Songs of Experience Almost Ready

Adam had a lovely outing recently that allowed us to peek into what is up next for the boys.  He said the next project is about 70% complete with some fine turning going on right now. They have the layout of the songs that they plan to have on the album. Suggested a possible different way of releasing the music next time around suggested that we might see a completely new method of delivering music.  

Adam has been quoted as saying "Depending on how long it takes to be completed, there may be a whole new delivery method invented by then. I think we just have to wait and see," he said. "There will be a bit of water under the bridge before we get to that point.

U2 Oscar® Nomination

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Congratulations goes to U2 for the nomination of "Ordinary Love"  This is going to be a banner year for the boys

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

Adam Drops Hints !

Adam Clayton  

Adam Clayton  

Adam Clayton let some hints slip while on Irish station 98 FM's Dermot and Dave show. "We are still at it. We hope to have it finished very, very soon. And it will be out, oh . . . sometime early next year," Clayton said. "But it's a very exciting bunch of songs right at the moment . . . it's just about to be finished, so it's hard to know which way they'll go.

Pretty much what we heard was that Adam and the boys are back in Dublin working in the studio on 12 songs to get them finished by the end of November so that everyone can go on holiday and that we can expect a new U2 album early next year.  

Beat Depression By Stop Drinking

Adam Clayton

Adam Clayton

Adam has identified his drinking habit as the main cause of 'suicidal thoughts' which he battled during his early years with the band. Adam has pleaded directly with young people not to ignore depression, and to seek out help if they are feeling down. He has revealed that despite his comfortable upbringing and years of superstardom with U2, he was prone to suicidal thoughts and depression. "I am an ex-drinker and I am a very happy ex-drinker but before I got to that point I had been through the whole process of suicidal thoughts," Clayton confessed. Clayton made the comments as part of the National Walk in My Shoes day – a fundraising and awareness event for St Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin. The money raised will go towards providing mental health services to vulnerable young adults.

Text 'shoes' to 57802 to donate €2 or go to www.walkinmyshoes.ie to donate or seek help with depression.

Clayton,Hewson and Danger Mouse

Adam and Ali have given us some insight to the future of U2 and its “sounding great” Adam stated in Spinner that the boys are in fact working with Danger Mouse. "It's a great team and feels very liberating at the moment -- anything goes. We have an abundance of riches, we could make three or four different records and justify that to ourselves, but to make the best record you can, you have to steer away from the ones you can make easily. We are really trying to get into territory that we are not comfortable in. If that makes sense..." Ali Hewson also shared some information on the record in an interview with The Guardian. "They're well down the road on the new album and it sounds good," Hewson said. "That's all I'm saying.

 

And that’s all we are saying too…..

Adam sells to Bruce Willis

We never imagined that Bruce Willis and U2 bassist Adam Clayton would ever have anything in common. But it turns out they do: this stunning co-op on Manhattan's exclusive Central Park West. The New York Post first reported that Willis was in contract to buy the home, but Zillow and other reports followed up, saying that it was originally listed by Clayton back in October for $8.695 million. Willis scored the three-bedroom, four-bathroom home for $8 million.

Christians Still Looking

Christians Still Looking

The Best of: 1980-1990, that contains Christian connotations, is the song, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For ” While there are some Christians who maintain that Bono is renouncing his faith in this song, others maintain that Bono is simply expressing personal struggles with his faith and with temptation. Still others maintain that Bono is expressing his struggle with the current world.

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Not Just Mrs Bono ! Ali Hewson

Byline:Rafaella Gomez - Brazil

Ali Hewson“I don’t want to end my life feeling I’ve only looked after myself, that everything I did was to protect myself. I want, when I die, to believe that I’ve achieved what I was supposed to achieve, that is, to help other people in whatever way I could.”

It was the first morning of the rest of her life. Dark-haired, dark-eyed 12-year-old Alison Stewart no sooner arrived at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin than Paul Hewson, a grade above her, spotted the new girl.

“He worked very hard at being the heartthrob,” she recently told an English journalist.

“He came up to me within the first day and asked did I know where his class should be going? It was just an excuse to talk to me, and I thought, ‘What an eejit.’

“I remember that on the fourth day of school, I saw him walking across the courtyard and it was, bing! That is the guy for me.”

