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Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
The Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and many other stars are in a documentary about Glen Campbell's farewell tour called I'll Be Me.
The pop-country legend was diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer's disease in 2011. The film shows live performances from his Goodbye Tour along with moments from his career and battle against the disease.
The Edge shares his admiration for the singer, who continued to perform despite his health problems: "The audience being there somehow triggers his ability to access that other part of his brain, which is incredible."
I'll Be Me, directed by James Keach, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Festival and will be in theaters on Oct. 24.
There are conflicting reports circulating today about a video shoot that's happening in Dublin, with some saying it's a U2 production and others claiming it's not.
Let's start with the Irish Independent, which reported today that the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin would be closed all day "with U2 understood to be filming a new single."
There are several eyewitness accounts that back up the Independent, including these tweets from people in Dublin -- starting with Conor Pope of the Irish Times:
Several accounts are saying that there's heavy security in the area, and everything is being kept very secretive. All day Sunday, a Dublin city web page showing dozens of city webcams was operating, but the webcam nearest the Beckett Bridge was removed from the page.
Some security have told passers-by that it's a U2 shoot, while other security officers are saying it's a Guinness Beer TV commercial shoot. (As I posted on Twitter and in our forum, it seems odd to think this much secrecy and security would surround a TV commercial shoot.) Further confusing matters is that there was another video shoot on Saturday in a different Dublin location that may or not have been related to today's events.
Our friend G. in Dublin was one of many trying to find out what's going on today. He shared 10 photos with us, a few of which are below:
We know that U2 just finished a video shoot at a studio in France, so it's logical that more video work could be shot outdoors in Dublin this weekend. But really, it's anyone's guess what was going on Sunday at the bridge.
UPDATE: Monday's Irish Times reports on the bridge activities and says that neither Dublin police nor City Council would confirm what was going on.
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