Bono's Injuries Serious, However Full Recovery Expected

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Bono / U2 /

Bono’s was in involved in a “high energy bicycle accident said doctors at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's. He is has under gone multiple X-rays and CAT scans that resulted in five hours of surgery.

The injuries include  "facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye," three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin.

The singer suffered numerous serious injuries, including a According to orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD, "[Bono] was taken emergently to the operating room...where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws." On Monday, Bono underwent a second surgery to repair a fractured left pinky finger.

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New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Emergency Department /

On November 16th, Bono was involved in a high energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider.  

Presented as a Trauma Alert to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Emergency Department, his Trauma Work-up at that time included multiple X-rays and CAT scans showed injuries that include:

  1. Left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye.
  2. Left scapula (shoulder blade) fracture in three separate pieces.
  3. Left compound distal humerus fracture where the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces. He was taken emergently to the operating room for a five-hour surgery Sunday evening where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws.
  4. One day later, he had surgery to his left hand to repair a fracture of his 5th metacarpal.

He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected.

Dean Lorich, MD
Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon
New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Hospital For Special Surgery

Dr Lorich has reported to Rolling Stone that Bono will require intensive and progressive therapy and he will have a full recovery.

Editors comments, lets not focus on tours and put our energy towards Bono having a full and healthy recovery. 

 

U2's Films of Innocence Due December 9th

11 different artists unite to create U2’s next release due December 9th currently available on pre-order “Films Of Innocence” Artist create visuals out of U2’s current album “Songs Of Innocence”

The film is only available on iTunes as of now. The release date is listed as December 9th, and the film can be pre-ordered now for $12.99 (USD) for HD, or $9.99 for standard.  Apple has already begun the promotion around the film and has it listed as one of the featured films.

U2's Films of Innocence

U2's Films of Innocence

11 of the world's most acclaimed urban artists unveil their work through a collection of art films, inspired by U2's Songs of Innocence. Taking the political murals of Northern Ireland as a reference point, U2 pioneered the project to celebrate the unique democratic power of urban art. Oliver Jeffers, Robin Rhode, D*Face, Mode 2, Chloe Early, Ganzeer, Vhils, Maser, ROA, DALeast, and Todd James make up this global multidisciplinary group project. Chosen for their undisputed ability to capture the imaginations of their audiences, the artists were given complete creative freedom to showcase their personal responses to U2's music, through a series of part-animated, part live action films. The result is an exhilarating display of diversity in approach, style and commentary. Powerful and cognizant, their works scale the globe, play with time, and weave between heightened reality and animated dreamscapes. United for the first time in film, the eleven international artists have taken their work from the streets to the screen. These original works of video art transpose their visions from the physical to the digital and are collected here together as a visual counter-point to the album, a set of unique and compelling Films of Innocence.

Jefferson Hack is credited as the film's director and Lois Newcombe as producer.

U2 2015 Tour Announcement

U2 Tour Trucks / U2TOURFANS / 2014

U2 Tour Trucks / U2TOURFANS / 2014

Many have speculated that a possible announcement was forth coming for the North American leg of the U2 Unplugged Tour 2015.  Possibly as early as this week.

Which could have been starting around May or June depending on NBA and NHL playoff schedules, U2 will be performing a scaled down arena tour with possible two nights in some locations.

Looking at the Jimmy Fallon schedule U2’s tour announcement would have been perfect timing for the band and knowing how the marketing machines operate we could have expected some announcements this week with ticket sales starting the week of November 24th a pre Thanksgiving gift for North America.

However, that would mean pre-sales starting this week. Hum now would that have been something? We guess we have to wait and see what the boys and the machine come up with next. Stay tuned for sure an announcement is forth coming.

U2 Tonight Show Appearance Postponed!

Bono / U2 / U2TOURFANS /Mark Peterson

Bono / U2 / U2TOURFANS /Mark Peterson

Editor Comment: Canceled or Postponed either way its not going to happen right now due to Bono's injury. We hope for a speedy recovery.

Bono arrived into NYC over the weekend and was bicycling around Central Park and next thing, MAN DOWN. Bono injured his arm to the point that he will require surgery.

This has been a challenging week for Bono.  First, the plane door falls off losing the entire luggage and now tooling around Central Park he has a wing injury.  

The boys had been scheduled to appear on the “Tonight Show” for the week starting well Tonight and now that is off. On U2’s main website announcement was posted Sunday evening. "It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time -- we're one man down," said a note on the U2 website from "Edge, Adam and Larry" -- The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr.

