The U2 Covers - No. 30: 'Bono: The Year That Shook My World'

From Hot Press' 2002 Annual, Bono spoke to Niall Stokes about all matters personal and political.

At the end of an exciting, painful and earthshaking year, Bono reflects on the political and the personal – from drop the debt, September 11, Afghanistan and Genoa to the death of his father Bob, the birth of his son John and the enduring friendship which underpins U2’s music and career. Interview: Niall Stokes

"Niall Stokes – this is your conscience speaking.” The voice at the other end of the line has a distinctive rasp to it – a lived-in quality that’s suggestive of last night’s indulgence, of smoke and strong whiskey and whatever you’re havin’ yourself – and just a little bit more besides. But it’s more than distinctive; it’s got a familiarity that penetrates right away, the baroque, theatrical, playful introduction notwithstanding.

You know the voice as well as I do. It belongs to Bono, lead singer with the Irish rock band U2, and he’s calling from the South of France, where the outfit are currently ensconced, in coming-down mode, following the culmination of the final leg of their US tour, promoting their global No.1 hit album, the magnificent All That You Can’t Leave Behind.

It’s been a huge year for U2, battling their way back to pre-eminence in rock, and taking the Elevation tour across the USand Europe to widespread acclaim – racking up the sales and picking up gongs-a-go-go en route. But it’s been an even bigger one for Bono. In June, there was the birth of his fourth child, John. In August, after a long and difficult illness, his father Bob died. Throughout, he was involved in the Drop The Debt campaign – a commitment that involved hard labour, significant achievements and rattling controversy in almost equal measure. And then there was Slane. And September 11th. It was a year that shook not just his world – but ours.

Two days ago, we’d spoken for two hours, maybe a little more. In the meantime, some stuff that we discussed has been bothering Bono, and he wants to make sure that we get the record straight. As it happens, I’ve been prey to the same nagging feeling. We’d covered a lot of ground, but there were things that had been left unasked - and others that had been left unsaid. He wants to tell me about the church around the corner. I want to ask him about Mazar-I-Sharif. We agree to talk in an hour, by which time I should be at the Editor’s desk, bug-mike at the ready, thoughts collected, and red biro in hand.

He’s good at this – he has been for a long time. He’s smart and charming and erudite. Ask almost anyone who has grilled him and they’ll tell you – he’s one of the best interviewees in the business. He knows his stuff, hitting me with precise statistics on the % of GDP that is – and that should be – devoted to aid for developing countries. He knows where each of a dozen of the wealthiest nations, including Ireland, stands in relation to this. He quotes the most appalling figures in relation to the incidence of AIDS in Botswana, and you can feel the extent to which the studied indifference of the West in the face of this escalating catastrophe appalls him.

Careful and considered, mostly he weighs his words with great exactitude. There are times when you just have to let the conversation dangle while he finds the nuance that he wants to convey. “...Aaaaaah... inappropriate,” he says at one point, having taken a full half-minute to get to the point, but when he says it, you know that it was exactly the shade he wanted to paint for you – and for anyone else who might become privy to the exchange.

But he is also funny and exuberant – especially where it comes to talking about U2’s music. Right now, that is at the top of the agenda, once more. With the touring over, for the moment at least, the band have plunged straight back into recording. Their engineer Richard Rainey found a run-down, defunct club that he figured they’d get a good sound in – and so it’s proved.

“Do you remember a club in O’Connell Street called Slack Alice?”, Bono asks. “Well, that’s what this place is like! But we’re getting some amazing sounds out of it – real punk rock, some really great guitar sounds and some beautiful melodies. The band is so tight, coming straight off the tour. We’ve hit form. We’re in, ostensibly, to write a ballad – but we keep knockin’ out these hard rock tunes.”

They’re working on a song for the upcoming Martin Scorsese movie, The Gangs Of New York, about the Irish and the Italians in the Small-But-Growing Apple in the 19th century – about the gangs that built the city, and how violent they were. “Very little is known about the origins of the city,” Bono says. “But this is about how it was like Nairobi, back then.”

U2 don’t know how to do things by half – they never did. And so they have gone way beyond the brief that they went into the studio with. “We’ve started our album,” he confides. “We’ve got a tune called ‘Electrical Storm’, that’s going to blow your mind.”

“Have you a chorus you can sing for me there?”, I ask. There’s laughter at the other end of the line. “No,” he chuckles.

He knows that the tape is rolling.

NIALLSTOKES: Tell me, what was the mood in the States through the last leg of the tour, since September 11th in particular?

BONO: Well, you know, music changes shape to fit the predicament that it finds itself in, often. And ours is no exception. Songs that meant one thing before September 11th, for most bands I think, meant another thing after September 11th. But oddly enough our music meant the same thing, it’s just that the events brought the subject matter closer into focus. And a lot of the themes and the moods of All That You Can’t Leave Behind seemed to just make more sense. I don’t think they changed. The obvious stuff like ‘New York’, or a song about depression like ‘Stuck In A Moment’, ‘Kite’ ---------– songs about letting go of people you don’t want to let go of, all of that seemed to really connect.

You re-wrote the lyrics of ‘New York’?

Not much, but it went: “In New York freedom feels like too many choices/In New York I found some friends to drown out the other voices/Voices on the cellphone, voices from home/Are you OK, baby, don’t stay in alone/New York, I love New York.” And then it went: “In New York summers get hot/Well into the hundreds, you can’t walk around the block/Without a change of clothing/ Come September a lot can change/Summer’s love turns to winter’s rain/New York – even New Jersey loves New York” (laughs), and that went down in the Garden. And then I went on, “New York you can forget how to sit still/And you can forget just how strong is the city’s will.” And then “In New York I had a problem/Call it a mid-life crisis/That’s not really a problem/Just too many choices/I hit an iceberg in my life/But you know I’m still afloat/I lost my balance/You lost your wife/In the queue for the lifeboat/You were putting the women and children first/I just had an unquenchable thirst for New York”. So that was when the firemen and all were in the audience and that went off.

Obviously people are looking for solace or whatever – but are they capable of enjoying themselves in the same way as before?

Well, I have a lot of friends in New York, who, let’s say, have seen a lot of the world and might have dealt with some spectres in their time and these people didn’t leave their apartment for two or three weeks – which shocks me because these people are so unshockable. So it’s very hard to describe to a European, but the American mindset has forever changed. It’s like Mike Tyson getting knocked down… you know, he can get up, he can go into training again, he can regain his title, but he’ll never be the same. A certain self-confidence has gone. They are penetrable. They were confident acting like an island. Now they’re part of the world and the world is not such a friendly place. I mean a lot of Americans had no idea that there was this kind of anger out there, directed at them. I don’t mean the cells of terror, more the people demonstrating in the streets in Indonesia and Pakistan. I think that really left them marked.

But is that going to change their sense of the role they should play in the world? If you look at what’s going on now in Afghanistan, you wouldn’t interpret that as being the case.

Aside from the fact that the media has had very little access, and that’s unnerving, I don’t think historically the way this campaign has been waged against terror will be seen as anything other than a success in terms of the least loss of human life and a certain measuredness, which most of the world weren’t expecting from the United States. And reading the New York Times report of the fall of Kabul and journalists walking around, there’s hardly any civilian targets hit. That was kind of miraculous. Any civilian target hit is unacceptable. But I used to be a pacifist. I’m no longer a pacifist – and not because I don’t want to be, but because I can’t live up to it in my own life. It’s a source of deep sadness to me that I can’t. If somebody was threatening my wife and my kids I would not turn the other cheek and it’s patently clear to anyone living in New York or London or Los Angeles or Chicago that in a matter of months, and certainly years, whole corners of their cities were about to be taken out… whether it’s chemicals or dirty nuclear devices, whatever they’re calling them. So I don’t see any alternative to what they’ve done.

Is that not a bit of a shift from where U2 have come in the past on issues like this?

Having bitten the arse of American foreign policy for the first ten years of my life in U2, I think you have to give them credit where credit is due.

Does that mean that what happened in Mazar-i-Sharif – where US agents and British agents were involved, alongside Northern Alliance troops, in a gun battle in which dozens of Taliban soldiers were shot with their hands tied behind their backs – is OK?

Of course not. I think it’s important to support the Americans in Afghanistan – but without supporting any heinous acts that occur during the war, whether by accident or design. If there are grotesque acts of war contrary to the Geneva Convention, they should be investigated. But there’s a lazy-mindedness about people sitting on the fence in this. It’s actually not acceptable, especially people who are living across the road from Sellafield, which surely would be one of the prime targets had the conflict escalated. I think there’s a certain emergency aspect to going after these people. So I’m not full of criticism for the way the Americans have behaved. I’m with them.

Is that not just a case of saying, ‘I’m with them because I’m of them and I’m not with the other guys because I’m not of them’? What happened in New York was clearly an outrage on a scale that no one…

But it’s not what happened even in New York, it’s what was about to happen! We’ve been writing songs about suitcase bombs since 1983. I felt like… Martin Amis, you know, writes in Einstein’s Monster about a certain sickness in the pit of his stomach as he put his child to bed at night and went to write on this subject, of what is available in the world’s nuclear arsenal. And just even thinking about it and realising how close to the abyss we’re all staring. And that was in the ’80s, before such capabilities had slipped out from under any kind of formal policing and gone underground. I mean, these people have no regard for anything that you and I hold dear and sacred, least of all women. And these people were about to take hold of the capability to take out South County Dublin, if not the entire city. They’d never get the fucking Northside, mind you! (laughs).We could withstand anything! But they’d get you lot!

People are driven to extremes because of what they perceive to be the injustices in their own position and, in relation to Palestine, the extent to which they are the victims of violence and oppression.

I don’t think it is comparable. Everyone knew that there is deep and grave injustice in the Middle East, everybody knew that. But nobody knew that somebody might be prepared to take what could have been 50,000 lives, innocent civilian lives, as part of that conflict. In the Book of Terror that chapter had never even been written. No one in their wildest dreams, none of the architects of modern terrorism – which is how to grab a hold of the headlines for a few days by sacrificing civilian lives – no one had ever imagined that kind of scale.

Is this not just an inevitable response to the malign role the US has occupied in the region for years now?

I have a completely different set of opinions on how Afghanistan got to the state it was in, in the first place. I’ve a completely different set of opinions on how the United States and Russia left that country in ruins. I’m prepared to criticise there – but I’m not prepared to criticise this campaign because I think they’ve actually done as well as can be expected. I’m amazed. I thought they would go in in a knee-jerk way and set off a much greater conflict, which surely was Osama Bin Laden’s intention. He wasn’t expecting them to behave in a measured way. His real goal, surely, is nothing to do with America. He’s trying to reclaim Islam from the moderates and follow the Shiite traditions, back to the Middle Ages. He was expecting America to overreact, and in that sense he was sacrificing Afghanistan, as well as the people of New York and Washington; he was expecting overwhelming force and actually he got a much more tactical game.

That’s my fucking rant on it.

What’s your assessment of the role of religion in all of it? You could say that the three great religions have come from a place that’s now effectively the cockpit of hate in the world.

Yes, you could.

But is that not genuinely the case?

I think the roots of the present conflict are clearly the lack of conflict resolution in the area of the Middle East and the abject poverty of Africa. I didn’t say that, the President of the World Bank said it on September 13th. He said it on CNN. He was pulled off faster than – you could actually see the hook coming out! But it’s the truth. And aside from the way this present thing has been conducted, if you want to get into the real issues, they’re the real issues – conflict resolution. The squalor of Palestinian lives that has been their forced condition for so long. But in the wider sense, the lack of commitment to the developing world and their sense of abandonment. And when you have nothing, and you have no hope, you’re easy prey to the likes of Al Quaida.

There’s a Hunter Thompson line – “Entire civilisations have been done in by vengeful monsters claiming a special relationship with God”. Isn’t that what’s going on here?

Entire civilisations have been done in by vengeful monsters full stop! What about the Soviet empire? What about what’s gone on in China? That’s how human beings are, whether they claim a close relationship with God or not. I would say that religion is often the perversion of God. Religion is often the obstacle in the way of God. In fact I’d go further and say that religion is often what you get when God has left the building, like Elvis. One of my favourite descriptions of God is that the Spirit moves like a wind, no one knows where it comes from or where it goes to. I think the Spirit of God in essence, has more akin to the anarchist than it has to cold religion.

And yet you haven’t abandoned formal religion?

While I do think religion is often an obstacle to God, I do also find comfort in it on occasions – whether it’s a mass around the corner from where we live, or a Protestant Gospel Hall I might find on the road.

So God has no part in our downfall?

I’ve never believed that this is God’s world anyway. I always thought that this was our world, and that we are the ones to hold to account, not religion. There’s enough food to go around, we don’t share it. There’s enough medicine around, but it’s too expensive. We could turn every desert into fertile land, but we don’t. It is human beings that need to be held to account, not God. When it comes down to Christianity we’re left with something that was made pretty simple, in order so we couldn’t fuck it up – but we still fucked it up. I love the bit when Christ was asked for his greatest hits and he says, “ok, love God, and love your neighbour as yourself”. Christianity is not complicated, that’s what it is. And love is at the centre of it. God is love. And Islam is perverted as much as Christianity and Judaism, and I’d say all three religions blow smoke up God’s nose most of the time.

You could say that all religions spring from the same basic impulse, but actually in practice they are very sharply in conflict.

Christianity is built around the concept of respect, not just respect for the people you disagree with, but love. There ought not to be any aggression in Christianity towards others. The whole point of Christ’s teachings was to love your enemy, I presume that includes people you disagree with, not just your enemy. And I think the heart of the Koran is respect for difference. And though there is an intense celebration of difference in the Talmud, there’s still tolerance preached, and neighbourliness as I understand it. Abraham is the father of all of these three families, and that’s an interesting study. The best book I’ve ever read on the Middle East is called the Blood Of Abraham, and it’s written by Jimmy Carter, who was a real expert on the subject. It is deeply disturbing to see what can happen out of a family row. It is shocking. But they are the worst kind. You see it at a local level, after funerals, or at weddings. Family fights are the most bitter.

You touched on the Drop The Debt campaign; what’s happening there now?

I think post-September 11th, it has become ever more crucial that this relationship between the developed world and the developing world which has been so wrong for so long is put right. It is the least we can do at the start of the twenty-first century for ourselves, and for those people who are most affected. But it’s also the only fitting memorial to the lives that were lost on September 11th. That some light could be drawn from such a black period in history, that it might shake us up, and wake us up, to what’s going on in the world. I’m speaking to politicians every week, if not every day, every second day, in either letter or on the phone, arguing the point that an historic initiative on Africa would be something worthy of those people who lost their lives.

What are you looking for precisely?

There’s a plan, which we’re calling the New African Initiative. It’s a demand for a new deal. It’s a demand for trade and access, because an even bigger scandal than the debt issue, is the trade issue. These people are not allowed to sell their groundnuts. Some of the poorest countries in the world are not allowed to sell to us in Europe and America – the great purveyors of free trade don’t like it both ways sometimes. That’s noxious. So that’s been part of it. There’s also an increase in aid needed. So Drop The Debt is across three levels – further debt cancellation, deeper foreign aid, and wider trade agreements.

Was there any concern on your part that you ended up on the wrong side of the police lines in Genoa?

I think I stumbled into a photograph that was regrettable and shows my lack of political nous, but I was also outside the red zone, and a lot of the people marching were Drop The Debt campaigners, we were marching with them. But as part of the negotiation you have to meet the leaders. There are people who prefer only to make the argument, and not attempt to resolve it. Those people are called cranks. I’m not one of them. Our job is to try and interface when we can. If a Tony Blair or a Gerhard Schroeder would take a meeting with us, of course we’re going to say yes. It would be ignorant as well as dumb tactically not to.

