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June 16, 2011
MUSIC The Irish rock gods U2 make their first Southland appearance of 2011 with their ongoing 360 tour, which was originally launched in support of their 2009 album, "No Line on the Horizon. " So named because of the 360-degree staging that gives the audience an unprecedented view of the rock 'n' roll action, the show features the band performing atop a massive four-legged supporting rig that has been nicknamed "The Claw. " Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim.
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March 10, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
U2 is still on track to issue a new album this year, despite claims that the band has pushed the project and subsequent tour back to 2015. In December,  band members indicated to The Times that they were targeting a new album for an April release. However, last week, Billboard reported that the album the Irish quartet was crafting alongside producer Danger Mouse wouldn't be ready until next year. The band also reportedly booked additional recording sessions with hitmakers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, though Danger Mouse remains the core producer of the project.
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January 17, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
A new U2 album is rattling (and humming) to life. In an interview with England's Sun newspaper, frontman Bono said the legendary Irish band is at work on the follow-up to 2009's "No Line on the Horizon. " "U2 have been back and they're really in fine fettle," he said, pushing the rock star's royal "we" to a curious extreme. "They're mad for it at the moment and they really want to make a new record. And they don't care if it takes 10 years -- they don't care if it never happens again, they just want to get it right.
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March 8, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. Please see note below for details. You might have thought everything was building toward a new U2 album and tour this year after the group's performances at the Academy Awards and on the first episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” its Super Bowl commercial and other recent high-profile appearances. But now Billboard reports that the new album with which U2 has been working with producer Danger Mouse won't be ready until 2015, and therefore touring plans are also being pushed back.
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April 12, 2011
U2 isn't a band that does things on the cheap. When frontman Bono and guitarist the Edge went to Broadway, they did so via "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," which has earned itself the distinction of being the most expensive show in Broadway history. The band's 360 Tour has been no bargain either, with costs tallying at least $750,000 per day, according to Billboard, whether or not the band even has a gig that night. So perhaps the announcement Monday from concert promoter Live Nation that trumpets the 360 Tour as the highest-grossing rock 'n' roll endeavor ever should come with an asterisk.
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March 10, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
U2 is still on track to issue a new album this year, despite claims that the band has pushed the project and subsequent tour back to 2015. In December,  band members indicated to The Times that they were targeting a new album for an April release. However, last week, Billboard reported that the album the Irish quartet was crafting alongside producer Danger Mouse wouldn't be ready until next year. The band also reportedly booked additional recording sessions with hitmakers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, though Danger Mouse remains the core producer of the project.
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October 29, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
U2, the Irish pop band, is the subject of a fascinating new documentary, "From the Sky Down," premiering Saturday on Showtime. Like most modern rockumentaries, it was commissioned by the people it is about, and it will be included in some of the versions of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of "Achtung Baby," coming in November. (The most deluxe of these, the Uber-Deluxe package, which costs upward of $400, also comes with a pair of sunglasses like those singer Bono wore in his guise of the Fly.)
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December 30, 2013 | By Susan King
The members of U2 - Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. - are the recipients of the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival's Sonny Bono Visionary Award. The group will be present to accept the honor named after the founder of the film festival at the awards gala Saturday at the Palm Springs Convention Center, a spokesman for the event said. The film festival runs Friday through Jan. 14. "We normally present the Sonny Bono Visionary Award to a director, but for the 25th anniversary we wanted to take the occasion to celebrate U2, a visionary group and the world's premier rock band, for their unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease and social injustice," said festival chairman Harold Matzner in a statement.
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July 6, 2012 | By August Brown
U2 may have asked how to dismantle an atomic bomb on a recent album, but from 2004 to 2008 Carol Hawkins dismantled U2 bassist Adam Clayton's finances. Hawkins, a domestic aide Clayton hired to attend to his south Dublin mansion, was sentenced Friday for embezzling $3.6 million from Clayton's bank accounts to fund pricey purchases such as first-class flights, a car, university educations for her children and nearly two dozen thoroughbred horses. Hawkins had been found guilty last week on 181 counts of writing checks from Clayton's bank account for personal purchases, and Friday an Irish jury unanimously sentenced her to a seven-year sentence.
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October 27, 2009 | Todd Martens
U2's concert at the Rose Bowl shattered attendance records at the venue as more than 100,000 people, including Rose Bowl staff, took in the band's Southern California stop on its 360 Tour, according to the venue's general manager, Darryl Dunn. Yet the number of fans who watched the concert online probably dwarfs that tally. Final figures aren't in yet from Google-owned YouTube, which streamed the concert live, but the page housing the concert has received close to 7 million "channel views."
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March 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
If World Cup tuneups are designed to build confidence and improve team chemistry, then Ukraine's emotional 2-0 win over the U.S. on Wednesday in Larnaca, Cyprus, was a disaster for the Americans. But if the idea is to identify weaknesses and expose mistakes, then the match was a huge success. Because the U.S. did little right in a sloppy, confused effort that is all the more worrisome since it came less than 100 days from the start of this summer's tournament in Brazil. "It was difficult for a lot of players to get into a rhythm, to stand out," said U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann, who used the match as a final evaluation for the European-based players on the fringes of his World Cup roster.
