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U2: where the streets - and the venue - do have a name

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Depending on whom you ask, U2 is playing at the Paradise, the House of Blues, the Middle East, Showcase Live, the Wilbur Theatre, and the Berklee Performance Center next week. Since we reported first that Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton are coming to Boston Wednesday as part of a three-city promotional blitz, guessing the venue has become a favorite parlor game among diehard fans. Radio stations continue to promote the show, giving away tix to lucky listeners without disclosing the location. So where's it going to be? Try the Somerville Theatre. While the band might have preferred to play at the Paradise, where they first performed in 1980, we're told they'll be taking over the 900-seat theater in Davis Square. They're expected to do a Q&A and also play at least a few songs from their latest CD "No Line on the Horizon." Or are they? Ian Judge, the theater's director of operations, emailed us tonight to say this: "No show featuring U2 or any other group has been booked at my theater for March 11. If anyone confirms such a show I am sure they would undoubtedly contact us first, which they haven't at all yet." This would not be the first time a superstar has played at the Somerville Theatre. You'll recall that Bruce Springsteen did two shows there in 2003 as a fundraiser for DoubleTake, the documentary magazine founded by the Boss's buddy, Harvard professor Robert Coles. As you might expect, there's intense interest in the U2 show, and fans are trying everything they can think of to score a ticket. (The Wailers show at the Paradise next Wednesday is sold out because fans thought - or hoped - the reggae act was a ruse.) But, relax, in the likely event you can't get in the door, you can always walk over to the Joshua Tree for a pint. And this isn't your only chance to see the lads. Their US tour will include a show - though only one, we're told - at Gillette Stadium. Tickets for that gig, which will be either Sept. 20 or 21, should go on sale soon.

Above: NYC Mayor (and Medford native) Michael Bloomberg with U2 members Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr., join NY City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn at the unveiling of a portion of West 53rd St., temporarily renamed "U2 Way," yesterday. Photo by Bryan Bedder of Getty Images.

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