Either yourself or Bob Geldof was quoted at the time condemning the violence, and it seemed to be the violence on the street and not the violence of the police?

Both were completely out of order. The police deserve more criticism because they’re supposed to be controlled. There were factions in the crowd that have no interest in the developing world or a lot of the issues that they’re throwing rocks at, and those people put the lives and the well-being of the majority of peaceful demonstrators at risk. There are some people who are disturbing the peace in mindful ways, and civil disobedience has a noble history. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about neo-fascist groups, who want to see blood spilt – that’s a different thing to civil disobedience.

In a context where you are negotiating at that kind of level, do you have to effectively stay on the right side of politicians – for example, of the Bush administration?

I think I have to be myself, and I have to be true to myself. I could never be a politician because I think I’m too selfish, and I think I like to have fun: the right to be irresponsible is a right I hold dear. I think most people who I’m dealing with accept that the way I look, dress, or act, doesn’t take away from the rigours of the arguments I’m making. There are amusing incidents like Paul Volcker who was the Alan Greenspan of his day, who arrived at Madison Square Gardens, a giant of American economics literally and metaphorically – he’s six foot seven – and who had been a great opponent of debt cancellation, but he came with us. He was sharing a dressing room briefly with the Fun Lovin’ Criminals and later, in a speech, he remarked that he’d been to a U2 show, how great work was being done – and there were some colourful smells coming from the dressing room. I don’t smoke but I thought that was very funny.

There was that line from Damon Albarn, going back a bit, that you were wrecking his buzz. Does that kind of cynicism rankle?

Well, he’s apologised for that. We’ve argued that one out, and I’m sure we’ll argue a lot more out. I accept that these occasions, like the Brits, and pouring cold water into Damon’s warm beer, can irritate, but that was the beginning of a campaign, that ended up ridding the world of a hundred billion dollars of debt, and we were deeply serious. Muhammed Ali had come in and the kind of cynicism that that was met with could have, if we had less resolve, derailed us. If you’re not going to contribute to the struggle, at least don’t get in the way of it, is all I would say.

I know you’re not looking for people’s appreciation or praise, but do you feel that your efforts in relation to this whole thing are under-appreciated, say in Ireland?

Look, in Ireland, as Bill Graham was always reminding me, it’s a problem of scale. U2 are most popular when they keep their heads down, and that’s what we try to do most of time. Even I would have been angry at myself around the time of Slane. Jaysus, how interesting can four people be? Somebody said to me a while back ‘You won the World Cup, and then you did it again, and now you’re doing it again. We love music, we love football, you won the World Cup’. But we didn’t really. It is not a good analogy, and we’re writers and musicians, and celebrity is an oppressive thing in these times. Ireland is the only country where we are celebrities. We fly below the radar pretty much everywhere else. And that would be our desire for Ireland. We would just like to get on with our lives.

Both Kevin Myers and Vincent Browne, in the Irish Times have poured scorn on your efforts in relation to Drop The Debt.

Something like Slane comes up and you’re in the news and people want to have a go, and honestly I don’t blame them. It’s absolutely fine. But I’m sure that both Kevin Myers and Vincent Browne know that they’re being naughty boys. You just have to do the research: even a cursory glance at our schedule would show that I’m not just turning up for the photograph. There’s a lot of hard work involved; it’s taking a lot of my time and energy away from the family, and I hope it ends soon. I would like not to be in this position, and I appreciate how absurd it is. To have a wealthy pop star in the corridors of power talking about poor people, I understand what that looks like, and I don’t like it either. And I think they’re just stirring it up, saying “look, fuck off”. I see my picture in the paper and I feel the same sometimes. “Fuck off!” But the ball kind of fell at my feet, and the goal looked kind of open. So I just had to run with it.

Did you see John Waters’ comment “U2 are too old and bored with each other to say or do anything of any relevance anymore”.

File under the same thing… I love John but it’s not us who’s lost contact with the music. And I don’t think we’ve ever been as close as a band. Perhaps he just doesn’t like the album. With bands, if they make an album you don’t like, it’s all over. Whereas if your favourite director makes a movie you don’t like, you wait for the next one. It’s a strange thing. Sean Penn said to me once, on a night out when I was a bit depressed about Popmart in America, and we were sitting there in a hotel room and he said ‘you know, they just didn’t like this movie’. And I realised it’s not that they don’t like you, they just didn’t like this movie!

Slane was obviously a huge moment in different ways. So three months on how do you recall the week of the show?

Whatever it was, it wasn’t a concert. It was some sort of sociological event, a sort of gathering of the tribe. But from our point of view, it was like a big wedding, with aunties and uncles, fights in the corner, tears at every turn, too much drink taken, and after that then it became a wake. A wedding, and a wake. I was just holding on for dear life.

Did you think about cancelling, knowing the advanced stage of your father’s illness?

I held on to those songs because they were getting me through it, and singing them kept me together. All the keening and the wailing you could ever need are in some of those U2 songs. I was ridding myself of a lot of anguish and despair, on a nightly basis. I was certainly doing the right thing by me. I don’t know if I was doing the right thing by everybody else. We’re probably a better rock’n’roll band than the one that turned up at Slane, especially the first night because that was a different thing. That was more opera, and I’m just left with an incredible sense of being carried by the crowd. I feel it was a very special day for anyone who was there, especially for the band. But it wasn’t just about the music.

There must have been moments when you felt close to succumbing emotionally?

But it had been happening anyway. We were on tour in the UK and I was taking a small plane after each concert – straight off the stage, straight to Dublin, to his bedside, and to his silence, with the crowd still ringing in my ears. These were really difficult times for him and I wanted to be there. My brother Norman covered for me incredibly, and I was reminded that he was really my big brother. He was in control, knew what to do, and I was his passenger. But I did the night shifts. And also some of my dad’s brothers and this family called the Lloyds, which he kinda lived with. It was very bizarre. I was disappointed in a way that I couldn’t have the conversations with him that I would like to. He was too sick. He had Parkinson’s Disease, so he was whispering a lot of the time. Occasionally, as clear as a bell, he would get it out. I remember the nurses saying – ‘Great, Bob. Visitors, Bob’. He goes ‘Yeah, great, great when they leave’. All his energy was directed into humour. That was how he kept his dignity. My one prayer was he would keep his dignity. He was a very dignified man, a charming man. But I didn’t get that prayer. ‘Cause cancer is a cruel and slow process that finally just takes away all dignity, in the last stages, despite the advances in medicine, and the palliative nursing. It was a little epiphany. You know birth is a messy business too, for mother and child, and I’ve started to wonder if maybe dignity isn’t so important after all. Maybe it’s a human construct – people put it beside things like righteousness and courage, but I don’t think it is. I think humility might be much more important to face your maker, and dignity might be a next door neighbour to pride, or worse, to vanity.

Did he find waiting hard, knowing what was coming?

He got irritated at one point. His last words were “Are you all fucking mad?”, which is wild. He woke me up in the middle of the night. I went to him and he was whispering. I got the nurse. We both had our ears to his mouth. And then (laughs) as clear as a bell “Are you all fucking mad?”. I jumped. I’m looking for a smile, but he had no smile. He said “Look, this is a prison, I wanna go home”. And he did.

Did you feel closer to him in the end?

I drew him. I have loads of drawings, which I’m glad of. I did all the kinds of thing he wouldn’t let me do when his defences were up. I read to him Shakespeare, Shelley, this new translation I have of the Bible, Eugene Peterson’s. He’d run you out of the room for that (laughs). He himself was an auto-didact and at an early age, in his twenties, he’d read all the classics, and was a great tenor, a great musician, and opera filled our house. Yesterday, in Ireland, the papers had this thing that I was very angry with him, for not having encouraged me to do the things that he deeply regretted he hadn’t done himself. The rage I referred to in that article was the rage I felt as a musician, in compromising the melodies I woke up with. With chord structures that I think could be so much better, had I had an education in music. I do have a certain frustration in me, and there is anger in me, but it’s not at him, it’s at myself, that I haven’t managed to overcome that.

Did you bring ‘Kite’ to his attention or was he aware of it?

No. There’s an odd one. I have this verse about taking the kids up on Killiney hill with a kite. Then I realised, I went back in my head, and I remembered being in Rush or Skerries, one incident where exactly the same thing happened. We used to have a caravan, and I sort of felt the goodbye aspect of the song was not from me to him, but from him to me. That’s the thing about songwriting – you’re the last to know what you’re on about.

Are you still smoking?

No. Recently on a fairly big night, I found my hand wandering into somebody’s bag whilst I was talking. I had no idea that my hand was going into somebody else’s bag (laughs). And, with some dexterity, taking a cigarette out.

You should have taken money while you were at it.

I was amazed, and lighting the cigarette, before I knew. But you know about that old story: smoking may damage health but your children will kill you.

Are you aware that you’re giving bad example?

It’s dumb to smoke, and it really changed my voice, and I lost the high register, and I lost the ability to fly as a singer. I had a lot of complications with my voice anyway. The doctor told me I couldn’t smoke.

What age is your eldest now?

Jordan’s twelve. Elijah is two and a half and it broke my heart the other day when I asked him what he wanted for Christmas, and he said he wanted a plane, and I said why, and he said ‘cause daddy lives on one’. I thought: I’d better get home. I really better get home.

What does Jordan think about your man calling the cars after her?

I think she may be even faster than Eddie (laughs). I can’t keep up with her. I took the kids on tour with me for a week. They often come out with Ali, but this time I took them on my own, when I went touring on the West Coast. And we had a real laugh. Ali found it difficult to get them to bed after that ’cause they were keeping rock’n’roll hours.

At twelve, there are all sorts of new challenges coming up.

They’ve a good sense of themselves. I think they’ve got their mother’s security. They can take on whatever, they’ve got the stuff. I don’t think they’re spoilt brats. I’m the spoilt brat.

You had your fourth child this year. Do you think now that you’re a better father than you were ten years ago?

Yeah, probably. Certainly the shock of it is less after a few tries. I get to spend two weeks with them every few months. I take them on the school run. When I’m around I’m really around. I probably spend more time with my kids than most. And Ali likes that space that it gives her when I am on the road. There’s still a sense of mystery about her that even I can’t crack. And she likes it that way. The pressures of this kind of life are not what they might be with a less secure woman or house.

Do you ever stop and think that the rock game means little or nothing compared to the life or death issues that you’re actually dealing with in the songs?

One of the things that September 11th did was upend celebrity and upend the notion of what is important. So some of the issues of All That You Can’t Leave Behind became very important, but singers and their vicissitudes, not so. I like that. I think we should remember that. The band has such things in a good perspective. They know that the aberration of the twenty-first century, where you get paid a lot of money for what in the Middle Ages you would just be given your supper. I’ve been saying for many years now, nurses, firemen and doctors are the ones that we need to look after, not spoil us rotten pop stars. We do bring something to the party. It’s not life and death, but maybe it’s inspiration to live and a place to crash when life doesn’t work out right. That’s what music brought to me anyway.

As regards U2, there is a joy in the music that allows us to take up the big issues and go through them. There’s a sense of wonder in the music, there’s a sense of faith and of possibilities and I think it has… I’d like to think it has inspired some people to get organised, to become more active in their political lives. But even if it’s just in the moment, if it’s a melody that lifts somebody’s head up for a minute on a building site, it’s worth it to me. Music and politics shouldn’t be enemies, especially in Ireland; surely that’s a sign of an evolved society where there’s discussion between culture and government?

The Frames and David Kitt were voted 1 and 2 in our critics Albums of the Year – have you heard them?

No. I’d like to. Doing political work, I’ve missed out on what’s going on in Ireland. I always make a point of saying to any of the Irish talents coming through, if there’s anything I can do for you I will. I’ve said it to The Devlins – their album has a real mood to it. I’ve said it to Ronan. I’ve said it to The Corrs – they’re mates. But I haven’t said it to The Frames, and I should.

How did you feel when ‘It’s A Beautiful Day’ was chosen as the theme tune for the Premiership?

(Lots of laughs). I just thought there’s one row somebody won’t have to have with Larry. Larry polices – and that’s the operative word – the use of our music in film and TV; it’s his department. That would be the easiest negotiation anyone has ever had to do.

Do you have any advice for Alex Ferguson about his current refusal to talk to the media?

Go to Celtic!

Do you think he’s making a bollox of it?

That’s a trick question. What does it say in the Psalm? How the Pot say to the Potter, why hast thou made me thus? (Loads more laughs).

There were times, I’m sure, during the Pop Mart tour, with the huge production that you took on the road, when you were looking out at the crowd and thinking, great I’m actually paying for the privilege of singing to people tonight?

It’s crass to talk about money and it’s especially insensitive to people, who don’t have it. This tour makes a lot more sense on a financial level, and there is a point where it is mad to pay to play. We have made money on other tours, but we’ve also paid out money. We spent two million quid playing Australia, for instance. And playing the Middle East. It cost us to get Pop Mart there. It would cost you a fortune to get to Sarajevo, etc. But you know – we’re loaded! (laughs) What’s the problem? If you can’t be fanciful about your art, then you’re really betraying the people who have given you your freedom in the first place. Financially there’s a deal that goes down, unspoken, unsaid, but very simple: you don’t have to worry about your medical bills, your mortgage, or when you’re going to go on your holidays. But in return, just don’t be dull. And don’t bend over. Be true to who you are and what you do and run with it, and run amuck with it, and I think we’ve always done that. As annoying as we can be. At least we’re not dull.

There was a suggestion, that building up to this tour, there were guys in the band saying, ‘Fuck off Bono, I’m not going out again, to lose a shitload of money with a production that fucking kills us’. Did Larry put his foot down?

If you’re going to play outdoors, it’s just going to be more expensive, especially if you want to do something more innovative. We enjoyed Slane this year and that made us think, gosh, maybe you could play outdoors without being one part Pink Floyd. We did on the Joshua Tree tour, after all. The road takes the most out of Larry and myself in terms of physical effort. But Larry wasn’t responsible for that. One thing Larry was responsible for was whispering in my ear, at the end of Pop – it might have been on the last day of recording – ‘Why don’t we actually make a pop record next time?’ (laughs) And indeed we have, essentially. It’s very tightly constructed to the ideas of pop music. But if you play indoors you’ve to play more times a week, with less chance of seeing your family. If you play outdoors you play three times a week, so your family can actually come on the road and see you, and not feel like a piece of luggage. It’s swings and roundabouts. The touring operation this time was very, very tight. People like Steve Iredale and Joe O’Herlihy really shone, and the background crew, and Principle Management were at their best. We had an end of tour party in Atlanta. It was very emotional. The truck drivers, the steel riggers, coming up and saying ‘This is the greatest tour I’ve ever been on’. It had a spirit about it.

What was the source of that?

The group itself is very, very close at the moment, and I think for U2 to work, that must be so. Unlike say The Kinks or Oasis, groups that actually feed off a certain sibling rivalry, that kind of energy. We need to be able to look each other in the eye. I think in the ’90s, we became a little too independent of each other – there was still the same respect, but as you grow older you can lose the malleability to fit around somebody. Every time, in this group’s life, someone’s gonna be a bollox. You have to give him enough room, and then when they go too far, take them out of that. Notice how I used the word ‘them’ there? (laughs) I have to say there were far less arseholes on the road this time than I’ve seen maybe ever before.

Talking about All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Daniel Lanois felt very strongly, comparing it to Pop, that you had made the mistake previously of not paying sufficient respect to the people that you were working with, and that you needed to surround yourselves with people capable of making soulful music?

