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A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.

Bono & Edge discuss 'Cedarwood Road' on Song Exploder podcast

Posted: June 30, 2015
By: Matt McGee

This is really great. While in Los Angeles about a month ago, Bono and The Edge spoke with Hrishikesh Hirway, creator and host of the Song Exploder podcast. Each week, Hirway talks to musicians and has them break down one of their own songs. Bono and Edge spent about 10 minutes discussing the musical and lyrical development of "Cedarwood Road," and it's a terrific listen. (Note: If you enjoyed hearing Edge discuss U2 songs in the It Might Get Loud documentary, you'll love this, too.)

 

U2 Set List: Chicago, June 29, 2015

Posted: June 29, 2015
By: Matt McGee

A lot of our readers keep asking us, "Please don't post spoilers on the home page. I haven't been to my first show yet," so we try not to get too specific when talking about what happened at any given U2 concert. Little bit difficult tonight, but how about if we put it like this: You know that new song that (almost) all of you have been wanting U2 to finally play in concert for the first time, and that Bono promised earlier in the tour would be played before the tour wrapped up? Well, they played it Monday night in Chicago.

If you don't mind spoilers, you can find out what it was by checking the Chicago 4 set list on our Tours site, and that's also where you can post your show review and photos if you were there.

Next up: a couple days off followed by Chicago 5 on Thursday.

UPDATE: Thanks to Gregorio Pulido, here's video of that song I was talking about above.

 

U2 Set List: Chicago, June 28, 2015

Posted: June 28, 2015
By: Matt McGee

As I said on Twitter earlier, my rule is that the live U2 I+E show is 50 times better than whatever we see and hear on the great streams that fans are sharing. So, with the stream from Sunday night's show being really amazing, that means the live show will have to go down as one of the best of the tour so far -- and, by all accounts from those who were there, it was.

U2 dusted off an October song that hadn't been played in about 10 years, rehearsed and snippeted another early song that hasn't been played in 26 years, gave a couple other songs only their second performance of this tour, and generally blew the roof off of Chicago's United Center.

Check out the setlist and our loooong recap on @U2 Tours. And if you were at the show, please do post a review and/or upload some photos.

Next up: U2 has the unenviable job of trying to top this with another show -- Chicago #4 -- on Monday night.

 

U2 Set List: Chicago, June 25, 2015

Posted: June 25, 2015
By: Matt McGee

Bono continued to fight what the Chicago papers called a "nagging bronchitis," but that didn't slow things down too much at U2's second (of five) concerts in Chicago on Thursday night. Paul McGuinness was in attendance again, though no word about Mick Jagger dropping by for a second taste of Innocence + Experience. The band rehearsed one of its never-before-played songs, but it didn't make the set list tonight. Maybe next time?

All the spoilers and setlist details are here: U2 - June 25 - Chicago. If you were at the show, upload some of your photos and post your own review of what happened.

Next up: a couple days off (hopefully for Bono to get well), and then Chicago #3 on Sunday night.

 

U2 Set List: Chicago, June 24, 2015

Posted: June 24, 2015
By: Matt McGee

After a week off, the Innocence + Experience tour resumed Wednesday night in Chicago. Unfortunately, fans learned in the afternoon that Bono was under the weather -- he skipped doing the typical visit with fans waiting outside the arena in the afternoon. But he managed to press on throughout the show, though it was noticeable at times that his voice was a bit rougher than normal. One really interesting note: Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness was at the show, making it the first proper U2 concert he's seen since stepping away as the band's manager in 2013.

Here's the full Chicago #1 setlist. If you were at the show, please leave us your thoughts on the show and share some photos!

Next up: Chicago #2, less than 24 hours from now.

 

Let's Party: @U2's 20th Anniversary Party Set for July 29

Posted: April 10, 2015
By: Matt McGee

Announcing our 20th anniversary party

You are formally invited to party with the @U2 crew in New York City, because we're turning 20 years old this year!

@U2 launched on October 23, 1995, and we're going to celebrate this summer while U2 is touring here in our home country. Our 20th anniversary bash is set for July 29, 2015, the night before U2 plays the last two North American shows of the Innocence + Experience tour. And we'll be celebrating in one of the coolest venues in the city: We've rented out The Cutting Room, located just a few blocks away from Madison Square Garden! (Seriously, go check out the photos if you've never been there before.)

Our special guests for the evening will be the fantastic U2 tribute band, Unforgettable Fire, whom I first saw when they blew everyone away at the U2 Conference in 2013. And how's this for a perfect match: Unforgettable Fire is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year!

Sound fun? It will be. Here are all the details for our 20th anniversary party:

When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm (Unforgettable Fire takes the stage at 8:00 pm.)
Where: The Cutting Room, 44 East 32nd Street, New York, NY
Cost: $20/person
Food/Drink: Available for purchase off the menu (@U2 will provide light hors d'oeuvres and an anniversary cake)

We have a few surprises and giveaways in the works before and after Unforgettable Fire's set, so do plan on showing up at 7:00 pm to make sure you don't miss out.

Tickets are available now and can be bought online here: Get your 20th Anniversary Party tickets today!

On behalf of the @U2 crew, we can't wait to see you and celebrate with you in New York City on July 29!

 

Looking to Buy/Sell/Trade U2 Concert Tickets? Try Our Forum

Posted: January 15, 2015
By: Matt McGee

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We've had a few questions come in about legitimate places to buy, sell or trade U2 concert tickets with other fans, so consider this a Public Service Announcement aimed at answering a question that may be on a lot of fans' minds.

Officially, there are still some tickets for certain shows available via official ticket outlets (i.e., Ticketmaster in North America). The tour page on U2.com appears to be pretty up-to-date about which shows still have tickets available.

Beyond that, we also have a dedicated board in our forum for fans to buy, sell and trade tickets directly with other fans and only at face value. All of the existing shows are listed individually, so just find the show(s) you're interested in and add your post or see what others have already posted. Selling or trading GA tickets may be difficult due to the paperless ticket requirements, so keep that in mind as you offer those tickets or search for them.

And be sure, if you do use this section of our forum, to read the post at the top of the board -- "Rules for Ticket Buying/Selling/Trading." We don't hesitate to boot people that try to make a profit from selling tickets in our forum.

 

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