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If you missed out on tickets the last time U2 played in Dublin, then fear not, because they're coming back.

Bono revealed the news to a Spanish fan group, U2 en Espana, that they are in the middle of writing a new album and planning a new tour, all to take place in 2017.

"It's not finished yet but you will like it," the frontman said.

"In terms of lyrics it is stronger than WAR, it has more clarity. The tour is for 2017… you might see a few things in September or October though."

The band's last tour was the third best-earning tour in 2015, with the group making over €122m from ticket sales alone, so it's easy to see why they want to do it all over again.



Matt Damon is currently promoting the latest instalment of the Bourne movie franchise, and while chatting to Spin, he told them that he was in Dublin not too long ago.

Now, you'd think an award-winning (and very hot) actor would make every single girl in a ten mile radius run to meet him, but alas, nobody did.

Matt came over to Ireland at the end of last year while he was on a short break from filming Jason Bourne – and he even ticked something off his bucket list!

"We had a weekend free and it just happened to be the weekend that U2 was playing two shows in Dublin so we went 'that's where we'll go'.

"It was awesome that gig, it was like a bucket list thing," he added.

And when asked if anyone bothered him, Matt said he was totally left alone, even when he went for pints after the show.

"Oh completely (left alone). Everybody was so unbelievably nice it couldn't have been any better."

Saying that, if I had bumped into him, there's no way I'd let him go without a selfie. It's Matt Damon guyslike c'mon



U2 frontman Bono found himself in a worrying position on Thursday night as he reportedly had to be rescued by armed French police from a Nice restaurant. 

According to The Mirror, the Dublin rocker was on the seafront terrace of La Petite Maison in the French city when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck into the Bastille Day crowd killing 84 people.

The Daily Mail has reported that staff in the up-market venue pulled down the shutters when they realised what was happening and told everyone to hide until the all clear was given.

Bono and the restaurant's other diners were said to have been “gripped by fear” as the events unfolded and were later rescued by armed antiterrorist police who led the group to the nearby Massena square.

Restaurant owner Anne-Laure Rubi told a French magazine: “Suddenly I saw people running, without shouting.”

“It was a silent panic – it was extraordinary.”

A diner at the venue said: “It took around half an hour for the police to get us out.”

“Like everybody else, Bono had to put his hands on his head and was told to remain calm.”

On Friday U2 posted a picture of The Edge from their official Twitter account with the caption: “Love is bigger than anything in its way – Bono, Edge, Adam, Larry.”

This is the second time Bono has been close to a major terrorist attack in France as last November he was rehearsing with his U2 bandmates in Paris when 89 people were killed in the nearby Bataclan theatre.


U2 have been rocking out in Dublin all week long, with many famous faces joining the lads for a few laughs. 

Actor Matt Damon came over to see U2 play their homecoming tour gig and Colin Farrell was also seen at one of the concerts during the week.

Ireland's sweetheart Amy Huberman even made an appearance with her hubby, Brian O'Driscol. 

But last night, more celebs joined the boys for a selfie on stage. Imelda May and Panti Bliss were welcomed to the e stage and there was clearly a lot of banter among them. 

All we want to know is how can we get an invite?!


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. 


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



It's the band's first arena tour in a decade – so understandably passes for U2's Innocence + Experience are the hottest concert tickets to get your hands on this year. 

And while it was rumoured that they would very much be returning to their native city as part of their travels, The Edge has now disappointed fans.

But far from wanting to avoid Dublin, the guitarist has now confirmed that a simple shortage of decant venues means their hands are tied.

"This show is designed for a type of venue and unfortunately there isn't one," he explained.

However, he did hint Northern Ireland's capital might have more luck.

"I think there might be one in the Belfast area so we're looking at that," he also said in conversation with the Press Association.

"But you can't invent a venue. It's either there or it isn't.

"So we're doing a lot of head scratching to see if we can figure out something."


U2 kicked off its Innocence + Experience tour in Canada in May and according to Billboard, its North American leg alone has grossed €68.3m from the 36 sold-out shows.

At the weekend, the boys finally brought their spectacle to Europe, playing Turin in Italy. 

Innocence + Experience, the band's first arena tour since Vertigo took place in 2005/6, has a more intimate feel to U2's 360° staging, a massive stadium tour which was seen by millions around the world from 2009 until 2011. 



Foo Fighters front man, Dave Grohl, broke his leg last night when he fell off the stage while performing at a concert in Sweden.

The former Nirvana member proved how he really is the hardest man in rock when he went off to get medical attention but then CAME BACK and finished the rest of the concert.

Now, that is seriously hard core!

The band went on to play cover songs while the 46-year-old got help but, in true rock and roll form, he was back an hour later and continued the rest of the concert while sitting in a chair with his leg bandaged.

As much as we don’t think it, celebrities falling off stage is a frighteningly common occurrence.

Let’s take a look at a few of the most recent celebrity on-stage tumbles.

Florence Welch

The lead singer of Florence and the Machine broke her foot when she leaped off the stage at Coachella last April.

The Edge

The U2 guitarist fell off the stage at the opening night of the band’s most recent tour when he misjudged his step and took a tumble.


The 56-year-old took a serious dive when she fell off stage and down a flight of stairs after a dancer tried to remove a cape she was wearing at the beginning of her routine.

Iggy Azalea

The Trouble singer was one of the luckier ones as a security guard caught her when she hopped right over the edge of the stage.

Harry Styles

Well, this one had nothing to do with the choreography or the set. We all remember when Harry was bent over double after a… “fan” threw a shoe and hit him straight in the groin. Ouch!  



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".



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.




The music industry has been left shaken this afternoon as it's been revealed that U2's longtime tour manager Dennis Sheehan has passed away.

Dennis, who was in his late 60s, was reportedly found unconscious in his hotel room at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles in the early hours of this morning, where he is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest.

Paramedics were called but Dennis was found dead at the scene, according to TMZ

In an official statement on the U2 website today, 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." 

Dennis' death occurred just hours after the lads played their first of five nights at The Forum in LA as part of their iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE World Tour.

During his incredible career, Dennis has also worked with the likes of Lulu, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Stone The Crows. Indeed, in 1972 he was on stage when the Stone The Crows guitarist, Leslie Harvey, was killed by an unearthed microphone.  

He later synced up with Peter Grant, manager of Led Zeppelin, and went on to assist him with many of Led Zeppelin’s biggest tours. 

In 1982 he began his long career with U2 after meeting their manager, Paul McGuinness. "The band works incredibly hard," he has said of the Dublin rockers. "With many bands, you get to a peak, and that’s it. With U2 they are still climbing that mountain."

Dennis' four decades in the entertainment industry were honoured by the Parnelli Awards Board of Directors with a coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at a glitzy ceremony in Las Vegas in October 2008.

When the accolade was announced, fellow tour manager Jake Berry commented on the unique closeness of Dennis and all four member of U2. "They’d do anything for him," he said.

"I think it’s his enthusiasm and love of the industry that has enabled him to maintain the breakneck speed that the job requires for all these years."

Our thoughts are with Dennis' family, colleagues and friends at this time.



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

A photo posted by U2 Official (@u2) on

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.