But no one’s more soulful than Flood. Flood has a drum machine for a pulse, a heart that’s made of music, and Howie’s the same. Pop could have been a masterpiece. The songs are extraordinary. We just wore ourselves out and didn’t quite finish them. But I’m still very proud of it as a piece of work. You make a record with Daniel Lanois, one of two things is gonna happen – you are going to make a great record, or somebody is going to die. Either him or you. So it’s a real commitment, to make a record with him. If you make a record with Brian Eno, it’s gonna be making a record in the other sense of the word. It is not going to be commonplace. It’s gonna have to be full of original ideas, or someone’s gonna die – but it’s not gonna be him. (laughs). He’ll be out the back door.

Did you have any reaction to David Blunkett’s decision, in the UK, not to charge people for possession of cannabis.

Sounds smart. I don’t know enough about it to comment, but I could never figure out the hierarchy of sins – or pleasures, I should say. I could never figure out how one was supposed to be worse or better than the other. It’s like alcohol or cigarettes. I think smoking weed probably gives you cancer as well, a lot slower. Like all pleasures you have to not abuse them.

Should we go the whole hog now and decriminalise the fucking thing?

I would think so. Again I’m not really informed on all the issues, so I wouldn’t want to make any pronouncement. I guess the thorny issue is substances that are addictive and people who are prone to them. It’s difficult to make something freely available that makes someone a slave, like cigarettes, but they do. It’s hard to know. The devil’s revenge on extraordinary things is to make them ordinary by doing them too much. That’s what excess can do to people. Make the extraordinary commonplace.

Any New Year’s resolutions?

I haven’t thought about it, but I will, because I love that moment. I always take it seriously. We always make prayers at that moment. The kids are around and we have fireworks, we tie our prayers to the rockets and send them off. I love to be in the snow. Sometimes to be in Killiney Bay at midnight if I’m in Dublin, and have an ice cold shot of vodka afterwards. Then you become a firework (laughs). I haven’t got this year’s resolution worked out, but I will have. I think I know what it will be. Just at a public level, not to let the opportunity of recent calamities pass. The way that they have brought into sharp focus the ills of this world: if we keep the concentration, we might actually be able to muster support, and to do something about them.

Have you read Salman Rushdie’s latest book?

I haven’t read Fear and I’m dying to. Paul (McGuinness) has and really liked it.

Did you have any fear about the fact that you were close to Salman, when he stayed in your gaff?

I didn’t appreciate the Sunday Independent reminding people of that fact constantly. I think the issue of freedom of speech is very close to the heart of any person who loves rock’n’roll. It was a moment where you had to stand up and be counted, in whatever small way, so we did. I like Salman very much, but he didn’t stay as much as people suggested. There were supposed to be helicopters flying in and out of our bedroom window. I don’t take my own security as seriously as others would like me to. But I take my family’s very seriously. We have twenty-four hour security, and usually when people see the rocket launchers they move on (laughs).

Do you ever ask yourself: what am I gonna be doing when I’m sixty?

I think I’ll finally be cool. I’ve never wanted to be cool. I always thought that, as a band, we were hot, almost like Latin, or the way the Celts were hot. It’s OK to be cool when you’re sixty, it’s OK to be bad tempered, and – as Gavin Friday says – chase children across the road with a stick. I’m looking forward to making music and writing from that perspective. Most of my heroes are older men – they always have been, from Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Brendan Kenneally to Seamus Heaney: I’ve always had that respect. If you’re a novelist, people say you shouldn’t start writing till you’re forty.

But will you still be doing it at 60?

I don’t know how you approach that, or whether we’ll be around as a band. We operate a two crap records and you’re out principle. I don’t think we’ve made a crap record yet. We’ve made a few difficult records, but not crap ones!

Have you seen it in your mind’s eye, U2 as four guys, up on stage, at the age of sixty?

Gosh. A terrifying thought. Standing there with deep lines. Turn around and there’s Larry Mullen, still looking fourteen. A lot of what’s going on in this tour, is that people are looking at a set of relationships that have lasted longer than most marriages, and most business relationships. And friendship is, after a number of years, a defiant thing. Every day that’s added to a relationship makes it stronger and more courageous. There’s an essay by Jean Cocteau about friendship where he suggests that friendship is higher than love, although less passionate, and certainly less romantic, but it has in its very ordinariness a strength that more passionate relationships haven’t. It’s a very powerful thing. We both know that, if there’s one of U2 in the room, or two of us in the room, or three, we have our individual weight. But when there’s four of us in the room it changes the molecules a little bit. That’s the gang. Add Sheila and Paul and you have a whole corporation (laughs).

One final question, which I really have to ask. Are we gonna win the fucking World Cup?

Well, we’re gonna get through to the quarter-finals. That’s exciting. It’s a young team. What U2 and the Irish soccer squad have in common is that we both work best as underdogs. When people expect too much, we invariably let them down. I think it’s great that they’ve got through.

So what about a theme song?

Well, I’ve an idea. I was talking to Elvis Costello, and you should too, trying to get him to do a version of ‘Tokyo Storm Warning’.

Are you thinking of going to Japan?

You’d have to. It’s tricky with the family. I’ve got a couple of trips to Africa to do. They’ve been so good to me. Ali is such an independent spirit, and these kids are so generous, but I couldn’t go on my own with the lads, I’d have to bring them -– but that might be tricky, seeing as they are not as keen on the game! Part of the thrill of next year will be spending time with them.

 

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Bono and Adam talked to Liam Mackey before their Croke Park gig in 1985.

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THE U2 COVERS: No. 8, "Quest For Fire"

On their 1984 European tour, U2 talked to Bill Graham about The Unforgettable Fire's realization in Slane Castle - what they called the most ambitious journey yet.

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Bono pays tribute to shot US Congressman

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THE U2 COVERS: No. 7, "Next Stop the Phoenix Park"

U2's War tour came home with a massive date headlining the Phoenix Park festival. Bono chatted to Liam Mackey beforehand...

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THE U2 COVERS: No. 6, "No. 1 With a Bullet"

Bono talked to Bill Graham as WAR hit number one in the UK...

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U2 bring The Joshua Tree to Philadelphia

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THE U2 COVERS: No. 5, “Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned! The Diary Of An American Tour By Adam Clayton”

Adam pocketed a big fat Hot Press contributors’ cheque for documenting their February/March ’82 run round the US

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THE U2 COVERS: No. 4, “Poll Voting Champions: U2”

Elvis Costello and Altered Images had to settle for silver & bronze as the chaps won the overall Hot Press Readers’ Poll Best Act.

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THE U2 COVERS: No. 3, "U2 versus the US"

After supervising their efforts in the UK, Hot Press' Bill Graham caught up with the band on the midwest leg of their first American tour...

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THE U2 COVERS: No. 2, "The Battle of Britain"

The man who introduced U2 to Paul McGuinness, Bill Graham joined U2 on their first run round the UK.

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THE U2 COVERS: No. 1, “A Story Of Boys In Control”

Niall Stokes had a summit conference with the Dublin high-flyers whose debut U2Three EP had just been released.

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Special Terrorist Unit To Be Deployed At U2's Dublin Gig

So-called terrorist "spotters" will mingle with the crowd at the sold-out concert in Croke Park next month to keep a look-out for potential suicide bombers.

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Joshua Tree at 30: Read Niall Stokes and Bill Graham's 1987 interview with U2

It was 30 years ago that Hot Press met with U2 following the release of their groundbreaking album Joshua Tree...

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Picture of Bono On Cop Bike Goes Viral

U2 posed for pics with Huston cops after their recent gig in Texas and the humorous images have gone viral since being uploaded onto social media.

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WATCH: U2 perform new song on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Bono Tells Trump: "You're Not Welcome Here!"

It's certainly not a case of "With or Without You!" but more of a case of "without you or with out you" when it comes to the controversial US President attending The Joshua Tree anniversary tour, as far as Bono is concerned. "People who voted for Trump are welcome here but he’s not," Bono has warned.

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U2 release 'Red Hill Mining Town' for Record Store Day

Primal Scream, The Doors, Sia, The Cure, Iggy Pop & David Holmes are also getting in on the act!

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Adam Clayton to receive MusiCares Addiction Recovery Award

The U2 bassist will be honoured at the MAP Fund benefit concert in NYC on June 26.

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U2 answer questions live from fans to celebrate The Joshua Tree anniversary

Today , thirty years to the day since the release of this iconic album, Larry, Adam, Edge and Bono will be live on Twitter at 9.00pm answering questions posted by fans #AskU2#U2TheJoshuaTree2017

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The Joshua Tree: The Original Hot Press Review

Having championed U2 since their earliest days, and been instrumental in introducing them to Paul McGuinness, the late Bill Graham was the music writer who perhaps knew the band best. In a landmark review of the record that made U2 superstars, he analyses the American influences the band had taken onboard – and highlights the qualities that turned the album into a phenomenon.

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The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Countdown: The Ones That Got Away!

Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of The Joshua Tree. To occasion, we bring you the last of our key tracks that didn't make it onto the final cut of the album. Stay tuned for our Joshua Tree cover story during the day.

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The Joshua Tree: The Stories and Meanings Behind the Music

The Joshua Tree is a hopeful symbol in a world of chaos. Valentina Magli reveals some extraordinary facts about the album that turned U2 into superstars.

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The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Countdown: The Ones That Got Away!

The penultimate day of our countdown to the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, where we bring you some key tracks that didn't make it onto the final cut of the album.

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Barking Up The Right Tree - The Story Behind The Joshua Tree Album Cover

A graphic artist and a musician in his own right, Dublin born Steve Averill has designed every album cover for U2, from Boy to Songs of Innocence. Here, Steve recollects how the seminal cover of The Joshua Tree was created – and emphasises the fresh relevance of the album today.

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The Message - The Enduring Legacy of The Joshua Tree

On March 9, it will be 30 years since the release of The Joshua Tree, a record that transformed U2 into the biggest rock band in the world. In this issue of Hot Press, we look back to the genesis of the album, how it was put together and and what made it work. And ask: has it stood the test of time?

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The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Countdown: The Ones That Got Away!

Day 2 of our countdown to the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, where we bring you some key tracks that didn't make it onto the final cut of the album.

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The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Countdown: The Ones That Got Away!

There were a number of key tracks from The Joshua Tree sessions that didn’t make the final album cut. Today, we unveil the first in a series of seven.

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The Joshua Tree 30 Years On: How U2 Conquered The World In The New Issue Of Hot Press

We've the Insiders' Story of how Bono, Edge, Larry & Adam scored one of the fastest-selling albums in rock history...

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U2 fans launch Kickstarter campaign to make fan film Dream Out Loud

Longtime U2 fans have launched a campaign to make a film dedicated to U2's most dedicated followers.

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The Joshua Tree comes at No. 3 on Irish Album Charts

Following the announcement that U2 will be embarking on an American and European tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their groundbreaking fifth album, The Joshua Tree has sailed in at No. 3 on this week's Irish Album Chart.

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U2 Party Weekend With Cover Band Planned To Celebrate Croke Park Gig

U2 fans will get the chance to party away in the company of a great tribute band at a special two night event being organised at The Church Bar venue in Dublin on the weekend of the historic Croke Park gig to celebrate the seminal classic album 'The Joshua Tree' in July, it has just been announced.

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U2 rule-out a second Croke Park show

Sadly for fans who missed out on tickets for July 22's homecoming, Bono & Co. won't be doubling up at Croker...

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If you missed out on tickets to the U2 gig, Ryan Air has a solution

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The Joshua Tree Tour: Dates & Ticket Prices

Having yesterday announced a North American and European tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their groundbreaking album The Joshua Tree, we can now reveal ticket prices for the July 22 concert at Croke Park and when they can be purchased.

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Trump’s Shock Victory Played Part In U2’s Decision To Postpone New Album

The Edge has revealed that controversial President-elect Donald Trump’s shock election victory was a contributing factor in U2’s decision to postpone their eagerly anticipated new album, ‘Songs of Experience.’

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The Lumineers thrilled to open for U2 in North America

They've been known to bash out a mean 'One' cover...

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Peter Murphy cast a retrospective ear over The Joshua Tree

"The Joshua Tree documents a cultural as well as musical watershed, bookended by the band’s momentous homecoming gigs at Croke Park in ’85 and ’87," he wrote in 2002.

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From the archives: Hot Press met U2 back in 1987 following the release of The Joshua Tree

It took the combined force of Hot Press' Editor Niall Stokes and U2 journalist extraordinaire Bill Graham to thrash it out with the four members of U2 back in 1987 to uncover the method and the magic behind their seminal album THe Joshua Tree.

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Read Hot Press' original February 1987 review of The Joshua Tree

"It clarifies how U2's vocation has become the revival and renewal of rock and the recovery of its most romantic values," said our man Bill Graham.

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U2 Tour: The Full Details

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 is on! The full details have now been announced, with a Croke Park date included...

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U2 Confirm Croke Park Show

Speculation has been rife that a Croke Park date would be included in the rumoured U2 'Joshua Tree Anniversary' tour. PLUS full details of North American Joshua Tree Tour & European Joshua Tree Tour

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U2 Joshua Tree Tour: It Will Be Confirmed This Morning

Speculation has been mounting about a special U2 tour that would celebrate the release of their global smash hit album The Joshua Tree, 30 years on. Well, the announcement will be made this morning...

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Amazing Chance To Watch U2 Band Rehearsal

U2 usually play some of the biggest venues in the world, but they’re now going to give some of their lucky fans the chance to watch them perform in one of the most intimate settings possible for a very worthy cause.

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U2 Promise Fans "A Very, Very, Special" 2017

U2 have posted a very interesting Christmas teaser on their website, remarking on the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree and hinting about a new album – and all that goes with it

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#U240 Obscure Track of the Day No. 7

In our celebration of the 40th Anniversary of U2’s first rehearsal in Larry Mullen’s kitchen, here on hotpress.com we are featuring a stream of articles, recollections and opinions about U2. As part of that extravaganza, for your delight and delectation, we've been highlighting obscure U2 tracks!

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#U240 Obscure Track of the Day No. 6

In our celebration of the 40th Anniversary of U2’s first rehearsal in Larry Mullen’s kitchen, here on hotpress.com we are featuring a stream of articles, recollections and opinions about U2. As part of that extravaganza, for your delight and delectation, we've been highlighting obscure U2 tracks!

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#U240 Obscure Track of the Day No. 5

In our celebration of the 40th Anniversary of U2’s first rehearsal in Larry Mullen’s kitchen, here on hotpress.com we are featuring a stream of articles, recollections and opinions about U2, over the 7 days of 'U2 Week’. As part of that extravaganza, for your delight and delectation, we are nominating an obscure U2 track every day! Your guide to the vaults: Valentina Magli

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The Message: And Then There Were Four

It is just over 40 years, since Larry Mullen put the note on the noticeboard in Mount Temple Comprehensive, which led to the formation of U2. As various contributions to this special issue of Hot Press confirm, that gesture changed the world for millions of people all over the globe. But that they are still together is perhaps the band’s greatest achievement...

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#U240 Obscure Track of the Day No. 4

In our celebration of the 40th Anniversary of U2’s first rehearsal in Larry Mullen’s kitchen, here on hotpress.com we are featuring a stream of articles, recollections and opinions about U2, over the 7 days of 'U2 Week’. As part of that extravaganza, for your delight and delectation, we are nominating an obscure U2 track every day!

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#U240 Obscure Track of the Day No 3

In our celebration of the 40th Anniversary of U2’s first rehearsal in Larry Mullen’s kitchen, here on hotpress.com we are featuring a stream of articles, recollections and opinions about U2, over the 7 days of 'U2 Week’. As part of that extravaganza, for your delight and delectation, we are nominating an obscure U2 track every day!

