"We wanted [Bono] to play guitar, although he insisted on singing. Now we know why -- because he didn't have to buy or move any equipment."
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September 23, 2016 , 7:15pm
U2 headline the first night of the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival. The band opens with a scorching version of "Desire" that makes a grand political statement against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. In the middle of the song, a video of Trump is shown as he tells a politically rally that "the American dream is dead," while Bono says to the audience, "What have you got to lose? Everything!" Fake money pours down from the ceiling during the song, similar to an effect U2 used when they played "Desire" on the Zoo TV tour.
Bono namechecks Brandon Flowers of The Killers during "Beautiful Day," and dedicates "Every Breaking Wave" to Ryan Tedder, who's in the audience and whose band, One Republic, played earlier in the night.
The printed setlist had a ninth song that U2 didn't play for unknown reason(s): "With Or Without You" was supposed to close the set after "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
Latest U2 Tour News & Rumors
With the Innocence + Experience Live In Paris DVD just announced late last week, U2 is keeping the momentum up with today's release of a teaser from that show. The full version of "I Will Follow" arrived this morning on U2's Vevo channel, and is embedded below. (If you look closely, and if you care, you can see that the video is an edit of the song from multiple nights.)
With the DVD's arrival still several weeks away, I'd expect at least a couple more full-song videos to be released between now and then.
Swing those lightbulbs, U2 fans. The official announcement came today that the Innocence + Experience Live In Paris DVD will be released on June 10. Amazon.com and U2.com are offering preorders on four different formats:
U2.com has the most detailed information on the release formats:
Single DVD (2 hours, 31 minutes) ($19.98)
2 Disc Deluxe DVD ($24.95)
1. Ordinary Love
2 Disc Blu-Ray ($24.95)
Super Deluxe 3 Disc ($124.95)
The U2.com shop is also bundling a DVD t-shirt along with the release at an additional cost as well.
Edge helped close the conference Saturday night by performing at least one song ("Ordinary Love") inside the Sistine Chapel. Those in attendance were saying that it's the first contemporary music performance inside the famous building, which opened in 1483. Here's a short clip of Edge's performance.
UPDATE: NBC News reports Edge also played "Yahweh," "Walk On" and Leonard Cohen's "If It Be Your Will." A young Irish choir joined him with backing vocals. Edge said, "When I was asked to perform in the Sistine Chapel I didn't know what to say, because usually there's 'this other guy' who sings (referring to Bono) ... So it took me at least, well, 30 seconds to agree to it."
Bono accepted the We Are Family Foundation's Humanitarian Award at a gala event Friday night in New York City, and took the stage to perform four U2 songs, too. The award is given to "a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts and inroads into making the human condition better throughout the world." Previous recipients include Sir Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Trudie Styler and others.
But the highlight of the night was when Bono joined Nile Rodgers (the foundation's founder) and Chic for a four-song set featuring some of U2's biggest hits: "Pride," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Beautiful Day" and "Mysterious Ways."
@U2's Karen Lindell was at the event taking photos and providing fans with a Periscope livestream of the live performance. Here are a couple of her tweets/photos, and you can visit @U2 Tours for more on the show and links to videos from the event.
U2 may be back on the road later this year as planned, but it sounds like it may not be in support of a new album.
The Edge tells RollingStone.com that the band is "still in the weeds" as it works on Songs Of Experience, and says, "We're not booking the pressing plant, so to speak, just yet." He does confirm that U2 is sticking with plans to release its next album as a companion to 2014's Songs Of Innocence but, Edge says, "It's really hard to say at this point when it will be done."
He describes the new music that was included in a recent Fender guitars promotional video as an early demo -- one of 50 ideas that he's been working on.
"Including a lot of my really rough demos -- I'm not suggesting they're finished, by any means -- there's actually 50 pieces of music that I've put time into," he says with a hearty laugh. "Some of them have not been arranged or performed by the band, but there's 50 ideas, and probably about 20 that we're actually really excited about. So we've got some ways to narrow it down, but we're in good shape."
That seems like a step back from the band's recent quotes in Q magazine, when Edge said U2 could probably finish recording its new material in four to six weeks. In the same article, Adam told Q that the band is "really optimistic that we're on top of our game and we can finish this one quickly, but you never know until you get under the bonnet and get the screwdriver out." Edge told Hot Press magazine in November that U2's plan was to finish Songs Of Experience in early 2016. (See our new album page for a timeline of recent news and statements about the band's progress.)
U2's plan, as Adam described in that Q magazine article, was to restart the Innocence + Experience tour later this year with new material. But today's Rolling Stone article says that plan may be changing.
Although the band is working on the record, it's possible that fans may see U2 live again before they hear a new album. Although Edge wasn't specific on timing, he said the band hoped to get back on the road "sooner rather than later" and that its intention was to make an announcement "fairly soon."
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