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U2's Clayton proud to be part of music programme

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Adam Clayton said that he's "proud" to be part of the national music education programme, to which U2 have donated €2m raised from their recent Irish concerts.

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The U2 bassist, Taoiseach Enda Kelly and Minister Jan O'Sullivan gathered today along with students from Music Generation to cement their commitment to the programme.

As well as U2's €2 million paycheck for the programme, The Ireland Funds also donated €1 million, which ensures the programme will be funded to 2020 and beyond, and it also got a boost from the Department of Education, who have committed to ongoing funding, which means the music initiative can be expanded.

The programme, which currently reaches 26,000 children and young people annually who would otherwise not have had access to music education, can now be expanded in up to nine additional areas across the country.

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Fender board director gets own signature

By MusicRadar/Total Guitar/Guitarist

NAMM 2016: In a move that's taken pretty much no-one by complete surprise, two years after The Edge joined the Fender board of directors the U2 guitarist finally has his widely-rumoured signature guitar, alongside a suitably desirable signature amp.

The Edge Strat will apparently replace the guitarists' usual collection of vintage instruments on tour, so it's safe to assume that the design was a genuinely considered, close collaboration between endorsee and luthier.

Features include two special Custom Shop Fat 50s single-coil pickups in the neck and middle position, cranking out versatile tone with enhanced bass response, a DiMarzio® FS-1™ pickup at the bridge and a quartersawn maple neck for an Edge-ish bright tone.

The Edge Deluxe amp, released alongside the Strat, is essentially an update of the '57 tweed Deluxe he currently uses - a 12-watt hand-wired amp configured for a tighter low end response.

The Fender Strat will retail for approx $1800/£1260, while the Deluxe will set you back $2399/£1740.

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U2 have joined the tributes pouring in for David Bowie as they pay respects to one of their biggest influences.

by Sasha Brady, Irish Independent

U2 posted a message on tweet saying 'Planet Earth is blue" upon hearing the news of the iconic singer's death on Sunday evening at 69.

Bowie - known for his hits like Changes, Ashes To Ashes and Starman - left a legacy created by pioneering musicianship and ground-breaking lyrics dating back almost half a century.

The Irish megastars have have always been open about the influence Bowie had on their music and career.

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Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Vertigo
  3. I Will Follow - Mother
  4. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  5. Cedarwood Road
  6. Song for Someone
  7. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  8. Raised by Wolves
  9. Until the End of the World - Love and Peace or Else - Words
  10. Intermission
  11. Invisible
  12. Even Better Than the Real Thing - Break On Through
  13. Fashion - Mysterious Ways - Burning Down the House
  14. Elevation
  15. Every Breaking Wave
  16. October
  17. Zooropa - Bullet the Blue Sky - Ode to Joy - 19
  18. Zooropa
  19. Where the Streets Have No Name - California (There Is No End to Love)
  20. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  21. With or Without You
  22. Encore(s):
  23. City of Blinding Lights - Ne Me Quitte Pas
  24. Beautiful Day - I Remember You
  25. Mother and Child Reunion - Bad - Into the Mystic
  26. One - Invisible
  27. People Have the Power (with Eagles of Death Metal)

Remarks:

The final show of U2's Innocence + Experience Tour happened tonight in Paris, France, and was made up for the November 15 date that was cancelled due to last month's Paris terrorist attacks. The show was recorded for HBO's live broadcast that was to be transmitted later in the evening for audiences in the USA. This fourth show contained a number of pleasant surprises including an extended bridge in "Vertigo" with Bono introducing the entire band. The contest winners from U2.com are brought up on the e-stage and walkway and rejoice. During "Zooropa", Bono changes some of the lyrics in the song and exclaims: "What do you want? Do you want us to be afraid? To turn away from our neighbors? You will not have our hatred. You will not have our hatred. We choose love over fear! Love over fear!" Like the previous night's show, the video screen displays a rolling list of the victims of the Paris attacks while the colors of the French flag illuminate the arena during "City of Blinding Lights". The songs "Elevation" and "One" are performed in all 4 concerts in Paris, making this a first on the entire tour. The biggest highlight of the night came though in the very final song when Bono brought out the Eagles of Death Metal to perform "People Have the Power", a band who tragically lost 89 people in their audience during the deadly attacks. Bono: "They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, so we would like to offer them ours." In an incredibly bold move, U2 walked off the stage and let the Eagles of Death Metal close out the show with their own song "I Love You All the Time".

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