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#U240 U2: The Gig That Got Away

McGonagles, in South Anne Street, Dublin, was one of the vital breeding grounds for young rock bands in Ireland towards the end of the 1970s. It was there that U2 did their ‘Jingle Balls’ gigs, which were a crucial formative moment for the band. But negotiating their way through those early days wasn’t always entirely straightforward…

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#U240 Obscure U2 Track of the Day No.2

In our celebration of the 40th Anniversary of U2’s first rehearsal in Larry Mullen’s kitchen, here on hotpress.com we are featuring a stream of articles, recollections and opinions about U2, over the 7 days of 'U2 Week’. As part of that extravaganza, for your delight and delectation, we are nominating an obscure U2 track every day!

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#U240 Obscure U2 Track of the Day

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of U2’s first rehearsal in Larry Mullen’s kitchen, we will be featuring a steady stream of articles, recollections and opinions about U2, over the next 7 days of 'U2 Week', here on hotpress.com.

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#U240 U2: It was 40 Years Ago Today

On September 25, 1976, a bunch of young Dublin teenagers, ranging in age from 13 to 16, gathered in a house in Artane to see if they could make a decent noise. Among those present on the day were Larry Mullen – who had made the call for like-minded souls by pinning a note pinned to the notice-board in Mount Temple Comprehensive – Paul Hewson, Adam Clayton and Dave Evans. Also there was Ivan McCormick, an aspiring guitar player, who wanted in on the action…

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U2 announce world tour for next March

The revelation arrives during Spanish interview

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U2 concert film director Hamish Hamilton on bringing the band's Paris shows to screens

In the new issue of Hot Press, Olaf Tyaransen chats with the award-winning filmmaker about the extraordinary events leading up to U2's triumphant gigs in Paris, now immortalised on iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE: Live In Paris

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U2 announce iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE live DVD

The band's unforgettable Paris visit to be released next month

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U2 Pay Their Respects To Prince

I never met Mozart, I never met Duke Ellington or Charlie Parker I never met Elvis But I met Prince - Bono

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U2 & Michael Flatley Make Top 10 Music Rich List

Bono, Adam, Larry and the Edge are sitting pretty at Number 3.

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The Edge Confirms That U2’s New Album is Underway

The follow-up to Songs of Innocence will be called Songs of Experience

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WATCH: The Edge pays tribute to Rory Gallagher in Fender video

U2 guitarist honours Irish musician, and explores what guitars mean to him - especially his Signature Stratocaster

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U2 Announce Details Of Songs Of Experience

The album will be a companion piece to 2014's Songs of Innocence.

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U2, Travis, Noel Fielding & Serge Pizzorno and Sharon Jones lead Free Music Friday charge

Step this way for a bumper crop of tuneage...

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Eagles Of Death Metal With and Without U2 in Paris

24 days after the Bataclan tragedy in Paris, U2 gave back to Eagles Of Death Metal the stage that was "stolen from them", as Bono put it, by inviting the five members to join his band in front of 20,000 people. Jean-Pierre Sabouret, who was in The Bataclan on November 13, writes...

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U2's Paris shows "the perfect answer"

Veteran rock journalist Jean-Pierre Sabouret was at Le Bataclan the night of the horrific attack that left 89 dead. He checks in with Hot Press having been there to see the return of Eagles of Death Metal last night

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WATCH: Eagles Of Death Metal join U2 on stage in Paris

'People Have The Power' was well and truly kicked out & jammed!

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WATCH: Fan footage of U2 and Patti Smith in Paris

We have to say they made beautiful music together!

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Dave Fanning on U2's Paris performance: The crowd went completely bonkers

The 2FM man checked in with Hot Press following the first of U2's shows in the City of Light. The reaction to the band's much-anticipated return to the French capital, he says, was something special...

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Patti Smith Joins U2 For Emotional Return To Paris

There were extraordinary scenes tonight in Paris as Bono, Adam, Edge and Larry took to the stage in AccorHotels Arena

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U2 in Paris:

As the iNNOCENCE and eXPERIENCE tour finally comes to Paris, it's sure to be an emotional night. We'll be updating throughout the evening as the City of Lights welcomes Dublin's finest to the first of 2 nights at the AccorHotels Arena. [photo by Eoin McLoughlin]

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WATCH: Bono, Edge, Miley & Jessie J at the NYC World Aids Day gig

One of them forgot the words to 'One', but it was still an amazing jam!

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The Week That Was U2

Last week, from Monday 23rd November to Saturday 28th November we had the most incredible experience with U2 taking over Dublin in the most thrilling way. Each of the four shows were unique, each night was spectacular.

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Bono, Edge, Hozier & Miley Cyrus join forces in NYC to mark World AIDS Day

It was a night full of emotion & great music

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WATCH: U2 serenade Christy Dignam in the 3Arena

'Angel Of Harlem' becomes 'Angel Of Dublin'!

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Imelda May Joins U2 For Final Epic Dublin Show

Bono, Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen knew that when they took the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour to Dublin, it would be an emotional time. But even their expectations were surpassed – and then some – on a spectacular final night...

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Panti Bliss and Imelda May Join U2 On Stage in Dublin's 3Arena

Noel Gallagher and Matt Damon were in the audience as the four-piece from the North side played a final triumphant Dublin show...

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U2: The Fans! Night Three: Friday 27th November

They came from all over the world to see U2 in 3Arena: Here's just a taste of the fans who got to enjoy one of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE TOUR's most incredible nights!

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Hot Press' Olaf Tyaransen on U2

Ahead of the next U2 gigs this weekend, read about Olaf Tyaransen's slightly awkward backstage encounter with Bono and the boys at Paris's exclusive Man Ray Club.

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U2: The Fans! Night Two: Tuesday 24th November

They came from all over the world to see U2 in 3Arena: Here's just a taste of the fans who got to enjoy one of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE TOUR's most incredible nights!

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The Edge Interview

In the run up to their Irish sojourn, The Edge spoke to Hot Press in an exclusive interview, in which the U2 guitarist gave an extraordinary insight into the band's meticulous approach to their Irish shows, talks openly about the state of the music industry, the bad luck that seemed to stalk the band at the start of the tour cycle and the benefits of that Apple deal - as well as the rise of Donald Trump and repealing the 8th amendment.

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U2 Live at 3Arena in Dublin - Monday

U2 Live at 3Arena in Dublin

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Willie Williams on U2

Whoever was privy to U2's gig last night must have been in awe of the incredible show the band put on this time. The designer Willie Williams lifts the lid on conjuring up one of the most captivating shows of the band's career.

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U2 storm Dublin's 3Arena!

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Hot Press cover stars U2 storm Dublin's 3Arena!

It was a very special sort of homecoming...

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U2 reschedule Paris shows for next month

Following the tragic events in the French capital 10 days ago, the band were forced to cancel two shows on their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour; now, they've announced the new dates for the gigs

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U2 Donation To Music Generation Spurs Added Ireland Fund Support

The announcement by U2 that €2million from their Irish concerts would be donated to the educational intuitive Music Generation has been followed with a €1million commitment from The Ireland Funds.

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U2: Exclusive shots offer a glimpse into the past

While the countdown to their 3Arena shows is in full swing, we occasionally like to look back at where our fantastic four came from - and some never-seen-before shots in the current issue of Hot Press bring the memories flooding back

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U2 In Belfast: Raised By Wolves A Highlight

At the SSE Arena in Belfast tonight, Bono, Adam, Larry and the Edge were in scintillating form, mixing classic U2 hits with tracks from the acclaimed Songs of Innocence. But the ultimate show-stopping moment was their performance of ‘Raise By Wolves’. And relax: there was no riot... Report: Edwin McFee

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PHOTO GALLERY: U2's Belfast triumph

A brilliant opening bow in SSE Arena.

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U2 Live in Belfast

U2 Live in Belfast

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U2 wow SSE Arena as they make Belfast return

Barney blew with all its might, but nothing could compare to the hurricane that stormed through Belfast’s SSE Arena tonight. For the first time in almost two decades, U2 were back in town.

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LISTEN: U2: Second Paris Show Off. Bono talks to Dave Fanning

The U2 man has spoken of the "direct hit on music" following the mass shootings at the Eagles Of Death Metal gig

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U2 issue Paris statement & postpone gig there tonight

The band say they're "devastated by the loss of life"

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The Message: The U2 Boys Are Back In Town

As the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour finally approaches Irish shores, it's time to once again celebrate U2 - not just the best of Irish, but the greatest rock band in the world.

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U2 sound man Joe O’Herlihy: we’ve taken indoor tours to a whole new level

In our U2 Special Collectors’ Issue, long-time sound whizz for the quartet reveals some of the secrets of their state-of-the-art show, and explains the challenges of breaking down barriers to create something never seen before

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Edge: U2 planning 2016 album release

In today's Hot Press we speak to Edge before the Irish shows and he confirms that work on Songs Of Experience is gathering apace

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Edge: U2's Irish Shows Will Be Extra Special

The new Hot Press (out now) is a Special Collectors’ Edition looking forward to the touchdown of U2’s Songs Of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour in Belfast and Dublin.

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Edge says U2 will play ‘Raised By Wolves’ in Belfast despite controversy

Former Lord Mayor of Belfast Jim Rodgers had wanted them to drop the song from the SSE Arena set

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U2 on the cover of Hot Press

Ahead of the band's glorious Irish homecoming, we're celebrating our Fab Four in the new issue of Hot Press, where Olaf Tyaransen talks to Edge and a galaxy of stars celebrate our very own rock gods

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U2's Larry Mullen calls for Apple & Spotify to pay artists more

In his now-traditional interview with Larry Gogan.

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U2: Final London Night A Triumph for Bono & Co

There have been big changes in the show between the opening date of U2’s Innocence + Experience tour in Vancouver, and last night’s show in London.

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U2 team up with Apple for Virtual Reality Music Video

Their "Experience Bus" at a recent London show allowed you to immerse yourself in 'Song For Someone'.

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U2 & Noel Gallagher play together in London

Fans were treated to double-handed versions of 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' & 'All You Need Is Love'

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WATCH: U2 do TFI Friday

Bono's thrilled with recent live reviews, while The Edge promises that immortality will be invented in 27 years...

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U2 guest on new series of TFI Friday

The band are performing two songs this week on the Chris Evans reboot

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U2 Rock Stockholm

The band’s Swedish appearances may have been disrupted by a security alert, but they turned in four blistering performances in Stockholm, which underlined their status as the greatest rock ’n' roll band on the planet. PHOTO: J. Lundgren

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Bono thanks Stockholm police for looking after U2 & their fans

It was back to rock 'n' roll business last night in The Globen

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WATCH: U2 pull Stockholm show amidst gunman fears

Fans had to be evacuated from the packed Globen arena last night

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U2 sell-outs spark eBay frenzy

Tickets appear on online reselling sites with an eye-watering mark-up

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U2 shows sell-out in mere minutes

They're coming to Belfast and Dublin this November.

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Ticketmaster Issues Rules of Engagement for U2 Dublin and Belfast Fans

No cash will be accepted for general admission tickets for U2’s upcoming shows in 3Arena, Dublin and the SSE Arena, Belfast...

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U2: Dublin Gigs May Boost Campaign For Truth on Dublin and Monaghan Bombings

Olaf Tyaransen looks forward to the appearance of U2 at 3Arena in Dublin and SSE Arena in Belfast.

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U2 confirm Belfast & Dublin shows

They're bringing it all back home in November

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Bono confirms Irish U2 gigs in November

Looking at the various schedules, we're reckoning on a November 22 kick-off in the 3Arena

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U2 Triumph in Madison Square Garden

Adam, Bono, Edge and Larry have done New York! Rowan Stokes was there the night they were joined by Lady Gaga, in what was a triumphant run of shows, in the heart of the Big Apple...

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Bruce Springsteen joins U2 on stage in New York

It really was a beautiful meeting of musical minds!

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U2 concert film and documentary coming to HBO

Two new films this November.

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WATCH: Lady Gaga performs 'Ordinary Love' with U2

Last night Lady Gaga teamed up with U2 for their Madison Square Gardens residency show to perform a duet of their song 'Ordinary Love'

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U2 complete first weekend of New York stand

First shows of Madison Square Garden residency wows Big Apple

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U2 wow Boston on first of four night TD Garden run

"Just go if you have the cash," implores the Boston Herald

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WATCH: New U2 short film starring Woody Harrelson

The 'Song For Someone' promo seriously tugs at the heartstrings!

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WATCH: U2 tease new video

Woody Harrelson features in 'Song For Someone'.

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Bono celebrates US same-sex marriage ruling

At U2's Chicago show on Sunday...

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WATCH: U2 pay tribute to tour manager Dennis Sheehan

Long-time tour manager was found dead hours before LA Forum performance

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U2 Tour Manager Dennis Sheehan Dies In LA

The death of the former Led Zeppelin tour manager has rocked the music world. "He was a legend," said Bono...

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Bono hails 'Yes' vote on stage in Phoenix

The U2 singer declared on Saturday: "On this very day we have true equality in Ireland."

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U2 In Vancouver: The Aftermath

It was the beginning of a long year’s journey into night. Here, Olaf Tyaransen reflects on what U2 mean to him – and how the portents are increasingly positive for the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour

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The Edge says he's fine after fall

...But the U2 guitarist has shown the world his nasty bruise.

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LIVE REVIEW: U2 wow Rogers Arena on opening night

With the performance "tight" and the production "stunning", the world's biggest band get off to a terrific start in Vancouver.

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U2 kick off world tour in Rogers Arena, Vancouver

U2 kick off world tour in Rogers Arena, Vancouver

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GALLERY: U2 get tour underway in Vancouver

We've some early shots and the setlist from the recent action in Rogers Arena.

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U2 Promise Sensurround Breakthrough for Vancouver Show

The band will also be using three stages, to ensure that all ticket-holders can participate fully in the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE. From Olaf Tyaransen, in Vancouver…

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U2 Get Ready For Lift Off in Vancouver

And on Same Sex Marriage Referendum, Bono says: “As far as I know, Jesus was never married."

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BONO ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE: "As far as I know, Jesus was never married."

The U2 singer speaks out on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum.

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Sad news for U2 as Larry Mullen's father passes away

Larry Mullen Sr. was aged 92

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WATCH: U2 on Jimmy Fallon

The band were in top form last night as they returned to US network TV

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WATCH: U2 busk with Jimmy Fallon in New York

Unsuspecting New York commuters stumbled up Bono, The Edge, Larry, Adam and Jimmy at the start of their work week.

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Bono: 'U2 trying to be cool... would be a disaster!'

In a wide-ranging, engaging interview, the U2 frontman told Tony Fenton about his hopes for Dublin shows: "Let's do something we're not going to do anywhere else in the world."

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No U2 tour dates confirmed for Ireland as yet

Bono speaks about his desire to play Dublin in a pre-recorded interview with the late Tony Fenton aired today, but nothing concrete has been put in place.

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Today FM giving away U2 tickets

You could be heading to Vancouver to catch the Dublin band kick off their tour in Vancouver.

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U2 join the Record Store Day 2015 fray

U2 are releasing a 2 x 12", 6,000 limited-edition Deluxe version of Age Of Innocence as their contribution to Record Store Day 2015 on April 18.

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HP Reviews: Choice Music Prize shortlist

What our team of critics made of the records in the running for Irish Album Of The Year 2014.

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U2's Joshua Tree vandalised

A hacksaw was apparently taken to one of the tree's limbs.

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WATCH: U2's 'Every Breaking Wave' video

New video features footage from Irish filmmaker Aoife McArdle's short film of the same name, depicting a love story set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles

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U2 supported Music Generation programme to expand

Minister Jan O'Sullivan announces four new ventures to receive funding

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U2 contribute to new Irish Hospice Foundation book

Bill Clinton, Daniel Day Lewis, Neil Jordan and Gabriel Byrne are also involved with the Bono-inspired Sons+Fathers.

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WATCH: The Edge singing & in conversation

As part of the Feedback Kitchen series...

