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By Matt Patterson | June 21, 2011
(Clarification: Although the ONE foundation's $15 million in funding in 2008 is listed in tax documents as “contributions,” the organization does not solicit funding from the general public but from foundations and board members, according to ONE’s website and a statement from a spokeswoman.) Tonight, U2 bring their enormously successful 360 Tour to Baltimore, and if previous U2 shows are any guide (trust me, I've seen them 11 times), the show will feature not only the soaring anthems for which they are rightly known but also a healthy dose of promotion for the band's many charitable causes.
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February 24, 2013
There were two odd things about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's presentation Wednesday at the Walters Art Museum to introduce "Change to Grow," her ambitious plan to put Baltimore's budget on a sustainable path, cut taxes and increase investments in infrastructure. First: the trivial. As her PowerPoint ended, music swelled in the background, specifically the opening guitar riffs to U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name," which includes the lines, "City's aflood/And our love turns to rust/We're beaten and blown by the wind/Trampled in dust.
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NEWS
July 12, 2011
I wrote a letter to Sen. Ben Cardin about Bono and U2 that The Sun recently published. The Sun then published a letter published from The Edge of U2 in response to my letter. I want to take this opportunity to correct and clarify the use of the phrase "tax evasion" in my letter, both for The Edge and your readers' benefit. My intention is not to accuse either U2 or individual band members of criminal tax evasion. My clarification and correction is that I am saying that they aligned their business interests with avoiding paying taxes, not criminal evasion.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2011
We've already looked back at the top 10 concerts of the year . And, later this week, we'll bring you the best singles and albums of the year. For now, here's a look back at the 25 most reads posts on Midnight Sun in 2011. They include breaking news, exclusives, shameless Google bait - see Nancy Pelosi, Victoria's Secret posts - and concert reviews. And, they cover a variety of topics, from sports and the business of nightlife to developments in the world of beer and up-to-date news on music.
NEWS
July 12, 2011
The recent letter to the editor entitled, "Senator Cardin's affection for Bono's foundation is indefensible," (July 7) by Simon Moroney contains so many inaccuracies that it is pointless to attempt to correct them all. But the most serious inaccuracy is the totally false and possibly libelous accusation that U2 and Bono have, by moving a part of their business activities to Holland, been involved in tax evasion. For the record U2 and the individual band members have a totally clean record with every jurisdiction to which they are required to pay tax and have never been and will never be involved in tax evasion.
NEWS
July 15, 2011
U2 appear unable to grasp the core of the issue regarding their tax status in Ireland ("The Edge: U2, Bono have not evaded taxes," July 13) . Nobody on this island doubts that they are fully in compliance with Irish or European law, or that they have every right to move their tax base to the Netherlands. Indeed, the Irish Exchequer can hardly complain, considering the criticism Ireland has received from many quarters in Europe because of its own low corporate tax rate. Rather, the quibble lies with the double standards applied by Bono and Co. when lecturing us on the rights and wrongs of wealth distribution.
NEWS
June 26, 2011
I'm concerned that readers took away from Matt Patterson's op-ed ("U2: Great music in the service of dubious charity," June 22) the perception that advocacy is an inappropriate role for charities. On the contrary, by bringing together staff, board, volunteers and community members, charities of all sizes contribute in important ways to the exchange of information and ideas that is fundamental to our democratic system. Among the countless benefits: safer roads, healthier public spaces, protections for abused women, research dollars to cure disease, more humane treatment of animals.
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By Mike Dresser and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 22, 2011
As of about 5:30 p.m. the expected traffic congestion from the influx of U2 fans to M&T Bank Stadium wasn't looking too bad, according to the Baltimore Department of Transportation. Department spokeswoman Kathy Chopper said some backups were developing on St. Paul and Light streets but added that there was "nothing too crazy because of the concert. " Some 75,000-80,000 people are expected to attend the 7 p.m. concert. UPDATE: At 5:50 p.m., Chopper reported that traffic was backed up on Lombard Street between President and Light.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | June 23, 2011
The next time the Ravens win a game at M&T Bank Stadium, they should be so lucky to get the kind of response four 50-something Irish guys got there Wednesday night. Thousands of fans - the stadium estimated some 80,000 - welcomed U2 for their first regional show in two years like Bono and company had just ended the N.F.L lockout. Billed as the record-setting spectacular to beat all concert spectaculars, U2’s 360-degree tour employs the latest advancements in live entertainment, including a moving, four-legged stage that looked ripped from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
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By Erik Maza and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 22, 2011
With a 60 percent chance of rain this evening, there was some concern lightning would prevent the show from going forward. Live Nation released a statement this afternoon, via spokesman Jeremiah Xenakis: "Fans should wear their raingear. The concert will proceed rain or shine. If due to weather, it is deemed dangerous to the fans, then a decision would be made at that time. " Earlier: what fans are allowed to bring to the stadium. A source at M&T also said the stadium has an emergency plan for shelter in case of lightning.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2011
Madonna might perform at M&T Bank Stadium next year, according to an alleged tour itinerary that was posted earlier this week. A spokeswoman for Madonna has dismissed the rumor. If confirmed, it would be the first concert at the stadium since U2's blockbuster show in June.  The singer, whose tours are highly anticipated because she holds the record of the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist, has been widely rumored to go on tour next year. Earlier this month, rumors also surfaced that she might play at the Super Bowl.
