Bono May Not Be Able to Play Guitar Following November Accident

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When news broke that Bono has been in a solo bicycle accident back in November, many thought that it was nothing but a scrapped knee that was being made into a bigger deal than it should have.

Turned out, the injury for the U2 frontman was a lot more serious than the run-of-the-mill bike boo-boo which would result in the 54-year-old undergoing surgery.

It’s been a while since the surgery, and now in a retrospection of 2014, Bono has revealed that the injuries he sustained may result in him never being able to play the guitar again.

“Recovery has been more difficult than I thought,” wrote Bono. “As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again.”

Though he writes that “it is not clear,” chances that his should injury may not allow a guitar to be strapped to it for long periods of time is looking bleak.

The day of the bicycle accident, the singer had been on a “high power energy” ride in Central Park. He ended up with a fractured left eye socket, a fractures shoulder-blade, a fractured elbow and a fractured hand.

“I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go.”

As the post warns, it’s a long read (and if you make it to the end, you might be on the same medication as Bono), but it does a thorough recap of the year from Bono’s perspective.

In it, he talks about everything from missing out on his week-long residency with U2 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to the disaster that was the release of Songs of Innocence to each band and family member and what they mean to him.

One thing that will now be question is how prepared Bono is going to be for U2’s massive “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” world tour slated to begin in mid-May. Many of the show have been sold out since tickets were announced which resulted in more dates being added.

Is Bono going to be in good health when May comes around? Will a fifth member be added to the band to play guitar on the songs Bono plays guitar on?

Those are just two of the questions, at present time, that we have.

But, it appear Bono is taking it all with a little bit of humor. In the post, he joked about not being able to play the guitar any longer.”The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.”

Respect for having a sense of humor.

U2 Add More Dates to 2015 Tour

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You might be one of many who were anti-U2 after their failed attempt at giving everyone the gift of their new album Songs of Innocence, but it looks like that hasn’t stopped people from wanting to see the Irish rockers in concert.

Today, the band revealed that the have added 16 tour stops for their upcoming “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour.”

The newly added dates include stops in Montreal, Chicago, Boston, New York, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, and Paris. Funny enough, most of those stops already had at least three show confirmed.

The North American portion of the world tour will begin on May 14 in Vancouver at the Rogers Arena and wrap up on July 27 at Madison Square Gardens in New York.

The European leg of the tour will pick up on Sept. 4 at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy, which is already sold out and end on Nov. 11 at Bercy in Paris.

Tickets for the newly added dates will go on sale next Monday, Dec. 15.

U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE TOUR DATES:

NORTH AMERICA LEG:

05/14/15 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
05/15/15 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
05/18/15 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
05/19/15 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
05/22/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
05/23/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
05/26/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Forum
05/27/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Forum
05/30/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Forum
05/31/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Forum
06/12/15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre (SOLD OUT)
06/13/15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre (SOLD OUT)
06/16/15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre (on sale Dec. 15)
06/17/15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre (on sale Dec. 15)
06/24/15 – Chicago, IL – United Center (SOLD OUT)
06/25/15 – Chicago, IL – United Center – (SOLD OUT)
06/28/15 – Chicago, IL United Center (on sale Dec. 15)
06/29/15 – Chicago, IL – United Center (on sale Dec. 15)
07/06/15 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre (SOLD OUT)
07/07/15 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre (SOLD OUT)
07/10/15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden – (SOLD OUT)
07/11/15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden – (SOLD OUT)
07/14/15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden (on sale Dec. 15)
07/15/15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden (on sale Dec. 15)
07/18/15 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (SOLD OUT)
07/19/15 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (SOLD OUT)
07/22/15 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (SOLD OUT)
07/23/15 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (SOLD OUT)
07/26/15 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (on sale Dec. 15)
07/27/15 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (on sale Dec. 15)

EUROPEAN LEG:

