Saturday, May 18, 2013

Robin Hood 2013

U2.COM : 'Songs Are Everything'

'I've been working for Nelson Mandela since I was about 18 years old. and Mandela says... poverty is not a natural condition. It is man made. This is your chance to eradicate it... I've always been on the justice kick rather than a charity one. '

Bono is the guest of The Charlie Rose Show tonight and highlights have aired on CBS This Morning. As well as talking about his political work and the  role of the US in fighting global poverty, he reflects on how music changed him and on songwriting, his 'drug of choice.'

'Songs are everything really to us in the band. People say that your songs, they're like your children. No, they're like your parents. Really, they tell you what to do, they tell you how to behave, they tell you how to misbehave, how to dress. Everything you do is directed by the songs. '

Watch the full hour long interview on The Charlie Rose Show at 11 pm EDT on PBS - and on Bloomberg International tomorrow night. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

U2.COM : With Mary J. Blige In New York

The Robin Hood Foundation raised more than $80 million to fight poverty in New York at a star-studded gala last night. 

Bono joined Mary J. Blige onstage for 'One' and 'Moment of Surrender' while other performers included Elton John, Sting and Paul Simon.

This is what the Foundation is all about   - we'll have more news later.

Bono fronts Aslan at gig for ailing Christy

Bono is set to front Aslan at an upcoming charity concert for Christy Dignam.

They may come from opposite ends of Ballymun and be rock rivals, but at the same time they are the best of friends.
Now Bono has agreed to front Dignam's band at A Night For Christy in the Olympia Theatre next month.
The Herald has learned that the U2 singer has pledged his support to the night, which will see some of the biggest names in Irish pop and rock perform to help pay the medical expenses of the Aslan frontman, who is battling cancer.
"There are some people who are going to get up on the night, but we can't announce in advance because of the crowd-control situation. We're just not allowed to say who they are," guitarist Billy McGuinness said, announcing the concert on Tom Dunne's Newstalk programme.
Bono had been among the well-wishers to send Christy a personal message as he underwent chemotherapy during a 10-week stay in Beaumont Hospital being treated for two forms of blood cancer.
A handwritten card from Bono and his wife Ali was spotted by a visiting journalist.
Bono has vowed to support the benefit by turning up as one of the guest vocalists fronting Aslan on the night.
But he could have competition from Christy himself, who has vowed to take the stage himself if he's well enough.
"It really will be down to how Christy feels on the night. All we know is that we could fill the bill for this concert several times over such is the support we've had.
"It fact the line-up for A Night For Christy is better than most of the summer festivals this year and all as a result of goodwill for Christy," said Billy McGuinness.
Bono's pal Gavin Friday, Mark, Feehily of Westlife, Bressie, Danny O'Reilly (The Coronas), Horslips, Ryan Sheridan, Paul Brady, Shane MacGowan, Mary Black, Don Mescall, Tom Dunne (Something Happens), Jerry Fish, Steve Wall (The Stunning), Gavin Friday, Paul Walsh (Royseven) are among the artists performing.
Tickets from €30 including booking fee will go on sale from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide this Friday.

Friday, May 3, 2013

U2.COM : Happy Birthday Willie!

'Happy Birthday, Willie!  80 and still a pilgrim.  All the best… Bono, The Edge, Adam & Larry.'
Never before seen footage of 'Slow Dancing' with Willie Nelson, made by filmmaker & friend Lian Lunson.