The shows will mark U2's first shows in Australia in nine years and their first ever gigs in Singapore and South Korea
by Andy Greene, Rolling Stone
U2's Joshua Tree Tour - which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the landmark album in stadiums across Europe and North and South America in 2017 - is headed to Australia and Asia in November and December for an encore run. The shows will mark their first concerts in Australia since 2010 and their first appearances ever in Singapore and South Korea.
"It's only taken me 30 years to learn how to sing these songs and it's great to be able to say that I've finally caught up with the band," Bono said in a statement. "Our audience has given the Joshua Tree a whole new life on this tour. Doing these shows has been very special for us, a lot of emotion... From the despair of how relevant some of the dark songs still are, to the joy, pure fun of the staging... it's quite a ride. And now we get to do it all over again. Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul... We're coming for you."
Earlier last week, U2's The Edge was invited to share his thoughts on preventive medicine on a panel called "Food as Medicine" at the Milken Global Conference in Beverley Hills, California. Along with Dr. William Li, the co-founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation and author of "Eat to Beat Disease", both men talked about healing people with cancer using the Angiogenesis diet of starving the disease's blood supply by eating certain plant-based foods.
Over a decade ago, The Edge's daughter was a Leukemia cancer survivor, and since 2007 he has been on the Angiogenesis Foundation's board of directors.
The Edge was also interviewed by CNBC's Brian Sullivan about the importance of how a balance of food can help in fighting disease (as well as the future of streaming music). Watch the video below:
On Saturday you'll be able to purchase a special 12 inch vinyl 3 track single of "The Europa EP" at participating record shops in select countries around the world.
With only 5,000 copies in circulation, The Europa EP features artwork inspired by Charlie Chaplin's 1940 film "The Great Dictator" mixed with U2's 1993 Zooropa album. The cover art also features the figure 130, in celebration of Chaplin's 130th birthday which falls on April 16.
Side A features the previously unreleased opening from the recent eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE European Tour - Charlie Chaplin's final speech from the movie The Great Dictator, underscored with a unique musical mash up of 'Love Is All We Have Left' with 1993 classic 'Zooropa' - which leads into a 'live' performance of New Year's Day from Dublin in November 2018. Side B has two 'Euro'-tinged remixes: St. Francis Hotel's mix of 'New Year's Day' and Jon Pleased Wimmin's Euromantic mix of 'Love Is All We Have Left'. The artwork is an eXPERIENCED Chaplinesque homage to the artwork of the Zooropa Album.
Record Store Day is an annual event created in 2008 and held on one Saturday every April and every "Black Friday" in November to "celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store". Music fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the planet take part in the celebration.
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By Ronald Quinlan, Independent.ie
The musical history of the original Dublin docklands location of Windmill Lane Recording Studios has been recognised with the unveiling yesterday, by Moya Brennan of Clannad, of an installation featuring the sleeves of 21 of the most famous albums for which recording work was done at the studio. The sleeves have been embedded into the pavement of Hibernia Reit's redeveloped Windmill Lane, in Dublin's South Docks, to create a 'Vinyl Walkway'.
As well as being where U2's first three albums - Boy, October, and War - were recorded in full, the band also did much of the work on The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby in the original studio on Windmill Lane. It also served as the recording location for albums by international best-selling artists, including Clannad, Van Morrison, The Waterboys and Kate Bush.
Two special installations were made public: one dedicated to the six U2 albums; the other to 15 albums that were picked to reflect the breadth of material created there, over the studio's 14 years at the location. The selection of album covers are embedded beneath perspex glass, set into the pavement, and will be lit so they can be viewed at night.
During the construction of the Windmill Quarter, Hibernia Reit took steps to preserve large portions of the graffiti wall on Windmill Lane. Part of the wall is now installed in the museum at the Teeling Distillery in Dublin 8, whilst men's health charity Movember has raised funds through selling pieces of the wall, some of which can be seen as part of the EPIC exhibition in CHQ.
We have assembled a collection of videos you can watch of Bono at 2019's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Davos 2019: Bono, Kagame, Lagarde on causes for optimism (CNN)
Davos 2019: Bono on inclusive and sustainable development (LIVE) (The Sun)
Bono at Davos 2019: 'Capitalism is a wild beast' (The Sun)
Bono: Public and private funds need to fight poverty - Davos 2019 (with Bill McGlashan) (CNBC)
U2's Bono on the role of capitalism in combating poverty (with Bill McGlashan) (CNBC)
Musician and campaigner says pressure to cut aid funding is hampering efforts to stamp out Aids
By Larry Elliott (in Davos)
Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
The world is at risk of losing the battle against HIV due to a backlash against aid triggered by a sense that western governments need to solve problems in their own countries, the musician and development campaigner Bono has said.
Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the U2 singer said populism in the rich north was the result of people being chewed up by capitalism.
Bono said 7,000 women a week were being infected by HIV/Aids and called for fresh funding for global health initiatives.
"We could lose this thing," he said. "We were winning. We have been somewhat put on the back foot by the understandable concern in northern economies that we have problems in our own cities. If there are people on the streets in our own cities, why should we care about what's going on over there?
By Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, U2Station.com
In support of Dublin's homeless population and The Simon Community, Bono returned to his annual Christmas tradition of busking on the streets of Dublin for the first time since 2015.
Bono invited the Edge for the very first time and together they performed "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way" as well as the traditional Christmas Carols "O Holy Night" and "O Night Divine".
Afterwards, organizer Glen Hansard, singer Imelda May, and musician Damien Rice, all performed "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", a Darlene Love song.
Since 2009, Bono has collaborated with Glen Hansard and other singers, however, Bono missed the last two Christmas busking events in 2016 and 2017.
A makeshift stage was set up and crowds started gathering around it after 4 PM on Grafton Street.
The Dublin charity, Inner City Helping Homeless, reported that over 100 homeless people were discovered sleeping on the streets of Dublin this past Sunday night. There are over 10,000 homeless people (including 4,000 homeless children) living throughout Ireland. Donations can be sent to The Simon Community.
Watch the videos of the performances below:
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by Jim Ryan, Contributor, Forbes Magazine
"I used to torture him. I really did," recalled U2 frontman Bono of his treatment of George H.W. Bush, only six days removed from the former President's death at the age of 94 on November 30.
He was referring of course to his antics during U2's early 90s Zoo TV tour, when he'd call the White House switchboard from the stage during each concert and ask to speak to the President, ultimately leaving him a message each night of the tour.
Bono went on to tell the story of a personal encounter he had with Bush in 2007, when the 41st President presented him with the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, an opportunity he took to further harass the former Director of Central Intelligence. "I probably went a little far for the occasion," said Bono.
But Bush took the moment in stride.
"Grace and humor could get us out of a lot of trouble these days," said the singer in hindsight, looking back at the interaction.
It came at the end of an hour long conversation with Ariel Investments president and Economic Club of Chicago Chair, Mellody Hobson last Thursday at the Hilton Chicago. In conversation at the ECC dinner, Bono was asked what he's learned from a number of people and things including his fans, children, America and the former President.
For the third year in a row, Bono appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in support of the (RED) Shopathon.
As co-founder of (RED) in the fight against AIDS, Bono shared a duet of the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" with Pharrell Williams and finished the show with an all-star singalong of "We're Going to Hell" with Jimmy, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Brad Paisley, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Rock.
Bono also revealed in an interview with Kimmel that he will be writing a song with Lady Gaga for the winner of the (RED) fundraising contest.
Watch all of the video clips below.