Although music is highly subjective, below is my ranking of the 10 best B-sides by U2. Not only are these tracks some of my personal favorites, but I’d go a step further and say they should’ve been included on the album of their particular era. Agree or disagree?Read More
Often I am asked as to why did I create U2TOURFANS? What was the idea and what did I expect or hope from it. Well it all started out as an experiment in social connectivity. The idea that we can all communicate on a single platform. It was a simple concept. Connect Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and a web community into a single source for the complete 360 experience.
Did it work ? Well it worked beyond my expectations. We created a larger community within a community that offered users an experience to share, create and exchange views on U2.
We are completely self funded and we only ask for donations to help keep our servers running and help with the costs around touring. We do expect to be on the road sometime in the future. If your inclined to make a donation. If not that's cool.
We are a community and we are glad to be apart of your world too.
Its not our idea to suggest that God has a place within any music however U2 music has always had themes that create conversation about the beliefs of the band. One could say U2 has a strong Christian faith and yet Bono and the boys have denounced uniform concepts of church and one faith. During this interview Bono was asked the direct question do you pray and to whom. Bono said yes I pray to Christ to know the will of God during this interview in 2013.
Challenging times for the boys as they try to complete their 13th album and find away to reach out and touch that magic that is U2. Faith has always been centered around ideas that man has failures and if he is willing to raise above he too can experience greater joys in life. Its a simpler process to create music and remove the concepts of faith its harder to instill them and kind a balance. We all could use a little prayer so add U2 to your list and send some positive vibes their way
AP WIRE: U2's classic album "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around.
These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25 recordings selected for long-term preservation in the library's National Recording Registry, chosen for their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance. Among the seminal sounds of the 20th century announced Wednesday are Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" and the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown."
Librarian of Congress James Billington said the recordings represent part of America's culture and history.
"As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation's aural legacy is protected," he said.
U2's 1987 album with hits like "Where the Streets Have no Name" and "With or Without You" was chosen after the library received many public nominations. Its inclusion coincides with the addition of Larry Norman's Christian 1972 album "Only Visiting this Planet."
Curator Matthew Barton said U2's sound, though not explicitly religious, has influenced and been combined with Christian rock in some churches, including the song, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
This is unconfirmed yet its so possible that we thought we better share the news. Within a forum on U2START.com a user named "u2lemonman" posted the following with images.
Well looking I what I have just received from a friend from London who is well connected, it looks like a release is closer than we think.
I am having trouble uploading the images so I have mailed them to the staff to help me share them with you
What we do know is that this subway photograph was taken in New York City and that the subway stop was close to ELS. We always thought the new project should be called Lucky 13. In the upper right hand corner a reference "u2luckneu01" which we do not have any idea. Now scroll down to look at the liner notes. This is the way promotional copies are released to statiions. HOWEVER. Band never send the full release out on the first go around. Normally its months later.
Note the release date June 13th 2014, its this is the case its time to start the promotional tracks and interviews and U2 all the time. So boys is this the real deal ?
Written By: Eric Allen
With so much speculation and innuendo swirling around U2 at the moment regarding the new album, tour, and rumored breakup, now seemed the perfect time to reflect on the band’s body of work and lasting legacy. I’ve read statements made by Bono himself regarding the band’s relevance and if the world needs another U2 album. As a self-professed fanboy of Bono, Edge, Adam, and Larry, I know for certain there is no other rock band more relevant than U2 to myself and millions of others around the globe.
With a musical canon which has inspired millions, I consider U2 to be my generation's Rolling Stones and Beatles. I know that’s a bold statement to make, but I stand by it as no other band has come close to having the impact nor maintaining the longevity as Dublin’s fab four. Now before you begin to throw virtual stones at me, let’s examine U2 from my perspective.
It all started in the early 80s when U2 began to slowly stream into my subconscious with their first music video on MTV, “I Will Follow.” I remember wondering what a U2 was, but the song and passion in Bono’s voice struck a chord within me, forcing me to seek out their music at my local record store. Unfortunately, all I could find was a lone single of that song, but I forced the record store clerk to special order a copy of the Boy album. I’m embarrassed to admit this now, but I never returned to buy that album. In fact, I didn’t buy my first U2 album until 1984, which was The Unforgettable Fire. However, I became a bonafide fan by listening to my college roommate’s vinyl LPs of War, October, and Boy, and by the time “Pride (In the Name of Love)” was released that fall, I had memorized every word, guitar riff, bass line, and drum beat to the band’s first three albums and live EP. I was also up at the crack of dawn, impatiently waiting for my local record shop to open on the day The Unforgettable Fire was released, skipping class to do so. You know the line “We learned more from a three-minute record baby, than we ever learned in school” from Springsteen’s “No Surrender?” Well that always justified my priorities on days when a new U2 record was released.