Bono arrived from London where the band and some other starts had been recording a Christmas song that will be used to raise money for the Ebola issues in Africa.

We have been wondering about a possible tour announcement this week and now it looks like all bets are off as to when the boys will announce the up coming expected worldwide tour. 

Tonight Show Lip Sync

So far checking Youtube we found thousands of videos for the up coming Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon.

A few days ago Jimmy asked U2 fans to lip sync to  "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" for bit with during the U2 week long performances starting Monday November 17.

We have collected some of our favorites and we will keep watching for your video.  Remember to title the video "TONIGHT SHOW U2 LIP SYNC" and sure it would be great if you tag #U2TOURFANS 

Be sure to check back a few times daily as well collect our video selections we will be posting them to our special page.

U2 Tonight Show Lip Sync Challenge

Jimmy calls on U2 fans to submit a YouTube video of themselves lip syncing to "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" video for a chance to be featured in one of their week-long performances on The Tonight Show November 17-21. Go to tonightshow.com/u2 for more info.

Jimmy calls on U2 fans to submit a YouTube video of themselves lip syncing to "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" video for a chance to be featured in one of their week-long performances on The Tonight Show November 17-21 2105

Remember to Title your video "Tonight  Show U2 Lip Sync"  in the title so that they can locate your video. We of course would ask that you tag "U2TOURFANS" in the video too, so that we can share you video. Good Luck, Enjoy and most of all have some fun.

LYRICS

I was chasing down the days of fear
Chasing down a dream before it disappeared
I was aching to be somewhere near,
Your voice was all I heard
I was shaking from a storm in me,
Haunted by the spectres that we had to see
Yeah I wanted to be the melody,
Above the noise, above the hurt.

I was young
Not dumb
Just wishing to be blinded
By you
Brand new
And we were pilgrims on our way

I woke up at the moment when the miracle occurred
Heard a song that made some sense out of the world
Everything I ever lost, now has been returned
In the most beautiful sound I’d ever heard.

We got language so we can’t communicate
Religion so I can love and hate
Music so I can exaggerate my pain, and give it a name

I was young
Not dumb
Just wishing to be blinded
By you
Brand new
And we were pilgrims on our way

I woke up at the moment when the miracle occurred
Heard a song that made some sense out of the world
Everything I ever lost, now has been returned
In the most beautiful sound I’d ever heard.

We can hear you
We can hear you
We can hear you

I woke up at the moment when the miracle occurred
I get so many things I don’t deserve
All the stolen voices will someday be returned
The most beautiful sound I’d ever heard

Your voices will be heard
Your voices will be heard

 

U2's 2015 European Tour, Launchs from Turin

Reports are coming that U2 may launch their 2015 world tour from Turin.  Its not surprise that U2 really enjoyed the Turin dates that the last time around.

Now the talks are early and of course fluid until confirmation comes. The tour is expected to launch September 2015 and go on for about a year of so. The boys will arrive in Turin a few months ( ah we say weeks) a head for rehearsals for two different types of shows.

The new tour would have to be home at Pala Alpitour. They would be provided for two nights in each city, two different shows for a concert that would cross over two evenings. 

Bono's Plane Loses Tailgate

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Bono's chartered flight to Germany had a bit of excitement as the plane lost a flap on approach to the airport in Berlin Schönefeld early Wednesday.

Spokesmen Ralf Kinkel declined to call it a crash as several media and blog sites reported.

The private plane was on approach to the airport Schönefeld. Aboard the plane were two crew members and five passengers. Among them  Bono. Suddenly, the Learjet 60 with the registration D-CGEO  reported the missing tailgate which was 100 centimeters wide. The tailgate must have gone down in the surrounding areas.

Registration number:D-CGEO
Year of Manufacture:1999 (Refurbished 2011) 
Passengers:6  
Homebase:Munich
Operator: MHS Aviation GmbH   
Baggage capacity: 55ft³ / 1.56m³  
Speed: 521mph / 839kph  
Range: 2,430nm / 4,500km  
Equipment: Leather Seats  

According to airport personnel, pilots were able to land the plane safely around 11.26 clock in Schönefeld.

The people on board were in good health,  said the operator of Schönefeld Airport confirmed the incident. According to a spokesman the plane was never in a crash risk as reported by several media sources and blog sites around the world.