09/04/15 – Turin, Italy – Pala Alpitour (SOLD OUT)
09/05/15 – Turin, Italy – Pala Alpitour (SOLD OUT)
09/08/15 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Ziggo Dome (SOLD OUT)
09/09/15 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Ziggo Dome (SOLD OUT)
09/12/15 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Ziggo Dome (on sale Dec. 15)
09/13/15 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Ziggo Dome (on sale Dec. 15)
09/16/15 – Stockholm, Sweden – Globe (SOLD OUT)
09/17/15 – Stockholm, Sweden – Globe (SOLD OUT)
09/20/15 – Stockholm, Sweden – Globe (on sale Dec. 15)
09/21/15 – Stockholm, Sweden – Globe (on sale Dec. 15)
09/24/15 – Berlin, Germany – O2 World (SOLD OUT)
09/25/15 – Berlin, Germany – O2 World (SOLD OUT)
09/28/15 – Berlin, Germany – O2 World (on sale Dec. 15)
09/29/15 – Berlin, Germany – O2 World (on sale Dec. 15)
10/05/15 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi
10/06/15 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi
10/13/15 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis (SOLD OUT)
10/14/15 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis (SOLD OUT)
10/17/15 – Koln, Germany – Lanxess Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/18/15 – Koln, Germany – Lanxess Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/25/15 – London, UK – The O2 (SOLD OUT)
10/26/15 – London, UK – The O2 (SOLD OUT)
10/29/15 – London, UK – The O2 (SOLD OUT)
10/20/15 – London, UK – The O2 (SOLD OUT)
11/06/15 – Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro (SOLD OUT)
11/07/15 – Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro (SOLD OUT)
11/10/15 – Paris, France – Bercy (SOLD OUT)
11/11/15 – Paris, France – Bercy (SOLD OUT)
11/14/15 – Paris, France – Bercy (on sale Dec. 15)
11/15/15 – Paris, France – Bercy (on sale Dec. 15)

Bono Apologizes for ‘Song of Innocence’ Stunt

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While everyone who has iTunes was complaining about the fact that U2’s new album was “forced” onto them, Bono and the rest of the guys from U2 were laughing their way to the bank.

We also can’t forget all the freak outs people were having as they tried to delete the album from their iTunes. Remember Fall Out Boy’s skit on Jimmy Kimmel?

A month or so after the iPhone 6 reveal announcement and the day Songs of Innocence was inserted onto 500 million desktops and iPhones, Bono is kind of apologizing for the stunt that might have just backfired.

In an interview with fans on the Irish band’s Facebook page, the frontman was asked about the album’s release. The person wrote, “Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people’s playlists ever again? It’s really rude.”

Funny, we were going to say the same about you and your “question.”

Bono seemed a little somber as he responded to Captain Rude Pants’ question.

“Oops…I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea…might have gotten carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard. there’s a lot of noise out there. I guess, we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”

Then again, we’re sure if Beyoncé was to do the same thing, the vast majority of the world would claim that it was “innovative,” “fresh,” and continue to claim that “she’s the queen.” Whatever.

Fall Out Boy Perform Civil “Good Deed” in Jimmy Kimmel Skit

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U2’s surprise and free album might have made some of their fans happy since they pretty much confirmed the album would be out by the end of 2014, but the fact that the album was delivered to everyone who has iTunes, made a vast majority of people upset.

Case and point? Just yesterday, the Huffington Post called the legendary Irish band the “new Nickelback.”

Need we say more?

Uproar about being forced the album reached Apple, resulting the company having to create instructions so those who did not want the album, could delete it from their iTunes Library.

During their appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night where they performed their new song “Centuries” for the first time on national television, Fall Out Boy made a joke about it. The band participated in a skit which involved them helping citizens of Los Angeles delete Songs of Innocence from their iTunes Library.

Watch the Save Rock and Roll band do their civil “good deed” below.

We’re going to assume Apple realized that this publicity stunt did have the ending that they hoped for especially because they spent a reported $100 million on the record so that everyone with iTunes could get it.

U2 Release Surprise New Album During iPhone 6 Reveal

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How do you release your new album which has been in the works for what feels like forever?

Simple. Use one of the most publicized electronics reveal events to your benefit.

Today, was a big day for fans of Apple with the announcement that the company will be releasing the iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus), the iWatch and Apple Pay, but what might be cooler than all those electronics is the fact that U2 decided to drop their new album right after the live event.

We should also note that U2 performed the first single off  the new record, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” during the “iPhone 6 Reveal.”

The new album is titled Songs of Innocence and is currently up on iTunes, but the best part of it all is the fact that the band are currently giving the album away for free.

Songs will be available through Apple, and Apple along until Oct. 13. After that, we’re assuming other retailers will be selling the record.

After the announcement was made, Billboard managed to get a few words with frontman Bono about the surprise release.

“We wanted to make a very personal album. Let’s try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family. The whole album is first journeys — first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually. And that’s hard. But we went there.”

Songs of Innocence is U2’s first new album since 2009’s No Line on the Horizon and was recorded with a slew of people including Danger Mouse and OneRepublic’s head honcho, Ryan Tedder.