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U2’s ‘Every Breaking Wave’ is Hot Press Track of 2014

Choice cut from Songs of Innocence grabs top spot in our end-of-year poll The release of Songs of Innocence may have caused a storm at the time, but now that the dust has settled, the quality of U2’s newest LP is clear for all to see.

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U2 tour grows due to 'overwhelming demand'

New dates added in North America and Europe...but Irish fans left waiting

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WATCH: More U2 Films Of Innocence

And those U2 Films Of Innocence vids just keep on coming!

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WATCH: U2 Films Of Innocence videos

The videos from U2's Films Of Innocence have been hitting the 'net, and fab looking they are too!

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The Edge gives update on Bono's recovery

Guitarist compares the singer's injuries to those following a car crash, but says "he's doing OK"

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U2 announce 2015 tour of Europe and North America

Special Dublin shows are also being planned for the end of next year...

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WATCH: U2 and Bruce Springsteen in New York

Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Kanye West were in the supporting cast in World AIDS Day celebration...

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Watch U2 Minus 1 perform live for World Aids Day

Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. will be joined by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin at a special gig to celebrate World AIDS Day in Times Square in New York - live from 12.20 am Irish Time.

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Bruce Springsteen Joins U2 (minus Bono)

“This year is a World AIDS Day like no other,” says Bono. But his injuries will prevent the singer from performing at U2’s planned celebration in New York, that will also star Chris Martin, as well as Kanye West and Carrie Underwood...

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U2 plot Films Of Innocence

Artists have been commissioned to create 11 films inspired by Songs Of Innocence.

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Watch: Bono ably replaced by Jimmy Fallon

The Roots accompany talkshow host on 'Desire'

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Bono injured in bike accident

U2's Tonight Show appearances have been cancelled.

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Bono cheats death at 8,000 feet

U2 frontman narrowly avoids fatal accident on private jet...

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High Flying Words - Hot Press meets U2

When U2 released their latest album Songs of Innocence free on iTunes, it sparked a furious and often heated debate. But after 30 million downloads and close to 100 million listens, the attention is finally shifting to the music. On the way to a TV show in Germany, Hot Press caught up with Adam, Bono, Edge and Larry...

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U2's Bono Says Thanks To Richard Bruton: hotpress.com exclusive

Anti-corruption legislation, that forces oil companies to declare how much was paid for mining rights, required Irish government support to get through...

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Adam Clayton's former PA fails to get prison sentence reduced

Adam Clayton's former PA Carol Hawkins has seen her appeal against the severity of her prison sentence rejected by the Court of Criminal Appeal this morning.

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LISTEN: U2 confirm late night US TV residency + German radio concert

U2 are to join house band The Roots for a week of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon appearances, kicking off on Monday November 17.

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From The Archives: U2 get elevated in 2001

Our trip down memory lane continues, we find our current cover stars revitalised at the turn of the century.

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Bono: 'I Need A Row To Get Out of Bed In The Morning'

The U2 singer says he is unfazed by the controversy over Songs of Innocence.

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U2 - An Outstanding Artistic Force

When U2 released their latest album Songs of Innocence, it was the subject of heated controversy. While the arguments aren't over yet, the attention is gradually turning to the music...

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From the Archives: U2 Versus The USA

We go back in time to 1981 and find our current cover stars ready to storm America.

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Inside the new Hot Press: U2

Bono, Larry, Adam and The Edge open up from a private jet, and that's just the start...

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U2: Bono, Edge, Larry and Adam open up to Hot Press

When Songs of Innocence – and its unorthodox release – became the biggest story in music, it served as reminder that U2 remain the biggest band on planet rock.

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U2 Latest: Edge Says Value of Apple Deal Exaggerated

“The idea that we trousered 100 million is ridiculous,” the guitarist tells Olaf Tyaransen

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Hozier & U2 fend off new albums chart competition

High entries for Slipknot and Ben Howard, but they haven't outsold the Irish.

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WATCH: U2 on Jools Holland

If you weren’t glued to your telly screen last night, here’s U2 tearing it up on Later… With Jools Holland.

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U2 Lead The Way On Later With Jools Holland

The Irish band got top billing tonight, in a stellar cast that also included Sam Smith and Interpol.

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U2 appear tonight on Later... With Jools Holland

Following their comprehensive nailing of ‘The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)’ and ‘Song For Someone’ last weekend on the Graham Norton Show, U2 join Interpol, Zola Jesus, Dave & Phil Alvin and Sam Smith tonight at 11.35am on Later… With Jools Holland.

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WATCH: U2's video for 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)'

It's a colourfully saturated, retro, VHS-style offering from the Irish rock icons.

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Bono apologises for manner of album release

The U2 frontman admits to "a drop of megalomania" in giving away Songs Of Innocence to every iTunes user.

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Win White Vinyl edition of U2's Songs of Innocence

To celebrate the physical release today in Ireland of U2's Songs Of Innocence, we're giving away four copies of the extremely sexy looking 2 x 12" white vinyl limited-edition that we unwrapped this morning on hotpress.com...

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Apple reveal U2 album stats

Apple have revealed that in addition to it automatically appearing in libraries, 26 million iTunes users have actively downloaded Songs Of Innocence with 81 million ‘experiencing’ the album through iTunes, iTunes Radio and Beats Music.

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U2 - Songs of Innocence - Album Artwork Unwrapping

Hot Press' Stuart Clark unwraps the stunning vinyl album of 'Songs of Innocence' by U2.

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U2 to appear on Later... With Jools Holland

U2 are being lined-up for the October 21 and 24 editions of Later… With Jools Holland.

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Walking Dead trailer features U2: watch

Collaboration with Lykke Li soundtracks teaser for Season 5

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U2 "70% finished" with next album

Songs of Experience is already nearing completion

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U2 to tour arenas

Bono confirms the band will be scaling back for their live dates next year.

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U2 'Songs of Innocence' - Album Review

Well known Dublin band are back with a crash, bang and wallop...

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Bono Talks to Dave Fanning on RTE 2fm

The U2 frontman says that the blogosphere is enough to put you off democracy, in an exclusive interview with the renowned RTE presenter.

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Bono confirms U2 working on new Apple project

Likely to be a new digital music format.

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The Ramones camp give verdict on U2 tribute

"Joey would have been honoured," drummer Marky Ramone says of lead single 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)'.

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Bono and Liam Neeson working on film script

The two Irish superstars have been throwing around ideas for some years now.

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Apple create U2 album opt-out website

iTunes users now have the option to delete Songs Of Innocence from their accounts.

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U2 manager discusses Apple deal + new tracks on physical version of the LP

U2 manager Gus Oseary has spoken to American trade magazine Billboard about their $100 million deal with Apple.

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Response to the U2 album + Bono's open letter to fans

There’s been an avalanche of reaction to U2 taking us all unawares, with the release of their Songs Of Innocence album.

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Paul McGuinness on the new U2 album and 2015 tour plans

Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness has spoken to Irish national radio station Newstalk about the surprise unleashing yesterday of Songs Of Innocence.

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U2 in Unique Apple Giveaway for new album

There may have been rumours, but U2 still took the world by surprise with what is one of rock’s biggest ever coups...

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U2's new album will not be launched as iPhone 6 tie-in

Rumours of music video shoots in Dublin that were really iPhone commercials have been dispelled.

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U2 rumoured to be eyeing 2014 album release date

There is also speculation that the band will participate in the iTunes music festival in London.

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U2, Niall Horan & Katie Melua make Sunday Times Rich List

Times aren’t too hard for U2 with the Sunday Times Rich List suggesting that the chaps are collectively worth £428 million.

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U2 deny album delay & split reports

U2 have officially denied reports that they’ve pushed back the release of their new album to 2015 and claims that surfaced in certain tabloids that they’re on the verge of splitting.

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U2’s performance and Oscars round-up

The one you were waiting for.

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WATCH: U2 perform on a New York skyscraper

Top of the Rock, the band were on hand to welcome Jimmy Fallon to The Tonight Show.

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WATCH: U2's full 'Invisible' video

Full video released online

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U2 pass three million download mark + Bono talks to Zane Lowe

U2’s ‘Invisible’ managed to notch up over three million downloads during the 24-hour period it was available for free, which the Bank of America matched by donating over $3 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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LISTEN: Bono on Zane Lowe

The U2 frontman on Ramones and Kraftwerk influences on their new album, working with Danger Mouse and how he fears his band are "on the verge of irrelevance".

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DOWNLOAD: U2's 'Invisible' goes live + Bono talks about the new LP & touring plans

You have up until 5am on Tuesday to get yourself a free iTunes download copy of U2’s ‘Invisible’, which was teaser trailered during this morning’s Superbowl half-time ad break.

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U2 to debut new single during Super Bowl

We'll get our first taste of 'Invisible' during an ad break, after which free iTunes downloads of the single will raise money for charity.

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Dave Fanning 'first time play from U2' turns out not to be them

There was excitement – then much head scratching last night among the U2 community when Dave Fanning announced on his 2fm show “I’m going to give you something now, a brand new, first time play which is from U2. This song here, will it be on the album? Just a blast! Brand new, ‘Invisible.’”

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U2 up for Academy Award

'Ordinary Love' leads the pack in this year's Oscars race...

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U2 bag Golden Globe Award + confirm new tune

Last night turned out to be an extremely good one for U2 with the chaps picking up a Best Original Song Golden Globe with ‘Ordinary Love’.

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Hot Press Annual – out now

The Hot Press Yearbook has also landed...

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LISTEN: U2 release Paul Epworth mix of single

Here the Grammy-winning producer's take on 'Ordinary Love'.

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U2 earn Golden Globes nom for Mandela song

'Original Love', penned for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, is up for Best Original Song.

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U2 Issue Statement About Paul McGuinness' Departure

The four members of U2 have signed a statement which formalises the beginning of their new deal with Live Nation

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WATCH: Bono & The Edge jam with Chic in NYC

With the country understandably gripped by sick rugby-related parotdom, we thought we’d try and cheer you up with the world’s finest karaoke ensemble – Chic plus Bono

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U2 reveal new song ‘Ordinary Love’

The song is taken from the band’s recent sessions with Danger Mouse and will feature in the upcoming film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

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Hot Press produce exclusive U2 book

Team Hot Press is proud to announce North Side Story, a limited-edition book we’ve produced for the good folk at U2.com...

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DOWNLOAD: Nashville duo cover classic U2 song

We are loving Jenny & Tyler’s gorgeous cover of U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, which also features Sara Gloves.

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U2 plot vinyl release of Mandela track

'Ordinary Love' has been penned for a new biopic on the inspiring South African statesman.

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New U2 track features on Mandela trailer

Check out a hint of 'Ordinary Love'...

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U2 and Sinead feature on monster Amnesty box-set

Amnesty International has announced the early November release of a 2-CD, 6-DVD box-set celebrating 25-years of their Human Rights Now benefit gigs.

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Adam Clayton weds in Dublin

U2 bassist marries in low-key fashion...

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U2, Bob Geldof and Niall Horan support Pussy Riot

The Irish stars join Amnesty International in calling for the two jailed members to be released...

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U2 join the bill in 'a Night for Christy'

Bono and Co. will perform Aslan's 'This Is' for audiences worldwide on Friday June 21

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UPDATE: U2 Re-Work ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ For Agit8

It’s in aid of the agit8 campaign, which is calling on western leaders to help end extreme poverty by 2030.

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Bono Plays New Album To Lanois

Toronto Globe & Mail music journalist Brad Wheeler has been tweeting about the interview he’s just conducted with Daniel Lanois.

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Win Bono's shades at London charity gig!

You can also catch David Gray, Gabriella Cilmi and The Magic Numbers going acoustic for Africa.

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Department of Education join U2 and The Ireland Funds Project

The Department of Education are to start helping fund the Music Generation project, which U2 and The Ireland Funds have bankrolled to the tune of €7 million since 2007.

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New U2 Book

It will feature extensive snaps of the Dublin band.

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Former Adam Clayton Assistant Found Guilty

Carol Hawkins, the former personal assistant to Adam Clayton of U2, has been found guilty of stealing almost €3 million from him.

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U2 photo exhibition opens

Running until the autumn...

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Bono and The Edge go acoustic for charity

A stripped down 'Original Of The Species' appears on thew new Every Mother Counts 2012 compilation.

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New U2 book

The Dublin band is the focus of I'm A Fan.

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U2 live album details

The tracklisting for the U2360° CD was picked by the fans.

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U2 Launch Collage Competition

They’ll be recreating the infamous Achtung Baby cover design with sixteen winning entries…

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Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary Editions

The sound of four men chopping down the joshua tree - over then discs!

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LISTEN: Jack White covers U2

It's part of a 20th Anniversary Achtung Baby tribute compilation.

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U2 documentary airs on BBC

From The Sky Down will be shown on BBC One this Sunday, October 9.

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U2, Usher and Lady Gaga for Bill Clinton tribute

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Trailer for U2 film unveiled

Check out a sneak peak of From The Sky documentary which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last week.

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Bono's heart 'absolutely fine'

According to a statement made to The Mirror Bono is in good health, despite recent press stories to the contrary.

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No health scare confirms Bono

Contrary to reports in the Irish Independent this morning Bono says he did not suffer a heart scare while in the South of France.

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Elevation Partners investment in Facebook looks to have reaped rewards

The investment vehicle involving Bono has seen the value of their Facebook stake increase dramatically.

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Achtung Baby gets "Uber Deluxe" edition!

Plus your chance to finally see the world through Bono's eyes.

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U2 documentary to open Toronto Film Festival

A further big screen outing for Bono and the boys is in store.

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U2 to sell their Claw stages as permanent venues

The alien-like works of art are set to live on!

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Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is box office smash!

Broadway musical triumphs over adversity

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U2 plan Achtung Baby & Zooropa re-releases

Meanwhile, there's the small matter of tonight's Glasto headliner!

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Music Generation to educate the musical youth of Ireland

Louth, Mayo and Sligo set to receive up to €1.6 million in funding over three years from U2 and Ireland Funds supported venture

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U2's 360 becomes the highest-grossing tour of all-time

The record was beaten last night in Brazil.

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U2 Versus The U.S.A.

The late, extremely great Bill Graham joined U2 on the American tour promoting Boy, their classic album, which turns 37 today...

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U2 confirm Glasto headliner

They're playing the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night.

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U2 make history in Jo'burg

Over 98,000 people watched their gig last night in the FNB Stadium.

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U2 win concert awards

The U2360° Tour has cleaned up in Vegas.

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U2, Stade Roi Boudoin, Belgium

U2 brought their high octane show to Brussels for two nights to make amends for skipping them the last time around

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UPDATE: U2 recording new album with Danger Mouse

According to Paul McGuinness, it's likely to land in early 2011.

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U2 enlist Danger Mouse

The Gnarls Barkley man has produced the new U2 album

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U2 LIVE AT THE STADIO OLIMPICO, ROME

Bono and the boys rocked the foundations of the famous city and our man was there to catch the best bits

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Amnesty activists arrested at U2 show in Moscow

The band went on to play a blinder in the Luzhniki stadium.

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U2 album for later this year?

Paul McGuinness talks to Hot Press after U2’s triumphant Turin show.

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U2 debut three new songs in Turin

That new album mightn't be too far away!

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: U2 album before the end of the year?

Hot Press talks to Paul McGuinness minutes after their Turin show.

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Michael Eavis wants U2 for Glasto 2011

Hopefully it'll be second time lucky for the band.

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U2 top touring rich list

Injured backs aside, it's been a pretty good year for the boys!

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Bono fit to resume touring

The Claw comes out of mothballs on August 6 in Turin.

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U2360° At The Rose Bowl live on Sky 1 tonight

The penultimate gig from the groundbreaking tour last year saw U2 making history on a number of fronts

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Bono discharged from hospital & expected to make full recovery

U2 have however been forced to cancel their Glastonbury headliner & postpone 16 US dates.

