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November 4, 2005 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Would-be starlets used to loiter at Schwab's Drug Store just waiting to be discovered, but that type of Cinderella story doesn't happen anymore, right? Well, on Tuesday night a rare bolt of show-biz lighting struck for a young L.A. band called Exit when they found themselves on stage with U2 and playing to a sold-out Staples Center. Not only that, they rocked.
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October 15, 2005 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Rock stars have been increasingly inserting themselves into political arenas in recent years. Now it appears politicians are turning the tables by using concerts as a backdrop for their fundraisers -- and at least one rock band isn't happy about it. U2 has posted a statement on its website distancing the group from the practice of politicians raising cash by inviting campaign donors to attend the band's shows in private suites. The practice has crossed the political aisle; Sens.
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April 4, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
"Look, I'm sick of Bono and I am Bono," the leader of U2 said playfully about how he's always in the news, either for his music or his social activism. Given his nonstop schedule, it was no surprise to learn on the way to an interview with him in West Hollywood last week that Bono was running 20 minutes late. It's a wonder he wasn't running days late.
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March 15, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
U2, one of the few bands ever to maintain underground credibility while remaining popular enough to fill stadiums, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here Monday by Bruce Springsteen, who praised the spiritually minded Irish group as one that "wanted to lay claim not only to this world but had their eyes on the next one too."
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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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