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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.

U2.com: 'DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND...'

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'A TRIUMPH IN TICKET SALES'

'Due to overwhelming demand - additional dates confirmed in New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris.'

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 9, 2014) - A triumph in ticket sales, U2's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 is sold out in multiple cities throughout Europe and North America it was announced by Live Nation.

Following overwhelming fan demand, including a record-setting 118,000 fans queuing online to purchase tickets in New York, two new shows have been confirmed in New York, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin & Paris.

Tickets for the new dates will go on sale Monday, Dec. 15. Additional Dates below.

All dates on our Tour page. Barcelona dates go on sale this morning.

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Below is the official press release from Live Nation who is sponsoring U2's forthcoming iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour starting in 2015.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --- The dates for U2's upcoming iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 have been announced today by Live Nation. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour, which begins in 2015, will see U2 play indoor arenas for the first time in a decade and will visit 19 cities worldwide during its first year with pairs of shows in each city. A complete tour itinerary is below. Tickets for all shows will go on general sale on Monday, Dec. 8. In addition, special shows are being planned for Dublin for the end of next year - to benefit the U2-initiated Music Generation project - details of which will be announced as soon as they are finalised.

The tour follows the recent release of U2's thirteenth studio album Songs Of Innocence by Island Records, which was given to U2.com subscribers and gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide. To date, Songs of Innocence has been streamed 81 million times and has been downloaded by 30 million fans.

"We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two," said Bono , "and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!"

U2 Detail 'Innocence + Experience' World Tour

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"We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience," Bono says

by Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

U2 will hit the road in support of Songs of Innocence next year when they embark on the Innocence + Experience Tour, which will find the rockers visiting 19 cities throughout North America and Europe. "We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience," Bono said in a statement. "More to be revealed!"

The Innocence + Experience Tour kicks off May 14th with a pair of shows at Vancouver's Rogers Arena, giving Bono ample time to recover from his recent "horrific" injuries. The jaunt will also mark the first time in nearly a decade that U2 plotted a tour of indoor arenas, which will give the audience a more intimate setting to hear the band perform Rolling Stone's Number One album of 2014 live.

"I think we will start small. We certainly can't get any bigger than the last tour," the Edge recently told Rolling Stone of U2's tour plans. The name of the tour also suggests the band might reveal some tracks from their planned Innocence follow-up Songs of Experience.

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Bono's New York bike crash injuries could force group to postpone North American opener

by Shane Doran, Independent.ie

BONO'S cycling accident in New York could force U2 to postpone their new world tour. The Sunday Independent has learned that the band plan to kick-start their new tour in North America next June.

However, sources last night said Bono would need at least three months to recover from the painful injuries he suffered in last Sunday's collision.

The singer suffered multiple fractures that required two separate operations after he crashed while trying to avoid another cyclist. X-rays and tests at a leading Manhattan hospital revealed Bono fractured his left eye socket and broke his left shoulder blade in three places. He also suffered a left elbow fracture that left the bone in six pieces.

Bono underwent a five-hour operation at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Centre and Hospital for Special Surgery on Sunday night, during which he had three plates and 18 screws inserted. The following day he had surgery to repair a fracture to the little finger on his left hand. Orthopaedic trauma surgeon Dr Dean Lorich confirmed Bono was expected to make a full recovery, but would require a lot of therapy.

A source told the Sunday Independent: "The injuries will take at least three months to recover. Bono plays guitar a lot, and his arm and shoulder will need extensive physiotherapy if he is going to be ready for the tour. It all depends now on how quickly he can recover."

U2 Booked for Weeklong 'Tonight Show' Residency

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Irish rockers will bring five nights of 'Songs of Innocence' to Jimmy Fallon's stage

by Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

The late night music wars are on. Just days after it was revealed that Metallica would spend five nights performing on the last week of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and less than a month after Foo Fighters enjoyed an all-star weeklong residency on Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has recruited U2 to join him and house band the Roots for an entire week. Your move, Kimmel.

"U2 is coming back Monday, November 17, for an entire week," Fallon told his viewers Monday night. Incidentally, both U2 and Metallica will spend the same week performing every night on late night TV, but thankfully the Ferguson and Fallon time slots don't overlap, as Stereogum notes.

U2 previously appeared on the debut episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon back on February 17th, performing their charity single "Invisible." U2 also sat down on Fallon's couch to perform a unique rendition of "Ordinary Love" alongside the Roots.

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