U2 Raw, Naked and Intimate

A throw back to the eighties with new album images offers a rare view into Larry’s shy world. U2 say the album cover reflects "the new songs and their inspiration in the early years of U2 as teenagers in Dublin."

According to a statement on U2.com, the artwork by British fashion photographer and film director Glen Luchford, "resonates with the band's iconic 1980 debut album Boy - and the album War, three years later." 

Both of those albums featured the face of Peter Rowen, the younger brother of Guggi, Bono's childhood friend growing up on Cedarwood Road in Dublin.

Their music has always been about community, family, faith and friends this new project reflects a very intimate side that should stand on its own. Bono said, “With this record we were looking for the raw, naked and personal, to strip everything back” and the images on the album reflect the innocence and the unique relationship of a parent and child.

The photo shoot with Larry and his son was really an experiment however; everyone loved it because of its visual metaphor and thought this was a prefect image to use on the album.

"If you know the album, you will see the themes in the visual language, how 'holding on to your own innocence is a lot harder than holding on to someone else's" said Bono.

The release date has been set for October13th  and will be available in three formats, with exclusive bonus material including two new studio tracks, two alternative versions, and a 6-song acoustic session. 

The Boys in Dublin

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The boys happen to be in Dublin for a Rolling Stones cover shoot.  We are not sure if they stopped in for a few pints at the Guinness Storehouse however we do know that they borrowed a couple of boxer dogs from folks passing by.

Its just over a week ago that the largest album release ever which soon will be available to 119 countries was released.  The blow back was a bit much, some of the younger apple device owners had no clue who U2 was nor did they want to even check it out.  

During Bono’s Radio 2 interview, he said he was happy with the results of the number of listeners and that its pretty cool to have a 38 million people to get your music all at once.

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Bono also went on to say no one has deleted more U2 songs than U2 as well as pointed out  "All I can say is that there's a lot of blood, sweat and tears which went into your junk mail."

U2's marketing machine continues to promote this album and is looking to have a big release in a few weeks.

We know that the announcement of tour dates will follow shortly and we even have a few locations that the boys are sure to be putting on a brand new show.

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. 

 

 

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.

Bono and Sinead busking in Dublin

Bono maintained his Xmas ritual this year with a busking session in Dublin's Grafton Street on Christmas Eve.

This year Bono  accompanied by Glen Hansard of "Once" fame and singer Lisa Hannigan. Bono played to the gallery with a mix of traditional festive melodies and some U2 classics.

Sinead O'Connor also took Grafton Street by surprise with a rendition of her Prince-penned classic Nothing Compares to You.

Rare U2 items for new exhibit

A Dublin museum is looking for U2 memorabilia; everything from the band’s history for a permanent exhibition.  If you have rare photographs, posters, set-lists and T-shirts the Little Museum of Dublin wants to hear from you. The non-profit museum decided to set up a permanent U2 exhibition after this summers record number of visitors that came out to see the U2 photographs, which opened in May 2012.

"We've had people coming from as far away as Greece and Italy. The response has been incredible," museum director Trevor White told the Irish Independent.

The former publisher believes it's high time Dublin had a museum to celebrate U2.

"We envisage a place where fans can see memorabilia from throughout U2's career. But we need help from the public" added Mr White.

Members of the public with rare U2 memorabilia should contact Simon O'Connor at simon@littlemuseum.ie.

U2 Essays, Exploring U2

Exploring U2: Is This Rock 'n' Roll? features new writing in the growing field of U2 studies. Edited by Scott Calhoun, with a foreword by Anthony DeCurtis, Exploring U2 contains selections from the 2009 inaugural gathering of "The Hype and The Feedback: A Conference Exploring The Music, Work and Influence of U2." In keeping with U2's own efforts to remove barriers that have long prevented dialogue for understanding and improving the human experience, this collection of essays examines U2 from perspectives ranging from the personal to the academic and is accessible to curious music fans, students, teachers, and scholars alike.

