Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy 36th birthday to the best active band in the world!!!

U2 to help fund Cork music stars of the future

ROCK ICONS U2 have co-funded a new Cork music programme that could create the stars of the future.
Music Generation Cork City, a new programme to bring music to youngsters who may never otherwise have had an opportunity to play instruments or learn musical skills, begins in nine city schools this month.
The programme is designed to create greater access to music for children living in the city’s four RAPID areas — parts of the city deemed to be in need of better services.
These areas include Knocknaheeny, Hollyhill, Churchfield, Blackpool, The Glen, Mayfield, Fair Hill, Gurranabraher, Farranree, Togher and Mahon.
A total of 1.2m will be spent on rolling out the three-year project — half of which was raised locally by the city council, the HSE, local third-level colleges and other State agencies.
This is then matched by the programme’s national donors, U2 and The Ireland Funds — a group of overseas donors who have  links to Ireland.
The programme will initially be open to 500 children in seven primary schools and two secondary schools and will later be expanded to work with youth and community groups.

source : http://www.eveningecho.ie/

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mexico will honor Bono 'for his humanitarian work'

The Mexican government revealed on Thursday (20) to give the Irish singer Bono the Order of the Aztec Eagle "for his humanitarian work and as co-founder of the organization The One", that the fight against poverty.
Paul David Hewson, Christian name of Bono, will receive the award in New York City this month, said an agreement published today in the Official Gazette, the official organ of the Mexican government.
Mexico highlights "the commitment of Mr. Hewson with humanitarian causes led him to take his public image as a leader of the rock group U2 to boost campaigns for organizations such as Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Free Burma, The Chernobyl Children's Project, The One Campaign, among others. "
"International recognition and simplicity of Mr. Hewson converge on a personality who was able to transcend generations," the agreement.
Remember also that Bono was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on three occasions (2003, 2005 and 2006) and emphasizes that "his conviction and commitment to social causes led him to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the Social Forum Porto Alegre. "
The agreement, signed by President Felipe Calderón and the chancellor Patricia Espinosa, does not detail the exact day on which the artist will deliver the prestigious Order of the Aztec Eagle.

source : http://emais.estadao.com.br/ 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Watch your sunglasses Bono - Dublin Museum seeks rare U2 items for new exhibit

A NEW museum is seeking U2 memorabilia relating to the band's history for a permanent exhibition in Dublin.
Rare photographs, posters, set-lists, and T-shirts are among items sought by the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephen's Green.
The non-profit museum decided to set up a permanent U2 exhibition after a record number of visitors came to an exhibition of photographs which opened in May.
"We've had people coming from as far away as Greece and Italy. The response has been incredible," museum director Trevor White told the Irish Independent.
The former publisher believes it's high time Dublin had a museum to celebrate U2.
"We envisage a place where fans can see memorabilia from throughout U2's career. But we need help from the public" added Mr White.
Members of the public with rare U2 memorabilia should contact Simon O'Connor at simon@littlemuseum.ie.

source :  http://www.independent.ie/

Sunday, September 2, 2012

U2.COM : From The Ground Up

From The Ground Up, the official photo book of the U2360° tour, is set for publication in just a couple of months.

This handsome hardback title, featuring photography from Ralph Larmann and text by Dylan Jones, will be published in October and is available to preorder from this weekend.

For anyone who treasures their memories of the extraordinary tour that was  U2360°, this book captures the period like no other.

If you're a U2.com subscriber (or considering it) we're delighted to announce that we'll be including a special edition of From The Ground Up as part of our 2012/2013 subscription offer.

Featuring the same text and photography, this edition of the book comes with a little something extra...  more exclusive live tracks from U2360°.

That's all we can reveal for now - full details of our new subscription package will be announced in October.

In the meantime, if you haven't got a copy of the limited-edition double live CD, U22, you've still got a few more weeks to to take advantage of the current subscription offer.