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Bono to be portrayed in new play + McGuinness gives album update

Only one of them will be happening before June!

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U2 to release 360° Tour concert DVD

U2360°At The Rose Bowl is due in June and features a host of extras.

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New U2 remix album

Bono has also contributed to an Afrobeat version of 'Move On Up'.

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Older, Smarter, Wiser

Through ten years of extraordinary turbulence, other contenders have squared up to U2 – but the Irish four-piece have seen them all off to retain their crown as the biggest, and millions would agree the best, band in the world.

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U2 top American earners list

The band's trans-Atlantic exploits earned them $108 million in 2009.

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U2 scotch Irish gig rumours

The band have issued not one, but two denials.

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U2 win 360 Tour Award

There are also gongs for their crew.

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U2, Jay-Z & Rihanna debut Haiti song

‘Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)’ will be available soon for iTunes download.

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Haiti charity concert to be screened in Ireland [updated!]

U2, Jay-Z & Rihanna are collaborating on a tie-in single.

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It Might Get Loud Opens In Dublin

It Might Get Loud, the movie featuring Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White, got its first Irish airing last night at the IFC in Dublin – to a hugely positive reaction.

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U2's 'One' Tops Fanning's Fab 50

U2 have yet again claimed first place in Fanning’s Fab 50 on RTÉ 2fm, with the extraordinary 'One' – which first appeared on the Achtung Baby album, and has since gone on to become U2's most popular and enduring song.

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The Unforgettable Fire

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Boy

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Achtung Baby

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Joshua Tree

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U2 receive three Grammy nominations

No Line On The Horizon and ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’ are both up for awards!

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With the crowd having waited patiently through snow, rain and wind on a bitterly cold Berlin night, U2’s arrival on stage was greeted with joy and jubilation.

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It's official! U2 to headline Glasto.

U2 will headline the Pyramid Stage on Friday night (June 25) at Glastonbury 2010.

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U2 UNITE BERLIN

U2 played an electrifying mini-set to an audience of 10,000 at Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) this evening, to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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U2 free Berlin Wall gig

U2 will perform a free show at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to mark the 20th anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

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U2 to stream 360 Tour gig on YouTube

It's taking place in the early hours of Monday morning.

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U2 set new Giants Stadium attendance record

They've also announced more European tour dates.

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Reasons to be Optimistic...

The economy may be swirling down the plughole, but Ireland has a rich history of entrepreneurship. We need to build on this.

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Academic conference on U2

US university to host a conference on 'U2:The Hype and The Feedback'

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U2 break Wembley record

They're also hoping to find post-360 Tour homes for The Claw.

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The Edge stars in new documentary

It Might Get Loud also stars Jack White and Jimmy Page.

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U2 top box-office chart

They've grossed over $40 million from five shows.

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The heavyweight champions of the world

In rock terms, that's what U2 are, having successfully defended their crown against all-comers since The Joshua Tree crashed to No.1 in the US in 1987.

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U2 @ Croke Park - They came, they claw, they conquered

They came from the four corners to see U2 at Croke Park. Our reviewer caught the opening night of the 360º tour’s Irish leg.

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U2 @ Croke Park on Monday, July 27

U2 pitch up to Croke Park for the final night of their Dublin jaunt with a little help from fellow locals The Script and Bell X1

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U2 @ Croke Park, Saturday July 25

Bono and the lads are back in Croke Park for the second night of their 360 Tour visit to Dublin

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U2 Live @ Croke Park

Bono and co play the first of three nights on the banks of the Royal Canal...

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Crowd @ U2

Some of the many faces that travelled from all corners of the globe to see U2 play a triumphant hometown gig

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U2 triumph at Croke Park

They came, they saw, they comprehensively rocked the gaff!

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U2 stage times

The chaps are on at 8.45pm.

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U2 join Rock And Roll Hall of Fame birthday bill

The party's taking place in New York in October.

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The Tweetest Thing

Online postcards from The Edge!

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U2 support music teacher initiative

Millions are to be spent on nurturing young talent.

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The Edge remembers Michael Jackson

The current issue of Hot Press includes an exclusive interview with The Edge in which he talks about meeting Michael Jackson, the singer's death, criticism of U2 in Ireland, blogging and the controversy over U2’s carbon footprint. He also gives a unique insider’s view of how U2’s 360º Tour works.

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U2 Live In Barcelona: It's A Result!

The opening night of a U2 tour can be fraught with peril. But in the Camp Nou in Barcelona tonight they exorcised the demons of previous tours and started on a winning note. Report: Olaf Tyaransen

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U2 make surprise Island birthday bash appearance

The band turned up last night in London.

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Update: U2 appearing on late late tonight

They have just been confirmed to play on Kenny's last show

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U2 release new rarities album

It's available exclusively to U2.com members.

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U2 ready new single

Already all over the Irish airwaves, U2's 'Magnificent' track will be the second single from their recent No.1 album.

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U2 add more support groups

Bell X1 and The Script have both got the Croker call.

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U2 Confirm 3rd Dublin Date

As predicted by Hot Press, U2 have confirmed a third date in Croke Park this July.

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U2 set new ticket sales record

The band sold 650,000 tickets in under seven hours.

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U2 score their seventh American number one album

They're also going back to Fez.

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Reading between the line (part 1)

As U2 gear up for the release of No Line On The Horizon, they meet HP to talk about the creation of their latest masterwork, meeting world leaders, the way they’re perceived in Ireland, the current state of the music business and their future plans.

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Reading between the line (part 2)

Part two of our U2 interview...

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U2 make 'crazy honky-tonk' demo

...so says School of Seven Bells frontman Benjamin Curtis, as he recounts how he was given a sneak listen to the No Line On The Horizon by his mates Edge and Bono.

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UPDATED: U2 announce tour details

As their album reaches the No.1 spot in the UK and Ireland, U2 have announced details of their 360° Tour, which is being sponsored by Blackberry.

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U2 name their tour

Kiss The Future is on its way!

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U2 set for another Irish number one

They're outselling the rest of the top 20 combined.

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Exclusive: Paul McGuinness on U2's World Tour

Paul McGuinness has been talking to Hot Press about the imminent announcement of U2’s world tour, which is likely to include three Croke Park stop-offs in July.

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2FM to broadcast Larry Mullen interview

RTÉ 2FM's Larry Gogan will play his recent interview with U2 drummer Larry Mullen this Sunday.

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More U2 tour details emerge

The first batch of dates will be announced on March 9

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U2 talk tax

It's a taxing life being a rock star – as The Edge talks to Hot Press about the controversy over U2's tax situation.

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No Line On The Horizon

Keep on Moroccan in the free world

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Vote for the greatest ever U2 song

HMV's social networking site getcloser.com are asking U2 fans to vote online for what they think is the band's best song.

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U2 talk to Hot Press about their new album, the recession, politics and more

Hot Press was granted unique access to U2, interviewing all four members as they rehearsed for their recent Brit Awards appearance. They talk about No Line On The Horizon, how they're viewed in Ireland, the current state of the music business and more...

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HMV stage midnight U2 opening

Fans will be able to get hold of No Line On The Horizon within minutes of its Irish release.

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U2 make American TV history

The boys are playing a five-night residency on the Letterman show.

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2XM's U2 exclusive

The No Line On The Horizon title-track gets its world premiere on the rock station on Thursday.

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U2 premiere new video

The video for U2’s new single, 'Get On Your Boots', will be premiered today on U2.com, with a television premiere on RTÉ’s Six One News.

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Ireland leads the way with new U2 album

U2's new single 'Get On Your Boots' has shot straight to No.1 in the Irish airplay charts.

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U2 release lead single PLUS album artwork revealed

U2 have confirmed the cover artwork & track-listing of their No Line On The Horizon album.

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U2 fans warned about bogus Slane show

The Garda Fraud Squad investigate online ticket scam

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U2 lead charge of new Irish releases

There's plenty of exciting Irish releases to look forward to in the coming months, including new records from U2, The Answer, Laura Izibor and more...

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U2 announce new album details

The new U2 album is to be called No Line On The Horizon, and is due for release next March.

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U2 join War Child's Heroes project

U2, The Clash and Elbow have joined War Child's Heroes project to raise money for children living in the world's most dangerous war zones.

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Inside The U2 Studio

Hot Press is delighted to bring you this peek at U2 applying the finishing touches to their new album in London.

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U2 help raise money for the arts

The group took part in the effort to raise £500,000 on Monday at a fundraiser in London for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and the BRIT School.

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U2 Get Shares In Live Nation

U2 are to receive 1.56 million shares worth around $18.5 million in American concert promoters Live Nation Inc.

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U2 tour manager wins Lifetime Achievement Award

U2’s tour manager Dennis Sheehan has been selected for this year's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Parnelli Awards Board of Directors.

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New U2 album provisionally slated for February 2009

Following on from Bono's comments that 2009 will be their year, it's confirmed: there will definitely be no new U2 album this year.

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Bono: new album "our chance to defy gravity once again"

Bono has been talking up the new U2 album, which appears to have been pushed back to early 2009.

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U2 unconcerned about YouTube furore

Hot Press understands that there’s absolutely no concern in the U2 camp over four tracks from the band’s new album which leaked onto YouTube over the weekend.

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U2 Red Rocks and Under A Blood Red Sky details emerge

U2's Live At Red Rocks DVD and the Under A Blood Red Sky album will now get the re-release treatment on September 26.

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U2 Red Rocks re-release plus album rumours

The U2 reissue onslaught continues with a digitally overhauled version of their 1983 live album, Under A Blood Red Sky, out here on September 20.

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U2 re-masters expected to top charts

Coldplay's Viva La Vida is likely to see the end of its current reign at the top of the Irish charts as U2 release re-mastered versions of their classic albums Boy, October and War.

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U2 expand re-issue package

U2 fans are going to have to do some serious shelling out over the next few weeks if they want to keep their collections up to date.

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Paul McGuinness reveals U2 release date

U2 manager Paul McGuinness has been dropping hints about the release of the new U2 album, which is provisionally planned for October.

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UPDATED: U2 reveal bonus tracks for deluxe re-releases

U2 have announced details of the bonus tracks gracing the Deluxe format version of their Boy, October and War album, which is out in July.

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U2 move album sessions to France

U2 soundman Joe O’Herlihy has revealed that following a stint in Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios, the band are set to do some warm weather recording overseas.

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U2 to reissue three albums

U2 will re-release three albums in deluxe sets this summer.

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U2 sign up with Live Nation

U2 sign long term deal with American company.

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Daniel Lanois talks about new U2 album

U2 producer Daniel Lanois has been talking about the recording of the band's new album, which resumes this week in Dublin’s Windmill Lane studio.

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Big is beautiful

Well, some of the time! U2 3D has just hit the screens and it takes our appreciation of Bono and the boys into another dimension.

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U2 considering O2 Arena residency

U2 manager Paul McGuinness has expressed interest in the band playing in London's O2 Arena this autumn.

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'U23D' gets world premiere

1,200 people packed into Park City, Utah’s Eccles Theater last night for the world premiere of 'U23D'.

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Big year ahead for Irish acts: We preview the key albums

Get out your calendars and mark these dates, as we give you the run-down of the key albums due to hit shelves in 2008.

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U2 3D concert film to get cinema screenings

3D-equipped cinemas are to show the new U2 concert film 'U2 3D' beginning on February 22.

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U2 3D concert film set for January release

U2 have set a date for the release of their 3D concert film 'U2 3D'.

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'Joshua Tree' remaster will be the first of many

Paul McGuinness has revealed that there are more U2 remasters in the pipeline.

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Paul McGuinness to appear on Phantom FM

U2's manager Paul McGuinness is to be interviewed on Dublin's Phantom 105.2 this Sunday as part of a special programme looking back at the band's Joshua Tree album.

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U2 deny London residency rumours

U2 have quashed rumours of a residency in London's O2 Arena next year.

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The secret history of 'The Joshua Tree'

For many people it is U2's greatest album. Twenty years on, to mark it's re-release, Colm O'Hare talks to Daniel Lanois and reflects on the extraordinary background to a monumental album.

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Joshua Tree re-release track available online

Previously unreleased U2 track 'Wave Of Sorrow,' which will be included in the new re-issue of The Joshua Tree, is now available online through iLike.com

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'The Joshua Tree' re-release: details of new tracks revealed

U2 have discussed the details of never-before heard tracks to be included on the forthcoming deluxe edition re-release of their 'Joshua Tree' album.

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U2 to re-release 'The Joshua Tree'

U2's classic album 'The Joshua Tree' is set for a re-release to mark its 20th anniversary.

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U2 album recording 'going great'

Legendary producer and musician Daniel Lanois has revealed that big strides are being taken in the recording of U2's new album.

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U2 to feature in documentary

U2 are set to feature prominently in Here Is What Is, a new fly-on-the-studio-wall documentary that’s been put together by their long-time confidante Daniel Lanois.

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Gisele Bundchen to star in next U2 vid

According to well-placed sources the world’s highest-paid supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, has agreed to star in the video for the next U2 single – whenever and whatever that is.

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Classic U2 gig for DVD release

There are plans to release U2’s Mexico PopMart concert from 1997 on DVD later this year.

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Clinton supporters snub U2

When fans were asked to choose a theme song for Hilary Clinton's Presidential campaign, it seems U2 didn't quite cut it.

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The Edge discusses U2's new approach (free content)

In time for our birthday issue, The Edge talks exclusively to Peter Murphy about 30 years of Ireland's premier music mag, and reveals that they're working on a "project" rather than a new album.

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U2 begin work on new songs

U2 are back in Dublin following a songwriting sojourn in the medieval Moroccan city of Fez.

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U2 wow Cannes audience

Fans and festival folk heading to see the world premiere of U2 3D at Cannes Film Fest got more than expected when the world's most famous Irishmen played an impromptu set on the red carpet.

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U2 raise millions for Katrina victims

Iconic memorabilia belonging to Bono and The Edge helped to raise €1.8 million in an auction to benefit musicians left with nothing after Hurricane Katrina.

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Bono + The Edge cited for Spiderman musical

U2 stars Bono and The Edge are in negotiations to write the score for a new musical on Spiderman.

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U2 to cover Sgt Pepper's?

Turning 30 has made Hot Press feel a bit geriatric, but we’re mere kids compared to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which celebrates its 40th birthday this year.

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The Edge to auction vintage guitar

Fans can get a close-up look at The Edge’s 1975 Gibson Les Paul from April 3 to 6 when it goes on display in Dublin’s Clarence Hotel.

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Hot Press Readers’ Poll results announced (free content)

The much-anticipated results of the HOTPRESS Readers’ Poll are announced in the new issue published Thursday, January 25.

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Bono speech on poverty & AIDS published

A speech by Bono at a 2005 White House conference on extreme poverty and AIDS in Africa is to be published in book form.

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U2 round off world tour with Green Day + Pearl Jam

The world's biggest band finished their tour with a little help from their friends.

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U2 and others call for copyright extension

U2, Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams and other notables have called for a change to extend the length that copyright laws apply.

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Edge, this song doesn't have a chorus...

Niall Stokes draws on his best-selling book Into The Heart: The Stories Behind The Songs Of U2 to offer a unique insight into the way in which some of the greatest songs in the history of popular music came into being.

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U2 fan pictures

Have a look at all the pictures sent in by U2 fans worldwide!

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U2 win court battle against stylist

U2 have won their legal battle against their former stylist, Lola Cashman.

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U2 hit the no1 spot in Ireland

'The Saints Are Coming', the new single by U2 and Green Day, has debuted at No.1 in Ireland.

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All That U2 Can’t Leave Behind: win a U2-signed book!

