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Wrap-up of today's U2 action

It has been another eventful day in the world of U2. We've got reports from their live performances in Germany and Ireland, plus another tour rumour.

U2 in Oberhausen, Germany
U2 performed an acoustic set for Radio NRW in front of approximately 200 fans in Oberhausen, Germany. It was not broadcast live; it will air on Monday, 27 October. The setlist was almost identical to the acoustic session on British radio on 15 October, which means that "Cedarwood Road" was performed for the second time ever and "Stuck in a Moment" remains the only pre-Songs of Innocence song to be played on the promo tour. Bono was not happy with the first performance of "The Miracle" so it was played a second time at the end.

The full setlist was:

  1. The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
  2. Every Breaking Wave
  3. Cedarwood Road
  4. Song For Someone
  5. Stuck In A Moment / Fool To Cry (snippet)
  6. The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)

All details for this show including reviews and photos can be found here.

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Bono and Edge on The Late Late Show
Bono and Edge were very busy today - after performing in Germany, they flew back to Ireland to appear on that television institution, RTE's The Late Late Show. They had an extended chat with host Ryan Tubridy and played two songs.

After a short chat, the first song was "The Miracle", played for the third time that day. Edge stayed on the interview chair playing acoustic guitar while Bono really got into it, heading into the studio audience and leading them in clapping the rhythm. After a bit more of a chat with Tubridy, Bono and Edge then performed "Every Breaking Wave" with Edge on piano. It was rewarded with a standing ovation.

Our database entry for this show is here. U2Spain already have videos online: watch "The Miracle" at this link and "Every Breaking Wave" at this one

North American tour rumour
And now it's tour rumour time! Our friends at posted some tasty morsels on their Twitter account. They report that the North American tour will be in arenas, which is in accordance with Wednesday's rumour. The tour will comprise lengthy residencies in seven cities. They will set up camp in a city and play as many shows as they can sell in the same venue; these shows may not be consecutive to take into account Bono's voice and venue scheduling factors (e.g. NBA and NHL).

Toronto was the only city mentioned specifically. U2log speculate that New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles can probably rest easy. Our speculation is that Boston would be another likely candidate because of U2's rich history and strong connection to the city. So North American fans, if you live outside the seven selected markets, you may have to prepare to travel.

Of course, none of this is confirmed but U2log emphasise that their source is "very credible". If you want to view U2log's tweets, they are here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

 Posted by Axver on Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 23:58:46 UTC | permalink | Comments

Tour news, rumours, and promo footage

Today we have a lot to report.

Tour news
In a forthcoming interview with Rolling Stone, U2 reveal tentative plans to take the forthcoming tour outside. It will begin in arenas but they will later move on to larger outdoor venues - and they anticipate releasing Songs of Experience in the next eighteen months, i.e. before the stadium shows. In this sense the tour may follow the model of Zoo TV, where two initial arena legs built hype and demand for a massive outdoor show.

First, a short rumour: in an interview with a Portuguese radio station, the band promised a show in Portugal on the next tour. Add that to yesterday's rumour, which in turn links back to other tour news and rumours.

Second: U2 will appear on Ireland's The Late Late Show today, 24 October. It is currently the early hours of the 24th in Europe, and the rumour suggests that the German radio session will take place in the afternoon (possibly done by 4pm), in time for U2 to make it back to Ireland for The Late Late Show. This rumour has been reported in the Irish Mirror, and atu2 have received information to the same effect from two separate sources (one and two).

Watch U2 perform for Rolling Stone
A month ago, on 22 September, U2 did a photo shoot on the grounds of the Guinness Brewery for Rolling Stone. This attracted a small crowd of fans and curious passersby; one woman's two dogs became stars of the session after they went past on an evening walk. During the shoot, Bono and Edge performed a live acoustic version of "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)", which was filmed by Rolling Stone.

We have added this performance to our database here and you can watch the video below or on Rolling Stone's article.