Four sections organize 16 essays from leading academics, music critics, clergy, and fans. From the academic disciplines of literature, music, philosophy, and theology, essays study U2's evolving use of source material in live performances, the layering of vocal effects in signature songs, the crafting of a spiritual community at live concerts, U2's success as a business brand, Bono's rhetorical presentation of Africa to the Western consumer, and readings of U2's work for irony, personhood, hope, conservatism, and cosmic-time. Official band biographer Neil McCormick considers U2 as a Dublin-shaped band, and Danielle Rhéaume tells how discovering and returning Bono's lost briefcase of lyrics for the album October propelled her along her own artistic journey.

This thoughtful and timely collection recognizes U2's music both as art and commentary on personal journeys and cultural dialogues about contemporary issues. It offers insights and critical assessments that will appeal not only to scholars and students of popular music and culture studies but to those in the fields of theology, philosophy, the performing arts, literature, and all intellectually curious fans of U2.

What did you know about Dublin Sessions ?

In February 1991, U2 resumed the album’s sessions in the seaside manor “Elsinore” in Dalkey, renting the house for ₤10,000 per month. Lanois’ strategy to record in houses, mansions, or castles was something he believed brought atmosphere to the recordings. Dublin audio services company Big Bear Sound installed a recording studio in the house, with the recording room in a converted garage diagonally beneath the control room. Video cameras and TV monitors were used to monitor the spaces. Within walking distance of Bono’s and The Edge’s homes, the sessions at Elsinore were more relaxed and productive.The band struggled with one particular song—later released as the B-side “Lady With the Spinning Head”—but three separate tracks, “The Fly”, “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)” and “Zoo Station” were derived from it. During the writing of “The Fly”, Bono conceived an alternate persona based on a pair of oversized black sunglasses that he wore to lighten the mood in the studio. Bono developed the character into a leather-clad egomaniac also called “The Fly”, and he assumed this alter ego for the band’s subsequent public appearances and live performances on the Zoo TV Tour.

In April, tapes from the earlier Berlin sessions were leaked and bootlegged. Bono dismissed the leaked demos as “gobbledygook”, and The Edge likened the situation to “being violated”. The leak shook the band’s confidence and soured their collective mood for a few weeks. Staffing logistics led to the band having three engineers at one point, and as a result, they split recording between Elsinore and The Edge’s home studio. Engineer Robbie Adams said the approach raised morale and activity levels: “There was always something different to listen to, always something exciting happening.” To record all of the band’s material and test different arrangements, the engineers utilised a technique they called “fatting”, which allowed them to achieve more than 48 tracks of audio by using a 24-track analogue recording, a DAT machine, and a synchroniser. In the June 1991 issue of U2’s fan magazine Propaganda, Lanois said that he believed some of the in-progress songs would become worldwide hits, despite lyrics and vocal takes being unfinished.

During the Dublin sessions, Eno was sent tapes of the previous two months’ work, which he called a “total disaster”. Joining U2 in the studio, he stripped away what he thought to be excessive overdubbing. The group believes his intervention saved the album. Eno theorised that the band was too close to their music, explaining, “if you know a piece of music terribly well and the mix changes and the bass guitar goes very quiet, you still hear the bass. You’re so accustomed to it being there that you compensate and remake it in your mind.” Eno also assisted them through a crisis point one month before the deadline to finish recording; he recalls that “everything seemed like a mess”, and he insisted the band take a two-week holiday from working on the album. The break gave them a clearer perspective and added decisiveness.

After work at Elsinore finished in July, Eno, Flood, Lanois, and previous U2 producer Steve Lillywhite mixed the tracks at Windmill Lane Studios. Each producer created his own mixes of the songs, and the band either picked the version they preferred or requested that certain aspects of each be combined. Additional recording and mixing continued at a frenetic pace until the 21 September deadline, including last-minute changes to “The Fly” and “One”. The Edge estimates that half of the work for the album sessions was done in the last three weeks to finalise songs. The final night was spent devising a running order for the record. The following day, The Edge travelled to Los Angeles with the album’s tapes for mastering.

U2's Bono named Dubliner

Irish rock singer Bono has just been nominated Dubliner of the Year. The U2 singer, no stranger to awards, claimed he was blindsided but delighted by the title and said being named Dubliner of the Year was the perfect way to wrap up a banner year for the Irish band.

Dublin is a state of mind and a place. What’s being a Dub? I don’t know, but I am one and proud of it through and through. The messy head, all the earnest conversation, our spunkiness and punkiness, our sense of fun, the self-deprecating over-confidence.

