Bono and the Edge are Going to Make a Special Canada Day Appearance in Ottawa

U2 really, really likes this country. If you were at Friday’s show in Toronto, you’ll remember some of the comments from the stage.

CTV has this report.

“Exciting news! Look forward to seeing U2! It’s a beautiful (Canada) Day,” Heritage Minister Melanie Joly tweeted on Friday.

The department said in a statement that Bono and The Edge will be performing one song around the noon hour.

“Given Canada’s role on the international stage, celebrating this key year for Canada wouldn’t be complete without including someone from abroad to speak on how our country is viewed elsewhere in the world,” the statement said.

“It is fitting that these guests participate in this special Canada Day celebration as they hold dear many of the same humanitarian values that Canadians do.”

Meanwhile, I had a quick word with a member of U2’s management team. Despite all that’s been written about U2 going to SE Asia this year, I was told “We’re not going there with Joshua Tree. We’ll get there, but not right now.” That’s all I could get out of that person.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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