By the time The Joshua Tree was released in the spring of 1987, listening to U2 wasn’t merely a daily ritual, but a way of life. Upon its release, I was working in a record store myself and witnessed the steady growth of anticipation for the band’s fifth full-length release. My co-workers and I had many discussions about how we could feel the excitement building around the forthcoming album, but that didn’t prepare us for the throngs of people who flocked in to buy The Joshua Tree on the first day of its arrival. To this day I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed such an overwhelming reaction. It was literally weeks before supply could keep up with demand. I’d played that album every day for months by the time I saw my first U2 concert in the fall of ‘87. After that show, I’d made a promise to myself that if there was any way possible, I’d see every tour U2 would embark upon, and throughout the years I’ve managed to keep that promise.
After the hoopla of The Joshua Tree finally began to subside, I began anticipating the release of Rattle and Hum. I recall thinking I’d died and gone to heaven when I heard a concert film accompanied by a soundtrack album was in the works. I remember getting goose bumps watching my favorite band on the silver screen during the film’s late night premiere. Although many panned it at the time, I reveled in the magic of reliving my first concert experience of my favorite band while watching the film as well as listening to its companion album.
The three year gap after Rattle and Hum seemed mind-numbingly long as I scoured the musical trade magazines for any scrap of info on the forthcoming album Achtung Baby. Remember, this was still before the days of home computers and Internet access which we now take for granted. But alas, November 1991 saw the release of what was to become my favorite U2 album of all time. U2 had reinvented themselves with Achtung Baby, which more than made up for the lengthy wait. I couldn’t believe my ears upon listening to the album in its entirety for the first time. The compact disc age was well underway by then, which was a good thing because if that CD would’ve had grooves, I’d have surely worn them out. I listened to “Zoo Station” through “Love is Blindness” and back again repeatedly in my music room, my car, and my headphones, all the while hearing some infinitesimal detail I’d missed previously. By the time the Zoo TV Tour kicked-off, I’d sang along to every song on Achtung Baby and could’ve sang them in my sleep. I’d spent the better half of 1992 counting the days until it was my turn to see ZOO TV at the end of that summer. During that show, I reconfirmed my vow to see every U2 tour from there to eternity.
By the end of 1992, rumors had begun swirling around the promise of a new EP, which resulted in the full-length album, Zooropa, during the summer of 1993. I’ll admit I was a bit taken aback upon first listen, but over the years, “Zooropa,” “Lemon,” “Stay (Faraway, So Close!) and “The First Time” have claimed their place on my list of favorite U2 tracks. It’s funny to think back now how some fans declared the album to be the demise of U2’s career. I remember the same consensus reared its ugly head again five years later upon the arrival of Pop.
I recall considerable conjecture leading up to Pop before its release and how the album sounded like the most un-U2 album of the band’s career. While Pop definitely explored new territory, it was far from the musical debacle the press had made it out to be. Again, some of Pop’s tracks rank at the very top of my all-time favorites. Most notably “Mofo,” “Do You Feel Loved,” and “Wake Up Dead Man.” Pop was the ultimate lesson I learned not to believe any hype about an album before listening to it myself. Besides, a new album always brought another tour, and I don’t remember hearing anyone bitching about Pop during the PopMart Tour.
This brings us to a new decade. The new millennium saw the release of U2’s tenth album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind. With radio mainstays “Beautiful Day,” “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of,” and “Walk On,” Bono and company seemed to have left their experimental days behind them. ATYCLB sounds like a collection of superb U2 singles compiled together instead of a thematically cohesive album to me, but I’m not saying that’s a bad thing by any means. I’d hold any song on that album up against 90 percent of what passes for music today.
Four years later brings us to 2004’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. I remember seeing the iPod commercial and hearing “Vertigo” for the very first time. My heart palpitated, as I have to admit I was ready for U2 to rock by this time. Packed with such highpoints as “City of Blinding Lights,” “All Because of You,” “Original of the Species,” and the now classic “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own,” Atomic Bomb more than lived up to its name as it became the soundtrack embedded in my mind for all of 2005 and beyond, which was a good thing considering I’d have to wait more than four years until the next U2 record. Of course, seeing them live for the fifth time during the incredible Vertigo Tour helped to soothe my inner savage beast.
This catches us up to the present with U2’s latest output including the often maligned No Line on the Horizon and the most recent singles “Ordinary Love” and “Invisible.” Yes it’s true NLOTH didn’t include a single that was played to death on the radio, but is that such a bad thing? When I listen to Horizon, I find I’m relieved that “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” and “Magnificent” still sound as fresh as when I first heard them. NLOTH may not be the band’s career defining album, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that it has epic moments and rightly deserves an important place in the U2 catalog. Not to mention it reared the colossal 360° Tour (my best U2 concert experience to date, which you can read about here). However, my biggest point of contention with Horizon is the band’s last minute decision to delete “Winter” from its track list, as it’s not only one of my favorite U2 tracks, but it would’ve made a hell of an album closer.
