U2 360 Salt Lake City Postponement

LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Following Bono’s unexpected back surgery earlier today, Live Nation confirmed that the U2 360 tour launch previously scheduled for June 3rd in Salt Lake City has been postponed.

U2 fans with tickets to the June 3rd event are encouraged to retain tickets until updated show information can be provided.

Additional tour information will be forthcoming.

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Funeral of Gerry Ryan today

Gerry Ryan

Gerry Ryan

ABOUT 10,000 people have signed books of condolence for RTÉ broadcaster Gerry Ryan, who will be buried today.

A large crowd is expected to gather for this morning’s funeral Mass in Clontarf, north Dublin, which will also be broadcast on 2fm radio.

Gardaí have warned of traffic diversions in the area and overflow parking has been put in place at nearby sports clubs.

The public continued to sign the books of condolence at the Mansion House and RTÉ yesterday.

More than 5,000 people had signed the book at Dublin’s Mansion House by last evening while more than 4,000 people have signed the book at RTÉ.

The body of the RTÉ presenter was found by his partner Melanie Verwoerd in his apartment on Leeson Street in Dublin last Friday afternoon.

The results of the postmortem have not been made public, but Ryan’s family believe he died of a massive heart attack in the early hours of Friday.

The body of the 53-year-old lay in repose at his family home in Clontarf yesterday where a private wake was held for friends and family.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr Michael Collins at the Church of St John the Baptist on Clontarf Road at 11.30am.

The church is where Ryan was married and where his mother’s funeral was held three years ago. It accommodates only 300 people.

Loudspeakers will be set up in the grounds of the church and crowds are expected along the short route from the Ryan family home on Castle Avenue.

The funeral can be heard on 2fm. This is the first time the radio station has broadcast a Mass.

It will also be shown via webcam on both the parish and RTÉ websites.

The Ryan family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, well-wishers should make a donation to their personal charity of choice.

The burial and house are private.

Burial takes place at Dardistown Cemetery in Cloghran.

- Irishtimes.com

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‘Restart, Reboot Yourself’ – New U2.com goes Live

U2.com:

We’ve moved the furniture around and given the place a lick of paint. The title of the story is a line from one of the new tracks, Unknown Caller, but it kind of captures what we’re doing with U2.Com. We’ve spent a few months giving the site a complete makeover – and responding to some of the features you said you wanted to improve your U2 online experience.

– Easier navigation.
– Cleaner design (check the Video in ‘Sound and Vision’).
– Media players with improved video and audio playback.
– The ability to ‘share this’ with friends.
– Commentable stories.
– News tagging and RSS feeds to allow easy access to site highlights and exclusive content.
– And a makeover for our Zootopia community area.

Keep checking back, there’s lots of updates still to come.

And if you’re a U2.Com subscriber please login for information on further upgrades. If you’re not, you might like to read about the 2009 Subscription offer – special access to the site, participation in a presale when the tour is announced and the limited edition double CD, ‘U2: Medium, Rare and Remastered’.

Visit the new looking U2.com for more membership details including ticket presales offers and more.

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New feature: U2Tube – latest U2 related YouTube videos in one place!

Check out the new U2Tube video section for the latest U2 related videos pulled from YouTube .

The latest and greatest u2 related YouTube videos all in one place.

[tubepress mode='favorites', favoritesValue=spun2u, resultsPerPage=1]

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U2Diary.com: history of the band in a timeline/diary format

Our good friend Matt McGee over at atu2.com is embarking on a new book project called U2 Diary. He has put the call out to U2 fans world wide to help write it by sending in any helpful information like stories, photo or fact.

He has samples of what would be helpful info and what wouldn’t be helpful at his new website http://www.u2diary.com/ 

Good luck Matt! We can’t wait to see it on the shelves in our local book store.

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African Well Fund Announces 5th Annual Bono Birthday Fundraiser

For the fifth straight year the African Well Fund is holding a fundraising drive to raise money in honor of Bono’s birthday. All donations will be used to fund water projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Schenectady, NY (PRWEB) March 22, 2007 — The African Well Fund is excited to announce the 5th Annual Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday fundraising drive. The fundraiser aims to raise money in honor of Bono’s May 10th birthday that will be used by AWF partner Africare to fund water projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Donations for the drive will be collected from March 22nd to May 11th.

U2 fans and others inspired by Bono’s tireless activism on behalf of Africa are invited to make a donation in his honor. Donations from the four previous fundraisers totaled more than $80,000 and were used to fund water projects in Angola, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Donations may be made by visiting www.africanwellfund.org/donate.html. As in previous years, contributors are invited to sign our online card and leave a birthday wish for Bono after donating. The messages, along with a "Well Share" certificate for the amount donated, will be delivered to Bono via Principle Management at the conclusion of the fundraiser.

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