“We are so many contradictions. Dubliner of the Year crowns a great year for me and the band, not everyone’s experience I know. I’m feeling very blessed and grateful, and deep down in my gut, I know this city has what it takes to be a world-beater once again. It already is, in my head.”

Paul Trainer the Editor of The Dubliner, the publication behind the award,  told the press that Bono was the natural winner for the 2010 title.

“Bono has inspired many of the articles we have published over the last ten years. Wherever he goes, he takes a bit of Dublin with him and in the last year he has taken our city to every corner of the earth. He is a Dubliner who makes us proud to be The Dubliner,” he said.

Fellow Dubliner Danny O’Donoghue from rising new Irish band The Script praised his hero as a success story which should be celebrated.

“Bono has got what most musicians search for all there life, heart. His belief changes others. He made it possible for Dubliners to dream, to think ‘what if?’ His belief and drive as a Dubliner got him to where he is today and we all need to be reminded that we drink the same water. So I congratulate Bono and say well done, keep flying the flag for Dublin and Ireland,” he said.



U2 Plays Horsens

U2 play tonight in the CASA Arena Horsens n the fourth concert of  the U2 World Tour 360. The setlist will include 23 songs, and probably again come up with previously unplayed songs such as “North Star” and “Glastonbury”.

The U2 classics such as One, Moment of Surrender or elevation will find their way into the setlist of four from Dublin.

On Monday, 8.16.2010 It is then in Horsens in the CASA-Arena crack then again properly, because the four are from Dublin will give their second concert in front of more than 40,000 fans. In the CASA-fit arena purely for the 34,000 spectators, but then there are the popular indoor places (where soccer is usually played) is expected to clear more than 35,000 enthusiastic fans.

U2’s largest Germany website will be reporting and streaming the show. This should be very interesting expect to get audio and video from their site. Visit them directly at U2TOUR.DE

Ww wish them good cheer, to stream a U2 show is hard due to the millions of fans around the world. So lets enjoy the show.

What time is it in Horsens ? Local Time is

Expect the the boys to take the stage around 8:45 PM

Bono and Edge brave weather

Dublin Rockers Bring it Home

Half of Dublin 4 decided to sup with the Devlin last weekend. Nothing strange about that you think, but no, this wasn’t the Devlin you know (Peter, husband of Lorraine), it was his younger brother, Colin. So half of Dublin 4 had to take their long spoons to LA last weekend.

Ostensibly, it was for the little matter of a U2 concert. But it was really to help Irish actress Sonya Macari surprise her fiance Colin with a party at the Bar Marmont of the Chateau Marmont last Saturday night.

Pop star Colin turned up thinking he was going for a drink with Sonya. Once there he was surprised by the assembled throng of Irish glamouratti.

U2TOURFANS 2009My fingers would bleed from typing if I told you all the names but they included Pamela Flood (can anyone tell me what she does now?) and her boyfriend, Town Bar & Grill boss Ronan Ryan; magician Keith Barry; Dunnes heir Andrew Heffernan (who was at the Barcelona opening night and the recent New York show too — is this what heirs do?); and PR whizz Tara O’Leary. Former RTE star Caroline Morahan was also there (she is, I’m told, getting on great with her acting classes over there in La La Land) as was Olivia Tracey. Ms Tracey, who has gone down a storm in Hollywood, could probably give Caroline acting lessons by now.

U2 were staying in the Chateau Marmont, apart from the Edge who stayed in his house in LA. The following night, Sonya et al went to the U2 concert and, naturally the VIP pre-party reception — which turned out to be a who’s who of Hollywood and Ireland’s best talent: among them Colin Farrell, Pierce Brosnan, Cindy Crawford and hubby Rande Gerber, David Beckham (sporting a beard), Ewan McGregor, Bono, Irish classical music composer Patrick Cassidy (who is doing a giant concert in Rome next summer) and Teresa Carr’s favourite diner, Orlando Bloom.

