Bono Fit and Ready to Report May 14

It’ll be a battle to be match fit for May 14th. My southpaw is a bit tricky, but my right hook is ready to rumble for sure. We’ve got something beyond incredible planned. And I’m ready to fight for it.
— Bono

Gasps, heard around the world last November when U2 fans heard of Bono’s bicycle accident in New York’s Central Park.

Fans began to wonder if this could be the final performance for Bono with injuries that included a facial fracture, pins in the arm and a long road to recovery.

However has Bono continues to work on his health one thing is clear. The relevancy of U2 shall never be in question again.

U2 dominance in the digital download space and recurring listener space has proven that U2 can create new audience by simple smart marketing.

The Kantar report , which sampled 978 iOS users drawn from a larger panel of more than 2,500, 23 percent of them listened to U2 in January. In comparison, 11 percent listened to at least one song by Taylor Swift.

"Haven't got a clue!" Bono admits when asked about Kantar and its methodology. "I guess it's possible they could have randomly selected thousands of individuals with impeccable taste," he cracks, "who are not unduly influenced by the feeding frenzy that the blogosphere seems to become if there's a spot of blood in the water." The Edge had some comments in a RS interview that highlighted. That lots of music fans simply just download music or sign up for services with reading the fine print.

"Lots of people, including me, don't read the instructions. When you select automatic download on iOS, you're signing up to be pushed free content. It's not exactly small print, it's just a box you tick or don't. I understand how and why people got annoyed. But really, with all that's going on in the world. . .come on. Apple and U2 were genuine about this whole thing. Apple were being generous and we were trying to do something different to get through the noise. There's always a few teething problems when you're in new territory. . .One of which was that people thought we were giving the album away, that we'd suddenly become all about free music, when the opposite is true. We fervently believe all artists should be paid for their work. But we, like every musician, have to look at other models of getting paid. We were in the position where we can take a chance like this and weather the storm.  There's some phrase about breaking eggs and omelets that's probably appropriate here. "

When asked what have you learned about the digital era, The Edge replied we're in the dawn of it. The thing it's easy to forget when you live in modern times is that they're modern for about another 30 seconds. . .more so than ever. In a few years we'll look back on this time like we look back on VCRs and rotary phones. When the radio arrived, everyone thought that was the end of sheet music. I think music has become devalued and disposable in the commercial world – but not to music lovers or the people who make it, and not all big tech either. Apple – and U2 – fight hard for artists to be paid.

In the future, technology has to be a better servant of music, and not its slave master. We can take advantage of the benefits of technology, and we do, but it's also beholden on those of us who have been so well rewarded by music to figure out a way to preserve the ability for artists to create and thrive. Fans have always shared U2 music either by cassettes or cd’s the next phase was not as challenging as one would think. Digital music is here to stay how people pay for it remains to be up for possible interpretation. U2 has always had bright young marketing people around them to think out of the box when it comes to promoting U2 music. The survey proves that nothing can be left to chance. Creative minds should be looking at new ways to reach their audience.

Bono said it sounds boring, but our drug of choice at the moment is songwriting, and trying to take U2's to the next level. What is clear is that U2 is not going into that discount record bin anytime soon and that the future is as bright as they want it to be.

 

One man come in the name of love

Today (Jan. 20), we remember the life and legacy of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose contributions to the social and political sphere of the United States are innumerable. And over the years, the global musical sphere has become filled with songs inspired by or dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If listeners have any doubt that Martin Luther King Jr. is the subject of "Pride (In the Name of Love)," Bono's lyrics three minutes in drive the point home: "Early morning, April 4/Shot rings out in the Memphis sky/Free at last, they took your life/They could not take your pride." However, history buffs will note that the song, which was the lead single off U2's 1984 album "The Unforgettable Fire," contains a factual error -- MLK's assassination took place in the early evening, rather than the early morning. But that didn't matter to music fans -- the Edge's guitar jangle at the beginning of "Pride (In the Name of Love)" is one of the most recognizable riffs of the era.

Bono speaks about those throughout history who have died because they preached of the equality of all men and practiced nonviolence as the only way to achieve their goal of having this equality universally recognized.

