By Kerry Flynn, International Business Times

The world is not wired -- at least, not yet. Governments and businesses must take more responsibility and better address Internet access in areas of poverty, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and U2 singer Bono urged Saturday as the businessman and the entertainer announced their "Connectivity Declaration."

The campaign, a part of Bono's antipoverty ONE Foundation, emphasizes that Internet access is necessary for alleviating poverty and spurring development worldwide. The mission, laid out in a New York Times editorial, urges governments to follow initiatives that prioritize energy investments and Internet access, as well as calls for the tech industry to do more to act on global issues like education, health care and the refugee crisis.

"Where governments lay the foundation, the private sector can build," Zuckerberg and Bono wrote in the editorial. "Silicon Valley should look beyond itself ... We challenge the tech industry to do far more for those most marginalized, those trapped in poverty and those beyond or on the edge of the network."

Achtung: the Berlin of Bowie and Bono

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by John Meagher,

U2 are mid-way through a four-night stand at Berlin today. They played the Mercedes-Benz Arena - in the shadow of one of the few preserved stretches of the Berlin Wall - on Thursday and Friday and conclude their visit to the German capital in the same venue on Monday and Tuesday.

Berlin is somewhere very close to U2's hearts, because it was here a quarter-century ago that they came to, in Bono's oft-quoted words, "dream it all up again". Decamping to a Berlin that was just emerging from the Cold War led to one of rock's great career reinventions and kick-started a creative burst that would result in Achtung Baby.

They got one of the last flights into the city before Germany was officially re-unified on October 3, 1990, and spent much of that harsh winter holed up at Hansa Studios, a couple of hundred metres away from the wall that had divided the city for 29 years.

I visited Hansa a couple of weeks ago in the company of Thilo Schmied, the founder of Berlin Music Tours, and got to stand in the spacious old ballroom where several of the songs that appeared on Achtung Baby, including 'One', first came to life.


By Ashley Iasimone, Billboard

U2 has canceled Sunday night's concert in Stockholm, Sweden, following a security breach at the show's venue, The Globe. The Sept. 20 show is rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22.

In a statement issued on the band's official website, U2 wrote that "audience safety is paramount" and that there was "no option but to postpone tonight's show."

Specific details about the security breach have not been confirmed by the band.

However, the Irish Mirror (citing Swedish media outlet Expressen) reports that police were searching for a man who was allegedly armed with a gun and threatening another person in the audience. Billboard reached out to U2's representatives, who stated that all the information they have at this time is on the band's website.

Read the full note from U2 below:

"Due to a security breach, Stockholm's The Globen evacuated the audience from the building this evening.

As the breach has not been resolved quickly and as audience safety is paramount, the police have advised The Globen and Live Nation that they have no option but to postpone tonight's show, to a rescheduled date of Tuesday 22nd September.

All tickets from Sunday 20th September are valid for Tuesday 22nd September.

U2 to release Songs of Experience in 2016

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Bono says that U2 will release Songs of Experience, the companion album to last year's Songs of Innocence, in 2016.

by RTÉ.ie

Speaking to the Irish Times, Bono said: "We're going to get this album out next year; unusually for us, a lot of the songs are done already."

The singer also revealed that the concept behind the band's current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour began on the opening night of the 360° tour in Barcelona in 2009.

"360 was a communal experience at its best," he said. "But to be a proper communal experience you have to have the song lines, you have to have the folk songs. If the audience are the centrepiece - and that was the idea behind 360 - then you have to have tunes to sing. The thing is: we had made quite an atmospheric album [No Line on the Horizon], quite a complex piece of work so it was slightly at odds with that."


Management unable to confirm end-of-year dates or venue as European leg of tour begins

Brian Boyd in Turin, Irish Times

It's definitely maybe for U2 shows in Dublin before the end of the year. Although just before taking to the stage in Turin on Friday night the band and their management were unable to confirm exact dates or a venue.

U2 were kicking off the European leg of their tour to a packed house in Turin's Pala Alpitour venue. They play 34 shows in total on this leg of the tour, finishing up in Paris on November 15th. Press reports have it that the band have block-booked rooms in Dublin's Gibson Hotel, which is adjacent to the 3Arena, from November 25th to November 29th. The 3Arena is free on these nights, as it is over the Christmas-New Year period.

U2 + HBO = 2 fall specials

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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?'"

U2 have released a new short film, that premiered on the Sundance channel Thursday night, July 9. The video piece was broadcasted right after the third season premiere of "Rectify".

Woody Harrelson starred as "Aaron Brown", a prisoner who is about to be released to meet his real life daughter, Zoe Harrelson, at the prison gates in a desert location. The U2 song "Song for Someone", from their new album "Songs of Innocence" was played in the background. Vincent Haycock directed this nearly 8 minute film.

Watch it below:


"A lot of my early memories of teenage years were of violence, and the sheer fear of leaving the house, going to catch the bus," frontman says

by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone

Bono and the Edge broke down U2's songwriting process and recalled the rough North Dublin roots that inspired the Songs of Innocence cut, "Cedarwood Road," in a revealing interview for Song Exploder.

The song gets its name and story from the street Bono grew up on, but it began -- like many U2 tracks -- with a guitar riff the Edge came up with at home. In speaking about these initial steps, the Edge noted he sketches songs on GarageBand and works with drum loops Larry Mullen Jr. recorded for the demo process.

"My job is to find a way to inspire Adam and Larry and Bono, so I don't often care to finish out a piece fully," the Edge said. "I just want to get something down that I think is a great starting point and then I know that whatever I come up with, they'll come up with something better. So I just need to get it going where its identity is clear and it's got some kind of vitality and point of view that's interesting."

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