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'Ink, Icons, Identity' suggests rock band often provides messages for 'love, loss and life,' says exhibit curator

By David Crumpler, The Florida Times-Union/Jacksonville.com

The idea for the U2 Tattoo Project, which can be seen in exhibit form starting Monday at the University of North Florida's Gallery of Art, came together last year.

It was mid-May. Beth Nabi and her friend Chris LeClere were at the first of two concerts launching U2's Innocence + Experience Tour in Vancouver.

Nabi had encouraged LeClere to join her to experience the thrill of seeing the celebrated Irish rock band perform live.

He turned out to be the right choice for a traveling companion.

Nabi is an assistant professor of graphic design and digital media at UNF and a longtime U2 fan. LeClere is a photographer and visual anthropologist.

She had given presentations about the band's "visual identity" -- images associated with U2 such as the Joshua Tree, the photo of a disturbed looking Dublin boy on the cover of the "War" album and the "Zoo baby" drawing from the album "Zooropa."

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Songs of Experience could be released as soon as September or October

by Brian Boyd, Irish Times

U2 have confirmed a new world tour for next year and that their next album, Songs of Experience could be released as soon as September or October of this year.

The band were talking to a Spanish fansite last week while in Valencia for the wedding of their childhood friend - Dublin optician, Reggie Manuel.

The new album will be a companion piece to 2014's Song of Innocence in that while the former album dealt with their teenage years on the Northside of Dublin, Songs of Experience will deal with the sudden rush of fame they had in the 1980's beginning with their Live Aid concert experience and becoming the biggest rock band in the world on the release of 1987's The Joshua Tree.

The Songs of Experience tour will begin in March 2017 and will take in the US, South America, Australia, Asia and Europe, with an outdoor Irish show in the summer of 2018 a distinct possibility.

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By Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio - In honor of U2's 40th anniversary as a band, Bono, The Edge and company are taking over the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Well, sort of.

The museum will host a special U2 celebration the weekend of Sept. 24-25. The event is been dubbed the social media friend "#U240Cleveland."

Bono and his bandmates won't be on hand (Well, at least we assume they won't). But the Rock Hall is partnering with fan club @U2 to present two days of activities and events dedicated to the legendary act, which was inducted into the museum in 2005.

The Rock Hall says it plans to release full details for the weekend in the coming weeks. In case you need a reminder of just how iconic U2 is, the band has 22 Grammys, and is one of the highest selling music acts and highest grossing tour artists of all time.

But don't worry. You still have time to catch up on some of your favorite U2 jams.

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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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