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A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
Another fabulous night in Dublin on Saturday as U2 closed out its string of four shows at the hometown 3Arena -- U2's first indoor tour gigs in Ireland since 1989. This night had a particularly Irish feel to it, as the band brought up a pair of on-stage guests that were likely more familiar to Irish fans than many who were in town from other parts of the world. We have the setlist link below so you can see what was played and read our show recap, and then we have a few Periscope live streams, too. (Note that two of the live streams were cut off early when we lost the WiFi connection mid-stream.)
Set list: Dublin 4, November 28, 2015
It's a real privilege to be able to see U2 play in its hometown, and I had that pleasure last night - my first U2 Dublin experience since the PopMart tour. And what a show it was! The band was in fantastic form, playing a few songs that haven't been heard in several weeks, but the real star of the show was the Dublin 3 audience. So loud, so into the show. Long after the band stopped "Bad," we kept singing "Oooooo oooooo ooooo" and "Let it go / And so not fade away." And then when "One" began, we sounded like an Irish choir for the first two verses. Magical night. Setlist link is below, followed by the four live Periscope streams we did -- apologies in advance for the bad singing and unsteady camera, but I was having too much fun to stand still and quiet during the show.
Set list: Dublin 3, November 27, 2015
The first two shows of U2's homecoming in Dublin are in the books, and the audience was treated to two of the most intimate shows of the entire tour. The staging has been retrofitted down to fit the smaller and uniquely-shaped layout of 3Arena. If you were unable to follow along to any of the live streams, check out our recaps and set lists below:
U2 has two more shows at 3Arena on Friday and Saturday.
U2 have announced replacement dates for the two I+E shows that were postponed because of the attacks in Paris. The new dates are Dec. 6-7 at the AccorHotels Arena. Also, the U2 Innocence + Experience Live from Paris HBO special will now air on Dec. 7 instead of the initially scheduled Nov. 14.
"So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable," said Bono, according to U2.com. "For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind -- but they couldn't steal the spirit of that city. It's a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on December 6th and 7th. We’re going to put on our best for Paris."
Tickets for the third Paris show (originally November 14) will be valid for the December 6th show, and tickets for the last Paris show (originally November 15) will be valid for the December 7th show. That show on December 7 will also be broadcast by HBO at 9:00 pm ET.
It's time for the 17th annual U2 Fan Christmas/Holiday Card Exchange, a chance for U2 fans to send greetings of the season to other fans worldwide!
Thanks again for participating and have fun!
In a recent interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, photographer Anton Corbijn said he was working again with U2 and that the band’s next album will be released in September 2016.
Corbijn said that due to his commitments to cinema, he had to advance the photos of Bono and his bandmates for the album.
In September, Anton shared a photo with The Edge captioned: "Photo shoot Holland." We believe this material will be used in the next album.
Bono joins George W. Bush, Dr. Carl June and others in HBO's Vice Special Report: Countdown To Zero on World AIDS Day, December 1 at 9 p.m. EST. The report will highlight current research being done to cure HIV AIDS, as well as show how those living with the disease are no longer being given a life sentence. It will be available on HBO On Demand starting Dec. 2.
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.