It's official. The remaining U2 shows in Paris have been postponed until further notice (http://www.u2.com/news/title/paris/news/). Listen to a shaken Bono talk on 2fm Dave Fanning's radio show. You can hear the somber tone in Bono's voice clearly in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Bono: "They hate music, they hate women, they hate all the things that we love, and this is an illness that is in the world now and we just can't give into it". Listen here:
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by Natalie Abrams, Entertainment Weekly
U2 has canceled its Saturday night concert in Paris, which was slated to then air as the HBO special iNNOCENCE +eXPERIENCE LIVE IN PARIS, in the wake of the tragic attacks in the city on Friday night.
The special, which would include the full concert experience, was slated to be filmed live on Saturday to air on HBO later that day at 9 p.m. ET. A documentary chronicling the band's Innocence + Experience tour aired a week prior on HBO. (The network will air the feature film Jersey Boys during that time instead.)
"As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned," read a statement on the band's website. "U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time."
by John Meagher, Independent.ie
U2 are mid-way through a four-night stand at Berlin today. They played the Mercedes-Benz Arena - in the shadow of one of the few preserved stretches of the Berlin Wall - on Thursday and Friday and conclude their visit to the German capital in the same venue on Monday and Tuesday.
Berlin is somewhere very close to U2's hearts, because it was here a quarter-century ago that they came to, in Bono's oft-quoted words, "dream it all up again". Decamping to a Berlin that was just emerging from the Cold War led to one of rock's great career reinventions and kick-started a creative burst that would result in Achtung Baby.
They got one of the last flights into the city before Germany was officially re-unified on October 3, 1990, and spent much of that harsh winter holed up at Hansa Studios, a couple of hundred metres away from the wall that had divided the city for 29 years.
I visited Hansa a couple of weeks ago in the company of Thilo Schmied, the founder of Berlin Music Tours, and got to stand in the spacious old ballroom where several of the songs that appeared on Achtung Baby, including 'One', first came to life.
By Ashley Iasimone, Billboard
U2 has canceled Sunday night's concert in Stockholm, Sweden, following a security breach at the show's venue, The Globe. The Sept. 20 show is rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22.
In a statement issued on the band's official website, U2 wrote that "audience safety is paramount" and that there was "no option but to postpone tonight's show."
Specific details about the security breach have not been confirmed by the band.
However, the Irish Mirror (citing Swedish media outlet Expressen) reports that police were searching for a man who was allegedly armed with a gun and threatening another person in the audience. Billboard reached out to U2's representatives, who stated that all the information they have at this time is on the band's website.
Read the full note from U2 below:
"Due to a security breach, Stockholm's The Globen evacuated the audience from the building this evening.
As the breach has not been resolved quickly and as audience safety is paramount, the police have advised The Globen and Live Nation that they have no option but to postpone tonight's show, to a rescheduled date of Tuesday 22nd September.
All tickets from Sunday 20th September are valid for Tuesday 22nd September.
Management unable to confirm end-of-year dates or venue as European leg of tour begins
Brian Boyd in Turin, Irish Times
It's definitely maybe for U2 shows in Dublin before the end of the year. Although just before taking to the stage in Turin on Friday night the band and their management were unable to confirm exact dates or a venue.
U2 were kicking off the European leg of their tour to a packed house in Turin's Pala Alpitour venue. They play 34 shows in total on this leg of the tour, finishing up in Paris on November 15th. Press reports have it that the band have block-booked rooms in Dublin's Gibson Hotel, which is adjacent to the 3Arena, from November 25th to November 29th. The 3Arena is free on these nights, as it is over the Christmas-New Year period.
Rockers team up for "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Stand By Me" to stunned Madison Square Garden crowd
By Andy Greene, Rolling Stone
The first clue came during the end of "Beautiful Day" when Bono sang a few lines of "Hungry Heart." It lasted no more than six seconds, but it seemed to confirm rumors that had been flying around for weeks that Bruce Springsteen was going to come out for the final night of U2's eight-show stand at Madison Square Garden. But nobody knew for sure Friday night until the end of "Where The Streets Have No Name" when an extra mic stand appeared and Bono began speaking about Springsteen's profound influence on the band.
Needless to say, the capacity crowd erupted when Springsteen walked out with an acoustic guitar. "Earlier, when I busted myself up here in the city, we had a gig in Times Square for Red and this man showed up and delivered," Bono said. "The chairman, the Boss. Mr. Bruce Springsteen." They let the audience sing the first few verses of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," but Bono and Springsteen were soon trading lines on the tune just like they did at U2's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005 and the HOF's 25th anniversary concert in 2009. Last year, Springsteen sang it in Times Square with the band when he subbed in for an injured Bono.
Duo plays "Where The Streets Have No Name" and "Out of Control" with cover band Unforgettable Fire to stunned fans at New York club
by Andy Greene, Rolling Stone
U2 have spent the past couple of months bringing special guests - an Elvis impersonator, a Canadian U2 cover band, Lady Gaga - onto the stage at their own shows. But on Wednesday night, they brought the act to a higher level when The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the New York-based U2 tribute band Unforgettable Fire at The Cutting Room, a club in New York that seats 450 people.
Making the appearance even more special, the show was part of U2 fan site @U2's 20th anniversary celebration. Nobody involved with the event knew that half of U2 would even appear at the party until moments before they walked onstage. "It was mind-boggling," @U2 founder Matt McGee tells Rolling Stone. "Our whole crew has been trading texts all morning saying, 'Did that really happen?'"
by Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
The rattling and humming has ended, at least for now.
U2 wrapped up its extended stay in Los Angeles on Wednesday night with a sold-out show at the Forum, the band's fifth at the Inglewood arena before its Innocence and Experience tour heads east, to Denver and beyond.
Wednesday's concert was actually the last of six in L.A., including U2's visit last week to the comparatively minuscule Roxy. But sustained exposure to his fans' adoration has never satisfied Bono's appetite for more, of course. So Wednesday the frontman sauntered onstage with the Forum's house lights still on, the better to see 17,000-something Angelenos cheer his arrival once more.
"The most beautiful sound in the world," he said. "It's you!"
Here are five thoughts from the show.
Check out this crazy fan video of Bono briefly crowdsurfing as U2 perform "Vertigo" in front of 500 people at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on May 28, 2015. For all of you Adam Clayton lovers, the fan who shot this video was literally inches away from Adam while he was playing the bass guitar.
by Mesfin Fekadu, AP Music Writer
For more than three decades, U2's beloved tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, kept the band running on time. Sheehan died early Wednesday, just a few hours after U2 kicked off its latest tour. But promoters vowed the shows would go on in his memory, and they'd be on schedule.
"Dennis always got the band on stage, pretty much on time. We're going to make sure we do that tonight, in his memory," Live Nation's Arthur Fogel said Wednesday. "It is absolutely what he would have wanted."
Sheehan, in his late 60s, died at a Sunset Strip hotel in West Hollywood on Wednesday, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area.