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U2 Guitarist Gets Green Light for Malibu Mansion Plans

The Edge must scale down his 5-structure oceanfront project, however

(Newser) - The California Coastal Commission staff has agreed to allow U2's guitarist to build a scaled-down compound in the mountains above Malibu . The staff recommended yesterday that the commission approve a smaller development than the one originally envisioned by David Evans, known better as "The Edge." Evans has... More »

191 'Most Beautiful' Theories in Science

Relativity, theory of evolution top the list

(Newser) - Every year, the website Edge poses a big, open-ended question to leading scientists. This year's query— "What is your favorite deep, elegant or beautiful explanation?" —received 191 answers covering a wide range of ideas, with Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity and Charles Darwin's Theory of... More »

Lady Gaga Channels Marilyn at Clinton Fete

Usher rips his pants, Bono sings opera, the usual

(Newser) - In perhaps a case of history repeating itself, a blonde bombshell serenaded a notoriously libidinous Democratic president last night: But this time it was Lady Gaga sending up Bill Clinton, so things wouldn't have been complete without some extra raunch and an F-bomb. Appearing at last night's "... More »

Angry Irish to Protest U2 at Music Fest

Glastonbury demonstrators say group avoids taxes at home

(Newser) - Activists say they plan a major protest during U2's performance at England's Glastonbury festival today, accusing the group of dodging tax taxes in Ireland. Bono "is well known for his anti-poverty campaigning," but has avoided paying Irish taxes at a time when the country desperately needs... More »

U2 Guitarist Loses Bid to Build 5 Coastal Mansions

The Edge wants a grand, 156-acre development in Malibu

(Newser) - California coastal officials have rejected the quaint plan from U2 guitarist the Edge (aka David Evans) to put up five mansions on an environmentally sensitive ridgeline above Malibu, reports the Los Angeles Times . "In 38 years of this commission's existence, this is one of the three worst projects... More »

Bono: I Felt 'Impotent' While Making Spider-Man

U2 stars Bono and the Edge discuss firing Julie Taymor

(Newser) - Bono and the Edge aren’t exactly pleased with how Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has worked out. In a blistering interview with the New York Times , the U2 leaders say they’re unhappy with the process and discuss their falling out with Julie Taymor, who was ousted in March.... More »

Spider-Man Musical Off to Tangled Start

But wowed audience loved 'heart-racing' stunts

(Newser) - Previews of Broadway musicals are rarely perfect, but last night's debut of the long-plagued Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was especially troubled. The start was delayed 24 minutes; the show was paused five times for technical problems; an actress hung upside down in the air for six minutes. Yet none... More »

5 Worst Drunk-Musician Videos

Mariah Carey's acceptance speech is nothing compared to James Brown

(Newser) - Mariah Carey’s rambling, drunken acceptance speech at the Palm Springs International Festival provides an excellent excuse to take a trip through the annals of “drunk musicians in public” history. And that’s exactly what Shawn Amos does at Huffington Post . Revisit precious moments with Britney Spears, Kanye West,... More »

The Edge Rejects Greenie Criticism of U2 Tour

(Newser) - U2 guitarist The Edge stood up to critics who say the band's massive world tour is bad news for the environment, the BBC reports. "I think anybody that's touring is going to have a carbon footprint," he said backstage last night at U2's Wembley Stadium concert. "... More »

U2 Star Plans 5 Malibu Homes; Locals Annoyed

The Edge's project raises concerns about environment

(Newser) - U2’s the Edge is ruffling the feathers of some of his fellow Malibu residents with a plan to build five houses atop a hill overlooking the Pacific, the Los Angeles Times reports. Both potential neighbors and California preservation agencies charge that David Evans' project is too ambitious for the... More »

Irish Angry at U2's Tax Evasion

Group criticized as hypocritical in light of history of activism

(Newser) - U2 is under fire for possible tax evasion as the Irish government pushes for a bigger slice of the band’s earnings, the Christian Science Monitor reports. U2 moved its publishing company to Amsterdam in 2006 after a tax bill limited artists’ tax-free earnings to $315,000. With Irish deficits... More »

U2 Plays Surprise Rooftop Gig

Rockers launch new album with London set on top of BBC headquarters

(Newser) - U2 treated London fans to a surprise concert from the rooftop of BBC headquarters last night. The band, promoting the launch of new album No Line on the Horizon, played two new songs and two old ones as thousands of fans filled the street below. "This is the first... More »

U2's Latest Good, Not Great

'No Line on the Horizon' features some experimentation, some classic U2

(Newser) - At its best, U2’s latest album has the band both pushing forward with a dense, atmospheric sound courtesy of producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois—but in other moments, Bono and company are content to lazily rehash their stadium-pop formula, critics say.
  • “The album lacks a unified feel,
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Money Woes Ground Spidey, Other Musicals

Stephen Sondheim revue stumbles before opening

(Newser) - Financial woes are forcing more musicals to face the music: Spider-Man’s Broadway appearance has been delayed until next January, while Stephen Sondheim’s latest couldn’t raise the cash for tryout performances, Bloomberg reports. Spidey’s show, with tunes by U2’s Bono and the Edge, costs a record... More »

U2's $31M Spider-Man Musical Hits Delays

Show is most expensive Broadway production ever

(Newser) - Spider-Man has hit more snags en route to its debut as a Broadway musical, Bloomberg reports. Rehearsals for the U2-scored production, set to begin this spring, have been postponed indefinitely. With its budget currently at $31.3 million, the Spidey musical is the most expensive Broadway show ever, and costs... More »

U2 Gets a Line on New Release

Band's 12th studio effort is due March 3

(Newser) - U2’s hotly anticipated new album is finally on the horizon: No Line on the Horizon is set for release March 3, E! Online reports. The band delayed the release to polish the songs and add two tracks. Although U2 worked with its “usual suspects,” guitarist the Edge... More »

Facebooked: Bono Caught Cavorting With Teens

19-year-olds post photos on social site after partying in St. Tropez with U2 frontman

(Newser) - Sorry, Bono fans, Facebook doesn't lie. The married U2 frontman spent a night in St. Tropez partying with two 19-year-olds, Australia’s News Network reports after the girls posted pics—and details—on their Facebook pages. But Bono didn't cross the line. “For somebody who's much older than I... More »

It Might Get Loud Hits Guitar Hero Trifecta

Jimmy Page, U2's Edge and Jack White get their axe grind on in new documentary

(Newser) - There's no Behind the Music-style debauchery to be found in It Might Get Loud, Rolling Stone reports. Rather, the documentary more resembles “having three carpenters talk about a radial-arm saw,” quips Jack White, who along with the Edge (of U2) and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), form the heart... More »

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