Thursday, November 28, 2013

U2.COM : 'Full Circle'

'It's an incredible thing that we were asked to write this song for this movie,' explained Edge at Monday's screening. 'We've been working for Madiba since we were teenagers and so it's kind of coming full circle now.'

Hosted by producer Harvey Weinstein and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, the band joined actors Idris Elba and Naomie Harris for the screening of 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' at The Zeigfield Theatre. They were welcomed to the stage by Zenani Mandela.

'Getting the call to do this was sort of overwhelming, and an honour.' said Bono. 'But, you know, this man, Zenani’s dad—when you think about it like that, her dad—really turned our life upside down. Or right-side up.'

Monday  night was also a bit special  for a select posse of subscribers - they got guest passes for the night and some of them even got to meet the band. 

Ordinary Love is released on 10-inch vinyl to mark Record Store Day this Friday, November 29th. (UK and Ireland release, Monday December 2nd - participating stores here).

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Big money was spent and a big collaboration was sung on Saturday night at the (RED) auction at Sotheby's in New York City.
The event, a joint effort between Bono and designers Jony Ive (Apple) and Marc Newson, reportedly raised almost $13 million -- which was apparently then doubled with a donation from Bill Gates. The money will benefit the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa.
But let's talk about the music stuff. Before the auction began, Bono and The Edge took part in a jam session of sorts, performing a cover of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" with Angelique Kidjo, Nile Rodgers and his band, Chic. (See video 1 and video 2 on Instagram.)
Then, during the auction itself, Bono and Chris Martin did a couple of songs on a piano that was being auctioned. With Martin on the piano bench and Bono standing behind, the pair sung a cover of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" (video) and then did U2's "Beautiful Day." (video)
Bono and The Edge were back on stage with Kidjo and Rodgers during the afterparty, singing Chic's "Good Times" (video) and perhaps other songs, too.
You can also find a bunch of photos from the whole event on Zimbio: red carpet arrivals, the auction itself and the afterparty.
Oh, one more thing: Guy Oseary, reportedly U2's new manager, was at the auction, too, and tweeted out a photo of Bono and Martin's duet.

source : by Matt McGee

Thursday, November 21, 2013

U2.COM : Subscribers Special: 'Ordinary Love' Lyric Video

Subscribers Special: 'Ordinary Love' Lyric Video
Subscribers Special: Before the rest of the world get's to see it, take a look at the video for Ordinary Love. 

The band wrote Ordinary Love for the movie 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' and the track is released on 10-inch vinyl to mark Record Store Day next Friday, November 29th

This beautiful video, in which the handwritten song lyrics appear, then fade and vanish, was created by Irish illustrator Oliver Jeffers and American animator and collagist Mac Premo. The pair have been talking to about how it all came together... watch this space. Meantime, jump into the comments below and tell us what you think of the new track.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

U2 and Paul McGuinness: the end of the affair

It was music’s Alex Ferguson moment: the guiding hand of a high-achieving corporation standing down after a long and hugely successful tenure. The 35-year relationship between Paul McGuinness and U2, which saw the band go from playing from the back of a van in a Dublin car park to becoming the most successful live touring band of all time, ended rather mutely this week with McGuinness selling his Principle Management company to the concert promoter Live Nation.

Friday, November 15, 2013

U2.COM : North Side Story: U2 In Dublin, 1978-1983

North Side Story: U2 in Dublin, 1978-1983
'If U2 can slow down long enough to be heard, they could step to the fore of the Dublin music scene' (1978, live review) 

In the late 1970's when Adam, Bono, Edge and Larry played their first gigs in Dublin's Northside, there was only one music title that would follow them all the way. 

Hot Press Magazine was at the scene from schoolroom to stadium, Dublin bars to New York clubs, Out of Control to Under A Blood Red Sky. 

Introducing North Side Story - a unique, ringside seat at the rise and rise of U2 in their home city. 

An exclusive publication, commissioned from the Hot Press team in Ireland, this large-format 274-page book is full of rare and unpublished photos, reviews, interviews and original band pieces from the time

Over the past six months Hot Press have tracked down many of the original players in the U2 story - schoolfriends, musicians, artists, promoters, DJ's and crew. 