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March 3, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Book U2 frontman Bono for the Grammy Awards and perhaps only a Beatle or a Rolling Stone could upstage him. At the Oscars, however, the rock 'n' roll humanitarian had nothing on a Disney princess. Idina Menzel stole the Dolby Theatre stage Sunday with "Let It Go," the diva belter from Disney's smash "Frozen," which would go on to win the Oscar a few minutes later for original song. "To our fellow nominees, you are all rock stars - literally," said Kristen Anderson-Lopez as she accepted the Oscar with her husband, Robert Lopez.
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March 2, 2014 | By Todd Martens
In the end, some of the biggest names in pop music couldn't topple a Disney princess. “Let It Go” from Walt Disney Pictures' animated musical “Frozen” took the Oscar for original song, besting offerings from U2, Pharrell Williams and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Written by the husband-and-wife songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “Let It Go” is the showcase song in “Frozen.” It arrives early in the film, scoring the moment when Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel)
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February 24, 2014 | By Todd Martens
U2 is a band that is used to big statements, political activism and rallying behind a cause. This past weekend, however, the band's larger-than-life frontman Bono was talking about the band's late-career efforts to simplify. Well, that and also his desire to get his hands on the "little gold" that is an Academy Awards statuette. Speaking by phone early Saturday from Washington, D.C., Bono described the band's 2009 effort "No Line on the Horizon" as "esoteric," and talked up the more human aspects of the group's Oscar-nominated song, "Ordinary Love.
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February 17, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Heeeere's Jimmy! Jimmy Fallon made his debut Monday as the new host of "The Tonight Show" in an inaugural broadcast that was heavy on star power and sought to capitalize on the franchise's new digs in New York City after 42 years on the West Coast. "It's a historic day. There's nothing better than being here as 'The Tonight Show' returns to 30 Rock," said Adam Bloom, 38, of New York, as he waited in line to attend the new show's very first taping at NBC's headquarters in midtown Manhattan.  PHOTOS: Jimmy Fallon's debut on 'The Tonight Show' History loomed large throughout the broadcast, which opened with a sequence directed by Spike Lee featuring Fallon at famous New York landmarks.
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February 13, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
This year's Academy Awards ceremony promises to feature a Grammy-worthy lineup of musical performers, with indie rocker Karen O, Broadway star Idina Menzel and arena-rock veterans U2 now set to join previously announced singer-producer-rapper Pharrell Williams on the bill. Each of the four artists will perform a number nominated for original song: Karen O will perform "The Moon Song," which she wrote with Spike Jonze for the future-set love story "Her"; Menzel will sing "Let It Go," written by  Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for the animated musical "Frozen"; U2 will play "Ordinary Love," which the band wrote for " Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"; and Williams will perform "Happy," which he wrote for the animated adventure "Despicable Me 2. " PANORAMA: Oscar nominees class photo A fifth contender for original song, "Alone Yet Not Alone," from the little-seen film of the same name, had its nomination revoked  last month for violating academy rules about campaigning for awards.
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December 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The film academy has released its list of the 75 songs that will be competing for the 2014 original song Oscar. Taylor Swift, U2 and Coldplay are on it. So is "Let It Go," the pop power ballad from Disney's animated "Frozen" that every 12-year-old girl already knows by heart. "The Great Gatsby" has five songs on the list. So does "Kamasutra 3D. " "Austenland" has four, and there's ... Wait. What? There are five songs nominated from "Kamasutra 3D," a movie that, judging from its trailer , looks like a glossy mashup of "Spartacus," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and a Zalman King compilation reel (not that there's anything wrong with that ... and, wow, the music must be great!
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January 1, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
In just 20 beautiful days on the concert trail last year, U2 racked up the highest-grossing North American tour of 2009, pulling in $123 million at the box office in a year in which overall concert business was one of the music industry's remaining bright spots. The Irish quartet's bar-raising 360 Tour of sports stadiums, which visited 16 cities, sold more than 1.3 million tickets, translating to a nightly average of just more than 82,000 fans, according to Pollstar, the concert-industry tracking publication.
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February 12, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
U2 has unveiled the video for its new single “Invisible,” a stylized concert performance directed by Mark Romanek that zeroes in on the sense of community that's long been a cornerstone of the band's appeal. Reviewing the Dangermouse-produced single recently, Times pop music critic Randall Roberts described it as “a prime U2 jam, a snagged-from-the-ether track so logical as to feel somehow fated to exist.” It's the first offering from the new album due later this year.
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February 7, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The director Mark Romanek helped reinvent the music video in the 1990s, his pieces for the likes of Nine Inch Nails' “Closer” and Beck's “Devil's Haircut” becoming edgy exercises in style and story. Now he could be on the path to reinvention again - sort of. In the fall, Romanek helmed “Picasso Baby,” the Jay-Z pop-up exercise that brought together the disparate likes of Judd Apatow and Marina Abramovic as Hova hummingly held court. Romanek also directed a similarly real-time video for U2's “Invisible,” a black-and-white piece both playing with and reveling in Bono's icon status that Romanek shot as a staged-live concert at a Santa Monica airport hangar a few months ago.  (An excerpt was shown during the Super Bowl commercial for (Red)
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