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Latest U2 Concert
May 23, 2018
Tonight's show is U2's 19th performance at the United Center, making them the act with the most appearances at this venue. It also makes United Center the second most-played venue in U2's career, behind only Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, like several other shows this tour, the venue isn't sold out tonight, prompting several upper level sections behind the stage to be blocked off with curtains.
The actor Ashley Judd is at the show (for the second straight night), and gets Bono's "Beautiful Day" shoutout tonight. He also sings her praises before "One," saying she's soon headed to the Congo "to do God's work."
"Red Flag Day" is back in the set for the first time since Los Angeles on May 15.
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Latest U2 Tour News & Rumors
U2 picked up two Billboard Music Awards today, both announced as part of the non-televised portion of the awards ceremony.
U2's awards are both for the success of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 last year. In the Top Rock Tour category, they beat out Coldplay and Guns N' Roses. In the Top Touring Artist category, U2 beat out those two bands plus Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars.
U2 was nominated in two other categories but didn't win. Top Rock Album and Top Duo/Group both went to Imagine Dragons. Here's the full list of winners.
The televised awards show airs tonight from Las Vegas on NBC.
Famed Radio Personality Howard Stern announced today that U2 will play a special invite-only concert in New York at The Apollo for SiriusXM subscribers on June 11.
It will be the first time the band has performed at the historic Harlem venue, which has hosted legends such as James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Prince and John Lennon. Other private shows like the one being planned for U2 in the past have included Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor.
Aside from those who are invited, folks who have been SiriusXM subscribers since at least April 25, 2018 also have the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show along with airfare and accommodations. Official rules for that contest can be found here.
Subscribers who aren't at the show will have the opportunity to hear it live via satellite, through the SiriusXM app and online at siriusxm.com.
According to Variety, Bono and Edge will sit down for an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that will air May 15. Variety says the duo will discuss the Experience + Innocence tour in their first in-studio appearance on the show.
U2 will perform at The Forum in Inglewood near L.A. on May 15; it's not clear when the interview will be recorded.
Bono appeared on Ellen's show in 2011 to talk about World Aids Day.
The Experience + Innocence tour is just a week away, and we have a special gift to help you keep track: free wallpapers for your smartphone!
Below you'll find links to five images with all of the dates and cities that U2 is scheduled to visit on the E+I tour this year. There are two wallpapers for leg one, and three for the second leg. You're welcome to save any/all to your phone and use them as your home/lock screen as the tour progresses.
Links to see/save the wallpaper images are below -- enjoy!
Leg 1: May 2018
Leg 1: June/July 2018
Leg 2: August/September 2018
Leg 2: October 2018
Leg 2: November 2018
(Note: We've tested the images on a number of different Apple and Android-based smartphones and are happy with the appearance, but the size of your phone's screen might mean that the fit isn't quite perfect.)
With opening night just nine days away, U2's plans to incorporate augmented reality into the Experience + Innocence tour are becoming clearer. Tonight the band announced the availability of a new mobile app called U2 Experience that's available free for both iOS and Android devices. A U2.com email promoting the app offers the most detailed explanation of how the app will work:
#U2eiTour will see a specially curated AR scene-setter -- triggered by the 100-foot-long LED wall running the length of the arena floor -- herald the band's arrival on stage. Then check out the opening song... for a live show experience you can share with all your friends, as well as thousands of other fans at the show.
Once downloaded, the app asks for access to your device's camera and invites you to test it out by pointing the camera at any image of the Songs Of Experience album cover. When you do that, Bono's image appears as if he's coming out of the album cover and he sings a short bit of "Love Is All We Have Left." (see image above)
The band's plans to use AR on the tour first came to light a month ago when tour director Willie Williams mentioned it to Rolling Stone magazine in a brief tour preview.
U2's upcoming Experience + Innocence tour will be "the first concert tour to incorporate augmented reality." That's a quote attributed to Willie Williams in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, which includes a preview of several 2018 tours. U2's longtime tour designer also says the E+I tour "staging takes that of its predecessor to a new level," referring not to last year's Joshua Tree 2017 tour, but the 2015 indoor Innocence + Experience tour.
Deena Dietrich tweeted the brief U2 E+I tour bit earlier today, which says U2 plans to play longer sets and tells fans to expect plenty of new songs, hits and "rarities that the band is excited to be playing live for the first time." Here's the full Rolling Stone bit from Deena's tweet.
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