As far as the two latest singles, I think “Ordinary Love” is an excellent ballad and “Invisible” more than whets my appetite for U2’s twelfth opus. I learned long ago not to judge any U2 album by the teaser release of a lead-off track. What if I had judged Achtung Baby by “The Fly” or Pop by “Discotheque” alone? I love those songs, but there are far better treasures to be found on either of those albums.
I’m not going to pretend that U2 hasn’t had hits and misses throughout the years, but I don’t judge any band or artist’s legacy on the merit of any one song or album. Besides, U2 has given me more highs than lows over the past four decades while providing the most memorable soundtrack to my life. I, for one, am looking forward to the next chapter with great excitement. U2 may have opened my ears to music, but their music opened my eyes to the world.
--Rebecca Luttrell Briley
21 March 2014
Lately I’ve been thinking about the things I will miss when I die. Not just the past or people who have gone on, but what could have been but never was. I guess I was just reminded when a former classmate died and all my friends reacted with, “So young! She was just…”—and we all started putting ourselves in her place. Facing it.
Not that I can’t face it, my own mortality. That’s the least of it, at least for me.
I guess what I’m really facing is the reality of what will not come again—or, more accurately, never come at all. As Emily Dickinson put it: “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” Bittersweet, that is. Time is running but the bright spots on the horizon are receding before us.
As a self-professed possibilitarian, this is major.
To be specific. I was listening to U2 in the car as I often do, singing along on “One” and “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”—all the favorites—and it dawned on me I never was going to become friends with the members of my favorite band. Hang out with The Edge, talk religion and politics with Bono. Maybe even sing backup (just messing around, not anything official, of course). Open and walk through that gate I’ve driven past when visiting Dublin, be invited in to peruse the latest lyrics, cup o’ tea, and all that. None of that is ever actually going to happen.
Not that I ever really thought it would—but it might have. (To be honest, I don’t think I ever even thought about it at all—it was just a feeling of something I would enjoy if the universe ever got around to it.) Because anything is possible—to a point. And then, at that certain point, whenever that is, if it hasn’t happened yet, it’s probably not going to happen. Ever. That’s what I’m talking about.
Don’t get me wrong—I know I have done more in my 50 years than most people do in twice that time. I’ve been around the world. I’ve lived in 7 countries. 1,500 friends on Facebook, yadda, yadda, yadda. Crossed most things already off my bucket list. If it was something I wanted, I didn’t sit around and wait for it to happen—I went after it, took it by the horns, made it give me the time of day. To a point. Not everything is available. There are still some complicated protocols that will not be broken down, no matter how hard one tries.
And then, there are the people. Persuasive as one is, one cannot always make the horse drink, so to speak. Herd the cats. Get the brutish beasts to see justice and reason—and mercy. Put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
But that’s no matter. Really, of greater importance to me right now, at the moment, is the U2 thing.
I’m not a fan-fic wannabe. Hear me out. I got over crushes years ago. Bono and U2 are so much bigger than that, far bey0nd the impact of music or entertainment. I’m talking about substance. Depth of lyrics, evidence of lives lived to make a difference in the world, faith tried and tested, but still standing. Not that the music hasn’t been cutting edge (excuse the pun) or highly entertaining: because whether one has the privilege of a seat—any seat—in the stadium to let the rattle and hum invade one’s very nervous system, making them an integral part of the encounter, or just turning it up to let it rock the car to the envy of all who pass on the highway or glance over approvingly at the stoplight really makes little difference. Time spent inside the sound—one with the words—is one and the same, wherever. The unadulterated U2 Experience.
Hard as it is to comprehend, I know not everybody shares my appreciation. (I mean, “Let it Go” from Frozen? A cartoon? No accounting for anything.) Multiple visits to Ireland—the Homeland, Herself—have verified the prophet is not necessarily esteemed in his home town. That Irish disdain for success is no respecter of persons, it seems. Deep down, though, in the dark of their heart of hearts, I know they’re proud of their Boys. The Irish are poets and it takes one to know one and they’d be bigger fools than they pretend not to connect with the language of such lines as “Did you come here for forgiveness?/Did you come to raise the dead?/Did you come here to play Jesus/to the lepers in your head?” That was the first lyric that lassoed me, the wire that tripped me up, made me a believer. Made me want to get to know the mind behind the line. The eyes that look out and see the world like that and can articulate the feeling. The soul brother.
