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If your bucket list includes seeing U2 perform live, then we have some news to make your morning.

Live Nation and MCD today confirm shows in Dublin and Belfast on U2’s upcoming eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour with tickets on sale from February 2.

As part of their European tour, the band will play at Belfast’s SSE Arena on October 27 2018 and at home in Dublin at the 3Arena on November 5 and 6 2018. 

Following last year’s acclaimed stadium run with The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour will see U2 return to indoor venues, picking up where 2015’s ground-breaking iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour left off.

The eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour follows the recent release of the band’s 14th studio album Songs of Experience. Just as Songs of Experience serves as a companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour is a sequel to the 2015 tour.

As with every U2 tour, this new arena production will explore the latest in cutting-edge technology. The eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour is a development of the unique and innovative staging of the 2015 tour, featuring multiple performance areas, a state-of-the-art sound system, plus an all new super high-res LED screen nine-times the resolution of the 2015 screen.

See you in the queue on Friday, ladies!

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Saturday Night Live is preparing for an Irish takeover with Saoirse Ronan and U2 both set to appear on the legendary US sketch show.

The programme, which sees a new guest host take over every week, announced last night that the 23-year-old Irish actress would present the December 2 edition, with U2 as her musical guests.

SNL is notorious for its short sketches that offer a comedic look into contemporary culture and America's political landscape.

Its large and varying cast comprises of some of Hollywood's top talents including Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Jane Curtin, John Belushi, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Mike Myers.

The coveted role will come as a welcome break for Saoirse who has been busy promoting her latest film Ladybird.

The comedy-drama has earned huge praise from critics so far, boasting a perfect 100 per cent score on review website Rotten Tomatoes.

And although the film will not hit Irish cinemas until February of the next year, Saoirse's performance has already sparked Oscar buzz ahead of the 2018 award season.

Fingers crossed it's third time lucky to the two-time Academy Award nominee.

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U2 took to the Croke Park stage last night for a pretty impressive concert.

And while lovers and hates tweeted about them all day, there's nothing like the tweets from inside the venue.

From the classic songs, to the tri-colour jets, it seems like everyone had a damn good night.

Here are the best tweets from U2's gig last night:

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For anyone who may not have gotten the memo, Bono and the lads are taking to the stage in Croke Park tonight.

With some tickets going for as much as €11,000 online, there's no denying that when it come to Ireland's most famous exports, people would bend over backwards to see themselves reflected in Bono's shades.

And with just hours to go until the world-famous foursome take to the stage, Twitter is absolutely hopping, but the thing is, because it's Ireland and it's U2, it's quite a mixed bag.

From elation to pure scorn, Twitter isn't holding back on this one.

1. There was this.

2. But then there was this.

 3. But at least this guy is happy.

4. Unlike these guys.

5. Thankfully, Bono and the lads have this gal on side.

6. But not this guy.

7. Unlike this guy…

8. Ouch.

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If there's one band that can divide opinion in Ireland like no other, it's U2.

While some of the nation's countrymen take great pride in one of our most famous exports, there are others (and we know you know dozens) who would like to tell Bono exactly where to stick those shades of his.

Despite this undisputed difference of opinion, we're fairly confident that people from both sides of the U2 fence who happen upon this cover will be as enthralled with it as we are.

Performed by New Airs, this spinetingling version of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is created using a combination of cello quartet, voice and percussion, and it has been giving us chills all afternoon.

Arranged by Irish composer and music producer, Glen Austin, this is a version of the classic which you really need to hear.

 

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As many of us were basking in the glory of Coldplay last night, U2 were putting on a pretty sweet performance, too.

The band invited 50 London firefighters who fought in the Grenfell Tower blaze to watch them perform live in a private concert, which doubled as a rehearsal.

In a near-empty stadium, the firefighters watched U2 get ready for their Twickenham gig, and some took to Twitter to share their admiration for the band:

Bono and the lads played seven songs in total for the firefighters and their families.

Fair play, lads.

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Gardaí have revealed they will deploy specialist 'terrorist spotting' teams for U2's performance at Croke park on July 22.

The officers will be dressed in plain clothes and will be on the look out for potential threats or risky behaviour, a task they also undertook during Prince Charles' Dublin visit last month.

The move, which was confirmed by Inspector Anthony Gallagher today, comes following the attack which killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last month.

