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Prepping for a 2-night run, bandmates indulge fan appreciation

Local U2 fans had cause enough to be excited this week, as the rock supergroup prepared for its two shows at the Rogers Centre. But now, as they count down the hours to the first show tonight, superfans must be bursting with excitement as more news about the band's activities comes to light.

The band filmed an unusual episode of CTV's musical program Spectacle: Elvis Costello With ... last night at Toronto's Masonic Temple. The event was separate from the rest of the season's episodes, which have yet to begin filming; last season's episodes (featuring Costello in conversation and musical collaboration with gifted guests like Lou Reed) were shot in Harlem's famed Apollo Theater. Though the identity of Costello's guests was not disclosed in a CTV news release yesterday, fans put two and two together, and lead singer Bono was greeted by paparazzi and autograph seekers as he arrived for rehearsal yesterday.

Positive reports are coming out from the start of the band's 360 Tour, which is taking them through North America. Getting rave reviews, as in European dates, is The Claw, the 50-metre-tall, crustacean-like stage designed, Bono told a crowd in Chicago last week, with ramps and bridges "to bring us closer to you." Billboard reported the band livened up some familiar material by working in snippets of songs by the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Ben E. King and Elvis Costello.

It's been revealed that the 25th anniversary of The Unforgettable Fire, U2's classic 1984 album that made the quartet superstars in North America, will be celebrated with four different reissue editions. The four options will offer B-sides, rarities, alternate versions and previously unreleased songs, including "Disappearing Act" (a.k.a. "White City"), a song originally started in 1983 with producers Brian Eno and Canada's Daniel Lanois. The band finally finished "Disappearing Act" recently in France, according to an interview with the BBC.

The four versions will include a remastered CD, a vinyl album, a deluxe double-CD version with a 36-page book, and a limited edition box set including the two-CD version, a 56-page book, five portfolio prints and a DVD that will feature rare videos, concert footage and a making-of documentary.

A few of the best tickets ($252) for tonight's show, with opening act Snow Patrol, were still available last night via Ticketmaster.

Star wire services, Star staff

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