I realize just now I could probably piece together a whole story by picking lines from memorable songs, cliché and annoying as that might be, but to what purpose? It won’t get me a ticket to the table, it won’t cancel some third world debt or purify water in another polluted part of the planet. But it will prompt another tune on the playlist, reopen the old wound of wishful thinking. I can’t live, with or without…
I guess I haven’t quite given up on it after all. I pick up on my “maybes,” unwilling, even now, to relinquish that most tenuous hold on the most dubious of dreams. Still.
I do not think Godot will come tonight—or Bono, Edge, Adam or Larry—but I guess I’ll still leave the window open. Just a crack. For the craic. The neighbors can hum along, if they like. I’ll even take requests. Why not? Somebody should be able to get what they’re looking for.
Before we all get up into a fight about what we should talk about and write about when it comes to U2. Lets all remember we are fans and that our love for the music really has created a community.
Lots of emotions are flowing around the future of U2. We all feel the same way.
I thought about my personal views on the idea and while I was never really one to share my thoughts on the future of U2 and wondered why not.
Why not share what I thought about the whole matter.
However before we venture down that path here's the comments that have been flying around about the band and their future.
A source commented that: “They never wanted to be the kind of band who just toured over and over again without new material.
“Bono would rather pack it in if it got to that stage.
“At the earliest they will hit the road at the end of this year and after that it’s hard to see how they could carry on.
“Bono is always getting offers to go solo and write his own album. That’s looking like a very likely option in the coming years.”
Earlier this year Bono admitted the band were living in fear of becoming irrelevant.
He said: “We were trying to figure out why would anyone want another U2 album?
“And then we said ‘Why would we want one?’ There was some unfinished business.
“We felt like we were on the verge of irrelevance a lot in our lives.”
The idea of irrelevance really bugs the crap out of me. I think that I have a voice and that sometimes U2 music speaks well for me. I think that the future does belong to be as much as it belongs to that snot nosed little pisser of a kid that comes up behind me.
The music is more about beliefs in something greater than me. A higher place, a freedom from what holds me back. Yet I know that in order to grow I must let go of yesterday and look towards the future.
U2 has give us a great collection of music that can stand the test of time. The themes still hold true today. While some say that God has no place in music others delight in the idea that that you can be a bad boy or girl and be saved daily by grace.
Sure I would love for U2 to grow older with me and carry me into those remaining years. U2 does not owe me the fan anything, the music was made for me to enjoy.
The shows allowed me to breathe life into a community of friends. I am not mad nor upset if this really is the end. I know others will not agree. However that's what makes the whole idea of being a U2 fan beautiful.
And love, it's not the easy thing
The only baggage, that you can bring
Not the easy thing, the only baggage you can bring
Is all that you can't leave behind
Maybe hidden in those words was the message that you can't leave U2 behind that that U2 will forever be within your hearts and isn't that the place you would want them to be most often. So ask yourself why do you want another U2 album ? How would another U2 album change the course of your musical experience ? Why could we not just let U2 drift off into the summer afternoon with the thought that we have all been apart of musical history.
Could the rumors around Dublin be true that the boys are at the end.
Reports coming that the band is very close to the verge of splitting up after 38 years of music.
Bono has been under pressure to produce. Sales from "Ordinary Love" weak, pretty much at this point considered a failure.
Mind you this is a business. A business that has been under pressure for sometime. Frankly if the boys never toured again they will in fact go out on top as the highest gross tour ever. Face it Paul was the glue that held the boys together and frankly may have guided them towards the light whenever they thought about calling it quits. Now U2 has nothing to explain to anyone. They can walk away today and we will have some great music to look back over. Now of course some fans will throw a bitch and expect that U2 owes them something more.
Some noise has come in that the next tour would most likely be the last one. Finished ! Bono has been so vocal about the fact he is searching to find reasons why anyone would want another U2 record. Something a middle aged man feels when he comes to terms with his life.
Did you not get the sense from the 360 Tour that Bono was in fact saying Good Bye to everyone? " You have given us a great life" Those comments seem to suggest its time to go off into the night. Well Fans we do not have the magic ball to suggest that we know when the end would be.
Now this is purely some information that we can not confirm at all. Sources reported that Bono has been fielding offers for his own album, yea to go solo. Frankly we think that's just noise.
U2 have rejected reports that their new album and tour is to be delayed until next year. A brilliant move by some marketing industry types to keep the band in the center of the music worlds focus.
Billboard pops off some speculated rumors that that bands lucky 13 will be subject to a push out or rather a push back into next year.
Well fans chill out a bit because now the new rumor is that the boys will in fact be ready toss out another fantastic album this year, in fact another rumor suggests that we may see something very soon.
A spokesperson for the "The Guardian" has rejected the claims that the boys have lost that loving feeling for each other and fail to come together to complete the project. As for a tour plan, heck that's really going to be a Summer 2015 if at all.