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

Universal Music Colombia: U2's 'Sirens' Album Ready in September

Posted: July 24, 2014
By: Matt McGee

U2's new album will be called Sirens and will be ready in September. So says a tweet posted late Wednesday by Universal Music Colombia:

Clicking on the translate link leads to this:

universal-colombia-tweet

There's some speculation on U2Valencia.com that this is actually the name of a single, not the album, and that it might be "Siren" instead of "Sirens." In any case, it has to be considered a good sign when a Universal Music office starts tweeting about new U2 music. Stay tuned...

 

Bono Sings With Julian Lennon at DiCaprio Gala in St. Tropez

Posted: July 23, 2014
By: Matt McGee

It probably doesn't get much more posh than this, does it? Bono took to the stage Wednesday night to sing "Stand By Me" with Julian Lennon. It happened at the inaugural Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala on a vineyard near St. Tropez, France.

The event (and Leo's foundation) raised money to protect oceans, forests, wildlands and endangered species.

No word if Bono sang any other songs, but there are two short Instagram clips from the performance that we'll embed below.

 

Rumor: New album in November and a possible show in September

Posted: July 22, 2014
By: Fernanda Bottini

According to the Irish Examiner, using The Sun tabloid as its source, U2 are planning to release the new album later this year, possibly in November. This would be their 13th studio album.

The Sun also reported that the band could perform at London's Roundhouse in September as part of the iTunes Festival.

A source told The Sun, "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."

 

Irish Concert Promoter Says U2 In Talks to Play Croke Park in 2016

Posted: July 10, 2014
By: Matt McGee

Concert promoter Denis Desmond says U2 is in talks to play again at Dublin's Croke Park in 2016.

Desmond, the co-founder of MCD Productions, was on Today FM's Ray D'Arcy Show on Wednesday morning. The conversation focused on the recent mess where Garth Brooks canceled five shows at the stadium, but near the end of the interview, they looked ahead to future shows.

D'Arcy: What about next year, would you be in talks with people for Croke Park gigs for next year?

Desmond: Yes, we would be.

D'Arcy: Would U2 be in the frame for that?

Desmond: No, not next year, but the year after.

The conversation can be heard online (at least temporarily) on the Today FM website.

U2 has played Croke Park 10 times dating back to 1985, including three shows in 2009 as part of the 360 tour.

 

Bono Presents Industry Award to Pharrell Williams Friday in London

Posted: July 05, 2014
By: Matt McGee

Here's a quick note that yer man was in London Friday to present Pharrell Williams with the Raymond Weil International Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. The UK papers don't really explain why Bono was involved, so there you go.

 

UPDATE: Here's video of Bono's speech.

 

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