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U2 perform at iHeartFestival, 23/09

Today, U2 performed as the headliners of the first night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2016. It is their first live appearance as a full band since 7 December 2015, the last show (to date?) of the Innocence + Experience Tour. In an interview broadcast before the show, Bono stated that U2's next album will be out in 2017.

The show began with an electric version of Desire reminiscent of the Hollywood Mix. Apart from a few small acoustic gigs and impromptu performances, Desire has never opened a show before. During this performance, footage of Donald Trump was broadcast; Bono asked the audience "are you willing to gamble with the American dream?" Much like on ZooTV, fake money was launched into the crowd - tonight it had Trump's face and the slogan "make America hate again". At the end of Desire, Bono asked "what do you have to lose? Everything!"

Bono returned repeatedly throughout the evening to his opposition to Trump. Pride had the usual IE Tour speech about "sing[ing] for the peacemakers", but also included a video recording of Martin Luther King Jr. In conjunction with this footage, Bono called for the "spirit of non-violence, not just across this land, but across the world" and emphasised that "peace is not just the absence of violence - peace is love that gets organised. So get out and vote!" In One he revisited another staple of the IE Tour, that the USA is "not a country but an idea", and again linked it to the threat posed by Trump. He reiterated that a person is not defined by their ethnicity or religion and thanked the audience for humouring him and his speechmaking.

One ended with the Hear Us Coming verse, which Bono has not sung for some time (I promise we will one day have full statistics for this like we do for Shine Like Stars in With Or Without You). Speaking of With Or Without You, it appears to have been listed as a ninth song, but the band ended on Still Haven't Found. It was preceded by Every Breaking Wave, performed in the stripped down style of the IE Tour and dedicated to Ryan Tedder and to iHeartRadio for playing it. After U2 left the stage, the usual IE Tour opening song, Patti Smith's People Have the Power, was played over the PA.

The setlist drew largely on the band's popular and established hits, with Every Breaking Wave the only song performed from the last ten years.

U2 performed the following setlist:

  1. Desire
  2. Vertigo / She Loves You (snippet)
  3. Elevation
  4. Beautiful Day / Yellow (snippet)
  5. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  6. One
  7. Every Breaking Wave
  8. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
All details for this show including reviews and photos can be found here.

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U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris release revealed

Well it looks like that leak by Amazon UK was authentic. Today U2.com announced that the final concert of the tour thus far, the rescheduled Paris show on 7 December 2015, is slated for release on 10 June 2016. This is the concert, first broadcast on HBO, where the Eagles of Death Metal joined U2 on stage and the release includes both of their songs. The standard DVD release lists a generous 30 songs (we only list 25 in our database, though this does not include the performance of I Love You All The Time as no member of U2 was on stage for that performance). It will also be available in Deluxe DVD, Blu-ray, Super Deluxe box set, and downloadable formats. The U2.com shop has each of the above in exclusive "bundle" formats at slightly higher price points. The difference between the normal releases and the bundles is the inclusion of a t-shirt that appears to be exlusive to this release. Per tradition, U2 subscribers can not use their annual 25% off coupon for this. We list the releases below, but if you don't have time for that and just want to pre-order here are the links where you can do that:


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When Aoife met U2

Every tour brings precious memories to people, and one of the nicest stories we heard towards the end of the tour involved a girl called Aoife Lambert, "Ireland's Biggest and Youngest U2 fan". Her desire to meet the band spread across social media, local media, and eventually reached the attention of U2 themselves. As part of our In conversation with series we reached out to Aoife's father, Kieran, and he put us in contact with his daughter so she could tell us her story. If you'd like to tell us your story, drop us a message on Twitter or by email.


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In conversation with... December

Every fan has their own special story, and we are happy to share these with you all. Today, we continue our series of conversations with the Scottish band December, a group who jumped into the U2 community's collective consciousness last year with the release of their charity single Alison Stewart. Since then they have teased the community about their forthcoming cover of A Sort of Homecoming, which is released today (and we have the video for it embedded below). To mark the occasion, we took the opportunity to talk with them about how U2 inspired them to form a band, why they wrote Alison Stewart, and their own particular U2 memories.


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In conversation with... Aaron Sams

Today we would like to debut a new feature article series that will run in the break between tour legs. In this series, In conversation with..., we will talk with various members of the U2 fan community and ask them about their history with the band. What made you a fan? What moment did you realize that this was THE song, THE band for you? What has your highlight following U2 been, and when did you realize you were part of something special?

Every fan has their story, and we are happy to share these stories with you all. Our debut interview is with Aaron Sams, creator of the well-known and respected fansite U2wanderer.org, now at its new home U2songs.com. We spoke with him about becoming a fan, collecting memorabilia, and his favourite moments following the band.


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