Photographs documenting the gritty beginnings of U2 in the smoky pubs and clubs of 1970s Dublin are being unveiled Thursday at an exhibition in the band’s home city. Much of the exhibition by photographer Patrick Brocklebank has never been seen before.
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is reportedly interested in hiring U2’s Bono to sit on his panel for his new ITV talent show to find the next lead in musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Onthebox.com is reporting this long shot and while sources say its really a long short Andy has been known to pull off the impossble. So could be be calling Bono, Judge Bono in the future ? What are your thoughts of the boys focusing on other items besides music ?
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Eager fans of the Irish rock band U2 tried to earn themselves a close-up view of the band by lining up outside Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium a full day before Wednesday’s show.
Joe Ahorro of Edmonton was the first person in line. Ahorro has seen the band at least 47 times on four different continents and believes the wait is worth it. You get to see a lot of the interaction between the band members. You see them talk to each other, make jokes with each other. You see them make their little mistakes and there’s just a lot more energy with the fans at the front, I find.”
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JOHANNESBURG — It’s fitting that one of the most politically plugged-in rock bands is debuting its world tour in South Africa on the anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s first major rally after being released from prison, and at the same stadium where the anti-apartheid icon enthralled tens of thousands.
And it’s a coincidence, U2 members told reporters Friday before a rehearsal at the historic FNB Stadium — known as Soccer City when it hosted the World Cup opening and closing games last year, for which it underwent a major renovation.
Guitarist The Edge said he only learned the day before that Sunday’s concert fell on a historic day.
“It’s such a beautiful, poetic day,” he said.
Lead singer Bono noted that history was being made at the other end of Africa. In Egypt Friday, Hosni Mubarak resigned as president after three decades in power and weeks of pro-democracy protests.
“This continent is on fire,” Bono said, adding he hoped Egypt would benefit from leadership as visionary as Mandela’s.
The Edge added: “The real hope for Egypt is that it actually will become more democratic after this.”
Bono said Mandela and retired Cape Town Archbishop Desmond Tutu — who makes a virtual appearance in U2’s current show — have inspired his global campaigns against AIDS and poverty. Bono was planning to visit AIDS projects in South Africa between Sunday’s concert and a second one in Cape Town on Feb. 18. U2 last played in South Africa in 1998.
The band may also visit Mandela, who is 92, ailing, and retired from public life. Bono said he had been in touch and learned Mandela was doing well after being hospitalized last month with an acute respiratory infection. Bono said a visit was possible, but he would not push.
“The last thing you want to be is the visit that the great man has to endure,” he said.
The band discussed their musical and well as political heroes with reporters Friday. Bassist Adam Clayton said he would like to work with the Malian duo Amadou & Mariam, an opening act for their South African shows. Bono spoke of an early dream of having John Lennon produce their work, laughing at their naivete in their teens.
The band members, together three decades, said the secret to their longevity was friendship.
“We actually started out as friends, and then became a band,” The Edge said.
Turin news: The first sound check at the stadium happened yesterday suggestions that it was U2 was a bit wrong. The taped music is part of the normal process of setup. The crew always plays some music over the PA’s to run meter tests and RF tests. Dallasm Sam and Joe have all been spotted in the statium. The stage is complete. Now all we need is the band.
U2 are reportedly facing losses of up to £100 million ($148 million) as a result of the cancellation of their world tour this year, brought about by Bono undergoing emergency back surgery.
U2’s mammoth 2010 world tour was put on hold, and a headlining slot at Glastonbury was cancelled, after Bono was admitted to hospital last month. The effects on their bank balance look set to be severe.
The band’s manager Paul McGuinness told The Sun, “If we play or not, touring still costs us £500,000 ($741,000) a day.”
A band insider is also quoted as saying, “Bono and the band are covered by insurance but the costs of overheads and missed revenue could easily reach £100 million by the time he’s fit enough to tour again.”
News of U2’s tour deficit comes days after it emerged that bass player Adam Clayton is to sue the band’s financial controller for alleged negligence.
Meanwhile, the band are set to announce their rearranged tour dates this week. The Edge has previously stated that live dates would resume in August.