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by Hugh McIntyre, Forbes Magazine

From the moment U2 announced they were going on tour to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their album The Joshua Tree, it was sure to be a massive success, but few could have predicted just how incredible the response would have been from fans.

According to Live Nation, the company behind the worldwide tour, over 1.1 million tickets were sold in just a single day, easily making this outing one of the most popular and fastest-selling in history.

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Post-US election, the band are taking time to reconsider their already completed new LP, which they might alter in light of the result

by Mazin Sidahmed, The Guardian

U2 has decided to delay their upcoming album after the surprise victory of Donald Trump, band members said in an interview, as they plan to reconsider certain songs in the wake of a Trump presidency.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, guitarist the Edge said that the band was placing the album's release on hold and taking some "breathing space" to consider what they wanted to say following Trump's ascension to the White House.

"We just went, 'Hold on a second - we've got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what's going on in the world,'" the guitarist said.

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Guitarist also reveals status of band's upcoming 'Songs of Experience' LP and discusses rare songs fans might get to hear live

By Andy Greene, Rolling Stone

Since their formation in 1976, U2 have aggressively avoided any move that even hints at nostalgia. But this year they're going to finally look back by taking their 1987 masterpiece The Joshua Tree on tour in stadiums across America and Europe in honor of the album's 30th anniversary. It's a chance for the band to re-connect with fans after the rather disappointing reception to their 2014 LP Songs of Innocence, and it gives them a chance to hit the road while continuing to put the finishing touches on their upcoming album Songs of Experience. A couple of weeks before the shows were formally announced, U2 guitarist the Edge phoned up Rolling Stone to talk about the tour, reviving rare songs onstage, their next album, Donald Trump and much more.

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Band will spend summer playing 1987 LP at stadiums across North America and Europe

By Andy Greene, Rolling Stone

U2 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree this year by performing the seminal 1987 album in its entirety at stadiums across America and Europe, including a stop at Bonnaroo. The festival slot will mark the group's first-ever headlining set at an U.S. festival. The tour - which features Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic rotating as opening acts - kicks off May 12th at BC Place in Vancouver and wraps up July 1st at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland before heading over to Europe for a run of eight shows with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will mark the group's first time playing a classic album in concert. They picked one packed with hits, including "Where The Streets Have No Name," "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." For hardcore fans, the tour is an opportunity to hear rarely played deep cuts like "Exit," "Trip Through Your Wires" and "In God's Country." It will also feature the first live performance of "Red Hill Mining Town."

Although Bono didn't make it to Grafton Street for the annual busking event that is hosted by Glen Hansard, him and the rest of the band created a special little video hinting at U2 touring stadiums and playing The Joshua Tree in its full entirety to celebrate its 30th anniversary! Watch the video below.


by Winston Cook-Wilson, SPIN

In one of the more protracted, bizarre rock star lawsuits in recent memory, U2's Bono and Larry Mullen have been ordered to fork over $1.5 million to a Brazilian promoter they defamed in an interview sixteen years ago, as fan site @U2 reported last night.

In 1998, U2 toured Brazil for their state-of-the-art, morbidly expensive PopMart tour. They later publicly claimed that promoter Franco Bruni had not paid them for the gigs they did in the country. This was not true, and just a couple of days after the interview, U2's former managing director went on record as saying the lapsed payment was for copyright fees for live performance, not for the actual performing costs.

A FIRM owned by the members of U2 last year recorded profits of over €3.7m as it reaped the dividends of the band's blockbusting world tour and new music.

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New accounts filed by U2 Ltd show that the firm recorded the profits after sustaining a loss of €1m in 2014 - a positive swing of €4.7m.

The buoyancy of the firm's business is underlined, with its cash pile more than doubling during the year - going from €2.86m to €6.89m.

Last year, U2 grossed $152.2m in box office receipts as more than 1.28 million fans across the globe paid to see the band perform. Box office receipts are split between artist, promoter and venue owner.

The average gross from each U2 gig was $6.92m - easily the most lucrative average gross out of any of the performers touring last year. The band played 76 dates in 22 cities.

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Bono performs a duet with Halsey (with Herbie Hancock on piano) about the 2016 year in review!

Afterwards, Bono is interviewed by Jimmy and talks about some of the great work (RED) does to fight AIDS, recalls riding a bike in Central Park with the winners of his Omaze experience last year and shares the details of the Omaze experience U2 is offering this year to help raise money for (RED).

Then, Julia Roberts talks about her friendship with Bono and discusses the Omaze experience they're offering up to help raise money for (RED)'s fight against AIDS.

Finally, the people at Jimmy Kimmel Live created a special song for their special (RED) show to help the fight against AIDS. The song features Jimmy, Bono, Julia Roberts, Kristen Bell, DJ Khaled, The Killers, Channing Tatum, Neil Patrick Harris and Halsey.

Also, Bono reprised his role as Mephisto!

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