“Pride (In the Name of Love)”
U2-1984

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come here to justify
One man to overthrow

In the name of love!
One man in the name of love
In the name of love!
What more? In the name of love!

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resists
One man washed on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more? In the name of love!

…Nobody like you
     …There’s nobody like you…

Mmm…mmm…mmm…

Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more in the name of love…

MLK is the primary example of nonviolent resistance as the only way to bring about changes in civil rights. However, there are allusions to others; Christ for example.

The song is about singular "people" (including Christ as man) that lived their life with pride. Not in a boastful way, but with the pride a person has when their thoughts and actions are motivated by they understand and full awareness of the dignity and sanctity of ALL human life.

The song is a tribute, illustration, or reminder to us, of martyrs to this ideal. It speaks to how they lived their life with an inner Pride in all of humanity and that this Pride is really an expression of God's love for all of humanity. These people did what they did because they were trying to spread this message of God's love for all of mankind.

This began as a song about US president Ronald Reagan. Bono had lyrics written condemning Reagan for an arrogant pride that led to nuclear escalation, but it just was not working. "I remembered a wise old man who said to me, don't try and fight darkness with light, just make the light shine brighter," Bono told NME. "I was giving Reagan too much importance, then I thought Martin Luther King, there's a man. We build the positive rather than fighting with the finger."

King was killed on a Memphis motel balcony on April 4, 1968. Bono sings "early morning, April 4," but King was actually killed in the evening. Bono has acknowledged the mistake and sometimes sings it as "early evening, April 4."

Chrissie Hynde (lead singer of The Pretenders) sang backup. She was married to Jim Kerr of Simple Minds at the time and was thanked on the album as "Mrs. Christine Kerr."

U2 Shows Support for the Legacy of Hope Foundation

U2 Shows Support for the Legacy of Hope Foundation

Eric Gast, CEO/Executive Producer of the Legacy of Hope Foundation, stated "We are truly honored that U2 would show their support with this wonderful gesture and I'm moved that Bono, in his current state, would have the resolve to help support Mr. Mandela's dream of free and accessible healthcare for the children of Southern Africa."

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The Megalomania of Bono

The level of hate for Bono and this band is at an all-time high. What gives? For years I’ve been fraternizing with other fans on fan forums and websites and became confident that my beloved U2 was the biggest and most relevant band on the planet.

The reality is, I kept myself in the dark about "the other side". Social networking entered my life and it was a rude awakening for me in many ways. When Bono suffered injuries in a recent bike accident, I was shocked and appalled at the response from Haters wishing he wasn't MORE seriously hurt. Really, people? No wonder the world is in the state that it's in.

This triggered a mission to find out what makes Bono an "arrogant S.O.B." As to what he is often referred. Is it the sunglasses? The work he does with the ONE organization? The reports of tax evasion? The humanitarianism? The fame and fortune? I asked a few of my close friends: "Maybe it's the arrogance?" WHAAAA??? I’ve heard crazy nasty things about Mick Jagger, and he's pretty arrogant, yet I don’t see the level of hate for him or his band. Nor would I complain about receiving a free album from the Rolling Stones. IT'S FREE MUSIC, PEOPLE!!

You can say I’m a believer in synchronicity; that there are no coincidences. I believe that we are born here and we know our purpose. The problem is, many of us forget what that purpose might be. Lucky for some, they feel the fire and know very early on what path is theirs to follow. I'm getting to my point.

Many fans know the story about Bono’s mother, Iris, visiting a fortune teller early in his parents' marriage and being told that she would have two boys, one of whom would have a name beginning with “P”, who would become famous. Everyone forgot about that until years later, when the band began realizing success.  While doing this research on this bit of information, I ran across a full review of Bono’s astrological chart and since before he was born, this was a path meant for him. It's full of music, charisma, language, arts, and communication. It was his destiny. 

Who we are as individuals evolves from how we grow up. Sometimes we aren't even aware of it. Paul grew up surrounded in controversy; a Catholic father and Protestant mother. His mom would bring the boys to church on Sunday while his dad stayed behind. There was spiritual crisis and behind it all, there was tragedy. Paul lost his mother at a very early age and grew up without a mother, running the streets at an early age with little discipline. Losing your mom at an early age can have devastating effects and Paul's rogue behavior reflected that.

