on fumes, this summer's concert season should be a welcome restorative. Last week U2 launched their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour at Vancouver's Rogers Arena in support of their latest album and iTunes Trojan horse, Songs of Innocence.

On 24 May, the Rolling Stones will land in San Diego to kick off their own North American tour. Titled the Zip Code tour, it's ostensibly a way to support their 9 June re-release of 1971's Sticky Fingers. That both bands are again battling for world tour supremacy is nothing new, but despite any similarities, the driving motivation behind each of these tours is remarkably different.

by Jessica Goodman, The Huffington Post

Too. Many. Jokes. (But we'll try to refrain.) U2 guitarist The Edge fell off, uh, the edge of the stage during the first show of the band's Innocence and Experience tour on Thursday night in Vancouver.

The Edge -- aka Dave Evans -- was just walking along, playing the final song of the set, the classic "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," when suddenly, he wasn't on the stage anymore. Bono kept singing.

Fans caught footage of the incident:

Evans later posted a photo to U2's Instagram, showing his battle wounds:

"Didn't see the edge, I'm ok!! #U2ieTour

A photo posted by U2 Official (@u2) on

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Arthur Fogel, President, Live Nation Global Touring;
Chairman, Live Nation Global Music, photographed
at the Live Nation offices in Beverly Hills
on April 27, 2015.
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The master of the megatour on U2's about-to-launch Innocence + Experience arena trek and why The Rolling Stones keep ticking: "That's the magic of our business."

By Ray Waddell, Billboard

When a documentary in 2013 asked Who the F--- Is Arthur Fogel?, Bono answered: "The most important person in live music."

Such fawning is to be expected from the U2 singer. After all, Fogel, 61, is the master of the megatour. His Toronto-based, 25-person team, backed by Live Nation's international network of promoters, ­producers, merchandisers and ­marketers, has seen tour grosses of more than $3.2 billion combined during the past decade, according to Billboard Boxscore -- among them, five of the top 10 biggest moneymaking treks ever, all steered by Fogel.

A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Fogel got his start in music from behind a drum kit, then rose through the live-music ranks -- from booking nightclubs to arenas to stadiums, first in Canada and later around the globe. Titans of touring are his trademark; chief among them: U2, whose 360° outing grossed more than $736 million with attendance of 7.3 million over nearly three years (the band's more intimate Innocence + Experience Tour kicks off in Vancouver on May 14), along with The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Neil Young and Rush.

An official promo video from U2's forthcoming iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE Tour premiered on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on May 8, 2015. Watch it below in its entirety:

U2's Flight to Now (Turbulence Included)

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The New York Times previews U2's "Innocence and Experience" tour in a lengthy article.

U2 Reschedule 'Tonight Show' Appearance

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After canceling a weeklong residency in November following Bono's bike accident, the rockers will visit Jimmy Fallon next week before heading out on tour

by Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

U2 will guest on The Tonight Show on May 8th, nearly six months after a major bicycle accident forced Bono to cancel the band's weeklong residency on Jimmy Fallon's late night program. "You heard that right! U2 will be back on the show next Friday," The Tonight Show tweeted Friday night. U2 are currently listed as that episode's only guests according to the official Tonight Show site.

The Fallon visit will give U2 one last test run before the rockers kick off their Innocence + Experience Tour at Vancouver's Rogers Arena on May 14th. In November 2014, U2 suddenly withdrew from their Tonight Show appearances - scheduled to celebrate the release of Songs of Innocence - after Bono's "cycling spill." "It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down," the band said in a statement at the time, promising they would "be back" to visit Fallon after Bono recuperated. (The accident also forced U2 to recruit some special guests to fill in for Bono for their World AIDS Day performance.)

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A local blogger (Bob Mackin) in Vancouver writes about U2's current rehearsals: "The rehearsals at the home of the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants are under tight security and secrecy. The glass doors at the main south entrance of the arena are obscured by interior black curtains and part of the north parking lot is closed. Initially, the Pacific National Exhibition wouldn't even confirm the tenant was U2. The sounds emanating from the afternoon and evening sessions are unmistakably U2. On April 21, I happened by during multiple takes of "Raised By Wolves"... Read more.

Here's a clip of Bob Mackin's recording of U2's "Raised by Wolves" during their live soundcheck in Vancouver on Tuesday:

Watch the Monkee's surprise karaoke performance at the Los Angeles PopMart show

by Andy Greene, Rolling Stone

U2's 1997 PopMart stadium tour got off to an extremely rocky start. In a decision they now admit was absolute madness, they booked the thing long before their new album Pop was complete. When the sessions lasted far longer than expected they had little time to rehearse for the tour, and opening night in Las Vegas was a mini disaster. In front of a packed Sam Boyd Stadium on April 25 they were clearly off their game and even had to re-start "Staring at the Sun" after botching the initial attempt.

Things were running much smoother by the time the tour hit Los Angeles two months later. By that point they'd dropped new tracks "Do You Feel Loved" and "If God Will Send His Angels," added in the oldie "All I Want Is You" and radically stripped down "Staring at the Sun." One winning element they kept from opening night was a very un-U2 segment of the show called "Edge Karaoke." Midway through every gig, everyone but the Edge would leave the stage and he'd lead the crowd in a singalong version of "Sweet Caroline" or "Daydream Believer."

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from U2.COM,

More dates have been confirmed for the band's iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE Tour.

A fifth show at London's O2 will take place on November 2nd, with the previous four nights sold out. Tickets will go on general sale this Friday, February 6th.

A third show at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi will take place on October 9th - the previous two nights sold out. Tickets will go on general sale next Tuesday, February 10th.

U2.com subscribers who have not yet used their unique pre-sale access code - or new subscribers - can take part in a ticket pre-sale for these additional two shows from tomorrow, Tuesday February 3rd at 10am (for eXPERIENCE subscribers) and from Wednesday, February 4th at 10am (for iNNOCENCE subscribers). The pre-sale ends this Thursday, Feb 5th, at 5pm. All times are local venue time. Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands.

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