BIG Music News: U2, Billy Joel

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U2:  Bono made a visit to Central Texas before U2's Dallas show on Friday

U2's 30th anniversary Joshua Tree tour touched down in Texas last week and three of the band members made some news off the stage.

After performing in Houston Wednesday, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Junior headed out for a late-night snack at Whataburger.

Then on Friday, before their show in Dallas, Bono visited former president George W. Bush at his ranch in nearby Crawford, Texas.

Writing on his One Campaign Instagram page, Bono says, "More than 11 million people are alive today thanks to this man's creation of PEPFAR, the U.S. AIDS program that has been saving lives and preventing new HIV infections for over 10 years, with strong support from political leaders right, left and center. That progress is all at risk now with President Trump's budget cuts, which will mean needless infections and lives lost."

Bush Instagrammed "Bono is the real deal. He has a huge heart and a selfless soul, not to mention a decent voice. [My wife] Laura and I are grateful he came to the ranch to talk about the work of The Bush Center, One Campaign, PEPFAR and our shared commitment to saving lives in Africa."

U2 resume their tour on Friday in Chicago.


BILLY JOEL:  Talks terrorism and The Beatles

Billy Joel commented on last week's terrorist attack in Manchester, England during his monthly show at Madison Square Garden in New York Thursday. He told the capacity crowd, “I’m glad to see you weren’t terrorized, you came … If they can’t terrorize you, they lose.”

Billy also tipped his hat to The Beatles and the 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by playing the album's last song, "A Day in the Life,” which he dedicated to “those guys” who inspired him to become a musician.

Then, in recognition of Fleet Week, Joel invited 20 sailors on stage to help him perform “Goodnight Saigon." When the song was done he shook each one of their hands.

Billy will next play the Garden on June 6th.


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