Wednesday, July 23, 2014

U2 comeback on despite Bono's writing struggles

U2 will release their new album later this year.
The four-piece rock band - made up of lead singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. - are said to be planning to release their currently unnamed thirteenth studio album, this November.
It is believed the band - who are set to play at one of the iTunes Festival gigs at the Roundhouse in Camden, North London, in September - could even have their new material ready to debut at the
The album is the first to be released by the group in five years and will follow their 2009 work 'No Line On The Horizon'.
However, it has been a difficult time for singer-songwriter Bono, 54, who is believed to have suffered from writer's block throughout the production process.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make.
"It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy.
"But they feel very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."

Friday, July 11, 2014

U2.COM : 'Outrageously Gifted'

Bono was in London a few days ago for the 2014 Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards. Presenting the  Raymond Weil International Award to the 'outrageously gifted but graceful' Pharrell Williams, here's what Bono had to say.

'Not far from here at his office in Soho, Charles Darwin said that he thought the music business was the finest example of the survival of the fittest.
And it's true. There are a lot of great bottom feeders here this afternoon… a few circling sharks… the odd killer whale… crocodiles… and let's not forget the species that evolution left behind… the dinosaur… who managed to survive as long as they did by shrinking. I’m just saying…  
And all of us on our best behaviour for the great organization that is Nordoff Robbins.
Darwin, as well as saying 'it is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive... but those who can best manage change', also said that at the top of the evolutionary ladder are a species who can turn our lives upside down and can say everything they want to say in less than three minutes. This is impossible for most species - especially the species known as the Irish.
It’s just hard - unless you’re Black Sabbath who bring in 'Paranoid' at 2mins and 47 seconds or Tom Jones, 'It’s Not Unusual', a tight 1min and 56 seconds.
It turns out that 'It’s Not Unusual' is VERY unusual.
The perfect 45 is illusive - that’s a vinyl reference children.
But even some of us who say we don’t need them and who like a bit of wafting and a bit of musical experimentation, we will admit, if we are honest, that our musical lives began on hearing a perfect 45.
Whether punk rock, hip-hop, disco or hard-rock, it was usually the perfect 45 that kicked it all off for us. We're not talking about happy little pop ditties that numb the pain but are so sweet they rot your teeth. We’re talking about happy as in a joyous overflowing of the human spirit... JOYOUS.
As in 'Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof', as in 'Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth'.
 Now Darwin felt that his theory could explain every human emotion but that one. At the pinnacle of human emotion there lies joy, he said. JOY.
'It’s not logical,' he said. Actually, that was Dr. Spock.   
Back to Darwin. His friend, the Vicar, Brody Innes told him,  'Charles, it’s worse than you think, real joy comes out of the knowledge of sadness... and triumphing over it.'
In fact Darwin was about to give up when he read the words:
'Like the legend of the phoenix
All ends with beginnings
That keeps the planet spinning
The force from the beginning.'

He could not explain how you might feel 'like a room without a roof',  why people might clap along whilst believing 'happiness is the truth'.
There is no empirical evidence for continuing with this behaviour. He searched his vocabulary for the right word. Indeed he wept as he could only find one word to describe these joyous outbursts that we call the perfect hook. MIRACLES, he said, they are MIRACLES.
How else would you describe Beethoven or the Beatles, Little Richard or the Buzzcocks,  Marvin Gaye or, say, Pharrell Williams? 
Miracles - of defiance against ones mortality.
A three-minute song that tells the world to fuck off if it won’t play along… is Joy as an act of defiance.
And there is nothing more romantic than defiance. 
And there is no more romantic figure in the world of pop, hip-hop, soul, rock or even folk music right now than the outrageously gifted but graceful man that is Pharrell Williams.
Or as we call him in Dublin… Farrell Williams.
Check him out!' 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

U2.COM : '10 Bucks. A Ginger. A Red Head. I’m In...'

'10 bucks. A ginger. A red head. I’m in...'
Restaurateur Mario Batali is leading a campaign for (RED) as restaurants and bars add their support to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS . 

'10 bucks. A ginger. A red head....' Bono's in too. 

And you get a chance to go on a VIP Trip to NYC and cook and eat the #BestMealEver with Chef Mario. Here's how

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

U2.COM : 'I Wore These Shoes...'

"I wore these shoes in the spring and summer of 2013... 
We were recording in Electric Lady in NY and they walked
the West Village with me…and brought me back to Dublin
in September for my marriage to Mariana..."

Adam Clayton 

Adam has donated a signed pair of his Jimmy Choo shoes - with a note for the buyer explaining their personal significance. 

The shoes are now part of the 'Celebrity Shoe Auction' for Walk in My Shoes, raising funds for the works of St Patrick's Mental Health Foundation in Dublin. (Last year Adam's shoes were the highest seller and went to a bidder in US.) 

This year the bidding starts here.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

U2 - Three - Irish 'Sunburst' CBS label 7" with UKTM No B81 8092 rim text

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

U2.COM : Bass & Guitar

Some seriously collectable band equipment and memorabilia coming up for auction later this week, raising funds for Music Rising

The stage backline bass rigs that Adam used on U2360°, donated by Aguilar Bass (and signed by Adam), are up for auction, along with a With or Without You MTV Award, a platinum disc of The Joshua Tree and a signed guitar from Bono

Adam's bass rigs, donated by Aguilar, include two DB 750 heads (which have been autographed by Adam), two DB 410 cabinets and two DB 115 cabinets. These are being auctioned as separate lots - not complete rigs. 

The 'Music Icons, Legends and Rebels' auction takes place on May 17th and includes memorabilia from The Beatles, The Stones and Michael Jackson as well as U2. Details of the U2 related items on pages 220/221/222 of the online catalogue.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

U2 - Electric Son [2014 audio leak ?]

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Adam Clayton at Late Late Show 02/05/2014 [video]

U2.COM : 'Give And Take'

“We give something to the crowd and they give us something back,” says Bono. “Everyone pushes themselves until they sweat – and through that, a type of force or power is created by the people."

North Side Story is the definitive account of the emergence of U2 in Dublin in the 1970's and early '80's. Along with a unique catalogue of interviews and reviews from Hot Press magazine, the book features a series of profiles from influential European music titles  - including this one from Germany's Music Express in 1982.