Along with their unique archive of original content, North Side Story features dozens of new interviews - from Paul McGuinness and Guggi to Jim Sheridan and Steve Lillywhite - bringing the story of the band right up to date. 

The editorial lens is pulled back further with first-time translations of some of the earliest interviews the band gave as they embarked on dates around Europe. 

Open up North Side Story and you'll find a beautiful pull-out wall-map, capturing landmark moments in U2's Dublin from the early years to the present day. 'North And South of the River, Wandering In U2's Dublin' has been commissioned from U2's long-time design team. 

It's been a remarkable project, says Niall Stokes, Hot Press Editor, whose writers, designers and photographers' have produced the book. 

'Watching Feedback play in 1976, no-one could have dreamed of what lay ahead. We've ended up with a roller coaster, blow-by-blow account of the band's earliest days, telling the story of the genesis of U2 in a unique, powerful and, I hope, fantastically captivating and revealing way. 

'It's about where Adam, Bono, Edge and Larry came from and the remarkable bond that bound them together, even in the face of adversity. I think fans of the band are going to love it.' 

Along with this special annual gift, subscribers access a range of other benefits including exclusive music, editorial content and as usual, access to take part in ticket presales if the band announce a tour. 

North Side Story is a limited edition publication by Hot Press for

It's only available when you subscribe. If you are a current subscriber, click here to renew.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

U2 stars looking at north coast locations

U2 stars Bono and Larry Mullen jr were in the borough over the weekend checking out venues for a new video for the band.
Twitter was buzzing on Sunday afternoon after the pair were spotted in Portstewart.
And the Coleraine Times understands that the stars were looking at a number of north coast locations for a forthcoming music video.
They also visited the White Rocks beach.
It’s understood they will be back at the end of the month for a follow up visit.
Singer Bono and drummer Mullan also held talks with some local production people about the project.
The band are releasing “Ordinary Love” and “Breath”, the latter a song about Nelson Mandela on November 29.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Live Nation Nears a Deal for Managers of Music Acts

Live Nation Entertainment, the giant concert company that includes Ticketmaster, is in advanced negotiations to buy the management companies behind U2 and Madonna, according to several people with direct knowledge of the talks.

U2′s new album ‘to be announced in February and released in April’

U2 could have their new album released in April 2014, according to Billboard.
The supergroup have been inactive studio-wise since 2009′s ‘No Line On The Horizon‘ sparked the mammoth, record breaking 360 world tour, but could officially confirm the arrival of their latest record at the Super Bowl next February if the reports prove to be correct.
The whispers claim Madonna‘s manager Guy Oseary is handling U2′s affairs at the moment, and is ‘reaching out to potential sponsors’ regarding a brand-led announcement on US television during the Super Bowl’s ad breaks.
Bass player Adam Clayton recently told Irish radio station 98FM that U2 should have the album finished by the end of this month.
“I think it’s a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years,” he said. “We’re in the studio. We’re trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas.”

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

U2.COM : 'Music Out Of Noise'

Bono has been remembering Lou Reed, for the new edition of Rolling Stone

'The world is noisier today, but not the kind of noise you want to turn up. The world of words is a little quiet and a good bit dumber, the world of music - just not as sharp… 
Lou Reed made music out of noise. The noise of the city. Big trucks clattering over potholes… the heavy breathing of subways…the rumble in the ground… the white noise of Wall St… the pink noise of the old Times Square. The winking neon of downtown, its massage and tattoo parlours, its bars and diners, the whores and hoardings that make up the life of the big city. 
New York City was to Lou Reed what Dublin was to James Joyce, the complete universe of his writing. He didn’t need to stray out of it for material, there was more than enough there for his love & his hate songs.  From Metal Machine Music to Coney Island Baby, from his work in the Velvet Underground to his work with Metallica, the city that he devoted his life to was his muse more than any other.  Until Laurie Anderson came into his life 20 years ago, you could be forgiven for thinking that Lou had no other love than the noise of New York City. Yes, he could wax long and lyrical about the noise he could make with his Fender Telecaster or of the sound of his Harley Davidson, but his favorite noise was the city that lived below him, around the corner from him, up the street from him. If he thought people could be stupid, he thought New Yorkers were the smartest of them. He liked Irish people too, so of all those orbiting his often quite shuttered world, U2 he let in a little sooner.