For a year, he pursued while Ali, determined not to be just another of his girls, was cool. But the next year, Paul’s mother died suddenly of an aneurism. That year, Ali, 13, helped Paul — from washing his clothes and cooking his food to keeping track of his house keys and walking with him to school.

They began dating in November 1976, when Ali was 15. Paul is now world-famous as the Irish rock group U2’s lead man and humanitarian-at-large, Bono.

He told talk-show host Larry King years later: “I joined U2 and I started going out with Ali, so it was a good month.”

When Ali was 21, and Bono was 22, they married. They have four children, aged six to 18, whose names reflect religious values and the strong Christian theme in U2’s music: daughters Jordan and Memphis Eve, and sons Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q (partly named for friends) and John Abraham.

“It is hard, sometimes. I hate being called ‘Bono’s wife,’ and being identified just as that,” she said in 1993. She has avoided public attention “I’m very protective of my kids, and of my life with Bono. It has worked well up to now, the sort of life (in which) I can go out and do the normal sort of stuff, and he can take all the heat. I’d rather work behind the scenes.”

Ali Hewson / BonoOver the years, she has left obscurity and ‘Mrs. Bono’ behind. Her work started after U2 joined rocker Bob Geldof in his first Live Aid concert to raise money for starving Ethiopians.

“The children out there had nothing, nothing, yet they seemed to be really alive spiritually. For me, the culture shock was in coming home, back to supermarkets full of food and children who seemed spoiled, who had everything, and yet were so starved of spirituality and any understanding of what life was about.”

She gave up her dream of a four-year nursing degree to keep the relationship strong as Bono and U2 topped charts worldwide.

Ali Hewson In 1989, at age 28, she graduated with a degree in social and political science, giving birth to their first child, daughter, Jordan, two weeks after her final exams.

Though the Hewsons have homes around the world, they strive to raise normal, unspoiled children in their large Killiney home in south County Dublin where they overlook the Irish Sea.

Being a single mother while U2 toured for months, even years, “is as hard as it is for any single parent,” she said. “But then, the difference is that if something goes completely wrong, I can just phone Bono. He’s probably one of the best psychologists I know. He always comes through for me.”

Ali Hewson / BonoBeing a mother, Ms. Hewson said, started her involvement with Greenpeace’s campaign against contamination by England’s Sellafield facility, which lies 200 kilometres across the Irish Sea. To protest building THORP, a nuclear reprocessing centre at Sellafield, she organized a 1992 stunt in which U2 and Greenpeace donned radiation suits and transported drums of “contaminated mud” from the Irish Sea to the nuclear site perimeter.

In 1993, seven years after the Soviet nuclear power plant, Chernobyl, exploded in Ukraine, she made her first trip to Belarus, where 70 per cent of the contamination fell.

There, she said, four million children suffer from leukemia and other cancers and genetic deformities. It was her first of many gruelling 5,600-kilometre trips — sometimes driving one of many ambulances filled with medical supplies.

She was working for Chernobyl Children’s Project, which provides care for children, many of them abandoned, deformed and dying from “Chernobyl AIDS.”

Adam Clayton / Ali Hewson / BonoProject founder and former Irish presidential candidate Adi Roche has been the driving force for dozens of medical convoys, for thousands of children who recuperate in Ireland, for surgeries and transport of hundreds of dying children from Belarus to actor Paul Newman’s camp at Barretstown Castle in County Kildare.

The Hewson-Roche team, and others, spent three weeks in Belarus in 1993 where they filmed in high-radiation exclusion zones to make the award-winning documentary Black Wind, White Land — Living with Chernobyl.

They filmed children, among them nine-month-old Anna. “Both her legs are short. Both her ears are closed,” said Ms. Hewson.

“I just picked her up and it’s just one of those things where we bonded.” She has been adopted by an Irish family and is Ms. Hewson’s goddaughter.

In 1996, Ms. Hewson was part of an Irish aid convoy to Belarus and Western Russia to mark the 10th anniversary of the (April 26, 1986) Chernobyl explosion. Chernobyl’s estimated toll ranges from 50 direct deaths and 4,000 eventual deaths to more than 500,000 deaths and nine million people affected.

In 2003, she narrated Chernobyl Heart, a film about the suffering left by Chernobyl, which won an Oscar in 2004 for best documentary.

