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Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
According to CTV Ottawa, Bono and The Edge will perform at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day (July 1). At noon, CTV Ottawa said, they'll play one song. (U2 will be performing in Cleveland that night). The festivities are part of the celebration of Canada's 150th birthday.
U2 added a third show in São Paulo. The band will play Oct. 22 at Estádio do Morumbi.
It was also confirmed that it’s the final date of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017.
The presale for U2.com subscribers starts Saturday, June 24 at 10 a.m. and runs through Sunday, June 25 at 5 p.m. Note: The presale code can be used for a single transaction only.
Tickets will go on sale for the general public at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, June 29.
For more information, access U2.com FAQ’s.
As several tweets sprung to life showing Bono walking through the U.S. Capitol, many wondered what he was up to as he didn't have time to stop for photos or autographs.
USA Today solved the mystery, reporting that he was there to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan and visit with the staff of Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot last week at a congressional baseball practice.
He's using this time in Washington, D.C. to lobby both sides of the political aisle for international affairs funding in the coming year.
Read the full story here.
U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 brought the band to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, for the second time in eight years. Bono thanked the audience for enduring the traffic on I-495 to be at the show, as well as asked for prayers for Rep. Steve Scalise after the incident in Alexandria, Virginia. The venue is about 10 miles outside of Washington, D.C., which made for a politically charged show. Ahead of “Where The Streets Have No Name,” Bono said, “Some people think the dream is dead, but not in this capital this evening.” Bono dedicated “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” to Washington Archbishop Emeritus Theodore Cardinal McCarrick. “One Tree Hill” was dedicated to Emma Elliott, widow of former ONE President and CEO Michael Elliott.
The show coincided with World Refugee Day, making “Miss Sarajevo” more poignant. New video of Omaima's banner circulating the stadium was added to the production, as were quotes and audio from former U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy referencing Kennedy's “City On A Hill” speech. The speech highlighted how both a Republican president and a Democratic president shared similar ideals, and might be the first time U2 has used Ronald Reagan in a positive way in concert.
“Ultraviolet” made its return to the setlist, and among the “luminous icons” Bono namechecked were Rep. Kay Grainger (R-Texas) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California), who were at the show. Ahead of “One,” Bono saluted the One Campaign’s new President and CEO Gayle Smith, congratulated Edge on his work with the Angiogenesis Foundation, and namechecked Sojourner’s Jim Wallis.
Just as the show was ending, a fan made his way onto the stage and performed a headstand while Larry did a drumroll. Bono said as the fan was taking his position, “Generally, we don’t work with tall people or animals.” (Thanks, @bethandbono, for the video.)
See the full Landover setlist.
Aside from genius guitar playing, The Edge devotes time to the Angiogenesis Foundation, where he serves as a board member. The group is, "the leading nonprofit organization disrupting disease through angiogenesis, the process the body uses to grow new blood vessels."
Many fans will remember that several years back, a U2 tour was delayed when it was discovered that The Edge's daughter had leukemia. Thankfully, she beat the cancer, but that hasn't stopped her father from wanting to prevent more people from enduring what his family went through.
He's currently "pressing for more research" into how integrating certain healthy foods into regular diets can minimize cancer risk even further than what's already known. His quest led him to Capitol Hill Monday to lobby for support.
Read more about his mission in today's article in The Washington Post.
Adam Clayton talked to Variety about The Joshua Tree Tour, MusiCares Award, the new album Songs of Experience and the next tour.
Here are some highlights:
"The Joshua Tree Tour has been an enormous, runaway success and we just keep adding dates. Songs of Experience is ready to go, but at this point I’m not sure when it’s going to go because the tour is still up and running."
"We planned Songs of Experience as an indoor tour; we just don’t think it’s something that would work outdoors. The Songs of Innocence (arena) tour two years ago was really powerful and really touched people and touched us. We wanted to continue that intensity and I think that’s what we’re going to try to do."
U2 have now added Phoenix to The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. They'll play a show Sept. 19 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Presale tickets for subscribers will be on sale from 10 a.m. (Phoenix time) Tuesday, June 20 through 5 p.m. Thursday, June 22. The general sale begins at 10 a.m. Friday, June 23. Tickets available at www.u2.com/tour.
U2 returned to Philly for the first time since 2011 tonight, surprising fans with the first appearance of "Mysterious Ways" on this tour. It replaced, "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" and featured the screens of "luminous women," who have changed the world for the better. Dennis Sheehan got a shoutout during "One Tree Hill," and his widow Pam was in the audience, and Delaware Senator Chris Coons (also present) was mentioned before "One."
Next up for U2 is a performance Tues. at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C.
As expected, tickets for The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour sold out in Argentina and Brazil in a few hours.
Details about presale for U2.com subscribers: from 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, until 5 p.m. Sunday, June 18 (all local times).
Tickets for the Buenos Aires show will go on sale to the general public at noon Wednesday, June 21. General sale for the São Paulo show will happen on Thursday, June 22 at 12:01 a.m.
For tickets or more information, visit www.u2.com/tour.
U2 have announced a second Joshua Tree Tour 2017 in Mexico City at Foro Sol on Oct. 4, in addition to the show on Oct. 3.
The presale for U2.com subscribers will run from 10 a.m. Friday, June 16 through 5 p.m. Sunday, June 18. Tickets for the general public will go on sale at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 21. (All times are local to the venue.)
For tickets or more information, visit www.u2.com/tour.
Want to spend some time with Larry Mullen, Jr., one-to-one at one of the band's upcoming concerts? Now's your chance! The drummer is donating a personal meet-and-greet with the highest bidder via a just-announced Charity Buzz auction.
Bidding starts at $1,000; the "prize" is estimated at $6,000 and also includes two tickets to one of the two sold-out Rome shows.
Proceeds from the auction benefit Facing Addiction, a "national non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of the over 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction."
The bidding concludes June 29 (thanks to Vid for the tip).