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January 15, 2018
Bono performs "A Rainy Night In Soho" with Johnny Depp on guitar and a host of Irish musicians -- including former members of The Pogues -- at the all-star Shane MacGowan Birthday Celebration. He also sings a snippet of "Linger" at the end of the song, in honor of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan, who died earlier in the day.
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The Experience + Innocence tour is expanding again. U2 and Live Nation have announced second shows in both San Jose (May 8, 2018) and Los Angeles (May 16, 2018). That brings the tour to a current total of 24 shows.
Pre-sales for these shows begin next Tuesday, December 5. The public ticket sales start on December 11. See the U2.com news article for more details about pre-sale codes and the like.
It's been seven years since U2 has toured in Australia/New Zealand, but things are looking good for that to change in 2018. In an interview that aired tonight on 60 Minutes Australia, Edge said U2 would "absolutely" be coming back to Australia. In a somewhat odd change of pace, it was Bono who tempered Edge's promise by saying, "We want to go, we really do. And if there's any way we can, we will."
The interview took place last month while U2 was finishing The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 in Brazil. Aside from the comments about touring Australia next year, there's not much news to come out of the interview, but it does have some good stories and quotes from each band member. At the moment, the entire 16-minute feature is on YouTube (but may be removed eventually). The program's Twitter account shared a bunch of clips from the U2 segment, including the comments about U2 returning to Australia.
UPDATE: After we published, a second show was added in Las Vegas, too. Our article below is now updated to include that date.
In each case, the second show is scheduled the night after U2's first show in each city.
According to Ticketmaster.com, ticket sales will have a similar schedule to the existing shows: Pre-sales begin next Tuesday, November 28, and general sales the following Monday, December 4 or Tuesday, December 5. Please read the U2.com Help page for details about how pre-sales will work in terms of ticket limits, who's eligible to get/use a pre-sale code, and so forth. We only know what's posted there, and we suggest you check that page multiple times in case updates are posted before ticket sales begin.
These five six new dates are in addition to yesterday's news of a second show in Montreal.
U2's tours have had a pretty good streak of winning at the annual Billboard Touring Awards. That continued this week, with The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 winning for "Top Boxscore" -- the award is specifically for U2's shows at the Stade de France near Paris on July 25-26, 2017.
But U2 missed out on two other BTAs this year -- Top Tour and Top Draw. Those honors both went to Guns N' Roses' "Not In This Lifetime Tour."
U2 previously won Top Tour and Top Draw in 2005, 2010 and 2011. The band picked up Top Boxscore in 2005 and 2009 for its shows at Croke Park in Dublin on the Vertigo and 360 tours, respectively.
You can see the full list of winners on Billboard.com.
U2 picked up two awards Friday night at the Los40 Music Awards in Madrid. First was the Golden Music Award 2017, a sort of career achievement-type award that was announced earlier this year. The band later picked up a second award, as The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 won for Tour of the Year.
Bono and Adam both gave brief speeches while accepting each award. Bono spoke a bit in Spanish and gave special thanks to U2's Spanish audience. Adam praised U2's crew for the work they do while the band is on tour. They sat at a table with their manager, Guy Oseary, and longtime friend, actor Penelope Cruz.
Here's video from Los40 of U2 collecting both awards.
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