Back in the early days before U2 came on the scene in Ireland, people were looking for their big ticket out of Dublin, out of Ireland. U2 were no different. With that came a sense of urgency. Dreaming of a life outside Dublin, Bono was desperate to communicate with his audience and make an impact. Maeve O’Regan (a friend of the band from Mount Temple) remembers in "North Side Story: U2 in Dublin, 1978-1983" about Bono’s charisma and how Bono "was always posing for the cameras...lighting up the room when he walked into it". This is who Bono was; he found his calling.

The fact is, if you want to be the frontman in a rock band and you want to make it big, you have to have some level of esteem to do so. Bono has admitted to self-esteem issues (i.e. his height for one) which is why he's been known to wear platform shoes. Perhaps he’s overcompensated over the years, and that has turned people off, but when you’re in a band, isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? Self-promote? If this is megalomania, then so be it.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he mentioned that "it's a strange thing to need 20,000 people screaming your name to feel normal". To have throngs of people paying attention to you and loving you, you get to count on that. For someone with low self-esteem, it can feel pretty great!  He's often said he doesn't deserve the life he has and he is forever grateful for it. I've seen 26 shows and EVERY SINGLE TIME he's thanked the fans for giving the band a great life. Bono knows and admits his megalomania. Without it, there is no U2.

The way we are in many ways evolves from how we grow up. Some of us change it, some of us don't. Perhaps the Haters hate because of a tragic or painful past - and for that, we should have compassion.

Nikki Vee

Nikki Vee is living her dream on the shores of Narragansett Bay in Jamestown, RI. She works part time for an acupuncture practitioner and also runs her own business. She’s been a loyal U2 fan from the moment they stepped foot in the USA and sticks with them through thick and thin.

Top 15 U2 Songs of Love, Faith, Sex, War and Family

Top 15 U2 Songs

By Robert E Hunt Jr

Perhaps more than any other rock band, these four Irish lads get deep inside your head and even deeper into your heart. They've reinvented their sound several times over yet they still manage to write and perform great songs dealing with a wide range of subjects ... Love, religion, politics, sex, war, family, friendship, personal tragedy as well as the simple pure joy of playing music itself.

 U2 is both technically precise and deeply personal and human at the same time. Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton anchor a driving thunderous rhythm section while The Edge stands out as an amazingly unique and dazzling guitar player. And then there's Bono. Arguably the best frontman in rock and roll, he also manages to support if not drive several world-wide political causes while at the same time living the life of the pampered rock star. Perhaps no other celebrity alive has managed to mix the trappings of fame and glory with the dedication to helping others as well as Bono.

 While other U2 fans may disagree, here are this fan's top 15 favorite U2 songs .


 15. Mothers of the Disappeared

This five-minute gem closes out "The Joshua Tree", U2's biggest and best selling album. It's a brooding, haunting, spooky song that starts with just a faint percussion line and some sporadic guitar feedback. Then it settles into a slow, rhythmic almost dirge-like beauty.

Bono and Edge combine for an achingly gorgeous falsetto chorus while the song gently moves along. The title refers to the Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo, a group of Argentine mothers who lost their children, "The Disappeared", during Argentina's Dirty War from 1976 to 1983. As such, this is one of U2's most politically driven songs and it clearly demonstrates the band's interest and commitment to human rights. In a legendary 1989 performance in Buenos Aires, many of the Mothers came out on stage and stood as one holding up posters of their children as the band played this song. Very few rock bands can do that.

 14. Mysterious Ways

 This song is dedicated to that most beautiful of all creatures ... Women. It's a very loud but sensuous song with another of Edge's superb opening guitar riffs. This song is off their successful 1991 album, "Achtung Baby". Baby was a distinct departure from the band's earlier sound as this disc was their first venture into a new techno-dance sound that they would continue exploring throughout the 90's. During their 90's live shows, a belly dancer would join the band on stage during this song. In a case of life imitating art, Edge even married one of the belly dancers, Morleigh Steinberg. Clearly, she moved in Mysterious Ways.

