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by Maria Puente, USA TODAY

Get ready for another behind-the-scenes look at what it's like being a world-class rock band on tour, when U2 gets the up-close-and-personal treatment from HBO in November.

Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, announced Thursday the network will air, on Nov. 7, a documentary about the band and the team of creative types who worked with them to conceptualize and create U2's current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour.

The following week, the network will air the band's Nov. 14 performance at Bercy Arena in Paris. Both the documentary and the concert will be available on HBO GO and HBO NOW simultaneous to the programs' world premieres on HBO, the network said.

The documentary will be produced and directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman). He's a sort of Boswell for U2, having made It Might Get Loud, featuring U2's The Edge, and From the Sky Down, the 2011 documentary chronicling the recording and release of U2's 1991 Achtung Baby.

Rockers team up for "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Stand By Me" to stunned Madison Square Garden crowd

By Andy Greene, Rolling Stone

The first clue came during the end of "Beautiful Day" when Bono sang a few lines of "Hungry Heart." It lasted no more than six seconds, but it seemed to confirm rumors that had been flying around for weeks that Bruce Springsteen was going to come out for the final night of U2's eight-show stand at Madison Square Garden. But nobody knew for sure Friday night until the end of "Where The Streets Have No Name" when an extra mic stand appeared and Bono began speaking about Springsteen's profound influence on the band.

Needless to say, the capacity crowd erupted when Springsteen walked out with an acoustic guitar. "Earlier, when I busted myself up here in the city, we had a gig in Times Square for Red and this man showed up and delivered," Bono said. "The chairman, the Boss. Mr. Bruce Springsteen." They let the audience sing the first few verses of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," but Bono and Springsteen were soon trading lines on the tune just like they did at U2's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005 and the HOF's 25th anniversary concert in 2009. Last year, Springsteen sang it in Times Square with the band when he subbed in for an injured Bono.

Duo plays "Where The Streets Have No Name" and "Out of Control" with cover band Unforgettable Fire to stunned fans at New York club

by Andy Greene, Rolling Stone

U2 have spent the past couple of months bringing special guests - an Elvis impersonator, a Canadian U2 cover band, Lady Gaga - onto the stage at their own shows. But on Wednesday night, they brought the act to a higher level when The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the New York-based U2 tribute band Unforgettable Fire at The Cutting Room, a club in New York that seats 450 people.

Making the appearance even more special, the show was part of U2 fan site @U2's 20th anniversary celebration. Nobody involved with the event knew that half of U2 would even appear at the party until moments before they walked onstage. "It was mind-boggling," @U2 founder Matt McGee tells Rolling Stone. "Our whole crew has been trading texts all morning saying, 'Did that really happen?'"

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Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Out of Control
  3. Vertigo - God Save the Queen
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song for Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday - When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  9. Raised by Wolves
  10. Until the End of the World - Love and Peace or Else - Words
  11. Intermission
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways - Burning Down the House - Young Americans
  15. Desire - Not Fade Away
  16. Party Girl
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. Bullet the Blue Sky - 19
  19. The Hands That Built America - Pride (In the Name of Love)
  20. Beautiful Day - Hungry Heart - New York New York
  21. With or Without You
  22. Encore(s):
  23. City of Blinding Lights
  24. Mother and Child Reunion - Where the Streets Have No Name - California (There Is No End to Love)
  25. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (with Bruce Springsteen)
  26. Stand By Me (with Bruce Springsteen)
  27. "40"

Remarks:

U2's first leg of the Innocence + Experience Tour comes to an end in the 8th and final show in New York's Madison Square Garden. U2 shatters a record by playing 8 consecutive shows in one venue and goes out in grand style, with Bruce Springsteen joining U2 on stage for 2 songs ("I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Stand By Me"). The rumours of Springsteen performing with the band came true, and the audience shouted "Bruuuuuuce!" in welcoming the legendary rock star to the stage. "Party Girl" was performed for the first time since the 360 Tour, just over 6 years ago on July 7, 2009. Also, Bono invited members of the U2 fan site U2BR.com to the stage during "Desire", and though they meant to dress as the U2 band members in the Discothèque music video, Bono amusingly stated that they reminded him of the Village People. The concert concludes with "40", dedicated to U2's tour manager Dennis Sheehan who passed away just a few months prior. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton are spotted in the first row of the second level. The second leg of the Innocence + Experience Tour begins in Turin, Italy on September 4, 2015.

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