 

Sour Notes begin to play in Dublin

The show is over, hang overs begin to take hold and the crew has begun the task of packaging up a three party to head out to another city. As with most tours, delays will happen "Shit Happens" and of course the other saying "The Show must go on" Everyone from the crew,production to drivers knows that a few people standing around blocking them from leaving will not hold them up. Thanks for the memory Dublin a good way to send the boys off around the world. Don't worry when you arrive over here, trucks, people and fans will roll around all night long. Its the American way. Cheers mate



Dubliners decry U2's noisy all-night stage removal

DUBLIN — Dubliners angry over the around-the-clock dismantling of U2's monumental concert stage mounted street protests Tuesday, snarling the Irish band's plans for the next stages of their European tour.

Residents around Croke Park stadium said their aim was to embarrass Dublin City Council and the Gaelic Athletic Association — which authorized the all-night noise — not delay Ireland's most famous musical export.

But U2 managers said the protests meant more than 50 trucks carrying much of the band's 390-ton stage, TV screens, lighting and sound equipment missed their intended morning ferry.

Some trucks did depart the stadium several hours late as protesters stood aside. But tour organizers said it was too soon to determine whether any of U2's tightly scheduled concert dates in Sweden, Germany and Poland would be affected.

"We should all not be talking to you and (should be) on a boat," the tour's production director, Jake Berry, told reporters as several dozen residents protested beside three road junctions outside Croke Park, Ireland's largest stadium.

Berry said U2 did not want to risk accidents by driving any heavily laden trucks past protesters straddling roadways outside the stadium. He expressed surprise at the protests, even though plans for them have been widely reported in Ireland since last week.

Berry said he wasn't sure whether Tuesday's lost hours — and potential problems fitting trucks on later ferry services to Britain — would jeopardize any upcoming concert dates.

"It affects the tour schedule. Read that any way you want," he said.

Croke Park Area Residents' Committee spokesman David Purdue said that no one was "interested in any way in delaying U2 in any shape or form."

"This is primarily to get Dublin City Council and the Gaelic Athletic Association to take notice of us and recognize the damage they're doing to the local community," he said.

Berry said singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. were told of the Dublin disruption about 5 a.m. Tuesday as their private jet landed in Nice, France, where they are staying in between European gigs.

He said the band felt "pure disappointment. It's just really put a damp squib (sponge) on something that was a fantastic experience and fantastic show."

The protesting Dubliners complained that the council and sports authorities should not have cleared U2 to dismantle its stage over a continuous 44-hour period starting at 1 a.m. Tuesday — just two hours after the last of three Dublin concerts concluded before roaring crowds of 80,000.

In practice, the schedule means the area will suffer heavy nighttime noise for more than a week.

Activists from the residents committee, which plans protests throughout Tuesday, said they were willing to let U2's truck convoy carry out the most critical parts of the stage, including a telescoping bank of television screens and the stage's disco ball-topped spike.

The U2 concert promoters, MCD Productions, delivered a legal letter to the protesters, warning they could be sued for any financial losses incurred by the promoters, U2 or others with a financial stake in one of the world's biggest musical ventures.

U2 has three "Claw" stages — one of which is being constructed, another being dismantled, and a third being transported or in use any given moment of the tour.

The band is scheduled to perform in Goteborg, Sweden, on Friday and Saturday; Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Monday; and Chorzow, Poland, on Aug. 6. Tour directors declined to specify the next destination of the Claw being dismantled in Dublin.

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Dublin 3rd Final Show Set List

Setlist

  1. Breathe
  2. No Line on the Horizon
  3. Get on Your Boots
  4. Magnificent
  5. Beautiful Day
  6. New Year’s Day
  7. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Snippet: Movin’ on Up)
  8. Stay
  9. Unknown Caller
  10. The Unforgettable Fire
  11. City of Blinding Lights
  12. Vertigo
  13. I’ll Go Crazy Remix (Snippets: Relax, Two Tribes)
  14. Sunday Bloody Sunday (Snippet: Rock the Casbah)
  15. Pride
  16. MLK
  17. Walk On (Snippet: You’ll Never Walk Alone)
  18. Where the Streets Have No Name (Snippet: All You Need Is Love)
  19. One
  20. Bad (Snippets: 40, Fool to Cry)
  21. Ultraviolet
  22. With or Without You (with Shine Like Stars verse)
  23. Moment of Surrender

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