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U2 perform at Dreamfest, 05/10

Today U2 performed at Dreamfest as part of Salesforce's annual conference and to raise funds for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. In conjunction with this, today U2 extended their current partnership with Salesforce for another two years.

This outdoor show is using the stage left over from the Vertigo Tour's stadium legs. It is only the second time this stage has been used in the US; the first was at the very last Vertigo Tour show in Honolulu on 9 December 2006. This stage was used three times in continental North America, all in Mexico at the start of Vertigo's fourth leg in February 2006.

The band rehearsed both yesterday and today. Yesterday's soundcheck featured Beautiful Day, One, California Dreaming snippet into California, Angel of Harlem, Stuck in a Moment (full band piano version), Every Breaking Wave with the second half done twice, Bullet the blue Sky (with the Trump video from the iHeartRadio performance of Desire), a snippet of The Hands That Built America into Pride (which stopped early), Mother and Child Reunion snippet into Streets, with the intro rehearsed multiple times and the traditional red background used for the first time with the Vertigo stage. Today's rehearsal was California, Elevation, Vertigo, I Will Follow, Stuck in a Moment, Every Breaking Wave, and Angel of Harlem.

The show began with Vertigo, preceded by the usual IE Tour intro music, Patti Smith's People Have the Power. Early in the set U2 performed California in full for only the seventh time ever - and for the third time in the state of California. The end of Beautiful Day featured a short snippet of Zooropa: "dream up the world you want to live in, dream out loud". Every Breaking Wave was dedicated to Steve Jobs, who died five years ago today, and to his wife Laurene Powell.

Tonight's version of Bullet was a fiery, political version taking even firmer aim at Donald Trump than the performance of Desire at iHeart. Bono engaged in a lengthy mocking "conversation" with Trump, criticising his temperament and a range of his policies, and also accusing him of trying to steal the "American dream" and hurt many groups of people. As a result this was a very long version of the song. Note that we've had some technical difficulties adding snippets to Bullet. It included snippets of The Star-Spangled Banner and The New Colossus.

After One, the band were scheduled to take an encore break. Instead, Bono joked about the concept being silly and took the opportunity to give a speech, which emphasised the importance of charity and the Red campaign. Like on the IE Tour last year, it led into a snippet of Mother and Child Reunion and Where the Streets Have No Name. On the Vertigo Tour, Streets had an intro with national flags (usually African flags), but as in yesterday's rehearsal U2 used the red backdrop tonight.

The show concluded with a performance of 40. Bono referenced U2's recent fortieth anniversary in introducing it, remarking that 40 "feels kinda like a fortieth birthday song". The taped outro music for the evening was M83's Moonchild.

It's worth noting that tonight U2 drew predominantly on their material from the 1980s and 2000s, eight and four songs respectively, with just two from the most recent album and, even more surprisingly, just one from the 1990s. The full setlist was:

  1. Vertigo
  2. Elevation
  3. I Will Follow
  4. Beautiful Day / Zooropa (snippet) / Blackbird (snippet)
  5. California Dreamin' (snippet) / California (There Is No End To Love)
  6. Angel Of Harlem
  7. Stuck In A Moment
  8. Every Breaking Wave
  9. Bullet The Blue Sky / The Star-Spangled Banner (snippet) / The New Colossus (snippet)
  10. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  11. One / My Sweet Lord (snippet)
  12. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
  13. With Or Without You
  14. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  15. 40
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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
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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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