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Tonight, U2 play the first of their four sold-out concerts in Dublin's 3Arena. And what did the lads do to prepare themselves for the gig? 

They went out for a pint of Guinness, of course!

The lads spent a few hours in Peter's Pub on South William Street, and surprisingly, went pretty much unnoticed until they posted a photo onto their Twitter account. 

They captioned the snap of the four pints, "The boys are back in town," which made fans even more excited about tonight's gig. 

And as for who the photographer was? Many fans are claiming it's Bono as they're trying to take close-ups of the shared photo. 

Either way, it's a brilliant idea to let their fans know the boys are back on home turf. 

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We've had our eye on the talented actress Eve Hewson for some time now. 

Now aged 24, her career already spans a decade – though in the last few years she's really gone stratospheric.

Indeed, she can currently be seen in the second series of Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick and will also star in the forthcoming Steven Spielberg film, Bridge Of Spies, alongside Tom Hanks.

Now a spread in GQ magazine's October issue is also making waves: featuring gorgeous, sexy snaps of the Dubliner, she can be seen sporting the likes of a plunging Missoni swimsuit, Marc Jacobs snakeskin heels, and green Agent Provocateur underwear. 

The daughter of Bono and Ali Hewson also reveals in the accompanying interview that though she's based in living in hip Williamsburg in New York, she's ended up living across the road from an Irish bar.

"It's the bane of my life!" she laughs.

In fact, she recently had to break up a fight by yelling: "shut the f*** up," out her window

Still, with her profile rising, her days of cursing out windows are probably numbered.

"I'm going to have to start behaving in public!" she acknowledges, though she reckons she's still pretty anonymous. 

"I have a 'blur face,'" she adds. "I assume no one will recognise or remember me."

 

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When we heard research was carried out to see what song was the most iconic of all time, a few artists came to mind – but not Nirvana.

Scientists at the University of London have created an algorithm to find out which songs are the most iconic of all time.

They researched lists of greatest songs from sources including Rolling Stone and VH1 and then they studied each song's key, the beats per minute, chords and song variance to see how musicians make their songs more memorable.

The study, carried out for Fiat in order to find the best song to promote their new car, was conducted by Dr Mick Grierson. 

Mick said, "We looked at a range of measures for each song and compared them to see if there were similarities in these recordings which occur less in other songs."

However, he told the Daily Mail that there is no "formula" for creating an iconic song.  It just has to "sound great".

"Even by applying scientific process, what is considered iconic is ultimately up to the individual.”

“My conclusion is that if you want a formula for creating great music, there is one: you just have to make something that sounds great."

Very vague, but we understand!

Coming in at the top spot is Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, which was released in 1991 and featured on the band's second album, Nevermind.  It beat John Lennon's Imagine into second place and U2's One came third.

Here's the songs that made the top 10:

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana

2. Imagine, John Lennon

3. One, U2

4. Billie Jean, Michael Jackson

5. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen

6. Hey Jude, The Beatles

7. Like A Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan

8. I Can't Get No Satisfaction, Rolling Stones

9. God Save The Queen, Sex Pistols

10. Sweet Child Of Mine, Guns N' Rose

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Oh if only the walls could talk! Yes, we reckon that playboy Eddie Irvine’s former abode might have a few tales to tell.

And while a swish property the retired F1 driver once called home hasn’t actually been in his possession for more than a decade, to this day it still retains bags of millionaire star quality.

The Dalkey residence is located on the seaside suburb’s upmarket Sorrento Road, surely one of the country’s most prestigious addresses: familiar faces in the locale include the likes of Bono.

Purchasing the then-more modest property from developer Harry Crosbie back in the early Nineties, Mr Irvine snapped up the deeds for just €230,000.

Expanded by architect Joe Kennedy and now totaling some 500sq metres, the four-storey house is perched on hillside grounds.

Although the stand-out features are numerous (you know yourself; cinema room and master bedroom with views over over Killiney Bay to Bray Head), the highlight is undoubtedly a six-metre indoor plunge pool which is linked via a glass tunnel to a 23-metre outdoor pool. Swoon. 

Eddie, now a successful property investor with dozens of dwellings around the world, did well from the eventual sale too: he moved-in in 1993 just as his Formula One career was taking off. But in 2004 he packed-up and sold it on to businessman Dave Cullen for a cool €5m.

It’s changed hands again since then and a year ago it was available to rent for €7,500-a-month… today you’ll need to fork out €1,000 more.

Still – we’re sorely tempted to put in an offer (sure we are). Here, SHEmazing! takes a look around…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another lap for Eddie Irvine’s €4m playhouse
Eddie Irvine’s €4m playhouse is back on the market, Madeleine Lyons takes a closer look. Video: Daniel O'Connor

 

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After embracing singlehood following her break-up from One Tree Hill star James Lafferty, it seems Eve Hewson is moving on.

The Irish actress, who currently lives in New York, has been pictured with fellow actor Max Minghella on numerous occasions of late, leading many to speculate that the pair are an item. As the son of the late acclaimed English filmmaker Anthony Minghella, Max can certainly identify with Eve's childhood in the spotlight alongside her rockstar father Bono.

