U2 Album Receives Ultimate Honor

U2/ The Joshua Tree

U2/ The Joshua Tree

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."

Why do we want another U2 album ?

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. 

 

 

38 years is enough !

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Bono

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.

Complete Rubbish, U2 new Album will arrive 2014

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.

 

U2 Halts 2014 Focus Moves to 2015

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Marketing Machines come to a halt, tour plans stalled out, album delays and yet the band has faith that their new project will relevant and an outstanding project that will keep U2 within the kingdom of rock. 

Well fans with crashing blow news surfaced today that U2 has pushed their project out to 2015. 

Billboard Magazine has the exclusive report that a source stated, "That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it."

Rumors suggested that 2014 was to be the year of U2 it surely seemed that way with the Golden Goble award and the Grammy Nomination. 

However, no official word has yet to come from Interscope and the fact that a suggested tour announcement slated for mid March. September was to be the kick off for a world tour with Live Nation running tour now seems to all pushed out to the summer of 2015.  

Bono continues to focus his legacy and what will be of U2 that this may have paralyzed the band from creating the magic. We all remember when Bono said he feared the band was "really close to the edge of relevance," noting "there's a giant chasm between the very good and the great, and U2 right now has a danger of surrendering to the very good." He reiterated those sentiments to The Hollywood Reporter in February when he noted, "to be relevant is a lot harder than to be successful."

Count on this the band will have to create something because they are under contract to do so. The magic will either happen naturally or forced and that will be come the legacy of U2.

6 or 7 Ready, No Title and U2 Heads Home

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After show comments with Rolling Stone’s David Fricke gives us a chance to peek into the dressing room of U2 for an interview with the boys, The Edge followed up his comments that they album has been delayed due working on Ordinary Love.  

Edge stated, "We really want the songs to be right. That's the only reason why we're not on tour – because we're so good at starting, not so good at finishing. That's always the way it's been."

We noticed the comments about having 30 or so songs in various states and really, that seems to be able right for the boys. They seem to start very strong and work to scale down to the finished product.

The process takes time. Its not as easy as one word think. Edge did give way to the fact that they do have six or seven mixed and ready to go. We should expect something like 9 or 12 songs total in this new digital world.  Edge also provided some insights to the creative process.

When asked about the title of the next project simply stated "Not yet. We have a few."

The band left New York headed back to Dublin to keep working on finishing the album.

U2 album should come in June

Exclusive Report: Roger Friedman

The new U2 album should come in June. So says Bono, to me, at the Weinstein Company party following the Golden Globes. Bono and U2 won the Globe for their song “Ordinary Love” from the movie “Mandela.” The group held court on a platform of couches, entertaining friends including Usher on Sunday night before taking off to an after party said to be at 1Oak on Sunset Boulevard.

The group had just played at Sean Penn’s Haiti fundraiser on Saturday night with a young Haitian singer named Anaelle Jean-Pierre. I sat with Bono at the Weinstein party and praised him for his passion about politics, Mandela, Africa, etc.

“We’re persistent, I’ll say that,” he replied with a rueful chuckle. “I don’t think we’re the only ones who care. I think lots of people do. They just don’t have the opportunity.”

Bono told me the group was busy finishing the new album. “We’re still working some things out,” he said. In the meantime, they will release a new single in the next few weeks. It’s called– and this is exclusive– “Invisible.” “It’s not what you expect,” Bono told me. “It’s not your typical love song.”

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U2 Single "Invisible"

Just in from U2.com "There's been some online buzz this week about what the band have been up to in LA. Here's the scoop. It's all about a new song called 'Invisible', a track the band will be releasing as part of an initiative with (RED) to support the fight against AIDS. Everybody's really excited about the song and the band have been shooting the video in LA."

U2TOURFANS Back from Vacation

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U2 Grammy Bound 2015 ?

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U2 is expecting 2014 to be a busy year for them.  As we have reported earlier the endless supply of rumors keep us busy and dreaming of the possibility of something this year.

Lets look at this from U2’s point of view if we do not release something before the end of October we lose our chances for 2014 Grammy.

If we wait until 2014 to release well we have a whole year to look for that Grammy single or heck the whole album.

That makes sense right ? Well not from a fans point of view.

So fans its time to sit back relax listen to some of the greatest old stuff you can find from the boys and wait it out. Think lucky March !

Now what is a concern for us over here @U2TOURFANS. What will the tour be like? What can we expect?  Some massive giant explosive tour with amazing visuals or maybe something small, inviting and warm.

We heard that the ideas that have been kicking around suggest a 3 stop with 3 different sets every night. Also we heard that maybe it would be 3 decades of U2 shows broken into those 3 nights. 

Well back to our dreams we head as we await the next rumor.

 

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