U2 Miracle Acoustic Rolling Stone by pedrorodrigues1973

 Posted by Axver on Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 01:01:10 UTC | permalink | Comments

U2 North American tour rumour

Today information regarding U2's next tour has been posted on fansite Interference by site founder Joel Tanner (Elvis). Those of you who have been around U2 fansites since the early days know that Joel has had good sources and been reliable in the past - but at the same time we emphasise that this is a rumour and is not confirmed.

The information pertains specifically to North American dates and when the tour will go on sale.

North American dates: The tour will start in the US and take place during May/June 2015. U2 will play arenas as hinted over the last month; the general admission floor of previous tours will continue. Specific venues and dates are yet to be finalised because of NBA and NHL playoff commitments.

On-sale date: The public sale will be on 22 November. Presales will occur before this date.

If what Joel posts is correct, then we can expect a tour announcement in under a month. You can read his post on Interference here. If you want more tour rumours, check our article on what we know about U2's next tour and this more recent Italian rumour. This new information contradicts Bono's indication that U2 might play Germany in May 2015 but otherwise is in accordance with what we knew.

These are exciting times to be a U2 fan. We will bring you any more rumours and news as soon as we have it.

 Posted by Axver on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 22:39:43 UTC | permalink | Comments

U2 on Later... With Jools Holland

Today U2 performed on Later... With Jools Holland as part of their promo tour for Songs of Innocence. A live half-hour episode was broadcast, and on Friday night an hour-long episode with additional footage will be aired.

U2 bookended tonight's broadcast with the opening and closing songs. In between were performances by Sam Smith, Zola Jesus, Interpol, the Alvin Brothers, and Slaves. U2 began the episode with the live debut of "Volcano". It was performed by the full band in electric form. Of course, "Volcano" has kind of been played live before - it borrows some elements from "Glastonbury", an unreleased song performed live in 2010.

U2 wrapped up the show with "Every Breaking Wave". It was played on piano like at previous promo shows, beginning with just Bono and Edge. They were soon joined by a string section like on Jo Whiley's show last week, and then Adam and Larry joined in for the final part of the song.

A third song was not broadcast tonight, but should appear in the extended Friday episode. It was the live debut of "California (There Is No End to Love)". The debuts of "Volcano" and "California" tonight bring to six the total number of Songs of Innocence songs played live. This equals How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb's record for most new songs performed on a promo tour.

Watch the live debut of "Volcano" below:

If you want to see "Every Breaking Wave", the good folks at U2Spain have posted a video.

As noted above, there should be extra footage of U2 on Friday's episode. Our database listing for this performance is here.

 Posted by Axver on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 23:46:25 UTC | permalink | Comments

Video of U2 on The Graham Norton Show

We now have video of U2 performing live on The Graham Norton Show. If you have been hanging out for the band to play a song in full electric form rather than acoustically, then this performance of "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" is what you have been waiting for. "Song For Someone" was played in abbreviated form by the whole band during the interview segment and was done acoustically.

Both songs are featured in the video below:

U2 - The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) + Song for... by eidurrasmussen

Reports suggested that U2 did at least a bit of "Desire" too, but it did not make it to broadcast. Our database entry for this performance is here.

You can watch the full episode on the BBC's website here - but only if you live in the UK. If you live in the rest of the world you can only watch it if you have the know-how to get around the geoblock. A Google search may be your friend in this case.

U2's next live performance will be on Tuesday next week when they appear on Jools Holland's show.

 Posted by Axver on Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 06:15:38 UTC | permalink | Comments

Previous articles:

· U2 on The Graham Norton Show - Updated October 17th, 2014
· U2 on Jo Whiley's show on BBC Radio 2 October 15th, 2014
· Bono and Edge on French TV October 14th, 2014
· Today: U2 on French TV, Bono on US radio October 14th, 2014
· Tour rumour: U2 to play Milan and Rome next year October 13th, 2014
· Bono and Edge on Italian TV October 12th, 2014
· A round-up of U2's upcoming promo appearances October 12th, 2014
· Axver's Tour Predictions: Pop October 11th, 2014
· U2 to perform on German radio October 10th, 2014
· Another forthcoming performance on British TV October 9th, 2014

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