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

Happy Birthday, Larry Mullen Jr.!

Posted: October 31, 2014
By: @U2

It's Halloween! While most people are celebrating CANDY (!), we're also celebrating because it's Larry Mullen Jr.'s birthday! Everyone's favorite drummer (and upcoming movie star) turns 53 today, so please join us in wishing him a wonderful day.

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday, dear Larry!
Happy birthday to you!

You can join the fans in our forum that are wishing Larry a special birthday in this thread.

 

Rolling Stone: U2 Still Thinking About Two Unique Shows for 2015 Tour

Posted: October 30, 2014
By: Matt McGee

U2 Songs Of Innocence promo photo

U2 is still thinking about doing two distinct types of concerts when the band goes on tour in 2015. That idea first came up in the recent Q magazine cover story, and it was mentioned again when the band spoke with Rolling Stone magazine for its current cover feature.

RS has published some of the interview quotes that didn't make it into Brian Hiatt's print story, and those excerpts include this mention of how next year's tour might be structured:

The band is weighing a two-night structure for their 2015 tour.
"There is talk of doing two different kinds of shows," says Clayton. "One night would be a kind of loud, explosive rock & roll kind of event and then the other night's show take the acoustic arrangements of some of the songs, and kind of present those songs in a much more intimate way. But we don't really know how that's going to sound and look." One thing the band hasn't figured out: how to make sure audiences understand in advance which show they're getting.

In the article, Bono also seems to mention wanting to be able to converse with his younger self during the live show, since some of the songs are a conversation like that. There are also lots of album and song nuggets you probably didn't know about yet. It's a good read.

 

U2 on Germany's Radio NRW

Posted: October 27, 2014
By: Karen Lindell

In an interview with the whole band on Germany's Radio NRW, Larry answered a question from U2Tour.de about what U2's setlist might be on an upcoming tour:

Question: [Dirk u2tour.deThank you for this amazing gig. My question is to Larry. How do you put together the setlists for a new tour? Considering the favorite tunes of the die-hard following fans and the one-time concertgoers and also the favorite tunes of each member of U2?

[Larry]: It’s going to be difficult to put the new setlist together, that’s for sure. I think on this record there are a lot of good songs, and selfishly I’d like to think that a lot of the new songs will replace a lot of the older songs because they can’t be there all the time, so what I’d like to think is if we do three or four shows in the same place that we would change the set for every night completely. [cheering]

A full transcript of the interview is available at U2Tour.de.

 

 

U2 on 60 Minutes Australia

Posted: October 26, 2014
By: Tassoula E. Kokkoris

Continuing their whirlwind promo tour for Songs Of Innocence, all four members of U2 appeared on 60 Minutes Australia today. They discussed everything from their friendship to the Ebola outbreak.

The full interview can be accessed via jump-in.com.au. Their performance of "Every Breaking Wave" is embedded below.

 

 

Bono and The Edge Perform Acoustic Set On The Late Late Show

Posted: October 24, 2014
By: Tassoula E. Kokkoris

Bono and The Edge closed out a full Friday with their visit to Dublin's The Late Late Show, where they sat down for an interview with host Ryan Tubridy. The video below contains the full appearance (spoiler alert: the two perform an acoustic set including "The Miracle (Of Joy Ramone)" and "Every Breaking Wave.") 

 

U2 Unplugged & Talk

Posted: October 24, 2014
By: Sherry Lawrence

It's a busy Friday for U2 as the band performed six songs and sat for a brief interview for Germany's Radio NRW's Unplugged & Talk event. German comedian and long-time U2 friend Michael Mittermeier interviewed the band after they performed. "The Miracle" was performed twice because Bono said it was "schysse." According to our friends at U2Tour.de, it will broadcast on Oct. 27.  The full song recap is posted on the @U2 Tours page.

Some Twitter photos from the event:
Journalist Tanit Koch - @Tanit - Bono with audience / Bono speaking with Adam and Larry looking on / Edge chatting
Check out @U2Tour for their photo stream
(Thanks to the U2Tour.de team for their reporting from the event)

The band is slated to be back in Dublin for the Late Late Show this evening. While en route to Germany, they spoke with Olaf Tyaransen for a future Hot Press article.

Earlier today, Dublin's TodayFM aired a teaser for the station's 1-hour pre-recorded interview, scheduled for Monday at 3 pm Dublin time. (Teaser starts at the 43 minute mark). In it, Larry shares why Errol Brown is thanked in the Songs Of Innocence liner notes - his chocolate brown labrador shares the same name as the lead singer of Hot Chocolate, famous for the song "Sexy Thing." Bono also shared his thoughts on karaoke.

 

Vote U2 For People's Choice Award

Posted: October 22, 2014
By: Sherry Lawrence

U2 are among the 12 acts shortlisted in the Favorite Group category for the 2015 People's Choice Awards. The top five acts will then move on to a second round of voting, which begins Nov. 4. Voting is now open. Visit the People's Choice Award website to cast your vote. Let's get U2 to the next round!

 

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