Ali Hewson / Jordan In 2002, she headed a 1.2 million-postcard protest directed at then-prime minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles and the head of British Nuclear Fuels demanding that Britain close Sellafield because of its failed safety record and periodic nuclear contamination of air and water over decades.

“Sellafield has the potential to be 80 times the size of the Chernobyl accident,” she said.

(Britain had to shut down THORP in 2005 after a massive internal leak went undetected for nine months. It plans to reopen this year for another three years, over objections from Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Austria.)

“There are people being born with Down syndrome and higher numbers of leukemia cases on Ireland’s east coast,” said Ms. Hewson, “but research is not being done into this.” Since 9/11, she has noted: “The 75 tonnes of plutonium sitting on its site can’t but be at the top of any terrorist’s list.”

In 2005, she, Bono and New York designers Rogan Gregory and Scott Hahn started a Fair Trade organic clothing label EDUN — nude spelled backwards to suggest natural and Eden. (The Hewsons are shareholders in an organic food chain called Nude.)

“Bono’s biggest impression of the Africans is that they don’t want charity. They want trade,” says Ms. Hewson. “If you have it made in Africa, you create trade there, you can create jobs there.”

“Rich countries subsidize their own agricultural sectors by about $1 billion per day,” said Ms. Hewson at EDUN’s launch. She cited the $4-billion annual subsidy the U.S. hands its cotton farmers. “Then they flood the market with (cheap) cotton. It’s unfair. It’s a false economy and just crushes African farmers.”

Clayton sues Bank of Ireland

Adam Clayton / U2 Adam Clayton is suing the Bank of Ireland Private Banking and an accounting firm, claiming his former personal assistant Carol Hawkins misappropriated €4.8 million of his funds.

According to an article last Thursday in The Irish Independent, Clayton says Hawkins took the money over a five-year period ending in November 2009. The suit names the Bank of Ireland as well as Dublin accounting firm Gaby Smyth & Co.

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'Glastonbury on steroids'

U2 have promised they will play an epic, stadium-like performance at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

 


Bassist Adam Clayton told Q that the band’s headline performance on the Pyramid Stage on the Friday (June 24) of the Somerset bash will have grand production values.

Clayton said: “It’s very un-Glastonbury to have a big production but we will be sneaking a few things in through the back gate which will hopefully make this experience a little more like Glastonbury on steroids.”

He added: “We’re stretching the level of what can be done. We hope to create a mind blowing experience that reacts well with all the other substances involved.”

Argentina We Love U

U2 in La Plata: The ship landed on Wednesday.

U2 during its 35 years has grown, evolced, risked, became, formed, deformed. Army feathering in Sunday Bloody Sunday ‘83, blues quartet in Rattle and Hum, plant hits on The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby exploration, techno-dance pop and sinuous in creativity in the century, always operated by a social and political commitment which won awards and critical leader.

All that was the Irish quartet, on Wednesday, Argentine premiere U2 360 ° Tour, which landed at the Estadio Unico de La Plata with its huge “Claw”, a score of great songs and a never before seen technology deployment in country.

In the world of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen everything seems calculated to the point that any sign of spontaneity raises suspicions. At that point, the issue passes or not to believe in intellectual honesty, and other machinery that drives the brand that became U2.

From the start of Even Better Than the Real Thing on the heels of the Space Oddity of Bowie intro - Rocket Man, in the epilogue, spatially complete the journey, the night moved through a healthy way of contrast.

Of the 90 to I Will Follow, and then to present Get On Your Boots and Magnificent, not temporality defined Bono (are) asked: “What time is it in the world?” In the sense that Mysterious Ways ( even with inserts of the Beatlesque My Sweet Lord and Norwegian Wood), and even chaotic Until the End of the World taquito leave them, to the shock of the crowd jumping and singing Elevation. “They’re more”, dropped the singer, before I Still Have not Found What I ‘Looking For. And suddenly, the visual paraphernalia out of focus, to return to The Edge textures that you invented a Beautiful Day-plus -. Blackbird Beatles Then, In a Little While with “girl of the public who climbs onto the stage to sing Bono.”

With the claw again as protagonist, the sequence City of Blinding Eyes - Vertigo - I’ll Go Crazy If I Do not Go Crazy Tonight gave way to political bloc.

