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.
March 10, 2014 |
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.
October 29, 2011 |
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.)
July 6, 2012 |
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.
October 27, 2009 |
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."
December 30, 2013 |
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.