The next issue of Hot Press, out on Thursday November 16, finds Ireland’s most fortnightly magazine celebrating the release of U2 18 Singles.

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U2 announce 3D concert film

Demons for new technology that they are, U2 are planning to release a 3-D Vertigo concert film, which will premiere next year.

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We did it our way

With the publication of U2 By U2, the band have finally got to tell the story of their success from their own perspective. It’s got some great pictures too.

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U2 split from long-standing label

U2 have announced that after 26 years they're to part with Island Records, though they're now moving to another subsidiary of Universal.

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U2 book signing causes mayhem on O'Connell St

A lucky 250 U2 fans got the chance to meet their idols at a book signing in Eason's on O'Connell Street yesterday (September 24). View our photo gallery direct from Dublin 1.

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McGuinness opens up on Zoo TV, The Netherlands move and much more

U2 manager Paul McGuinness has broken the band's silence about the decision to move their financial operations to the Netherlands. The decision inspired considerable criticism in Ireland, notably from the Labour spokesman on Finance, Joan Burton TD. In an interview that will appear in the new edition of Hot Press, McGuinness defends the band's position in a strongly worded statement of the underlying logic.

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U2 to move royalties to the Netherlands

U2 are set to follow in the Rolling Stones’ steps by transferring the music publishing wing of their operation to the Netherlands.

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U2 reveal new album plans

Bono has revealed that U2 are planning to start work on a new album.

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U2 promote World Cup in the States

America’s ESPN cable sports network has enlisted U2’s help to promote its live World Cup coverage.

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U2 provide film title track

They've accomplished more than many other bands but until now there was still one field not yet tackled by U2- the western theme song.

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U2 to reschedule Vertigo dates

Those left disappointed with the postponment of the band's last dates for the Vertigo tour will be glad to know that they're busy rescheduling the concerts.

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U2 postpone final 10 tour dates

U2 have been forced to pull out of the last shows of their Veritgo world tour.

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U2's five-award Grammy win

Irish rockers U2 cleaned up at the Grammys in Los Angeles last night, winning gongs in all five of the categories for which they were nominated.

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U2 scoop up at the Meteors

The Meteor Awards took place in Dublin last night and U2 were the clear winners, winning in all three categories they were nominated in.

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Bono launches AIDS initiative

Bono was on hand today as a new initiative to fight HIV and AIDS was announced at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

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U2 ticket chaos in Brazil

The Brazilian contingent of U2's global following were left disgruntled after the allocation of tickets for their Sao Paolo show descended into chaos.

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U2 lead the way for Ireland in Brit Awards

The nominations for the 2006 Brit Awards have been announced, and it's no surprise that U2 are waving the Irish flag.

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U2's Vertigo named the top-grossing tour

The US's Billboard magazine have charted U2's as the highest grossing tour of 2005.

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U2 given Amnesty International award

U2 have been honoured with an accolade from campaign group Amnesty International.

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Bono pays tribute to Mo Mowlam

Monday night saw Bono paying tribute to Mo Mowlam at a remembrance event for the former Northern Ireland Secretary in London’s Drury Lane Theatre.

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U2 confirm first dates of 2006

Irish rock gods U2 have confirmed their first dates for next year's Vertigo 2006, now that Vertigo 2005 has nearly run its course.

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The Edge helps New Orleans musicians

The Edge is spearheading an initiative to supply instruments to Gulf Coast musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

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U2 scoop up at Billboard Touring Awards

It's official: their Vertigo tour was the best.

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Bono gives blessing to Mary J Blige's cover

Bono has given his blessing to a Mary J. Blige cover of ‘One’.

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U2 release live DVD - see the artwork here!

Hot Press is delighted to bring you this sneak preview of the Vertigo 2005 – U2 Live From Chicago cover artwork.

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U2 slam Hilary Clinton

U2 have hit out at former first lady Hilary Clinton after it was revealed that she is using their Washington concert as an opportunity to fundraise for the Democrat Party.

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Another first: U2 take over the Conan O'Brien show

As if they didn't have enough achievements under their belt already, U2 are to be the first muscial guests to 'take over' the prestigious Late Show With Conan O'Brien in the US.

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U2 confirm next single and DVD release

U2 have confirmed ‘All Because Of You’ as the fourth single to be lifted from their Vertigo album.

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U2 head all-star New Orleans telethon

In one of the starriest line-ups we've seen since Live 8, celebs and artists led by U2 are rallying together to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. A special telethon will be aired on all six US networks as well as Sky One tonight.

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U2 honoured for humanitarian work

U2 are to be honoured by the Portugeuse government this weekend when the Vertigo tour stops off in Lisbon.

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Michael Eavis: Not a U2 fan, then

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has described U2 as “blighters” after the band rejected an offer to play at the 2005 festival.

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U2's former stylist hit for more cash

Costs have been awarded against U2’s former stylist Lola Cashman in a hearing at the Dublin Circuit Civil Court today.

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U2 set Album Chart record

In what is almost certainly an all-time record, U2 currently have no less than eleven albums in the Irish Top 75, as compiled by IRMA.

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U2 win court battle with former stylist

U2 have won their court battle with former stylist Lola Cashman over tour memorbilia and clothing they claim she stole while employed by the band during their Joshua Tree world tour in 1987. The verdict was announced this morning (Tuesday July 5) to a packed Dublin Circuit Civil Court by Mr Justice Matthew Deery. Neither Ms Cashman nor members of U2 were present to hear the verdict.

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U2 Live at Croke Park

"Tonight it’s impossible to resist the tune’s Spielbergian scale.House lights full on, Mr Hewson looks like he’s being borne up by 80,000 voices."

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U2: The Countdown to Croke Park

The stage times for the three Dublin shows have been announced

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"We Went Out For A Drink And They Were Drinking Lemonade Shandy!"

Steve Lillywhite, who produced U2's first three albums – and has featured on the production team of almost all of their records – looks back over the band's career and recalls the highs... and the lows

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Live At The King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels

There could be no better illustration of how U2 have become global icons. Kick-starting the European leg of their Vertigo tour in Brussels’ King Baudouin Stadium on June 10, the old anti-sectarian favourite ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ electrified the crowd like no other. Here, however, it had been transformed from its original intent as a plea to end bloodshed in Northern Ireland into a hymn for religious harmony among the ‘sons of Abraham’ – Christians, Jews and Muslims.

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U2 release more tickets for UK dates

Tickets for U2's concerts in London and Manchester are now available online

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Bono reveals talk of re-recording Pop

U2 have been talking about revisiting their album Pop, which Bono says is "not what it was intended to be"

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U2 deny plans for extra Dublin date

U2 have confirmed that they will not be playing a fourth date in Dublin

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U2 struck by Vertigo

Chicago fans took a double-take recently when U2 played 'Vertigo' twice during their set

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U2 set to release new single

‘City Of Blinding Lights’ is the next cab off the Vertigo rank

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U2 announce extra Croke Park date

U2 have added a third Dublin date to their Vertigo world tour

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U2 Me Are Everything

Backcombed bouffants, mullets and white boy Afros. No, we’re not talking about The A – Z Of Really Bad Haircuts, but the new Anton Corbijn photo-book, U2 & I, which serves up a pictorial history of the band from February 1982 (New Orleans) to April 2004 (Portugal). Pictures supplied courtesy of Anton Corblin/ U2 & I published by Schirmmer/Mosel

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Blinded By The Light

Dateline San Diego, March 28th: with seven songs from their world-beating Vertigo album in the set, on the opening night of their world tour, it quickly became clear that – the occasional glitch notwithstanding – U2 have re-imagined their live set with remarkable success. Tara McCarthy asks: how do they do it?

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U2 prepare for Vertigo tour launch

With band currently involved in rehearsals in Canada, U2 manager Paul McGuinness (and an eavesdropping fan with super hearing) has revealed some details of what's in store...

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New in-their-own-words U2 book for release

HarperCollins have unveiled a microsite to prime U2 fans for their new book, U2 By U2

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U2 honoured in Rock 'n' Roll's 50th anniversary year

U2 was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in a memorable ceremony held in New York

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U2 Even Better Than THe Real Thing

As U2 get ready to launch their Vertigo World Tour in San Diego, a whole gaggle – or should that be whoop? – of Irish artists have covered their songs on the Today FM supported Even Better Than The Real Thing.

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Bono NOT to be President of World Bank

A Bono aid says that the singer has no intention of taking over from James Wolfensohn as the leader of the World Bank.

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U2 enter The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame

Next month sees U2 inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in New York

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U2 scoop three Grammy Awards

U2 got their fair share of limelight at last night's Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles

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U2's 'One' voted Best Irish Song

Today FM listeners have voted U2's 'One' as the Best Irish Song From The Past 25 Years

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Anton Corbijn's U2 photo-book released this week

Anton Corbijn's long-awaited photography book U2&I is now available for fans to purchase

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Larry Mullen Issues Statement About Presale Fiasco

U2.com has posted "An Open Letter From Larry Mullen" in which the drummer addresses both "long-time U2 fans" and "so-called U2 fans"...

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U2 Issue Apology Over Ticket Controversy

When presale tickets for the U2 tour went on sale, the demand far exceeded the supply – and the technology wasn’t up to it!

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U2 confirm second Irish date

hotpress.com looks at how U2's Vertigo tour has been selling so far, and confirms details of their two Irish dates, which go on sale Friday

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U2 add extra London date

Tickets for U2's dates in the UK went on sale this morning and was, predictably, met with huge demand

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U2 World Tour Dates Announced

Having been forced to postpone the first batch of dates due to a family illness, U2 have confirmed that their 2005 Vertigo World Tour will kick off in San Diego on March 28.

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U2 reveal world tour kick off + support

U2 have confirmed some details of their Vertigo world tour, including the much coveted support slot

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Illness Confirmed as Reason for U2 Tour Delay

Uncertainty still surrounds U2's plans for their world tour, which had been due to kick off in March 2005.

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U2 Tour Update

U2 manager Paul McGuinness has confirmed that details of their 2005 world tour have yet to be finalised.

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U2's Clarence Set For Expansion?

With How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb dominating the Christmas sales rush, U2 have firmly re-established their place at the top of the rock tree. Now comes further evidence of the expanding ambitions of Ireland's biggest ever showbiz export.

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How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb: million UK sales

There was much celebrating in the U2 camp this week as How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb sold its millionth copy in the UK.

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Bono to host Christmas special on BBC 4

Not content with picking up two Grammy nominations for 'Vertigo', Bono will be a geust presenter in the forthcoming Christmas Today series on BBC Radio

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U2 album goes number one across the world

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb has finished up a week of global sales with results that are nothing short of phenomenal

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U2: On Your Marks, Get Set VertiGo!

U2 are about to unleash their new album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. The world’s media are descending on Dublin. And Bono is back at the punch-bag, getting into fighting shape before the shit storm really explodes. The gloves are off. He’s got work to do. And he’s going to do it. Words Stuart Clark, additional reporting by Niall Stokes.

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U2 downloads clean up on iTunes

hotpress.com reveals the tracklisting of the complete U2 digital download which, since going on sale last week, has been exceeding predicted sales figures

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Inside How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb: The Special Edition

Look what's just come through OUR door - the special edition of U2's new album...

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U2: Apple iPod + album frenzy

hotpress.com brings you images of the packaging of U2's black Apple iPod and the wait is nearly over to get the new album. [Pics from ipodlounge.com]

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Welcome to the epicentre

Last night began a momentous chapter for the world’s biggest band. For U2, it was the first live airing and radio/internet broadcast of material from their eleventh studio album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. For those in attendance, it was an opportunity as rare as they come. The location: Dublin, Ireland. More specifically, at the album’s birthplace, in their Hanover Quay studios. Hot Press editor Niall Stokes was in attendance to feel the impact and capture the aftershock. [photos by John Dardis, courtesy of U2]

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U2 reveal details of 2005 world tour

With their album release only days away, U2 have been speaking to Hot Press about their upcoming world tour and the likely candidates for the prestigious support slot

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The Missing Words Game

Exclusive! Our crime correspondent gets to the bottom of Bono’s briefcase.

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How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Atomic Bomb is positively Spector-esque in its ambition, although curiously enough, it’s not a showy record, the playing being mostly subservient to the songs.

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U2 to break new ground with customised iPod [updated]

In what could prove to be one of the year's biggest marketing coups, Apple Computer Inc. have inked a deal with U2 which sees the band putting their name to a customised iPod. [pics courtesy of Apple]

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U2 decline Glanstonbury invitation

Glastonbury organisers have confirmed that U2 will not be headlining next year's festival

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At home with ... Joe O'Herlihy

Inside the Terenure lair of the resident grand wizard of live sound engineering on Planet Earth.

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U2 issue warning about online ticket fraud

Paul McGuinness has spoken out against websites selling tickets for unconfirmed U2 dates in the UK and Ireland

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U2 confirm Croke Park shows [updated]

With first single 'Vertigo' now spinning high on radio playlists, U2 have announced details of their Dublin tour dates

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U2 world exclusive: 'Vertigo' hits the airwaves tomorrow

Irish audiences will hear U2's first single ahead of its worldwide release

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U2 announce official album details

U2 fans can finally revel in some official news: the title and release date of the new album

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U2: Single Details Confirmed.

As first revealed by hotpress.com "Vertigo" has been confirmed as the first single to be taken from the band's as yet untitled 11th studio album. Due to hit the racks on November 5th, 'Vertigo' is an epic U2 track laced with big guitars and soaring vocals.

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Top Irish musicans to appear in Oscar Wilde tribute film

Top musicians Bono and Larry Mullen appear in film to celebrate Oscar Wildes 150th birthday.

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U2 photography book set for release

Anton Corbijn's collection of photographs has been given the U2 seal of approval

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World exclusive: U2 insider talks about the new album

... And it's not called Vertigo! The man otherwise known as "Bono's doppelganger", Neil McCormick, talks sounds, songwriting and stadium-sized pressure in the most revealing U2 album preview yet.

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U2 photobook set for October release

The new U2 photobook, U2 Show: The Art Of Touring, is being published by Riverhead on October 21.

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U2 news: Bono in Boston + Vertigo artwork hoax

Bono was among the stars and prominent politicians paying tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy on Wednesday in Boston's Symphony Hall.

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U2 CD AWOL in France

French police have been alerted after a CD of new U2 songs went missing during a band photo shoot in Nice.

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U2 look set for Glastonbury '05

Unless 2 Unlimited are thinking of reuniting, it would seem that Bono and co. are Glastonbury-bound next year...

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U2 news: Silicon Valley + Glastonbury '05

This year it's Silicon Valley, next year it's quite possibly Glastonbury and apparently we can expect a new single soon enough

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U2 snapped in Portugual

U2 took everyone – including their Portuguese record company – unawares this week when they arrived in Lisbon to do a photo-shoot with official band snapper Anton Corbijn

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Incoming...

While 2004 has not been an especially spectacular year to date, there is good reason to believe that rocks big guns are likely to deliver the kind of records that will revive spirits in the industry. Chris Donovan previews some of the albums that are likely to top the sales – and the critical – charts before 2004 is out...

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Incoming...

While 2004 has not been an especially spectacular year to date, there is good reason to believe that rocks big guns are likely to deliver the kind of records that will revive spirits in the industry. Chris Donovan previews some of the albums that are likely to top the sales – and the critical – charts before 2004 is out...

