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by Mesfin Fekadu, AP Music Writer

For more than three decades, U2's beloved tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, kept the band running on time. Sheehan died early Wednesday, just a few hours after U2 kicked off its latest tour. But promoters vowed the shows would go on in his memory, and they'd be on schedule.

"Dennis always got the band on stage, pretty much on time. We're going to make sure we do that tonight, in his memory," Live Nation's Arthur Fogel said Wednesday. "It is absolutely what he would have wanted."

Sheehan, in his late 60s, died at a Sunset Strip hotel in West Hollywood on Wednesday, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area.

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While the Stones are happy to trade on a back catalogue largely compiled 40 years ago, the Irish rockers are pushing new material to prove their relevance

by Scott Christian, The Guardian

For those whose stores of musical nostalgia and classic rock band decadence are running on fumes, this summer's concert season should be a welcome restorative. Last week U2 launched their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour at Vancouver's Rogers Arena in support of their latest album and iTunes Trojan horse, Songs of Innocence.

On 24 May, the Rolling Stones will land in San Diego to kick off their own North American tour. Titled the Zip Code tour, it's ostensibly a way to support their 9 June re-release of 1971's Sticky Fingers. That both bands are again battling for world tour supremacy is nothing new, but despite any similarities, the driving motivation behind each of these tours is remarkably different.

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Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. The Ocean - Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
  2. 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
  3. I Will Follow
  4. The Electric Co. - Send in the Clowns - I Can See for Miles
  5. Beautiful Day - I Remember You
  6. Elevation
  7. Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday - When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  9. Out of Control - Iris (Hold Me Close)
  10. Encore(s):
  11. Vertigo
  12. Song for Someone
  13. California (There Is No End to Love) - God Only Knows

Remarks:

U2 performs at the Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, in front of just a few hundred Californians. U2 originally was supposed to perform at KROQ-FM’s “Acoustic Christmas” show last December but had to cancel due to Bono’s bicycle accident. This concert, sponsored by the KROQ radio station, was only available to KROQ contest winners in the state of California. This is the smallest show by U2 since the All That You Can’t Leave Behind promo tour in 2001. “The Ocean” starts off the concert and its the first time its been performed live since 2005 on the Vertigo tour, and the first time since June 8, 1981 to be the first song in the setlist. A number of songs from U2’s early years when they played in clubs are performed (“11 O’Clock Tick Tock”, “The Electric Co.”, “I Will Follow”, “Out of Control”, “The Ocean” - all from Boy, along with War’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, in full electrical mode, are all included in the setlist). Bono also does a bit of crowdsurfing during “Vertigo”.

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