U2 are invited to the Bambi Awards in Berlin tomorrow, Thursday. The rest of the band should arrive in the evening with a plane in Berlin to rehearse for their performance at the awards ceremony.

U2 was awarded the Bambi in the category "International Music".

The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation took over the investigation.

 

 

 

U2's Outstanding Evening !

U2 maybe veterans to music awards however their performance of “Every Breaking Wave” will go down as one of the most amazing melancholy, breath taking and raw with emotions performances.  

The European Music Awards Bono delivered a powerful rendition of their next single. Forgotten is the past of download gate and onward to an amazing evening. U2 has always said if you listen to the music, you will hear something that will engage your inner soul.

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U2 Tour News 2015

Plans are shaping up for a massive U2 tour season in 2015/2016. We might expect at least two different shows in some of the major markets around the world. U2 has suggested in the current RS that the band could perform two different shows within the same city. Allowing for a large production and a smaller acoustic set which if you have already purchased the new album you will find a collection of acoustic versions of a couple of the tunes. The release of the next two albums could have an impact as to when the boys hit the road. The music is "in the can" ready however release dates are still fluid as the boys continue to find new ways to introduce their music to a younger mobile audience.  Clearly U2 wants to reach a younger audience and not leave out their very supportive older and growing older audience. Now this has been a battle that most bands have failed at. However we are talking about U2. Failure is not a word used often when referring to U2.  

Next U2 Album in 18 Months

U2 plan to release a new album in just 18 months. Titled 'Songs of Experience', lined up for next release.

Bassist Adam Clayton told the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine: ''We're hoping 'Songs of Experience' will be less about intimacy and more about a celebration of sorts.''

Clayton's band mate Bono has also revealed an album called 'Songs of Ascent' - a record he previously claimed would be the follow-up to 2009's 'No Line on the Horizon' - could still be released as part of a trilogy of themed LPs.

The singer said: '''Songs of Ascent' will come. And there are some beautiful songs.''

The band also revealed they scrapped a completed version of 'Songs of Innocence' entirely produced by Danger Mouse because it didn't sound how a U2 record should sound, and instead changed some tracks with Ryan Tedder, Paul Epworth, Declan Gaffney and Flood.

Why U2 Matters, Part II

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To the brood: My apologies for the delay in submitting the second part of this four-part series. I had initially intended to publish these entries on a weekly basis, but alas proverbial roadblocks associated with my day job as a journalist have proven significant.

Consider that arguing U2’s relevance in a largely irrelevant music industry, where cookie-cutter hits continue their two-decade assault on mainstream pop, requires more than a quick offering halfheartedly written because high school football and public corruption (I cover the South Texas area…enough said) were still on the mind.

This is an important time in the band’s history. It’s U2 against the world…of idiots. And the vocal majority is as loud as its ever been. As addressed in my initial piece, Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam have been subjected to ridicule and criticism for what could arguably be chalked up to the price of innovation. Love it or hate it, releasing an album – the instant-classic Songs of Innocence – that automatically downloads into 500 million iTunes users’ iCloud accounts was a trailblazing move.

What the haters can never understand is that U2’s propensity to take risks, which nobody else in the same position would dare take, is also what happens to make the band great. This is an alien concept to the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and the Black Keys, who rarely venture beyond their musical comfort zones. Though attributed to many people, I believe it was Elbert Hubbard who was credited with saying, “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”

Diehard fans understand that this is the essence of U2’s tendency to throw caution to the wind all in the name of transcending genres and modern technology. This is the band that debuted a tour boasting the largest television screen ever built when just several years earlier they strutted on stage with little more than their gear and the house lights. The end result was always the same though: pure awesomeness. This is also the band that embraced punk and new wave in the earlier incarnation of the group before maturing into a proper rock outfit, and also before exploring American rhythm and blues; alternative; EDM; techno; soul; etc. But hey…the end result was always the same: pure awesomeness.

And this brings me to what not only makes Songs of Innocence a fantastic entry in the band’s legendary catalog, but why U2 still matters.

I was a teenager in the mid 1990s when I first decided to listen to U2. Not unlike the 2000 film “Almost Famous,” in which a pre-adolescent boy finds his sister’s record collection upon her moving away from home, I had also inherited my brother’s collection of vinyl records and audio cassette tapes in much the same way. Though treasures such as Led Zeppelin’s III and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band were all at my beckoning, it was The Joshua Tree that called out to me.