Sunday …

First, Scarlet and Walk On and after closure of the triad. Meanwhile, the screen and Bono made reference to Libya, Egypt, the Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, launched a “Hallelujah” and Amnesty International activists framed, with candles, the first false ending.

More explicit message. Desmond Tutu, subtitled. Health, protection of children and education in poor countries. E implied.

One and Mother of Disappeared before Where the Streets Have No Name. To the end, the real one, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me and With Or Without You as a launch pad for flight control of The Edge, Clayton in the opposite cardinal point of the stage, hanging from Bono wheel-shaped microphone and rubbing his face against the camera. Mullen, where ever.

One more, and nothing else.

Moment of Surrender. The Edge on piano, the last ride bonus down the runway, greeting Gustavo Cerati, the total due for all, and “Love, love, love and respect.”



"The Edge" arrives with his family 2 Chile

The Edge arrived almost a week ahead of the band. While the crew is focused on getting the stage ready.

Edge landed Saturday 19th on a commercial flight ( Flight 533 Lan Chiile ) Of course traveling first class with his wife ( remember her from the video) Most of the flight they spent sleeping, taking some photos with the airline crew which has been posted on facebook.

After landing, “The Edge” and family left the airport via VIP area and left the same day heading to northern Chile, to San Pedro de Atacama.

The guitarist plan is consistent with the initial requests were sent to all producers of his visit: the possibility that the trip mix business with tourism activities. In fact, last week, those responsible for the appointment to the team he sent the group a list of different places to visit, which included locations in the north and others further south, as Villarrica and Pucon.

Of course, “The Edge” decided to go ahead to make tourism more quietly and without being longer immersed in the rhythm of a tour. Despite his surprise landing, is not now considered one of his companions arrive on commercial flights and independently.

In fact, Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen are provided for arriving between now and tomorrow afternoon, on a private plane that also bring their families. Yesterday we pointed out the band will have a couple of private jets on stand by so that they can travel South America between shows.

While the route of the musicians pointed to the break, their logistical and technical staff working at a steady pace in Providencia. “The Claw”, a structure 50 meters high turned into the biggest musical montage that has passed through the country, as can be seen from outside the National Stadium and its structure greatly exceeds the height of the enclosure. “It’s the most impressive that has passed through these places,” he repeated Jake Berry, director of production of 360 ° tour at the stadium field.

The Edge / Dave Long 2011 In addition, Berry anticipates that the boys will prepare a special video series designed in Chile, which have developed in the time that elapsed between the last date of his trip, in late February in South Africa and the current week.

“Bono has always been very interested in Chile, its history and its present, and this material is on that side,” defines Berry.

Since early this year, the band’s staff has requested information about the earthquake of 2010, the bicentennial and the rescue of the miners, issues that form part of the audiovisual substrate of scale in capital.

Especially the latter, as even asked for contacts to reach the miners San Jose.

 

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U2 rocks ANZ stadium

IT WAS all about the music, that “space station” of a stage and celebrity shout outs, when U2 opened their Sydney shows at ANZ Stadium last night.

Oprah was in the house, so was Nicole Kidman, Kanye West and Bob Geldof - who was name checked just before Bono dedicated “Stuck in the Moment” to his late friend Michael Hutchence.

For the past two decades, the Irish band have consistently raised the benchmark for the concert experience, successfully using technology to dazzle their audience and refuel their reputation as stadium rock gods.

No matter how many YouTube clips or photos you have seen of this massive contraption which anchors the myriad video screens, lights and speakers to broadcast the action, you will be in awe of The Claw once inside ANZ Stadium.

All that colour and movement is happening above your head but at ground level, moving bridges and catwalks on what Bono calls a “space station” stage, allows Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr to get closer to fans who have remained steadfastly loyal for 30 years.

Describing the production as intimate - as everyone seems determined to do - is a stretch. There is nothing intimate about a concert in a stadium with 60,000 people.

What makes the U2 360 experience communal, is the music itself.

For all the bells and whistles they employ to thrill you, in the end it is all about the songs.

When you go to a U2 concert, you want to sing and Bono knows that, constructing a set with plenty of crowd karaoke moments and the ubiquitous “wave your mobile phones in the air like you really do care” trick.

“Beautiful Day” is always a triumph, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking” pushes the crowd volume to 11, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” received a Jay Z-assisted twist and the lost single “Magnificent” finally gets its due in the live arena.