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Listen Harder: U2 continues to challenge itself and its fans at Wells Fargo Center

U2 | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Having witnessed every show U2 has put on within Philadelphia’s city limits (including its earliest, Bijou Café, excluding last year’s Joshua Tree anniversary), one had to resist easy comparison between gigs. Favorite-song-filled set lists or tours on the heels of albums preferred have weight, and there’s always a question of youth’s vigor: can the quartet who all but defined passion and consciousness at its start continue the journey with energy and originality? And could they do it without Bono overselling its point with hashtag shout outs, app plugs or societal rants that don’t come through the PA?

The answers regarding Wednesday’s U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018 stop at Wells Fargo Center was, yes, and no. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Jenny Lewis, U2, Eternal Summers, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and more

Jenny Lewis
Jenny Lewis | photo by Rich McKie for WXPN

You can’t tell us that there’s nothing going on this week — even if you don’t count the Firefly Music Festival (which you should totally count), there are more artists moving through the Philly region that we can pin down. Massive arena shows like U2 and Harry Styles to modest DIY gigs like Cold Fronts and Eternal Summers, the spectrum is huge. Here are 27 concerts you can see in and around Philly this week. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: U2 will play a second night at Wells Fargo Center on June 14th

U2 | photo by Anton Corbijn | courtesy of the artist
U2 | photo by Anton Corbijn | courtesy of the artist

U2 releases its 14th studio album, Songs of Experience, in just a couple weeks, and the band’s summer 2018 stop in Philly just got a little bit longer. After the previously announced June 13th date at Wells Fargo Center went on sale yesterday, U2 added a second date on Thursday, June 14th. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 4th through Ticketmaster Verified Fan, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: U2 will play Wells Fargo Center in June

U2 | photo by Anton Corbijn | courtesy of the artist
U2 | photo by Anton Corbijn | courtesy of the artist
After sharing a few singles from their forthcoming album Songs of Experience, rock icons U2 have announced that they’ll be touring behind the record in 2018, including a stop in Philly at the Wells Fargo Center on June 13. U2 shared the album’s first single “You’re The Best Thing About Me” in September, and before that released new song “The Blackout” via a live performance video. Listen to both songs below.

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Listen to U2’s blistering new anthem “The Blackout”

U2 | via facebook.com/u2

This fall, Irish rock icons U2 are following up 2014’s Songs of Innocence with a new outing called Songs of Experience — which, if you don’t remember from high school lit class, is a William Blake reference — and the “official” first single, “You’re The Best Thing About Me,” is due on September 6th. But today, the band unveiled a different new song via a live performance video.

Filmed in front of an amped-up crowd, “The Blackout” is a riveting rocker in the vein of The Joshua Tree‘s “Bullet The Blue Sky,” and we’re hoping the studio rendition carries the same spirit. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch U2 cover Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” in tribute to the late Canadian Singer-Songwriter

“Leonard Cohen is an addiction I can’t give up” -Bono

U2 took its 30th Anniv. of the Joshua Tree Tour from the US to Canada this weekend and while in Toronto, paid tribute to the late great Canadian Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen. On Saturday night, U2 performed a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” at Rogers Center in Toronto.  Back in 2005 U2 worked with Cohen on a performance of “Tower of Song” from the documentary: “I’m Your Man.” Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch U2 perform “Red Hill Mining Town” in concert for the first time ever

U2 | photo by Mat Hayward via Rolling Stone

“I used to write songs that I couldn’t sing. And sometimes that was OK because the strains of the notes I couldn’t reach was part of the drama, but occasionally they would really just wreck the next show. So I just left ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ off. But since then, I sing a bit better — or at least I’ve learned how to sing.” – Bono

Music history was made Sunday night in Vancouver, Canada when U2 opened their tour celebrating The Joshua Tree’s 30th anniversary. The band performed their classic tune “Red Hill Mining Town” live in concert for the first time ever, and you can watch video below. Continue reading →