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

Bono visits with Pope Francis

Posted: September 19, 2018
By: Matt McGee

Bono meets Pope Francis

Bono was at the Vatican Wednesday for a private meeting with Pope Francis. According to the Catholic News Agency, the private visit lasted a little more than 30 minutes and the two talked about topics ranging from commerce and development to the sexual abuse scandal:

Irishman Bono, born Paul David Hewson, also said that having just come from Ireland, they "inevitably" spoke about "the pope's feelings about what has happened in the Church."

He said he explained to Francis that to some it looks like "the abusers are being more protected than the victims," and that he "could see the pain" in the pope's face. "I felt he was sincere, and I think he's an extraordinary man for extraordinary times," Bono said.

Bono also signed an agreement on behalf of the ONE Campaign to work with Scholas Occurentes, an educational foundation supported by Pope Francis. "We haven't figured out what we are going to do together," Bono said, "but we sort of have a crush on each other" -- that quote is according to the Catholic publication Crux.

The Vatican has posted this brief video with highlights from Bono's visit with Pope Francis.

 

U2 Set Lists: Lisbon, Sept. 16 & 17, 2018

Posted: September 17, 2018
By: Sherry Lawrence

U2 E+I tour logo with EU stars

The Experience + Innocence tour just finished up two nights in Lisbon, Portugal. Bono said during tonight’s show that the Lisbon audiences have been the most enthusiastic of the tour so far, calling the band's time in the city "crazy, beautiful days." The tour’s second leg, almost a third of the way through, has found its stride. The set list has remained consistent with only the fourth song in the set rotating between "Red Flag Day" and "All Because Of You" in cities with multiple nights. "Until The End Of The World" continues to begin with Bono quoting from William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies and concludes with William Blake’s "Introduction To Songs Of Experience." MacPhisto continues to quote Kraftwerk’s "Hall Of Mirrors" before going into his spiel.

In Lisbon, MacPhisto’s commentary has been centered around the democracy found in Portugal. Tonight he said, "You know, there’s a funny smell in the air. It’s really nasty. I know what it is. Democrats. The place just stinks of democracy."

Next up: Two shows in Madrid starting on Thursday.

 

U2 Nominated for 'Tour of the Year' American Music Award

Posted: September 12, 2018
By: Karen Lindell

U2 is nominated for a 2018 American Music Award in the Tour of the Year category. Also nominated are Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.

These are fan-voted awards, so you can cast your vote online or vote by posting a tweet with the nominee’s name or Twitter handle, the category name and the hashtag #AMAs. 

The awards ceremony, Oct. 9 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, will air live on ABC.

  

 

Free: #U2eiTour wallpapers for your smartphone

Posted: April 25, 2018
By: Matt McGee

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UPDATE, September 3, 2018: With the addition of a Berlin concert on November 13, we've updated the "Leg 2: November 2018" wallpaper below. If you downloaded it earlier, please download the newer version!

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 - UPDATED!

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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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