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The Edge: U2 will miss Mullen at MSG Sphere

- JOHN KATSILOMET­ES John Katsilomet­es’ column runs daily in the A section. His “Podkats!” podcast can be found at reviewjour­nal. com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilome­tes@reviewjour­ Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @Johnnykats­1 on Instagram.

HARDCORE U2 fans will be disappoint­ed to see drummer Larry Mullen Jr. miss the band’s series at the MSG Sphere.

One of those fans happens to be a founding member and the band’s guitarist.

“No one is more disappoint­ed than us that Larry won’t be joining us in Vegas,” The Edge said in a published report this past weekend. The guitar great qualified, “We made a commitment. In the history of U2, you can count the shows we’ve missed on the fingers of one hand.”

The Edge said the three people who would miss Mullen most will be frontman Bono, bassist Adam Clayton and himself.

“It’ll be strange to turn around and not see him behind us after all these years,” Edge said in an interview published in the U.K. publicatio­n The Telegraph. “But the shows will be amazing.”

The 61-year-old Mullen is taking a break for surgery to repair wear and tear on his body.

Sitting in will be Bram van den Berg of the Dutch altrock/pop band Krezip.

“We’re lucky to have him. He’s a powerhouse,” Edge told the publicatio­n.

“U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at the Sphere” is set to open along with the new venue.

The expected dates are Sept. 29 and 30, though those shows have not been formally confirmed and depend on constructi­on progress at the $2.2 billion facility. The series’ announceme­nt calls for it to open in the fall (the band is referring to “Achtung Baby” as a “venue launch” and not a series).

The Edge interview also revealed the extended timeline for the U2 series. The dates were planned pre-pandemic and originally scheduled for 2021, lined up with the 30th anniversar­y of “Achtung Baby” and the original opening date of the Sphere. The pandemic forced a postponeme­nt. Another Vegas pause was never

in the cards.

U2 has been particular­ly prolific over the past several months.

The band releases “Songs of Surrender,” a collection of unvarnishe­d, re-imagined variations of its greatest cuts, on March 17. Also that day, the Disney+ documentar­y “Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, With Dave Letterman,” will be released (the world premiere is Wednesday at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A.).

Bono is performing a run of eight dates for his critically acclaimed book “Stories of Surrender” at Broadway’s Beacon Theater beginning April 16.

U2’s many means of conveying its message make a split to individual­ly pursue careers unlikely.

“So every time I think of quitting, I kind of reinvent

U2. We all know that we shine brighter by being in proximity to each other,” The Edge said. “That’s why it’s going to be very difficult to break up U2 — simply because it works so well for us all.”

Urgent, urgent

I had a spirited chat with the great Kelly Hansen on Monday. I’m working on a column about the powerhouse vocalist, who has added years to Foreigner’s live performanc­es. The band is back at the Venetian Theatre for eight shows running March 24 to April 8.

These are Foreigner’s last scheduled dates in Las Vegas. But we are not saying farewell this year. The band is winding up its touring era with its “farewell” outing, running April through September of this year and continuing into 2024.

“The idea is to try to go to all the places that we’ve never been, even though I don’t think we’ll be able to do that completely,” Hansen said. “I think we owe it to the fans to never give them less than what they deserve.” The band has an opening for a run in ’24. “I think it’s obviously safe to say it’s this time, or the next time, would be the last time we play Vegas.”

Seeing the shrink

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” and Dos Hombres Mezcal fame stopped into The Golden Tiki on Friday. Managing partner Branden Powers presented the duo with shrunken heads, to be displayed at the club alongside similar little likenesses of such luminaries as Vince Neil, Sammy Hagar, Pauly Shore, Playboy Playmate Claire Sinclair, Randy Couture, the late celebrity journalist Robin Leach, Rod Stewart, Siegfried & Roy, Carrot Top, yours truly (oh yes) and many others.

TGK has created and displayed the tiny noggins since opening in 2015. Paul had been lobbying for the honor since visiting the Chinatown nightspot in January 2022.

Thursday, Cranston and Paul surprised guests at Clique Bar & Lounge at The Cosmopolit­an of Las Vegas, the two friends again pitching Dos Hombres.


The sun never sets on yacht rock … especially if you are The Windjammer­s. This is bandleader Jerry Lopez’s breezy outfit, playing a weekly Wednesday series at the Copa Room at the Bootlegger Bistro beginning March 29. General admission for these shows is $30; VIP (with one drink) is $50. Text 702-736-4939 for show reservatio­ns. Call that same number for dinner reservatio­ns around the show at the Bootlegger.

Cool Hang Alert

The charismati­c, leather-vested Chase Brown performs his “Vegas Country” showcase at Notoriety Live at 8 p.m. Fridays (doors at 7). Brown has effectivel­y merged country and rock, and mirrors and ladders. Or at least one ladder. His “disco ladder” is a fantastic stage prop, and the guy’s got chops. Go to Notorietyl­ for intel.

 ?? Thibault Camus The Associated Press ?? The Edge and U2 are expected to open the MSG Sphere on Sept. 29 and 30 with drummer Larry Mullen Jr. sidelined by surgery.
Thibault Camus The Associated Press The Edge and U2 are expected to open the MSG Sphere on Sept. 29 and 30 with drummer Larry Mullen Jr. sidelined by surgery.
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