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February 13, 1997 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
"We're getting into Penn University, the first concert there ever," U2 front man Bono announced yesterday at a press conference heralding the start of the supergroup's PopMart Tour '97. In fact, he was talking about the band's Sunday, June 8, date at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field - with tickets going on sale there, at Ticketmaster locations and by phone - 215-336-2000 - Saturday morning. But let's not quibble about Bono's mangling of the name. What's important is the conclusion.
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November 6, 1988 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
So the Big Band has finally made it to the big screen. You can't blame U2 for wanting a home-movie souvenir of 1987, its year of pop-world conquest. The year it sold 13 million copies of The Joshua Tree. The year it was on the cover of Time, Rolling Stone and Musician simultaneously. The year it grossed $29 million, according to Forbes magazine. Prior to that, the Irish rock quartet was always on the margins of commercial success. It first became known as a purveyor of reverential rock and roll that made statements, was epic in scope and therefore was perfectly suited for performance in stadiums, yet had the feel of the "underground.
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June 9, 1997 | DAVID MAIALETTI/ DAILY NEWS
Bono (above) lead singer of U2, and the Edge, the four-piece Irish band's lead guitarist, whip up the crowd last night at Franklin Field. The appearance was part of the Popmart tour to plug U2's new album, "Pop," which reportedly is not doing as well as expected. Clogged roads were blamed on the concert, and tickets were going for $52.50, so the rockers must be doing something right.
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June 9, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / ERIC MENCHER
Bono, frontman of the rock group U2, sings to the crowd during the Irish band's appearance last night at Franklin Field. The band is touring behind its new album, "Pop. "
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April 25, 1997 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
U2: A YEAR IN POP, 10 p.m. tomorrow, Channel 6. It's hardly by accident that U2 has chosen to open its "Pop Mart" tour tonight in Las Vegas. Nor that "gambling" is a theme of their prime-time special, "U2: A Year in Pop," which airs at 10 tomorrow night on ABC. While most bands seem content to retrace their steps, occupying just "one tone or one note," U2 never makes the safe bet, says frontman Bono. His idea of a good time is "going out on the casino floor and putting your whole life on red. " Like the song goes, these Dublin blokes still haven't found what they're looking for. And they still delight in upsetting the apple cart with new sounds and visions, though they know it throws their audience off - as the group did with their glam-slamming, TV-parodying "Zoo TV" tour, and are doing anew with the techno-dance-beat frenzy of some "Pop" album tracks.
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June 13, 2001 | By Tom Moon INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
A stage encircled by a giant heart. A set saturated with rock-radio favorites, many unheard on recent stadium treks. A singer, almost on bended knee, confiding that his band has more to prove now than it did at its first U.S. performances 20 years ago. Maybe U2 should have called this the Atonement Tour. Monday at the First Union Center, at the first of two sold-out performances, U2 put its "experimental" phase in the rearview mirror, and returned to the thundering military drums, needlepoint guitars, and Bono's keening, indignant voice that galvanized rock and roll during its Joshua Tree heyday.
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May 14, 2005 | By LARRY ATKINS
TODAY AND Sunday, May 22, will be Beautiful Days for Philly fans of the Irish rock group U2, which will play at the Wachovia Center as part of the Vertigo Tour. In March, U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame. Deservedly so. As far as rock bands go, U2 deserves to be on Mount Rushmore, along with the Beatles, the Who and the Rolling Stones. The Beatles were the musical equivalent of Baseball's Sandy Koufax - six or seven dominant years of musical genius. U2 is more like Steve Carlton or Warren Spahn - consistent excellence over 22 years.
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September 11, 1987 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
Great art, it's said, is made in times of desperation. For U2, the young Irish superstars performing at the Spectrum tomorrow, the process of music making has always been imbued with a sense of struggle. Bass player Adam Clayton relates that when the group first gave music a crack as Dublin teenagers in the late 1970s, they attempted to mimic the Rolling Stones catalogue. "But we weren't good enough to get through even a single song. Since we couldn't play others' material, we had to make up our own. " The group's drummer Larry Mullen Jr. was the only qualified musician at the outset, so U2 built their material around the beat, often with a riveting marching cadence that drew listeners to attention and alluded to Ireland's civil unrest.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2000 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The U2 discography is filled with impulsive flings followed by acts of contrition. After the thundering The Joshua Tree brought its "righteous" rock into the global spotlight in 1987, U2 worked to modulate the fury and bring its songs back down to earth. That led to more compact, traditional compositions, such as "Angel of Harlem," written for the partly live Rattle and Hum, released the next year. Now, after the zany, zoned-out electronic explorations of 1993's Zooropa and 1997's Pop, considered by many loyalists to be a particularly bad creative patch, the Irish foursome returns with an odd assortment of mealymouthed equivocations and dim homilies it calls All That You Can't Leave Behind (Interscope . 1/2)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2006 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
FOR A rock 'n' roll band as big as U2, the guys do seem shockingly normal. The London Sun reveals that the reason the band canceled 10 of its Australian concerts at the last moment (postponed until November) is that one of their children got sick. "I can't really go into details," Bono told the Sun from Sydney, "but a family member was very ill and there was a lot of distress and angst. "Our music does come from a very tight community, and if one of us is going through something then we all are going through it. " Bono wouldn't reveal which member of U2's family was ill. But he stressed that when they are ready to tour again, "he'll be on fire as opposed to a cloud hanging over his head.