NEWS
July 15, 2011
U2 appear unable to grasp the core of the issue regarding their tax status in Ireland ("The Edge: U2, Bono have not evaded taxes," July 13) . Nobody on this island doubts that they are fully in compliance with Irish or European law, or that they have every right to move their tax base to the Netherlands. Indeed, the Irish Exchequer can hardly complain, considering the criticism Ireland has received from many quarters in Europe because of its own low corporate tax rate. Rather, the quibble lies with the double standards applied by Bono and Co. when lecturing us on the rights and wrongs of wealth distribution.
NEWS
July 12, 2011
I wrote a letter to Sen. Ben Cardin about Bono and U2 that The Sun recently published. The Sun then published a letter published from The Edge of U2 in response to my letter. I want to take this opportunity to correct and clarify the use of the phrase "tax evasion" in my letter, both for The Edge and your readers' benefit. My intention is not to accuse either U2 or individual band members of criminal tax evasion. My clarification and correction is that I am saying that they aligned their business interests with avoiding paying taxes, not criminal evasion.
NEWS
July 12, 2011
The recent letter to the editor entitled, "Senator Cardin's affection for Bono's foundation is indefensible," (July 7) by Simon Moroney contains so many inaccuracies that it is pointless to attempt to correct them all. But the most serious inaccuracy is the totally false and possibly libelous accusation that U2 and Bono have, by moving a part of their business activities to Holland, been involved in tax evasion. For the record U2 and the individual band members have a totally clean record with every jurisdiction to which they are required to pay tax and have never been and will never be involved in tax evasion.
NEWS
July 7, 2011
Sen. Benjamin Cardin's recent letter defending Bono and his ONE foundation puts him in direct opposition to President Obama's appeal for "corporate jet" owners to pay their fair share of tax ("Cardin: ONE Campaign works," June 27). U2 are major tax evaders. I am also perturbed by Senator Cardin's statement that Bono and the ONE campaign exercised significant influence on framing legislation in the financial services bill. Paul Hewson, aka Bono, exemplifies the worst characteristics of Wall Street, both for excess and tax evasion.
NEWS
June 27, 2011
I was one of the 75,000 fans that U2 rocked in Baltimore on Wednesday night. As Bono said, "it was a midsummer's night dream, give or take 24 hours. " I wasn't as young or energetic Wednesday as I was the last time I saw the group, in 1992, at RFK Stadium in Washington. At several points in the show I couldn't help thinking of songs that I played in my car at 16 driving to work. Now, at 42, the same songs sounded just as good, if not better. I was a bit dismayed to see Matt Patterson's opinion piece criticizing Bono and his ONE Organization ("U2: Great music in the service of dubious charity," June 22)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2011
U2's June 22 concert at M&T Bank Stadium is inarguably the biggest show Baltimore will have all year. The superlative applies not only because no other headliner approaches the band's supernova-sized star power, but also literally: The show, part of the band's 360 tour, is of unprecedented size and scope. Its centerpiece is a circular, four-legged stage that can support nearly 200 tons and allows for the namesake 360-degree view. It carries a video screen that, when open, is 14,000 square feet.
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By Steve Morse and Steve Morse,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 14, 2001
Conduct a poll to name the most serious band in the world - and U2 would likely top the list. U2 can be ultraserious about its sound, its politics and its stage shows. But the new "Elevation Tour 2001" has also found the group lightening up and discovering that less can be more. "It certainly is a lot less work," U2 guitarist the Edge says of the new road campaign stopping tonight and tomorrow night at the sold-out MCI Center in Washington. "The last two tours were very conceptual, with a lot of visuals, but on this tour we've done less in that area, so it makes it a lot easier.
NEWS
June 26, 2011
I'm concerned that readers took away from Matt Patterson's op-ed ("U2: Great music in the service of dubious charity," June 22) the perception that advocacy is an inappropriate role for charities. On the contrary, by bringing together staff, board, volunteers and community members, charities of all sizes contribute in important ways to the exchange of information and ideas that is fundamental to our democratic system. Among the countless benefits: safer roads, healthier public spaces, protections for abused women, research dollars to cure disease, more humane treatment of animals.
NEWS
June 23, 2011
I was disappointed to read the ill-informed June 21 op-ed by Matt Patterson "U2: Great music in the service of a dubious charity," which contained misinformation about ONE, the anti-poverty group co-founded by U2 lead singer Bono. Mr. Patterson suggested that U2 concert goers should be leery of calls by the band for "donations" to ONE, but the band has never asked the public to donate to ONE and neither has ONE because we don't raise donations from the public. We are funded almost entirely by foundations and individuals on our board, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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