Zane Lowe from Beats 1 Radio interviews U2 in London (July 10, 2017)


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He could have discovered the secrets of the universe

By Rhian Daly, NME

The Edge has recalled his first experience with magic mushrooms.

U2 joined Zane Lowe on Beats 1 earlier today to discuss their album 'The Joshua Tree', of which they are celebrating the 30th anniversary.

While Bono was reminiscing about the past, he described them as "high times". "There were no drugs," he quickly clarified, but his bandmates corrected him, mentioning magic mushrooms.

Asked by Lowe if any of the songs on the album were inspired by being on mushrooms, The Edge responded: "Well, this was a bit later, but I had one funny moment with the mushrooms. This was a metaphysical experiment, you understand? It was very spiritual."

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By Associated Press/Billboard.com

In a frank and heartfelt speech, U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates of four decades for their support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse years ago, and then joined them for a rollicking rendition of a few hits.

"We have a pact with each other," said Clayton, 57, who was receiving an award from MusiCares, the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "In our band, no one will be a casualty. We all come home, or none of us come home. No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise, and letting me be in your band."

He ended by quoting lyrics that Bono, U2's frontman, had written when the band was starting out: "If you walk away, walk away, I will follow." At that, his bandmates came out to join him, performing "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," ''Vertigo" and, fittingly, "I Will Follow."

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By Chris Richards, The Washington Post

No red ballcap, but Bono still wants to make America great again. So he's taken U2 on a tour across our damaged nation to perform "The Joshua Tree," his 1987 love-letter to the home of the brave that remains his band's most enduring document. These are U2's most capacious songs, and despite being filled with the best of intentions, there's still lots of room for everyone to pile on in. "Whoever you voted for, you are welcome here tonight," Bono declared at FedEx Field in Maryland on Tuesday evening. "We will find common ground reaching for higher ground."

That's nice, but the between-banter music didn't feel like too strenuous of a reach. Instead, the band ceremonially delivered its signature blend of grandeur and uplift, hoping to repair the burning bridges of 2017 by transporting its adoring crowd 30 years back to a moment of global optimism, when prosperity was on the rise and the Cold War was drawing to a close. Strangely, U2 won the night the same way that Donald Trump won the presidency: by promising to improve tomorrow by making it feel more like yesterday. (Plus, there must be some morsel of cosmic significance in the fact that Trump first published "The Art of the Deal" in November of '87, a mere eight months after "The Joshua Tree" sprouted.)

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Opening Act(s): Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Setlist:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad - Heroes
  4. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  5. Where the Streets Have No Name - California (There Is No End to Love)
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. With or Without You
  8. Bullet the Blue Sky
  9. Running to Stand Still
  10. Red Hill Mining Town
  11. In God's Country
  12. Trip Through Your Wires - Spanish Eyes
  13. One Tree Hill
  14. Exit - Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
  15. Mothers of the Disappeared - El Pueblo Vencerá
  16. Encore(s):
  17. Miss Sarajevo
  18. Beautiful Day - Starman
  19. Elevation
  20. Vertigo - Rebel Rebel
  21. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  22. One
  23. The Little Things That Give You Away

Remarks:

U2 stopped in Barcelona tonight for its only concert in the country of Spain. Prior to performing "Bad", Bono mentioned to the crowd tonight that he visited a David Bowie exhibit at a local museum in Barcelona earlier in the day (Bowie's "Heroes", "Starman" and "Rebel Rebel" were once again excerpted tonight too). Back on July 15, 1987, just over 30 years ago, U2 performed "Spanish Eyes" for the first time here in Barcelona (it was also the very first live performance of this song too). Tonight, Bono only sang a short portion of the song, after "Trip Through Your Wires". After performing "The Little Things That Give You Away", Bono stated that "Songs of Experience" would be released before the end of 2017. Former U2 Manager Paul McGuinness was spotted at tonight's show.

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