In an interview published just a week ago, Eve described herself as "dangerously single," adding that her older sister Jordan had even been pushing some unwanted relationship advice on her. "My sister says, 'You need to look more available,'" Eve told Town & Country magazine.

"She's like, 'You're so confident in yourself, you look like you have a boyfriend. I'm 23, I don't need a boyfriend. It's so much fun being on your own.'" It looks like the actress has changed her tune since giving that interview though, as there's no denying she looks pretty cosy indeed with Max:

Eve, U2 frontman Bono's youngest daughter, is currently living in New York as she works on the second series of The Knick, set to hit Sky Atlantic later this year. The 24-year-old plays nurse Lucy Elkins in the period medical drama, directed by Steven Soderbergh and also starring Clive Owen.

While her family's background could no doubt have opened a lot of doors for her in Hollywood, Eve says she was keen to make it on her own. "What's great about Hollywood is that it is so cut-throat, and it really f**king doesn't matter who you are. If you're not right for the part, you're not right the part," she said in a recent interview. 

As for Max, he too has escaped his late father's share of the spotlight, having made a name for himself in movies like The Social Network, The Internship and Bee Season.

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Their work with the likes of Amnesty International, Live 8, and Make Poverty History is well-documented. 

But it seems that the boys from U2 are also willing to go above and beyond for less high-profile worthy causes – namely a teenager with cancer who's had to endure multiple rounds of chemotherapy.

Colorado-native Lizzy Lawton is still just 14. But she's been battling a rare, aggressive form of bone cancer since 2010. Back then, following the discovery of tumour on her hip, she was given a just a seven percent chance of living beyond a few months.

Then another tumour was found on her shoulder.  

Ten rounds of chemotherapy followed, and Lizzy was even cancer-free for a year – until a scan revealed a third tumour in her skull.

"Her head had been hurting her for a while, but she didn’t want to tell us because she didn’t want to hurt anybody," Lizzy's mother Meredith told PEOPLE.

Now, after five years of living with the disease, she is about to face into another 12 bouts of chemo.

However, when the Lawton family saw that U2 was playing nearby Denver as part of their Innocence + Experience tour last Sunday, they reckoned it would be the perfect outing. The only issue? Tickets were €265 a pop.

Luckily a friend stepped in, raising €4,200 via a CrowdRise fundraiser: the tally was enough for the tickets, as well as a limo ride to Denver from their home. Lizzy and her two sisters were also given makeovers. 

Then CrowdRise co-founder and actor Edward Norton heard of the Lizzy's story. He called Bono – and got the family's seats upgraded, along with backstage passes and an introduction to the band themselves.

"When we got into the limo, there were gift bags, and one of them had an iPod in it for Lizzy," Meredith explained. "She was over the moon about the iPod – then we found out we got to go backstage!" 

There, Meredith reported: "Bono kneeled down and kissed Lizzy's hand. 

"I don’t really know if you can call a rock star a sweetie pie, but that's what he was." 

The Edge was the next member of U2 to swing by, sharing his own family's experiences with cancer – his daughter, Sian, had leukaemia as a child.

"A lot of people just walk by because they don’t know what to say and they're uncomfortable with dealing," Lizzy's mother also said.

"These guys weren’t uncomfortable.

"In the back room, they weren’t even celebrities, they were just sweet, kind human beings being sweet and kind to other human beings." 

Understandably, Meredith describes the experience as "the best night ever".

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Last night in California, Bono took to the stage to pay a touching tribute to the late Dennis Sheehan.

Dennis, who was 68, died early yesterday; it is believed that a heart-attack is responsible.

U2 is in the midst of its Innocence + Experience tour, and was last night playing the second of five shows at The Forum arena in Inglewood. There, the band's frontman made sure to honour their late friend.

“U2’s family – it’s a brotherhood, although there’s a lot of sisters in it, too,” he said. “But the extended family is very important to us and we look after each other. It takes a lot to put on a show like tonight, and last night we lost a member of our family.

Dennis Sheehan was his name. He was U2’s tour manager for 33 years.”

He went on to say: “A lot of U2 songs over the years have been written to fill a void, an absence, a hole in the heart left by a loved one.

And this next one is one of those…” The group then began to play Iris, which is taken from from their 2014 album Songs Of Innocence.

The song was originally written in honour of Bono’s mother, who died when he was 14.

In an official statement posted yesterday on the U2 website, Bono said, We've lost a family member, we're still taking it in. He wasn't just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable.

 

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Anything can happen on live radio, as this latest interview most definitely proves.

Rockers U2 kicked off their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE World Tour in Vancouver, Canada last night, and the Irish fans were there in their droves.

The Edge may have made headlines for toppling off the stage during last night's rendition of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, but it seems he wasn't the only one who may have been a little unsteady on his feet.

