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In Washington, U2 traces its history on 'Experience + Innocence' tour

In Washington, U2 traces its history on 'Experience + Innocence' tour

“We’re a band from the Northside of Dublin,” the singer, who goes by Bono Vox, told his audience Sunday evening. “We’re called the U2. This is our new song.”

It was his way of kicking off “I Will Follow” – not a new song, but the jagged post-punk classic that exploded out of Ireland in 1981 to launch the band to international superstardom – and also introducing the long autobiographical arc at the heart of U2’s show at Washington’s Capital One Arena.

After decades of refusing to look backward – to become “a heritage act,” in the disdainful formulation of guitarist the Edge – U2 in recent years has begun to assess its history. Bono, the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer...

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