I previously hadn’t heard much of U2, except for the time when my brother and I watched Zoo TV: Live from Sydney on pay-per-view. With memories of “Pride” still fresh in my mind, coupled with the minimalist album artwork featuring a black and white snapshot of the four bandmates casually standing around in a desert, I gave The Joshua Tree a whirl.

As an opening track, “Where the Streets Have No Name” sounded odd for a young man who grew up on a heavy dose of hair metal and grunge. Accustomed to singers’ exaggerated screams and howls, guitarists’ obligatory solos and the forgettable contributions of muted rhythm sections, I was shocked upon my first true exposure to U2.

A church organ crescendo, time signature changes and melodic guitar riffs that sounded more like the chiming of bells than rip-roaring shreds…wait, what is this? The bass and percussion work resembled a speeding locomotive more than an actual beat and the vocals pleaded instead of shrilled. Then there were the lyrics…oh the lyrics.

After hearing the gospel songs that followed and the preachy message in 10 of its 11 tunes, I came to the conclusion that I hated it.

Still, this was my brother’s music, and I held his taste in the highest regard. So, confused but positive that I was missing something, I played it again and again until I couldn’t stop playing it (ala Mr. Holland’s Opus).

C’mon, trainspotters…you know what I’m talking about…John Coltrane anybody?

Well, I digress.

What I discovered was that it was necessary to mature as a listener before I could ever be moved by U2’s music, and by extension…U2’s spirit. Because that’s what the band represents – an entity from which faith is necessary to believe in something; and it also happens to be why a growingly-secular world can no longer understand or support four men that openly worship and praise God.

Remember this, friends, before pitying Bono for humbling himself to some ingrate: U2’s meant to incur the wrath of a world that hates.

Recently, readers have been gracious enough to compliment my writing style. After blushing disagreeably, I remind them that my goal is to be as eclectic a storyteller as U2 are as musicians.

I want to be a writer whose body of work also inspires people. This is why I do what I do, and I’ve since won first and second place awards in news writing in the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. My work with the San Benito News, which is based in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, has been followed by the likes of The Huffington Post and caught the eye of gubernatorial candidates as well as state and federal elected officials.

I’m not saying that I necessarily owe my career to U2, especially since I put my faith and family above all, but it is simply an example of why the band still matters in this writer’s heart.


Note: Michael Rodriguez is a journalist who hails from a border community in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, where he serves as the managing editor of the semi-weekly newspaper, the San Benito News. Part 3 of his series, “Why U2 Matters,” will include his review of the vinyl and deluxe editions of Songs of Innocence.

U2 Tours the World 2015

U2 has been working very close guarded on an up coming tour to begin in 2015 Sources close to the band have suggested that the boys will head out and do a full world tour with stops in some countries that they missed the last time around. Such as Peru, Chile and Argentin. Bono visited Peru about a year or so ago and informed the fans that he loved the country and is looking forward to coming back. Now a posting from UM (South America) suggested that South America is big on the tour list.  Now no details have been confirmed and the boys are out marketing their new release so we do not expect to hear much about the tour for at least a few weeks. What we do know is that this is a much different tour and that we can expect some cities to have two or three night dates. Expect MSG to be at least 3 nights. More to follow as we dig into the details. 

U2 Turns to Facebook

U2 continuing on their marketing and promotion of their new album will turn to social media on Tuesday October 14, 2014 which kicks off the worldwide release of Songs Of Innocence on CD & Vinyl. U2 fans have been asked to post  questions posted on the official U2 Facebook page. 

The band has always looked for new ways to connect to their audience so the idea of using Facebook as their platform for direct interactive communication should come as no surprise.

Fans will be allowed to post any question they choose to ask however that does not mean they will answer all of them. Prince has done the same thing a couple of weeks ago and ended the session with only one question answered. We kind of thing U2 will stick around and answer a few more because of their close relationship with their fans.

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U2's Cross Marketing Machine "The Walking Dead"

U2’s marketing machine has always been on top of their game. Cross marketing into current TV, series seems to be something new for the boys from Dublin. “The Troubles” has started to appear in “The Walking Dead” series, which is extremely popular in the US.

The clips titled with reference to U2 and only feature U2 music. No band images are within and the band not expected to appear within any of the commercials.  

U2 has new management that clearly understands how to reach the younger audiences. We can expect that U2 will appear within more cross marketing and promotional messaging as the machine continues to ramp towards 2015.