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November 20, 1988 | ROBERT HILBURN
"This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles," Bono Hewson says at the begining of U2's new "Rattle and Hum" album. " We're stealing it back." Hewson must have realized the words--an introduction to U2's concert version of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter"--would be a red flag to those who had already complained about the Irish rock band taking itself too seriously. The obvious dig: "Oh my God, now these guys think they're the Beatles."
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October 24, 2009 | Associated Press
Charismatic U2 frontman Bono, in a reflective mood as the band brings its "360" tour to the Rose Bowl Sunday night, notes the different, more polarized atmosphere in the United States since the group performed at President Obama's inauguration in January. "I didn't think it could come to this so quickly, after the joyous occasion of that election," Bono said in an interview on board the band's plane. "I thought America was looking good. . . . Things are getting a little rough now." Bono said he's been in touch with Obama and is confident the president will deliver on promises made during the campaign, including the singer's favorite issue: funding to fight AIDS in Africa.
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January 7, 2005 | Richard Cromelin
U2 has postponed its world tour, which was expected to begin in Miami on March 1, Rolling Stone reported Thursday, citing a "family illness" in the band as the reason. A spokeswoman for the band said she had no additional information, but U2's manager Paul McGuinness posted a statement on the Irish band's website Thursday saying, "We've postponed the announcement of the tour because the routing is still being worked on.
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January 30, 2007 | From Reuters
For Anglicans who still haven't found what they're looking for, the Church of England is staging its first "U2-charist" communion service -- replacing hymns with hit songs by the Irish supergroup. "Rock music can be a vehicle of immense spirituality," said Bishop of Grantham Timothy Ellis, announcing plans for the unique service in the central English town of Lincoln in May.
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March 19, 1988 | ROBERT HILBURN
It's funny how easy it is to forget dates in pop music. Even the most history-conscious fan would probably have to turn to a reference book to confirm the specific date of such landmark events as Live Aid (July 13, 1985) and the Woodstock weekend (Aug. 15-17, 1969). But there's one date that many Irish rock fans will never forget: May 17, 1986.
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February 25, 2005 | Geoff Boucher
Bruce Springsteen will induct U2 when the Irish band gets ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14 in New York City. The band's choice furthers the mutual admiration society shared with Springsteen -- the New Jersey rocker tapped U2 frontman Bono to induct him in 1999. B.B. King and Eric Clapton will speak on behalf of Buddy Guy, Neil Young for the Pretenders, Rod Stewart for Percy Sledge and Justin Timberlake for the O'Jays.
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March 8, 2005 | Richard Cromelin
U2 has announced a second leg of North American dates for its Vertigo/2005 concert tour, beginning Sept. 12 in Toronto and including shows Nov. 1 and 2 at Staples Center. The 33 new dates, which conclude Dec. 19 in Portland, Ore., will follow the Irish band's European swing and bring the sold-out tour's total to 91 concerts. The tour begins March 28 in San Diego and includes four Los Angeles and Orange County shows in April. Tickets for the November Staples Center shows go on sale Sunday.
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September 15, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
U2 and Green Day will perform together at the reopening of the Louisiana Superdome on Nov. 25. The bands will team up during pre-game festivities for a Monday Night Football match between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons that will bring sports back to the vast venue that became a shelter for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Grammy-winning rock bands will perform "The Saints Are Coming," a 1978 song by the Skids, a Scottish punk band.
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December 14, 2004 | Geoff Boucher
U2, the Irish rock band that for more than two decades has woven commercial success and critical acclaim into a high-minded career, will lead the 2005 class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The quartet will be joined by the rock band the Pretenders, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, soul singer Percy Sledge and the R&B vocal group the O'Jays.
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July 17, 2004 | From wire reports
An unfinished copy of U2's upcoming CD disappeared while the band was posing for the album cover, in a studio outside Nice, France, raising fears it will be pirated on the Internet ahead of its fall release date. About 20 people who were at Tuesday's photo shoot were questioned by police, who said later it was unclear whether the CD's disappearance was accidental or theft.
