‘GANG’ BANG!

The U2 duo play in front of Leonardo Di Caprio....

U2stars BONO and THE EDGE performed an acoustic version of ‘THE HANDS THAT BUILT AMERICA’, written for the soundtrack of MARTIN SCORSESE movie ‘GANGS OF NEW YORK’, at a party to celebrate the DUBLIN premiere of the film.

According to www.u2.com, ‘Gangs…’ star Leonardo Di Caprio and The Edge had earlier in the evening (January 9) had a bidding war at a charity auction to pay for the latest outing for the children’s charity Make A Wish. The Edge eventually beat him, bidding €85,000 (£56,000).

In other news, an exhibition featuring rare U2 memorabilia is to be held at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in February.

‘In The Name Of Love: Two Decades of U2‘, which opens on February 8, will exhibit items including the first ever band T-shirt made by drummer Larry Mullen in a school art class, a biography of the band’s early incarnation called Hype, a trophy they won in a Battle of the Bands competition in 1978, early rejection letters, posters and original hand-written lyrics for songs spanning the band’s career, including Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Ground Beneath Her Feet’, as well as the stetson famously sported by Bono on the cover ‘Rattle And Hum’ and other pieces of stage-wear and set-design.

In addition, there will also be an exhibition of photographs of the band taken by Anton Corbijn, who has captured some of their most enduring images from the early 80’s until the present, and a display of artwork by designer Steve Averill. The photography exhibition runs from February until May, while the artwork show runs from June until September, when the main exhibition closes.