Speaking to the Irish Sun, Inspector Gallagher said, “Our planning for major events is very robust and we are constantly looking at new developments, trends and threats. Our spotters will have the freedom to observe what’s around them and report back any suspicious activity.”

“We will have an adequate number of spotters to identify a number of risks and this will be their only role on the day.”

He added, “It’s important the general public know that we have confidence in our plans.”

He also revealed that similar 'spotters' will be on duty during major GAA matches and other large scale events taking place this summer.

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Kendrick Lamar has released the track list and artwork for his fourth studio album, Damn.

The rapper is known for collaborating with other artists, but his latest partnership has come as a quite a surprise to fans.

The US rapper has confirmed that U2 and Rhianna will both feature on his upcoming album.

It's not clear if Kendrick teamed up with Bono and the lads in studio or if a sample was used, but either way, we're excited to find out. 

Twitter, on the other hand, has seriously mixed feeling about the announcement.

In the past, Kendrick has collaborated with the likes of J. Cole, Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift and fans of the rapper were actually left puzzled by how few artists feature on his latest album. 

Speaking to The New York Times Kendrick described the album as ''very urgent'' and stressed that he wanted to return to “addressing the problem”.

“I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God.''

He continued: ''Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”

Damn is out this Friday, April 14. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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It looks like U2 are in hot water today.

The band are being sued by a musician named Paul Rose, as he is claiming they stole one of his songs which was recorded for their 1991 album, Achtung Baby.

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Paul, who filed the lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court, claims U2 took elements of his song, Nae Slappin, and used them in their track, The Fly.

Apparently, in 1989, Paul singed a recording deal with Island Records and gave them a demo of his album. The lawsuit alleges that U2 heard the song through the recording company, which they later used for their own material.

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The lawsuit makes a further claim that The Fly has "dance beats, distorted vocals and hard industrial edge [which] sounded nothing like typical U2" music.

Paul is seeking $5m from the lads, as well as song writing credit.

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Ah, good aul Bono.

It's safe to say that he's one of the most well-known faces in the world, but we suppose when you meet someone as famous as him, all sense goes out the window.

That's what happened to Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams when she was at a recent U2 concert.

Maisie was speaking on BBC Radio One when she recalled the awkward moment. The actress was backstage at the gig, when Bono came around the corner and asked her "what's your name?"

"I said I'm Maisie and I went to say 'what's your name', which you just can't say to Bono.

"He was like 'I'm Bono'. And I just sat there very very quietly.

She continued the story and said her BFF and GOT co-star Sophie Turner then turned to her and said, "you just asked Bono what his name is. At a U2 concert'. It was awful."

Cringe.

 

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While we all know the occasional Grinch, by and large Christmas tends to bring out the best in people.

This observation is as applicable to celebrities as it is lay people, as The Killers have just released a new holiday album to help raise funds for Bono’s charity (RED), an organisation which aims to eradicate AIDS in Africa.

According to Rolling Stone, Don’t Waste Your Wishes features songs which the band previously released in support of (RED) as well as a newly recorded cover of Bing Crosby’s I’ll be Home for Christmas.

The album – which is exclusively available on iTunes and Apple Music – features Elton John, Jimmy Kimmel and a former teacher of band frontman Brandon Flowers who taught the musician the meaning of Crosby’s famed Christmas track.

A limited edition Don’t Waste Your Wishes CD will also be sold online from December 9.

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It took Larry Mullen's notice on a bulletin board in Mount Temple to put the wheels in motion, and four decades later U2 is still going strong.

And while the music world may be celebrating the remarkable milestone, the four Dubliners look less enthused by their impending 40th anniversary.

Taking to Instagram this week, Larry, Bono, Edge and Adam shared an insight into their attitude to the band's birthday, and it's pretty funny, to be fair.

 

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Looking miserable and awkward, the guys sat amongst party paraphernalia in footage which has been viewed 79,000 times since its upload yesterday.

Fans of the band took this opportunity to offer their congratulations, with one writing: "Your music has been my life, I was only 15 when I first started listening to the music of U2."

"Listening to your music is like coming home – thank you for 40 years of great music, love and inspiration!" added another.

So, the lads may not be too happy, but the fans definitely are.

*Oh, and bonus points for Adam's jaunty hat.*

 

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