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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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February 4, 2005 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
U2 has issued an open letter to its fan club members in hopes of dismantling their atomic bomb-level frustration at being shut out of prime tickets to the group's upcoming Vertigo tour -- access that had been promised as part of club membership. "Many people who joined U2.com and didn't get tickets are understandably angry," states the apologetic letter from drummer Larry Mullen.
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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 29, 2005 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
U2's new tour is called Vertigo, but it might well be rechristened Hysteria in the wake of frenzied reports from fans frustrated by this week's presale of tickets through the group's website. Several days after Tuesday's Internet sale of tickets to fans who paid $40 each in recent months to join U2.com on the promise of priority access to "some of the best seats available" for the upcoming tour, throngs are wailing that they still haven't found what they're looking for.
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January 24, 2005 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
U2 will launch its 2005 world tour on March 28 in San Diego and then head north for shows April 1 at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim and April 5 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tickets for the L.A. shows will go on sale Sunday at 10 a.m. More details are to be announced today. As on the band's 2001 tour, seating will be general admission for the floor in front of the stage, while reserved seats will be in the upper portions of the arenas.
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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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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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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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