Good Morning America, it’s U2 at Fordham University

U2 played a short set in front of students at Fordham University in New York, broadcast live on Good Morning America on Friday, March 6.

Setlist: Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (break) Beautiful Day, Breathe, Vertigo

Continue to watch “I’ll go crazy, Beautiful Day, Vertigo and the GMA interview

Special Report: U2’s Day at the BBC

U2 @ BBC Radio Theatre

Friday February 27th of 2009 was a brilliant day to be a U2 fan in London. The BBC brought us closer than we’ve ever been before for hours of brilliant coverage. My friend and I won tickets to the Radio 1 Live Lounge in the morning, and stayed until the end of the rooftop gig in the evening.

After waiting out in the cold from 9am we finally got into the BBC Radio Theatre and secured a spot at the front next to Edge. Everything was amazingly organised and fans were led into the theatre in the order in which they had queued up. Take note venues of the world!
Continue to read this special report by guest contributor Clare K.

U2 stop London traffic with a gig on Broadcasting House

U2 played Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Vertigo (with snippets of Substitute and She Loves You) and Beautiful Day on top of BBC’s Broadcasting House in London’s Langham Place tonight while about 5,000 fans watched from below. Police closed Portland Place in Westminster to divert traffic away from the area.

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The short set was broadcast live on BBC digital TV (‘red button’)

First review of U2’s new single ‘Get On Your Boots’

Alan Cross, the host of the radio edition of ExploreMusic, has heard U2’s new song ‘Get On Your Boots’, expected to be the band’s first single off their upcoming album ‘No Line on the Horizon’. He describes the song and his 20+ years experience with the rituals and security surrounding a new U2 release. He writes:

“There are some new sounds that could only come from an Eno/Lanois production, which left me with a feeling similar to what I experienced when I heard “The Fly” for the first time. This is NOT a back-to-basics guitar/bass/drums track like “Vertigo” or even “Beautiful Day.” There’s some definite sonic evolution going on here. “

Read his full post at The Music Geek Blog

U2 rock Cannes

Bono in mid-flight (Reuters photo)

Filmgoers in Cannes, France, were treated to a two-song performance by U2 at the Cannes Film Festival tonight. The band attended the festival to premiere their new 3-D concert film “U2 3D.”

U2 delighted the crowd with performances of “Vertigo” and “Where the Streets Have No Name” on the red carpet of the festival hall before attending the late-night screening of their film with director Catherine Owens.

Sayonara Japan

U2’s final Vertigo show in Japan on Monday (Dec. 4) focused on paying respect to the country and its people. Early in the show, Bono expressed the band’s genuine love for the country, noting they had a wonderful stay in Tokyo. Bono spoke of his visit to Kyoto, where he toured the Church of Light, designed by Tadao Ando.

Bono was so charmed by Kyoto that he brought back three of its residents to Tokyo with him for the final show. During “Mysterious Ways,” Bono invited the three to dance with him on stage. Mouths dropped open when they saw Bono’s guests were geishas (perhaps actually maikos [geishas in training]) in full traditional wardrobe and makeup. Morleigh Steinberg ran alongside the women in the pit, directing them to dance with their fans, to the delight of the audience and Bono, who grinned from ear to ear. At the song’s conclusion, he bowed to them sweetly.

Another highlight of the show was a particularly moving performance of “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own,” which Bono dedicated to his father and the fathers of his friends Gavin and Guggi, who watched the show from the mix desk.

City of Blinding Lights
Vertigo – She Loves You (snippet)
Out of Control
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – In a Little While (snippet)
Beautiful Day
Angel of Harlem
The First Time
Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own
Bad – Ruby Tuesday (snippet)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet the Blue Sky – When Johnny Comes Marching Home & Hands That Built America (snippets)
Miss Sarajevo
Pride (In the Name of Love)
Where the Streets Have No Name

The Fly
Mysterious Ways
With or Without You

The Saints Are Coming
Window in the Skies
Vertigo (“For us!”)

Performance in the skies


Friday night U2 performed two songs, “Vertigo” and “Window in the Skies,” on the rooftop of TV Asahi in Roppongi, a posh area of Tokyo. The performance was aired live on the Japanese television show “Music Station.”

Hundreds of U2 fans gathered outside the studio in hopes of hearing the performance, but were disappointed to hear little over the traffic noise on the streets and the helicopters that were filming the performance. Only Larry’s intro to “Vertigo” could be heard faintly.

Window in the Skies

These videos will likely be removed on YouTube by TV Asahi, so watch them while you can.

U2 announces rescheduled Vertigo tour dates

We’ve waited, we’ve fretted, we’ve grumbled, we’ve bitten our tongues… but hallelujah, here they come! U2 has published the rescheduled Vertigo ’06 Tour dates on

Supports acts will be the awesome Kanye West in Australia and New Zealand while all you rock fans are in for a treat as Pearl Jam will join Rocco and the Devils for the tour closing December 9th show in Honolulu.

These are the dates:

Australia / New Zealand

  • Auckland – Ericsson Stadium – Was: Friday, March 17th/06
    – New date: Friday, November 24/06
  • Auckland – Ericsson Stadium – Was: Saturday, March 18th/06
    – New date: Saturday, November 25/06
  • Brisbane – QSAC Stadium – Was: Tuesday, March 21st/06
    – New date: Tuesday, November 7/06
  • Melbourne – Telstra Dome – Was: Friday, March 24th/06
    – New date: Saturday, November 18/06
  • Melbourne – Telstra Dome – Was: Saturday, March 25th/06
    – New date: Sunday, November 19/06
  • Adelaide – AAMI Stadium – Was: Tuesday, March 28th/06
    – New date: Thursday, November 16/06
  • Sydney – Telstra Stadium – Was: Friday, March 31st/06
    – New date: Friday, November 10/06
  • Sydney – Telstra Stadium – Was: Saturday, April 1st/06
    – New date: Saturday, November 11/06
  • Special information for ticket holders


  • Tokyo – Saitama Super Arena – Wednesday, November 29th/06
  • Tokyo – Saitama Super Arena – Thursday, November 30th/06
  • Tokyo – Saitama Super Arena – Monday, December 4th/06
  • Special information for ticket holders


Fans holding ETS tickets should read this news item at

Goodbye Brazil

Last night Morumbi Stadium was filled with 70,000 Brazilians, but 20,000 more without tickets listened to the show outside the stadium in the rain. They just wanted to be there to say goodbye to the biggest band on the planet.

Bono brought two girls to the stage, one during “Desire” (she stole a kiss from Bono and The Edge) and one during “Mysterious Ways.” The highlights of the show were during “Pride” and “Where the Streets Have No Name,” when the audience sang louder than Bono. The setlist was full of surprises. Take a look:

City of Blinding Lights
Until the End of the World
New Year’s Day
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Beautiful Day / Blackbird
The First Time
Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own
Love and Peace or Else
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet the Blue Sky / When Johnny Comes Marching Home / The Hands That Built America
Miss Sarajevo
Pride (In the Name of Love)
Where the Streets Have No Name
Zoo Station
The Fly
Mysterious Ways
With or Without You
All I Want Is You / Love Rescue Me

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