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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?'"

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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.

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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.

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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.
Photo by Christopher Patey ©

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:

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