U2 Books Weeklong 'Tonight Show' Residency

The same week Metallica sets up shop on 'The Late Late Show'
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U2 is heading back to The Tonight Show.

After appearing on the premiere of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Feb. 17, the rock band will return to the NBC late-night show for a weeklong residency from Nov. 17-21. That just so happens to be the same week Metallica will be visiting CBS' The Late Late Show for a one-week stint as Craig Ferguson readies for his farewell.

U2's residency is timed in support of the group's 13th studio album, Songs of Innocence, and promises to feature "numerous surprises" during the week. The band, led by Bono and The Edge, will also be expected to make appearances in comedy sketches and online exclusives.

U2 was one of Jimmy Fallon's first guests on the Tonight Show, performing atop the roof of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the middle of New York City.

When the band recently fielded questions about its most recent album, which was released in iTunes customers' libraries automatically, Bono apologized for the massive album dump. "Oops," he said in response. "I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea — might have got carried away with ourselves."

Lorne Michaels is executive producer, along with Josh Lieb and Gavin Purcell.

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