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November 26, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
No influence: Bono, Obama Guess what Irish world savior-rocker Bono has in common with President Obama ? The poor souls top GQ's Least Influential People of 2014 list! Bono and U2 are at No. 1 for the $100 mil P.R. campaign in which their new LP, Songs of Innocence , was added to everyone' s iTunes library without our permission. Barack Obama, in second place, is chided by the mag for being on holiday as the world fell apart - Missouri exploded, Ebola went wild, Vlad "The Impaler" Putin became Alexander the Great , and U2 became Big Brother.
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September 12, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
U2 has just released what will soon be the most-deleted album in history. There it is, sitting in your iTunes Music Library whether you asked for it or not: Songs of Innocence , the heroic Irish rock band's 13th album, which they surprise-released for free Tuesday in partnership with Apple at the consumer tech giant's iPhone 6 (and Apple Watch) rollout in Cupertino, Calif. In a stroke of Internet razzmatazz, Apple made the 11 songs instantly ready for download in the libraries of all 500 million-plus iTunes users in 109 countries around the world.
SPORTS
September 9, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Rodolph Austin and Luton Shelton scored on free kicks as Jamaica rallied to beat the visiting United States, 2-1, Friday night in Kingston in a World Cup qualifier, giving the hosts their first victory over the Americans. Clint Dempsey, playing his first competitive match in three months, put the U.S. ahead 35 seconds in with the fastest American goal in a World Cup qualifier. But the 60th-ranked Reggae Boyz, who had been 0-10-8 against the U.S., rallied with goals in the 23d and 62d minutes on free kicks after fouls from Kyle Beckerman and Maurice Edu. Jamaica (2-0-1)
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January 24, 2012 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, staff
COMPELLING documentaries about musical artists living, dead and questionable - U2, the Doors, Phil Ochs and Elvis Presley - have our eyes and ears this week. Also on deck: Tim McGraw's happiest heart tuggers, Seal's soul-stirred kiss-offs, Dion's trip to bluesville and a strong solo set from the Weakerthans' John Samson. Elvis sighting! The guy sitting in the dark sure sounds like Elvis. And in the singular moment where he allows his face to be lit on camera, looks as we'd imagine the King would, were "Elvis Found Alive" (Highway 61 Entertainment/MVD, B)
NEWS
August 7, 2011 | By Jack Gillum, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - John Edwards' campaign must repay more than $2.2 million to the U.S. Treasury after improperly getting federal matching funds during his 2008 presidential bid, according to a final Federal Election Commission audit released Friday. The audit also found that Edwards' campaign understated the amount of money it had on hand on two occasions, failed to itemize more than $4.3 million in loan repayments, and owes the Treasury nearly $142,000 in checks the campaign issued that were never cashed.
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July 16, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
You might think that Lincoln Financial Field, an open-to-the-heavens football stadium with room for more than 67,000 souls on a flawless summer night, would be big enough to contain U2, the four-man Irish rock group that finally brought its outrageously staged "360 Tour" to Philadelphia on Thursday. Not a chance. For more than 30 years, U2 has aspired to be the biggest band in the world. (It had been slated to play the Linc in July 2010, on a stop that had to be rescheduled because Bono required emergency back surgery in Munich.
NEWS
July 14, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
U2 may be one of the world's most beloved bands, but demand has not gone through the roof for tonight's South Philadelphia concert. Even as die-hard fans began gathering at Lincoln Financial Field this morning - some with general admission tickets hoping to be randomly picked to be near the stage - affordable tickets could still be had, for several reasons. Not only are the Irish rockers filling a huge venue, but the 7 p.m. show is a makeup date from a year ago, when leader singer Bono's bad back forced some cancellations.
NEWS
July 6, 2011 | By Nancy Armour, ASSOCIATED PRESS
WOLFSBURG, Germany - Lisa Dahlkvist converted a penalty and Nilla Fischer scored from a deflected free kick Wednesday as Sweden won 2-1 to beat the Americans for the first time at the World Cup. Abby Wambach's first goal of the tournament in the 67th minute helped the Americans back in the game. But just as they have all year, they squandered many other chances to score. It's the fourth loss since November for the world's No. 1 team after going more than two years without a defeat, and their second to Sweden this year.
SPORTS
June 24, 2011
Is the Freak back? San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum may be coming out of his funk. He entered Thursday's game against the Minnesota Twins with the worst NL ERA (7.59) in June, but threw 72 of his 109 pitches for strikes, gave up three hits, walked two, and didn't allow a runner past second while striking out 12 to get his first win since May 27. The hit man The New York Mets' Justin Turner , who had a walk-off hit-by-pitch in a 13-inning win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, was plunked in nearly the same spot on the left thigh by Graham Godfrey in the first inning of Thursday's game.
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