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U2 Set List: Boston, June 22, 2018

Posted: June 22, 2018
By: Tassoula E. Kokkoris

Friday's show was the second night of the Experience + Innocence Tour in Boston. The set list's only variation was swapping out "All Because Of You" in place of "Gloria".

The name-check during "Beautiful Day" went to Dr. Gloria Rudisch Minksy

See the full Boston set list.

The band has the weekend off to rest up for their first Madison Square Garden show of the tour in NY on Monday.

 

U2 Set List: Boston, June 21, 2018

Posted: June 21, 2018
By: Tassoula E. Kokkoris

Thursday's show was the first night of the Experience + Innocence Tour in Boston. The set list had no surprises.

The name-check during "Beautiful Day" went to New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, Supermodel Gisele. 

Bono also called out the many Boston supporters he found for his humanitarian causes, mentioning Jeff Sachs and the Bank of America, specifically. He also celebrated Poet Paul Muldoon by reading one of his poems, Hedgehog, near the end of the show. Muldoon's birthday was yesterday.

See the full Boston set list.

Up next, another show in Boston tomorrow night.

 

U2 Set List: Washington, D.C., June 18, 2018

Posted: June 18, 2018
By: Fernanda Bottini

Monday's show was the second night of the Experience + Innocence Tour in Washington, D.C. U2 performed the usual set list at the Capital One Arena, except “All Because Of You” replaced “Gloria,” which was played Sunday.

“We’re a band from North Side of Dublin. If you let us in, we’ll never leave,” Bono said during “I Will Follow.” “Washington Capitals right in front of you,” was the shout-out during “Beautiful Day.”

The show had a lot of political references to U.S. immigration policy. “I especially love people that use the Bible to justify whatever they want,” MacPhisto said. “Willful blindness can tear apart a family or a country,” he said during “Staring At The Sun.”

Bono also talked about “dreamers caged at the borders” before “Pride.” “This is not America. Who is America? Where is America?” he questioned. And finally, during “City Of Blinding Lights," he said that “the city shining on the hills belongs to everyone.”

See full Washington D.C. set list.

Next: Boston, June 21.

 

U2 Conference Rewinds Pop In Belfast

Posted: June 15, 2018
By: Sherry Lawrence

The third installment of the U2 Conference took place in Belfast this week to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Peace Agreement and U2's influence during that era, focusing on the importance of the album Pop. Attendees from around the globe enjoyed hearing from long-time collaborators Catherine Owens, Steve Averill and Shaughn McGrath about the visual aesthetic of the Pop, focusing on the creative process and collaborative nature of it. Plenary addresses by Dr. John Brewer and Dr. Fiona Magowan from Queens University spoke on the cultural shifts after the Peace Agreement, as well as how music can end conflict. In an emotional session, Andy Rowen joined author Steve Stockman in a discussion on the power of songs to change a life. Rowan is the inspiration behind  "Bad" and "Raised By Wolves."

Attendees were treated to two dozen presentations on a variety of topics aroud the conference theme of "Popvision." The conference's website will be updated in the next few weeks with conference papers and a recap.

 

U2 at Apollo tonight (and all month) on SiriusXM

Posted: June 13, 2018
By: Matt McGee

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U2's historic concert Monday night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem will premiere today on SiriusXM, and will also repeat more than a dozen times before the end of June.

Today's premiere happens at 5:00 pm ET and will be on both channel 30 (the temporary U2 Experience channel) and channel 101 (Howard Stern's channel). If you miss it today, SiriusXM is planning multiple replays throughout the month of June. All of these will be on channel 30:

June 14: 8 am ET
June 15: 2 pm ET
June 16: 10 am ET
June 17: 7 pm ET
June 19: 6 am ET
June 20: 12 pm ET
June 21: 6 pm ET
June 22: 9 am ET
June 23: 8 pm ET
June 25: 11 am ET  
June 26: 4 pm ET  
June 27: 8 am ET  
June 29: 1 pm ET

If you're a SiriusXM subscriber, you can listen via satellite radio, the SiriusXM app and/or its website. If you're not a subscriber and really want to hear the concert, there is a trial offer available.

 

New on Twitter: @U2tickets account for buying/selling/trading U2 tickets

Posted: May 27, 2018
By: Matt McGee

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@U2 is proud to partner with the fans from German site U2tour.de on a new Twitter account that we hope will make it easier to buy, sell and trade U2 tickets. Appropriately enough, the new account can be found at @U2tickets.

The idea is simple: Fans with extra tickets to trade or sell (face-value only) can tweet their offer to @U2tickets, and those tweets will get retweeted out to everyone who follows @U2tickets. Fans can then handle the trade/sale directly without our involvement. There are some additional rules and guidelines in place, so we strongly suggest you read the account's first tweet, which will also be pinned on the account page for future reference.

As the E+I tour goes along, we'll be looking to partner with additional fan sites around the world to help run the account. For now, we'll work with U2tour.de to handle any unexpected issues that come up and get the account running smoothly before we bring in more fan sites to help.

Follow @U2tickets today!

Note: Both @U2 and U2tour.de will continue to offer fans a place in our respective forums where ticket sales and trades can be done. Ours can be found here. (It's only visible to logged-in account holders.) This Twitter account isn't a replacement for those forum boards. Considering the speed of Twitter and the fleeting nature of tweets, you should also check those boards for ticket offers that have been around more than a couple hours or a day.

 

Free: #U2eiTour wallpapers for your smartphone

Posted: April 25, 2018
By: Matt McGee

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The Experience + Innocence tour is just a week away, and we have a special gift to help you keep track: free wallpapers for your smartphone!

Below you'll find links to five images with all of the dates and cities that U2 is scheduled to visit on the E+I tour this year. There are two wallpapers for leg one, and three for the second leg. You're welcome to save any/all to your phone and use them as your home/lock screen as the tour progresses.

Links to see/save the wallpaper images are below -- enjoy!

Leg 1: May 2018

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Leg 1: June/July 2018

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Leg 2: August/September 2018

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Leg 2: October 2018

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Leg 2: November 2018

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(Note: We've tested the images on a number of different Apple and Android-based smartphones and are happy with the appearance, but the size of your phone's screen might mean that the fit isn't quite perfect.)

 

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