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U2 Rocks Fallon’s Tonight Show Debut

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Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon debuted his new Tonight Show on Monday night in New York, and it was a star-studded affair with high-profile guests like Will Smith, celebrity cameos from the likes of Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Stephen Colbert, Robert De Niro and an epic Rockefeller Center rooftop performance by U2.

Earlier in the show, Fallon interviewed U2 about their Oscar-nominated song “Ordinary Love,” and encouraged the band to perform the song acoustically. Bono and team complied, with the singer also presenting Fallon with a new red Gretsch guitar in honor of the band’s charity efforts with the (RED) campaign.

The legendary rock band later closed out the episode from 70 stories above NYC with a performance of new single “Invisible.”

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Watch New U2 Video for ‘Invisible’

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After originally premiering a sixty second clip of their song “Invisible” during the Super Bowl, U2 has now unveiled the full video.

Directed by Mark Romanek, the black and white clip was shot over a three day period in January at an airport hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

U2 launched a partnership with (RED) and Bank of America during Super Bowl Sunday by offering “Invisible” as a free download for 36 hours. Bank of America donated $1 for each download, raising $3 million to support The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. All proceeds from the song on iTunes continue to go to (RED) for the Global Fund.

Produced by Danger Mouse, “Invisible” is due on U2′s forthcoming 13th studio album.

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U2′s ‘Invisible’ Raises Over $3 Million for (RED)

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U2′s latest single “Invisible” likely perked up the ears of many fans when it was teased during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII.

But the fact that the legendary band was offering it as a free download via iTunes for 36 hours in order to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS – through a partnership with (RED) and Bank of America – caused a massive worldwide reaction.

Bank of America originally pledged to donate $1 for each download up to two million, but the success of the campaign prompted them to exceed that mark, as U2 announced Tuesday that the effort raised more than $3 million for the cause.

Now, all proceeds from “Invisible,” which costs $1.29, will go to the Global Fund, as well.

Watch a 60-second promo for “Invisible” after the jump and click here to download the song. (more…)

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Five Rockin’ Gretsch Movie Moments

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The Edge laying down guitar tracks in Rattle and Hum.

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The summer blockbuster movie season is upon us, and we’ve got movies on the mind after thinking about some of the best Gretsch moments that have graced the silver screen over the years.

From rock to country to rockabilly, bands both real and fictitious have reached for Gretsch instruments, whether electric or acoustic.

So with that in mind, here are five great Gretsch moments from feature films: (more…)

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Bono Invites Fan Onstage, Gives Him Gretsch Irish Falcon

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By Pauline France

A completely unexpected act of kindness occurred when Bono invited a fan onstage during U2′s concert at the Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville on July 2.

Adam Bevell, a 32-year-old blind guitarist from Arizona, sat in the front row of the concert holding up a sign that read “Blind Guitar Player, Bring Me Up!” Before he knew it, he was holding Bono’s Gretsch Irish Falcon and accompanying the band’s frontman to “All I Want Is You” before a crowd of 50,000 fans.

At the end of the heartfelt performance, Bono gifted Bevell with his Gretsch guitar.

Watch the video below…

To see U2′s tour dates, visit the band’s website here.

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