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

HBO To Broadcast U2 Tour Documentary And Concert In November

Posted: July 30, 2015
By: Sherry Lawrence

HBO announced today it will broadcast two U2 Innocence + Experience tour specials in November. A documentary, directed by Davis Guggenheim, will chronicle the creation of the current tour with interviews from the band and the creative team, including Es Devlin, Willie Williams, Gavin Friday and others. It will also feature Bono's bicycle accident and his road to recovery. The documentary is set to air Nov. 7.

The second special will be a broacast of one of the final shows on tour's second leg from Bercy Arena in Paris on Nov. 14. This will be directed by long-time U2 collaborator Hamish Hamilton.

 

Edge & Adam: Best. Party Crashers. Ever.

Posted: July 30, 2015
By: Matt McGee

This happened Wednesday night at our 20th anniversary party in New York City:

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That's Adam and The Edge performing on the Cutting Room stage with Unforgettable Fire, the tribute band who was our special guest for the evening. It was a complete surprise to all of us with @U2, a complete surprise to Unforgettable Fire and a complete surprise to the Cutting Room, too.

And it was the best surprise ever in the history of surprises. (Sorry for the lack of unbiased journalism there.)

They played "Where The Streets Have No Name" and then "Out Of Control." I don't remember much of the second song because I was pretty much numb from head to toe by then, totally blown away that half the band would show up at a party for a U2 fansite. What an honor for all of us -- the @U2 crew, plus all of you that read our website, follow us online, etc.

We all picked the right band.

There's so much to be said, and so many thank yous to be shared, and I'll try to cover that in my OTR column this weekend. Until then, enjoy this video of the entire surprise -- from the time Dallas Schoo comes on stage as if he's the special guest, to the end of Edge/Adam's two songs.

 

Bono and Edge join Yoko Ono to honor John Lennon

Posted: July 29, 2015
By: Fernanda Bottini

Bono and Edge unveiled a tapestry in honor of John Lennon Wednesday at a ceremony on Ellis Island, in the presence of Yoko Ono and Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty.

The tapestry was commissioned by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey to thank Yoko for giving Amnesty International the rights to record cover versions of John Lennon’s post-Beatles songs in 2004. Bono, Edge and Jimmy Iovine have donated the tapestry to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation for display at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

"We’re humbled to stand in the presence of Lady Liberty and of course I’m referring to Yoko," said Bono. "When I think of New Yorkers (and I consider myself one), I think of this spot… Because I’d like to live in the land of the free… this is the place I want to be," he quoted John Lennon.

Photo 1, photo 2, photo 3, photo 4, photo 5, photo 6 (Credit: Art For Amnesty). More photos: Zimbio

 

U2 Set List: New York City, July 27, 2015

Posted: July 27, 2015
By: Matt McGee

U2 crew member Jake Berry promised fans a treat during New York #6 -- i.e., Monday night's show -- and that came in the form of U2 playing a rarity that hadn't been performed since the Lovetown tour in December 1989, and hasn't been a regular part of U2's live set list since the Unforgettable Fire tour. Another track from Songs Of Innocence reappeared Monday for the first time in over a month. But there were some struggles, as well, especially at the end of the show.

For more on that, get the setlist and full recap from New York #6 on @U2 Tours. And enjoy the video of that concert rarity below.

Next up: New York #7, the penultimate show of the I+E tour's opening leg, on Thursday night.

 

U2 Set List: New York City, July 26, 2015

Posted: July 26, 2015
By: Matt McGee

Just a few nights after Jimmy Fallon and The Roots stole the show with a guest appearance on U2's e-stage, another special guest did it Sunday night at the fifth of eight shows at Madison Square Garden. But unlike Fallon, who hid behind a sign last week, this special guest -- none other than Lady Gaga! -- had very little of anything to hide behind. And if you don't know what that's a reference to, just watch the video below.

As always, you can get the full New York #5 setlist on @U2 Tours, and that's where you can upload your photos and post a review if you were there. (I think we somehow managed to skip the New York #4 setlist a few nights ago, but that's obviously available, too.)

Next up? New York #6 on Monday night!

And meanwhile, here's video of Sunday's special guest performing with U2.

 

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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