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October 17, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Bono, the rock star and campaigner against Third World debt, is asking the Irish government to contribute more to Africa. At the same time, he's reducing tax payments that could help fund that aid. After Ireland said it would scrap a break that lets musicians and artists avoid paying taxes on royalties, Bono and his U2 bandmates earlier this year moved their music publishing company to the Netherlands.
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September 15, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
U2 and Green Day will perform together at the reopening of the Louisiana Superdome on Nov. 25. The bands will team up during pre-game festivities for a Monday Night Football match between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons that will bring sports back to the vast venue that became a shelter for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Grammy-winning rock bands will perform "The Saints Are Coming," a 1978 song by the Skids, a Scottish punk band.
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March 11, 2006 | Matea Gold
"High School Musical" is going global. The hit Disney Channel movie will premiere this summer on Disney Channel networks in Australia, followed by runs in France, Spain, Britain, Japan and India. Meanwhile, cellphone ring tones are in the works, along with a novel based on the movie and tween merchandise. Matea Gold * FINALLY Jazz man?
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December 15, 2005 | Randy Lewis
U2's "Vertigo" tour attracted more than 3 million fans and grossed more than $260 million worldwide to lead Billboard's list of the year's top-grossing concert tours. That more than doubled the take for the No. 2 finisher, the Eagles, which pulled in $117 million from 77 performances during the tracking period of Nov. 17, 2004, to Nov. 15, 2005. Returning to the concert trail, Neil Diamond landed the No. 3 spot after playing to more than a million fans, who paid $71 million to see him.
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March 8, 2005 | Richard Cromelin
U2 has announced a second leg of North American dates for its Vertigo/2005 concert tour, beginning Sept. 12 in Toronto and including shows Nov. 1 and 2 at Staples Center. The 33 new dates, which conclude Dec. 19 in Portland, Ore., will follow the Irish band's European swing and bring the sold-out tour's total to 91 concerts. The tour begins March 28 in San Diego and includes four Los Angeles and Orange County shows in April. Tickets for the November Staples Center shows go on sale Sunday.
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February 25, 2005 | Geoff Boucher
Bruce Springsteen will induct U2 when the Irish band gets ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14 in New York City. The band's choice furthers the mutual admiration society shared with Springsteen -- the New Jersey rocker tapped U2 frontman Bono to induct him in 1999. B.B. King and Eric Clapton will speak on behalf of Buddy Guy, Neil Young for the Pretenders, Rod Stewart for Percy Sledge and Justin Timberlake for the O'Jays.
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November 29, 2004 | Randy Lewis
The nation's music retailers are gleeful over the public's early response to new albums by Eminem, U2 and other high-profile acts, but is it going to be enough to reverse a recent downturn that's threatening to make 2004 a disappointing sales year? Until September, it looked as if this could be the year the record business turned around the slump it's been in for several years. Sales were up nearly 10% over 2003, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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October 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
A long-lost briefcase full of notes and lyrics that were intended for the 1981 U2 album "October" has been returned, 23 years after it was stolen at a Portland, Ore., concert. U2 frontman Bono made the announcement during an appearance before the World Affairs Council of Oregon this week, saying the returned notes were "an act of grace." Bono had to rewrite the "October" lyrics in the studio, and band members called it their worst recording experience.
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February 1, 2005 | From Times staff and wire reports
The Edge, the lead guitarist of U2, is fighting an Irish newspaper in court over its report of a relative's serious illness that reportedly forced the Irish rock band to delay the start of its next world tour. The Dublin-based tabloid Sunday World identified the relative and condition the person was suffering in a front-page story on Jan.
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January 7, 2005 | Richard Cromelin
U2 has postponed its world tour, which was expected to begin in Miami on March 1, Rolling Stone reported Thursday, citing a "family illness" in the band as the reason. A spokeswoman for the band said she had no additional information, but U2's manager Paul McGuinness posted a statement on the Irish band's website Thursday saying, "We've postponed the announcement of the tour because the routing is still being worked on.
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