 

"Didn't see the edge, I'm ok!! #U2ieTour

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RTÉ presenter Eoghan McDermott spoke on Rick O'Shea's 2FM show today live from Vancouver, where he attended last night's gig and met Bono and co afterwards.

Speaking about the gig at Vancouver's Rogers Arena, the presenter admitted that the venue was full of concert-goers smoking weed, so much so that he felt "stoned" himself.

"There is medicinal marijuana on every street in every corner in every nook and cranny in Vancouver so I think I’m passively stoned… The stadium is one big hot box," he explained. 

Of course, Eoghan was quick to add that he hadn't smoked any weed himself, saying, "I’m not down with this sort of thing, no to drugs."

Chatting about his plans for the night ahead, Eoghan said he was going to "eat some chocolate and fall asleep." As you do.

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As she continues her career as an in-demand human rights lawyer, Amal and George Clooney are en route to Ireland.

The pair married in a glitzy €10m celebration in Venice last September, but Amal certainly shows no signs of reining in her in professional commitments.

And while she is now a stable on the red-carpet circuit, when she arrives in Belfast next month, it will be strictly for business.

Amal will meet some of the 14 men who claim they were tortured by the British Army in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.

She has already worked on some prominent legal cases, notably with clients including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Greek government, the former Ukrainian prime minister, and the former president of the Maldives.

Mrs Clooney was brought on to the case by Belfast-based solicitors Kevin R Winters and Co, a firm which specialises in human rights.

Hollywood heart-throb George has often spoken of his own links to Ireland: his great, great grandfather, Nicholas Clooney, was from Kilkenny.

He told the Irish Independent earlier this year that he was “embarrassed” that, despite his roots, he’d never had the chance to visit Ireland properly. “I’ve been talking about going there for years,” he added. “And Bono has been trying to get me to do a bike ride around Ireland with him.

“I’m definitely going to make a visit this summer. Amal has been several times, so she can show me around.”

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With Demi Moore putting her incredible three storey, 15-room apartment on the market for a cool €70million – Bono will shortly be getting a brand new neighbour.

Not the U2 frontman will be forced to rub shoulders with a stranger; the penthouse properties are located in the famed San Remo building and boast wraparound terraces, 650sq metres of opulent living space overlooking Central Park, and maximum privacy and security.

Demi Moore is selling up
Demi Moore is selling up as she's spending more time in her other homes

Bono currently has ownership of the North Tower, which he purchased in 2003 from Steve Jobs, with Ms Moore deciding to part ways with the South Tower.

The 52-year-old actress bought the residence with her former husband Bruce Willis in 1990 along with a two-bed, two-bath maisonette on the ground floor of the building – which is also included in the sale.

“I’m spending the majority of my time in my other homes, and this apartment is too magnificent not to be lived in full time,” Demi told the New York Times.

 

The maintenance fee on the penthouse alone is an astonishing €16,900 a month – but with panoramic park, river, and city views the 90-year-old building is one of the most desirable in the Big Apple.

Residents over the years include Dustin Hoffman, Tiger Woods, Diane Keaton, and Steven Spielberg – though Madonna is reported to have been rejected by the residents’ board when she tried to buy a place there back in 1985.

The iconic San Remo building in New York – Bono owns a penthouse property in the tower on the right

Bono’s actress daughter Eve Hewson (23) is currently filming in New York, while the rocker himself has also spent considerable time across the pond in recent months, recuperating following a bike accident in the city that needed surgery. The Hewson family also have abodes in the south of France and Dalkey in Dublin.

Demi Moore was married to Bruce Willis from 1987 to 2000 and it is believed to have been given the property following their divorce. When she was married to Ashton Kutcher the pair also made regular use of the apartment, but she hasn't lived there recently and it seems the actress is now eager to cut ties.

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What do you need for the perfect proposal? A girl, check. A ring, check. A live band, check. Bono? Er…check!

Dublin band, Keywest wanted to help Cliff Henry pull off a proposal to remember for his girlfriend Fiona. 

When the couple walk to the Killiney Hill Obelisk, Keywest can be seen playing before Cliff drops to one knee and asks Fiona to marry him. 

Oh, and they ran into Bono who wished them well in their marriage in the only way Bono can…

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The frontman of one of the biggest bands in the world must have thought that home was the only place he wanted to be after suffering a terrifying accident last month.

U2 star Bono was spotted on Dublin’s fair streets at the weekend while recuperating from a bike accident which took place in New York in November.

The 54- year-old musician required surgery after the accident in Central Park and the frightening incident meant that the band had to cancel the week-long residency appearance they had scheduled for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

It looked like the dad-of-four was keen to avoid photographers in the capital on Saturday and attempted to conceal his injured arm beneath his cosy winter coat. His trademark sunglasses also disguised the shattered eye socket he suffered. Ouch.

His injuries, which also included a fractured little finger and a broken funny bone, meant that in addition to missing The Tonight Show, he was also forced to pull out of U2’s performance at a World Aid’s Day benefit concert in Time Square at the beginning on December.

We hope Bono finds a little comfort in his home city after a very stressful month!

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