Willie Nelson and Bono Team for Miraculous Movie

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Country icon to star in 'Waiting for the Miracle to Come,' with the U2 legend executive-producing and writing for its soundtrack

by Beville Dunkerley, Rolling Stone

Willie Nelson's "Luck, Texas" -- the Old West film set that sits on a corner of his sprawling Hill Country ranch -- is opening its saloon doors to Hollywood once again. Waiting for the Miracle to Come, a fantasy adventure flick starring the country icon in one of its lead roles, will be filmed in the same Lone Star spot built for 1986's Red Headed Stranger, with production set to begin in March.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is about a young girl, played by fellow Aussie Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate, Adore), who finds a letter from her late father directing her to a goldmine in a remote area of the California desert. That's where she meets two retired vaudeville stars, played by Nelson and acclaimed British actress Charlotte Rampling (Stardust Memories, The Duchess). In their talks, the couple enlightens the girl, an aspiring trapeze artist, to findings more valuable than gold.

"I wrote this script for Willie Nelson; his presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else," says Lunson. "And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me."

Director Aoife McArdle's short film "Every Breaking Wave" premiered online earlier today. U2's songs "The Troubles" and "Every Breaking Wave" are featured in this movie. The production was shot on location in Belfast, Northern Ireland late last year amidst controversy from local residents. Watch the 13 minute film up above (and if you want to read more about the film, check this link.

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from U2.COM,

More dates have been confirmed for the band's iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE Tour.

A fifth show at London's O2 will take place on November 2nd, with the previous four nights sold out. Tickets will go on general sale this Friday, February 6th.

A third show at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi will take place on October 9th - the previous two nights sold out. Tickets will go on general sale next Tuesday, February 10th.

U2.com subscribers who have not yet used their unique pre-sale access code - or new subscribers - can take part in a ticket pre-sale for these additional two shows from tomorrow, Tuesday February 3rd at 10am (for eXPERIENCE subscribers) and from Wednesday, February 4th at 10am (for iNNOCENCE subscribers). The pre-sale ends this Thursday, Feb 5th, at 5pm. All times are local venue time. Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands.

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"No one's blaming them," the drummer says. "Apple has done great things, but it has also contributed to the devaluation process [of music]"

by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason thinks that Apple "got off scot-free" following the mixed response to the way the tech giant distributed U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence. Speaking with the British edition of GQ, Mason noted how U2 bore the brunt of the negativity, apologizing to iTunes users for "forcing" the album on them.

Although Mason said that he, too, would have taken Apple up on an offer to release one of his albums in exchange for £50 million, the fallout from the release has "made everyone think again about how they want their music delivered, given or sold.

"Look, U2 are a great band, and Bono's an extraordinary individual, so this isn't an anti-U2 tirade," he continued. "But it highlights a vital aspect to the whole idea of music in the 21st century. What's also interesting is that Apple seem to have got off scot-free. No one's blaming them. Apple has done great things, but it has also contributed to the devaluation process."

Jim Carroll on Bono's New Year's Day blog post

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The U2 singer's 6,218-word screed is an A to Z of 2014, including the Apple debacle, his bike crash, and a veiled cry for help to his band's former manager, Paul McGuinness

by Jim Carroll, Irish Times

We have a winner. The new year may still be yawning to life, but there won't be another blog post in 2015 on a par with the 6,218-word screed delivered by U2's Bono on New Year's Day.

Laid up since his bike accident and unable to resume his rightful place in front of microphones and cameras for another long six months, U2's frontman instead went online to review his annus horribilis from A to Z.

There was much to talk about. We got the irony bypass of the singer using a blog post to fume about nasty bloggers not liking his band's new album. We got another bizarre defence ("bottle of milk" and "bowl of cereal") of the U2/Apple distribution snafu. We got plenty of references to his friends and family.

But there was one entry that stood out. In between O for the Oscars and Q for Quincy Jones, Bono wrote with fondness, affection and generosity about the band's former manager Paul McGuinness.

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U2 frontman Bono says he fears that he may never play guitar again following a bike accident last November.

He made the comment in his A to Z of 2014, published on the band's website.

Bono broke his arm in six places and fractured his eye socket, hand and shoulder blade in what he called a "freak accident" in New York.

In the letter to his fans, he said he was unable to move around physically and would have to "concentrate hard" to be fit for U2's next tour.

At the time, the hospital where Bono was being treated said he had been involved in "a high-energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider".

The Irish rocker spoke this week about being on painkillers for weeks and said he had a "massive injury, I can't blame on anyone but myself".

No Christmas eve busking from Bono in 2014

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Bono, who has been recovering from a serious bicycle accident, did not attend the annual Christmas eve busking on Dublin's Grafton street this year, but was spotted with Shane MacGowan outside The Cliff Townhouse on St Stephens Green. Bono's wife Ali Hewson as well as bandmate Larry Mullen were accompanying him. Bono's left arm was in a heavy cast. Check out a photo here and here.

Filming takes place in Olympia Drive in Village area of south Belfast yesterday for U2 video

by Amanda Ferguson, Belfast Telegraph

It seems Bono is capable of annoying people even when he's not there.

Belfast residents have complained about the disruption caused by filming for a U2 video in the Village area of the city and there have been accusations the Irish rockers are "cashing in" on the Troubles.

A number of people living in Olympia Drive raised concerns about the shoot, which took place over several hours yesterday.

One man claimed cars on set had stopped social care workers parking next to the home of an elderly couple and a business owner said it was stopping people from parking at her premises.

Footage was also shot in the New Lodge area of north Belfast on Wednesday afternoon. None of the band were in Belfast for the shoot and body doubles were used.

U2 see company losses top €10.5m

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By Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner

Accumulated losses at U2's main Irish firm increased by over €2m last year to nearly €10.5m.

New figures for the band's Not Us Ltd show that the firm plunged further into the red, with accumulated losses going from €8.35m to €10.49m in the 12 months to the end of December last.

The firm is being supported by Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr, and Adam Clayton, who provided a directors' loan of €2.25m last year. A note attached to the accounts states that the directors' loan attracts an annual interest rate of 3% per annum.

The figures, recently lodged with the Companies Office, show that the cash pile at the band's firm last year dropped from €545,706 to €160,196.

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