Tuesday, August 23, 2011

U2.COM : Under An Atomic Sky'

'I went out walkin' under an atomic sky
Where the ground won't turn and the rain it burns
Like the tears when I said goodbye...'

When U2360° stopped in Nashville, Tennessee last month, the band paid homage to the late, great Johnny Cash, performing a song they wrote and recorded with him on 'Zooropa.'

This is 'The Wanderer'.

Monday, August 22, 2011

U2.COM : 'Good Health'

Despite press stories to the contrary Bono has not suffered a health scare.

Reports of him being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment are untrue. Bono is in good health and enjoying a family holiday in the south of France.

The sighting of Bono ‬at Princess Grace Hospital was due to a routine check up. ‬‬

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bono brought to hospital over chest pain scare

Bono has suffered a health scare after experiencing heart palpitations while on holiday in the south of France.
The U2 frontman was taken to hospital in Monaco by his wife Ali Hewson when he complained of chest pains.
The star spent a number of hours at the Princess Grace Memorial Hospital in Monaco but fans will be relieved to hear he wasn't kept in overnight.
The health scare came shortly after Bono had finished an exhausting world tour -- during which the band played to 7.1 million fans in 30 countries -- and was enjoying his summer holidays with family and friends.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Agony for U2's Adam as he bids farewell to mum

U2'S Adam Clayton choked back the tears at his mother's funeral.

Bono and The Edge comforted the bass player at a moving ceremony for his his mum Jo.

The life of the former air hostess was celebrated in the small town of Foxford, Co Mayo, where Jo lived with her husband Brian for over a decade.

Adam's bandmates attended the Church of Ireland service in the Straide parish with their families yesterday ahead of the cremation, which takes place in Glasnevin Crematorium in Dublin today.

A clearly distraught Adam (51) remained silent during the ceremony -- the Rev Andrea Wills, who officiated, said the whole family were going through a very difficult time.

"It is a terribly sad time for the Clayton family," she said.

The U2 star kept his head bowed and his eyes to the floor as he followed his mother's coffin into the church.

"It was a small, private service for family and friends," Ms Wills said.

"I delivered the service myself, no one else spoke.

"Jo's favourite hymns were played."

Adam was with his family, his French girlfriend, their baby son, and there were around 30 mourners inside.


His family moved to Dublin from England when Adam was five.

"Jo has been living in the area for well over 15 years," Ms Wills said.

"She also had a foreign home. They were semi-resident here," she added.

While Jo was very private about her famous son's life and avoided giving interviews, she encouraged his passion for music by buying him a bass guitar when he was a boy.

source : http://www.herald.ie/ by Adelina Campos

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Looking back at the U2 Minneapolis show

Recently ONE members in Minnesota gathered at the Gophers stadium to walk around at talk to U2 concertgoers about fighting extreme poverty through advocacy with ONE. Some members were seasoned and some were brand new. All worked hard and had a good experience knowing they were recruiting new members to a campaign we are all very passionate about. After the event I asked a few volunteers if they could share a few thoughts on their experience with me….
“What an experience! Standing in the pouring rain listening to amazing music and knowing that hundreds of people in the crowd just signed up to hear about how we can give a voice to the world’s poorest people and people suffering from preventable disease truly left me speechless. Thank you to everyone who joined the campaign!” -Molly McDougal
“Working with ONE during the Minneapolis U2 concert was an experience of a lifetime. Being able to educate and encourage the community to join the efforts of ONE gave great fulfillment and happiness and has driven me to further strive to promote the global fight against poverty.” -Lauren Baker
“I had a stronger connection to the global community as a volunteer for ONE at the U2 concert in Minneapolis. As I walked among the people in the general admissions line I soon discovered that all six continents were represented when signing them up to be members of ONE. It was great to chat with people who had an interest in joining their voices with ONE to help strengthen the mission in combating global poverty.
Even before and during the concert we were connecting with the people around us. They were interested in learning more about ONE since we were still in our T-Shirts. We may have started as strangers, but before the night was over we were friends.
As the night went on, Bono did is part in bringing awareness to the realities around the world. He took moments to sensitize the audience to critical situations like the drought and famine epidemic in the Horn of Africa. His compassionate and humble spirit really touches the crowd that probably caused more people to join ONE after the concert ended.
Overall it was a great day being a volunteer with ONE. And after coming home soaking wet from the rain, I can say it was pleasure to share a community shower with U2 and about 60,000 of my global neighbors!” -Heather Cannon-Winkelman
What’s happening in the Horn of Africa was particularly poignant given the significant Somali Diaspora community in the Minneapolis area. We were so pleased to see that Bono met with K’naan and Somali-born Minnesotans with Neighbors for Nations to discuss the crisis and draw attention to the urgent needs.

source : http://www.one.org/ by Libby Crimmings

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sometimes you can’t make it on your own

If you asked me a year ago today what I would be doing in 2011, my response would have been ramping up ONE engagement and membership in the Great Lakes States in the US. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I’d be traveling to New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and literally crisscrossing North America on behalf of ONE with the U2 360° Tour. 2010 to 2011 will definitely be a year that I’ll never forget.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

U2.COM : Baby Grows Up

Achtung Baby turns twenty in November with an anniversary edition featuring previously unreleased songs and new documentary set for release.

It was, said Robert Hilburn of the LA Times, 'U2's daring descent into darkness' while Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote that 'stripped-down and defying its old formulas, U2 has given itself a fighting chance for the 1990's.'

U2 fans will remember that,  for Bono, it was 'the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree'.

Twenty years ago U2 released Achtung Baby which went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most significant records of the nineties and of U2’s career.

Recorded over six months at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin, Achtung Baby is U2’s seventh studio album. Produced by long time U2 collaborators, Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno with Steve Lillywhite, Achtung Baby was engineered by Flood and led by The Fly. With four other singles, Mysterious Ways, One, Even Better Than The Real Thing and Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses.

In 2011,  an anniversary edition of Achtung Baby, now all grown up,  is due for release on October 31st.

The Achtung Baby archives have unearthed some previously unreleased songs from the recording sessions. With a raft of unreleased material; video, remixes, b-sides and documentary footage discovered, a full album of demo and early versions of the final 1991 tracklisting has also been revealed.

Five physical editions including vinyl, CD, DVD and digital options will be made available. Full details of all formats here

A version of From The Sky Down (Davis Guggenheim) will also be made available in the release, following its premiere as the opening film at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8th.  In the film U2 return to Hansa studios to discuss the making of Achtung Baby.

Reeve Carney - Rise Above 1 ft. Bono, The Edge