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Bono, of the musical group U2, performs at the opening act of the 51st Annual Grammy

U2 Spending Week With David Letterman

February 12, 2009 03:41 PM
by Emily Coakley
Irish supergroup U2 will play five shows in New York next week as a recurring musical guest for Letterman’s late night television show.

Week of U2 Performances Planned

The band U2 is scheduled to play on the “Late Show with David Letterman” all next week. It’s the first time a band or artist has spent an entire week as a musical guest on Letterman’s show, the Associated Press reported today. U2’s new album, “No Line on the Horizon,” is due out next week, according to Rolling Stone.

This isn’t the first time the band has taken over late night television. On Oct. 6, 2005, Late Night with Conan O’Brien had a special featuring U2 for the entire episode. O’Brien also hosted the duo White Stripes for an entire week in 2003, said Rolling Stone.

Related Topic: Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman

The news about U2 was released less than 24 hours after Letterman made news with an awkward interview with Joaquin Phoenix, who has recently said he would quit acting to launch a career in hip-hop music. The interview, in which Phoenix sports dark sunglasses and a bushy beard, has been widely circulated online because of the actor’s unusual behavior.

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