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Bono Performs In New York City
With a new U2 album and tour
potentially on the horizon, Bono has been on the road recently. Last month, he took to the stage at a party outside Coachella
and paid homage to Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas
and he's at it again this month.
This past Monday, Bono appeared at the Robin Hood Foundation's 25th anniversary gala
at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City alongside Mary J. Blige. They performed just two songs, beginning (unexpectedly) with Moment of Surrender and ending with One, a song the duo has performed together a handful of times dating back to the Vertigo Tour.
The videos of each song can be found below, and to summarize, Bono appears to be fine form vocally. The backing house band supported Bono and Blige on both songs, with Bono playing an acoustic guitar during One. One was expected, but as for Moment of Surrender, it was the first performance of the song by a member of U2 since the 360 Tour's final concert in 2011, so it's nice to see that it hasn't been forgotten about. It will be interesting to see if it remains in the setlist when U2 hits the road once again.
News Regarding U2's Next Album and Tour
The down time between the conclusion of one tour and the flurry of action concerning a new album's release always seems to drag on. Unfortunately, U2 fans know that all too well. But this current quiet period U2 has embraced may soon be coming to an end. Over the last few months, minor tidbits of information has leaked out regarding the near future of U2, when it comes to both a new album as well as a new tour.
It has been nearly 21 months since The Claw was disassembled for the final time on the historic 360 Tour in Moncton
, so it's about time we have another U2 tour to get excited about. Let's recap what we have heard thus far.
The Road to Sarajevo: Part One – Bosnia and Bill Carter
On 23 September 1997
, U2 performed for the first – and as of this date, only – time in the city of Sarajevo. It was a concert that was typical of the PopMart Tour; and yet it was also a concert the likes of which has not been played since. U2’s history with the city is a long one, with the seeds being planted as far back as the Zoo TV Tour during the breakout of the Bosnian War. 2012 marked the fifteenth anniversary of U2’s concert in Sarajevo, and although this article is a couple of weeks late for the exact anniversary we’d still like to celebrate this landmark event in U2’s history with this multi-part look back at what you may, and may not, have known about the road to Sarajevo.
Bono, Edge, and A Decade of Difference
Tonight, Bono and The Edge performed at A Decade Of Difference, a concert held to celebrate ten years of the William J. Clinton Foundation. Bono and The Edge have had a lengthy relationship with former US President Bill Clinton. They first met him during the Zoo TV tour, and in the time since then Bono and Clinton have met multiple times for philanthropic purposes. On 18 November 2004
, they performed at the dedication ceremony for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Library, playing Rain, Sunday Bloody Sunday, and The Hands That Built America to a crowd of thousands in the rain.
Before his set with The Edge began, Bono joined K'Naan on stage for one song, dueting with him on his brand new song, Bulletproof Pride. Our database entry for this appearance is separate to that for Bono and Edge's set and can be found here
Bono and The Edge were the final act on stage, introduced by Bill and Chelsea Clinton. The set contained two massive surprises: The first was the debut live performance of A Man And A Woman, dedicated to Chelsea and her husband Marc Mezvinsky. It is almost exactly seven years since that song was released on How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. The second was a surprise performance of Staring At The Sun, not played since 24 October 2001
. It is the first time any song from Pop has been performed in full live since Discotheque was played on 20 September 2005
. Staring At The Sun was backed by a string section, as were One and Miss Sarajevo.
The full set was as follows:
- I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
- A Man And A Woman
- Sunday Bloody Sunday
- Staring At The Sun
- One / Happy Birthday (snippet)
- Miss Sarajevo
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U2Gigs podcast now available!
After many editing delays, the first U2Gigs.com podcast is finally available! After the conclusion of the 360 Tour in Moncton, Axver and Matkin sat down to talk about their perspectives on the evolution of the tour. They spoke for so long, in fact, that it had to split it into two parts! (Part Two is coming soon).
In part one of our 360 Tour introspective, we take a look at what was, and what might have been. How did the setlist evolve along the tour? How diverse was it? What was missing, and what almost blew the colective fan community's mind? Of course, a conversation between Ax and Matkin (infamous for talking to each other on the U2Gigs Twitter account) wouldn't be a proper conversation without going off-topic once or twice (or thrice. Or whatever the next in line is; fourice?) - we'll compare this tour to the highlights of U2's past, talk about potential remasters (Achtung not included), and even take a look back to Boy and U2 3 Tours!
We hope that you enjoy our first podcast; stay tuned for part two! We'd love to hear your feedback, so please feel free to tell us what you think in the comments section below!
Download the podcast here
on iTunes! A direct link to the podcast file is also available here.
Previous articles:· Bono sings in Cape Town October 6th, 2011· From The Sky Down documentary on BBC and Showtime October 6th, 2011· Pretend U2's Dublin setlist, 06/08 October 5th, 2011· U2360PRE in Dublin! October 5th, 2011· Stump Ax: the first batch of answers August 5th, 2011· Thank you from U2gigs July 31st, 2011· U2's Moncton setlist, 30/07 July 30th, 2011· Stump Ax! July 30th, 2011· U2's Pittsburgh setlist, 26/07 July 27th, 2011· U2's Minneapolis setlist, 23/07 July 24th, 2011For older news, see our Archive.