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Garrett "Jacknife" Lee on board with U2

Garrett "Jacknife" Lee is the latest person to assist U2 with the recording of their somewhat overdue new album

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U2 not leaving it all behind

Steve Lilywhite is “an additional producer not a replacement” on U2's new album

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U2 news: Bono-heavy '46664: The Event' releases + photo retrospective

The CDs and DVD from the Nelson Mandela AIDS awareness show will be heavily Irish in their content; Plus more news from the U2 camp with a photo retrospective tipped for publication

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U2 still on course for 2004 release

Paul McGuinness has confirmed that it's full steam ahead, not back to the drawing board, for the next U2 record

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U2 reunited with Lillywhite but release date unclear

Former producer Steve Lillywhite is in the studio with U2 but cannot reveal the expected finish date for the album

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Superbowl Setback

Bono’s plan to highlight the AIDs epidemic in Africa at this year’s Superbowl has sadly been scuppered.

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Lights, Camera, Rock action

Russian cosmonauts, mexican desperadoes and cranky italian elephants – it’s all in a day’s work for solo too supremo Ned O’Hanlon, the man entrusted with documenting the multi-media extravaganza that is the U2 live experience.

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Major Changes At Principle Management

After 18 years with Principle, Managing Director Sheila Roche has decided to leave the U2 camp

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2 into 4 does go

Colm O’Gorman explains how U2 helped the abuse victims’ organisation one in four to survive

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Newsflash: U2 save One In Four

U2 have put out big money to secure the future of the Dublin-based sexual abuse support centre

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U2: Nancy Sinatra cover is legit

Reports that U2 are suing Nancy Sinatra are completely unfounded

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Bono: Nashville or bust

U2 will take on the world for the release of their upcoming album, but not before a stop-over in Nashville...

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U2 Live From Slane Castle track-listing revealed

Get excited people - we bring you the track-listing of the U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle DVD

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U2 Live From Slane DVD to be released November

Fans can relive U2's 2001 Slane spectacular with the release of the DVD in November

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Hearts and lemons

Extra, extra special: we're delighted to bring you a sneak peek at seminal new U2 graphic-design-retrospective collectors' book, Stealing Hearts At A Traveling Show: The Graphic Design Of U2

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U2 artwork a hoax

U2 designers Four5One and label boss deny that leaked posters for the band's new album are official

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"It sounds very rock and roll"

Paul McGuinness spills the beans on U2's new album

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"We're writing some of the best songs we've ever written"

Edge reports that the new U2 album is coming along swimmingly - and that it will be accompanied by a tour in 2004

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With or without them

U2 have denied reports that they are to play a BBC Music Live gig

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Celebration time, come on

U2 to be given a special tribute by a stellar cast of musicians at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards later this month

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The 'Hands' that conquered the Globe

U2 scoop Golden Globe for Best Song From A Motion Picture with 'The Hands That Built America'. Next stop: the Oscars

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Matters of Life & Death

At the end of an exciting, painful and earthshaking year, Bono reflects on the political and the personal – from drop the debt, September 11, Afghanistan and Genoa to the death of his father Bob, the birth of his son John and the enduring friendship which underpins U2’s music and career. Interview: Niall Stokes [this interview originally appeared in the spectacular Hot Press Annual 2002 - used in the pictures below - a very limited number of this unique collectors item will shortly be on sale - email u2@hotpress.ie to reserve a copy]

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Bono speaks on CNN's Larry King Show about the African AIDS crisis

U2 frontman speaks about "the biggest pandemic since the bubonic plague" and urges middle America to use their nation's huge financial power and get involved. "Our age will be remembered," he says, "for three things: the war against terror, the Internet, and how we let an entire continent burst into flames and stood around with water in cans"

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Closer to the Edge

With a new 'best of' bringing the band's story up to date U2's guitar man steps forward to riff on good times and bad, the private life of a public figure, discovering the secrets of the universe on mushrooms and why, after all these years, few things match the high of being a member of U2. Special hotpress.com members edition: "director's cut" featuring interview sections unavailable anywhere else.

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Close to The Edge

With a new ‘Best Of’ bringing the band’s story up to date, U2’s guitar man steps forward to riff on good times and bad, the private life of a public figure, discovering the secrets of the universe on mushrooms, and why, after all these years, few things match the high of being a member of U2

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Zooropa

At its best, Zooropa is sky-funk, music from a band who, permanently or temporarily, have renounced the old folkways for the new airways

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U2: Wide Awake In America

Bill Graham reviews a new book by Boston D.J. Carter Alan, which sheds considerable light on U2's American breakthrough

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New U2 studio for Dublin city centre

U2 announce details of the construction of a penthouse studio to be built at Britain Quay

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Original Soundtracks 1

U2 are still determined to be better than the best in his class, and to produce music that is genuinely transcendent

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Exclusive: U2 talk about the new album

Edge waxes lyrical on the power of a "raw band sound"

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Pushing the envelope

With the launch of a commemorative series of Irish postage stamps celebrating four of the nation's most important rock legends, we revisit some of the seminal moments in the careers of Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison and - first - U2

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WIN! hotpress.com giveaway

hotpress.com is offering YOU the chance to snare a copy of the now-out-of-print The U2 File signed by each member of the band

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Live, under a night-blue sky...

The insomniacs at HMV Grafton St do another midnight-opener - on Sunday, November 3rd - for the release of U2's Best Of 1990-2000

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U2 can be on the telly

U2's Slane concert film receives its Irish premiere

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The Best & The B-Sides Of 1990-2000

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U2 album due out next summer

Edge talks about the new album, Bono scoops 'MusiCares' award and guests on Elvis tribute TV show

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On the batter

Get a headful of this: a sneak preview of U2's Best Of 1990-2000 album artwork, featuring extra ram (guffaw)

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U2 up for 4 MTV awards

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Bono: leading from the front

The planet's most famous lead singer continues his humanitarian campaign, contributes to fundraising book project and appears on Oprah. Oh, and a Frank Sinatra cover and landmark U2 memorabilia exhibition are also en route

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All that you can't leave behind

U2 Live: A Concert Documentary - possibly the definitive book on U2's history as a live band - to be given an update and re-release following the tragic death of its compiler

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Electrical storm

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Cover magazine

Well, look what we've got here: exclusive peeks at both the U2 single's sleeve artwork and the piccie from the new Samantha Mumba 45 as well. Don't thank us, we're just doing our job

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Striking it lucky

Imminent new single 'Electrical Storm' can only mean one thing: the U2 Best Of 1990-2000 CD/DVD is here - and boy is it ever chocca with cool extras. Read on for details

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Lightning strikes

U2 to release new single 'Electrical Storm' in October - the leader track from this autumn's Greatest Hits 1990-2000

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The odd couple?

U2 deny reports of an outdoor New York show with, eh, Bon Jovi

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U2 got a lot to answer for

Hot Press readers worldwide want to know about Bono for president, Larry for lead singer, that mysterious tattoo, the greatest book, and more. Bono and Larry smoulder on the coals of the hp mixed grill

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"Politicians don't turn me on the way music does"

In answer to a fan's question in the Hot Press Mixed Grill (see current edition of HP), Bono dismisses rumours that he will run for the Irish presidency

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All that you can't leave unasked

Put your questions to U2 in the Hot Press Mixed Grill

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Record time

Workaholics to a man and clearly unable to grasp the concept of time off, U2 already have much of their next album (due out in '03) in the bag - and apparently it's poppier and "more immediate" than All That You Can't Leave Behind

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Not just another U2 cover story...

What's Bono doing on the cover of international news magazine Time? Talking politics ("the art of the possible"), that's what

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"He's like Christ, I'm telling you"

...quoth Drew Carey, master of ceremonies, when the glitterati gathered in Los Angeles last week to pay tribute to the many humanitarian endeavours of Bono, lead singer of popular Irish beat combo U2

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Standing on the stages with giants

U2 and Oasis: together at last... The ultimate double-header stadium tour confirmed (but with no UK or Irish dates, mind)

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U2 Phoenix Park Plans Denied

Hotpress.com investigate the rumours of U2 & The Phoenix Park ... (they just don't go away you know)...

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A sort of homewrecking

Will U2's studio homebase be demolished to make way for the neighbourhood's redevelopment (or more specifically, for a "two-million-Euro leisure complex")? The public hearing began this week...

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In the name of love

Via a petition that has gained signatures from round the world, U2 fans rally to save band headquarters Hanover Studios from mandatory demolition by the Dublin Docklands Authority: "What if Memphis tore down Sun Studios?"

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Poll position!

U2 - without even releasing an album last year - have walked away with the 2001 Hot Press Readers' Poll. Here's the scoop...

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All that you can't get enough of

U2 release new US-only rarities and B-sides collection. Yank one if you can

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A sort of home?

U2 in talks with DDDA about possible alternative locations for studio headquarters

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All that they must leave behind?

U2’s studio headquarters may face demolition by compulsory public order from the Docklands authority

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Eight is the magic number!

With eight nominations in the bag, U2 are set to steal the show at this year's Grammys... again

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Bono backs Bush

Bono has talked exclusively to Hot Press about September 11th, Fatherhood, and the US's actions in Afghanistan.

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U2 to take over the globe!

(Well, the Golden ones anyway)

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The show must go on

Although under constant review, the word from the U2 camp is that they are still planning to go ahead with the return visit of the Elevation tour to North America.

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Sing when we’re winning

The second Slane show was such a spirited and spiritual affair you couldn’t fail to be as uplifted (or should that be elevated?) by it

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One From The Heart

U2, Slane August 24th 2001

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One from the heart

One from the heart

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U2: causes and crusades

STUART BAILIE recalls some of the social and political movements that have occupied U2's hearts and minds down through the years... not least, the Springfield Garbage Dump campaign

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Wide awake on the web

It's plastic Adam dolls, Zooropa wallpaper and bootleg CDs a-go-go: STUART CLARK knows there's a little U2 cyber-nerd inside all of us

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The big picture

On 25 August 2001 - twenty years after first appearing there in support to Thin Lizzy - U2 play Slane Castle. NIALL STOKES reflects on the extraordinary journey that has led up to this historic, and beautiful, day

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Ace of bass

Opening our U2 special, DERMOD MOORE catches up with ADAM CLAYTON during the UK leg of the Elevation tour, and delves deep into the physics of music celebrity, politics and, er, penises

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The crowd beneath their feet

They may sport one of the most original sounds in rock’n’roll – but along the way they’ve been influenced by some of the greats. STUART BAILIE identifies the ten (plus!) key influences on the music of U2

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Full circle

With their biggest dates ever in Ireland looming, LIAM MACKEY dips into voluminous hotpress archives and selects a small sample of what the paper said about U2 over the years

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Easter Rising

A Peter Frampton cover version, a flautist and female backing vocalists were all elements of FEEDBACK’s first ever live concert performance, yet this was th eoutfit that would eventually become U2. COLM O'HARE recalls the event

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U2

You get a continual sense from the entire band that they have rediscovered their love affair with live music

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U2

‘Beautiful Day’ is second out of the bag and the band’s, or specifically Bono’s, energy is palpable.

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Heart Stopping

The heart is a bloom, but you knew that already. Bono's lead line on 'Beautiful Day' effectively sets the tone for this new scheme. Great things can be nurtured, he tells us. Scepticism is out and old-fashioned hope is the greatest buzz around. So it's entirely fitting that the stage for the band's Elevation Tour should be framed by a massive, pulsating heart.

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All That You Can't Leave Behind

When we last left U2, at the conclusion of 1997’s Pop, they were marooned on a spaghetti Golgotha, shouting, “Wake up dead man!” at a god who had apparently reneged on his promise to live forever. Well pilgrims, here’s the resurrection shuffle.

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Melon, Remixes for Propaganda

U2 : “Melon, Remixes for Propaganda” (Island)

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U2: The Book of Genesis

Are Bono and the boys just a really good rock band or have they succeeded where the priests and politicians have failed and unlocked the neuroses of our colonial past? Joe Jackson indulges in a spot of cultural sparring with John Waters and finds the author of Race of Angels: Ireland and the Genesis of U2 well able to maintain his guard.

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Stay (Faraway, So Close)

U2: “Stay (Faraway, So Close)” (Island)

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Lemon

U2: "Lemon" (Island)

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EVEN BETTER THAN THE SURREAL THING

IN THE FIRST PART OF A WORLD EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW IN THE LAST ISSUE OF HOT PRESS, BONO UNVEILED THE NEW U2 ALBUM, SPOKE ABOUT ITS GENESIS IN CYBERPUNK LITERATURE AND THE BAND'S HUNGER TO PUSH ROCK'N'ROLL TO ITS LIMITS. HERE HE ELABORATES ON HOW U2 GO ABOUT WRITING THEIR SONGS AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF GLOBAL CHAOS, HIS ARTISTIC REFERENCE POINTS OUTSIDE MUSIC, THE SUBVERSIVE POWER OF HUMOUR, AND HOW HE ADMIRES THOSE WHO 'PARTICULARLY AGGRESSIVELY' DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD. AND THEN THERE'S THE STORY ABOUT JOHNNY CASH AND THE EMU. CAN THIS MAN BE FOR SURREAL? INTERVIEW:JOE JACKSON.

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THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

...IS COMING TO TAKE YOU AWAY! WHEN JOE JACKSON WENT TO INTERVIEW BONO AT U2'S SECRET DUBLIN RECORDING BASE, HE HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT. WHAT HE GOT WAS A CRAZY ROLLERCOASTER RIDE THROUGH THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK-IN-PROGRESS WHICH WILL BECOME U2'S FOLLOW-UP TO THE ACCLAIMED "ACHTUNG BABY!", WITH BONO AT THE WHEEL AND AN UNSEEN PRESENCE WORKING THE ACCELERATOR LIKE A DEMON. "RECORDS SHOULD BE MORE OF A TRIP," SAYS THE MAN IN THE WRAPAROUND SHADES. FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS THEN. THIS WILL BE NO ORDINARY RECORD. AND THIS IS NO ORDINARY INTERVIEW.

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Achtung Baby

There is no question about it. He may look as if he's been dipped in a bottle of red ink but it is Adam who stands there bollock naked before the camera and the world on the back sleeve of the latest, long playing opus from the band whose name begins with U and ends with 2. And is that Eve who hovers topless behind Bono on the front?

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THE VERDICT

When Adam Clayton was arrested in Dublin in August of 1989 and charged with possession of 19 grammes of cannabis with intent to supply, it placed U2's immediate future as a live band in jeopardy. Trial report: Liam Fay.

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Rattle And Hum

Sprawling across four restless, angry and sometimes contradictory sides, "Rattle And Hum" is nothing less than U2's most ambitious album yet. Review by Bill Graham

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ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE STATES

As "With Or Without You" hits No. 1 in the US singles charts, Liam Mackey joins U2 on their biggest - and most successful - American tour to date.

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The Joshua Tree

"The Joshua Tree" clarifies how U2's vocation has become the revival and renewal of rock and the recovery of its most romantic values. It also highlights the group's new commitment to the song. Review by Bill Graham

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THE DRUMMER'S DISABILITY

Amid rumours and press reports that his career could be at an end, Larry Mullen reveals the truth about the extent of an injury to his hand that is becoming a common problem for rock drummers. Interview: Niall Stokes

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ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS

Carnival time at Croke Park with U2

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STORIES OF BOYS

The inside story on the early years by Jackie Hayden.

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THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE

Niall Stokes sees U2 light up Madison Square Garden in New York.

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The Unforgettable Fire

U2's decision to choose Brian Eno as producer for their new album was a bold move.

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The Unforgettable Fire

Light a Big Fire Liam Mackey reviews "The Unforgettable Fire"

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Under A Blood Red Sky

Bill Graham reviews "Under A Blood Red Sky"

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War

Blood on the Tracks Liam Mackey reviews "War"

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THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

This was more than a gig, but it wasn't a party. It was the mutual celebration of an audience and a group.

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Boy

"U2 make me think", it's been said. That criterion is used a lot these days, because as rock'n'roll gets older, its priorities and values change. It spreads itself out and becomes more adjustable, like a toy.

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REELING IN THE YEARS

A U2 miscellany from the pages of Hot Press 1978-85.

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