 13. City of Blinding Lights

 "Lights" is from the band's 2004 album, "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb", and it opened up most nights of the 2005-06 Vertigo Tour. It has a shimmering "wall of sound" feel to it but it's also a kickass rocker with another of the band's trademark sing-a-long choruses. The song is about New York City in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. U2 has had a long and fascinating love affair with America and felt the loss much the same way Americans did. As the story goes, they were flying in to New York at night some time after the attacks and could see the city lit up from above like it always has been. "Oh, you look so beautiful tonight" was the result.

 12. New Year's Day

 From 1983's "War", this was U2's first big hit single. Originally a love song, it was reformed as a tribute to Lech Walesa's Polish Solidarity movement. It's about starting over fresh and new and it features Edge on both organ and guitar. He plays both instruments during live shows as well. Adam's bass line is also one of his best and carries much more of the song's texture than he typically does. And Larry's drums are up front and razor sharp too. Instantly recognizable, "Day" is a concert staple and still one of their most popular and well-known songs.

 11. The Fly

 One of the great "character" songs in the band's catalog, "The Fly" also features one of Edge's most distinctive and agressive "techno" riffs. This "Achtung Baby" song is the definitive break between the band's original sound and their new 90's "industrial" direction. "Fly" still has all the required U2 elements but they're played and mixed in a new way that instantly illustrates two conflicting themes ... Yes, this is U2 and no, we've never heard them like this before. From this point forward, "The Joshua Tree" was history. On stage, Bono assumes the character of "The Fly", a preening, strutting, leather-clad rock star in black wraparound sunglasses. When that phone call from Hell comes, it might as well be "The Fly" answering it. This song is 90's U2. It was their past, present and future.

 10. Running To Stand Still

 A truly lovely song about a sad subject, drug addiction, and heroin in particular. It's an achingly beautiful song filled with pathos and sympathy. Another one from "The Joshua Tree", "Still" has some of the band's most painful and poignant lyrics and some of their best slow song melodies. When played live, the crowd usually gets quiet and then softly sings along with Bono ... "Singing ha, ah la la la de day, Ah la la la de day, Ah la la de day". This is one of the band's songs that really gets down deep inside you. Very few fans can hear this one and not feel the pain and empty sadness. "She will suffer the needle chill, She's running to stand ........ still."

 9. Elevation

 This is a loud, raucous, joyous, all-out, infectious number dedicated to either heaven above or just plain old joy and exhiliration down below. During the band's 2001 tour, they took the unusual step of opening each show by casually walking onto the stage with the house lights still on and then ripping into this song driving the crowd into a pogo stick frenzy. With Edge's raging feedback guitar and Bono's kickboxer poses, "Elevation" was the perfect opener for that tour. The band also played this song during a Saturday Night Live gig that year and drove that crowd and the show host, Val Kilmer, wild too. A mole, living in a hole, digging up my soul.

 8. Pride (In The Name Of Love)

 This is one of the U2's best known songs and it's also one of their best. As most fans know, it's about the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Edge plays a fiery guitar on "Pride" while Adam and Larry provide their customary solid backbeat. But this one is Bono's all the way. Yes, there is a mistake in the lyrics. Dr. King was assassinated in the early evening of April 4, not the early morning. But it doesn't matter. This is a song that crosses over racial boundaries as well as the Atlantic Ocean to recognize a true human hero. And Bono makes sure we know that. The band is rarely more urgent or more intense when they kick into this one.

 7. "40"

 A short and simple song but very powerful, "40" is often played to close down a live show. It's off the band's 1983 album, "War" and the title and lyrics are a reference to Psalm 40 in the Bible. Typically, they play it while the band leaves the stage one at a time. Bono usually exits first leaving the crowd singing the chorus line of "How long to sing this song" over and over. Edge leaves next while Adam and Larry remain. After Adam takes his bow and leaves, Larry and his drums are all that's left. But the crowd is still singing. Then Larry leaves. And we all stay and sing. Over and over. How long to sing this song. How long, how long. Then the lights slowly come on.

 6. When I Look At The World

 This is an obscure little-known track from U2's 2000 disc, "All That You Can't Leave Behind". It was not released as a single and to date, the band has not played it live in concert. But they should. "World" starts with a simple Edge guitar riff, hesitates for a brief pause and then explodes into a beautiful melody with soaring guitar notes and the usual airtight rhythm. Edge is all over this one moving up and down the scales while Bono sings another gorgeous set of lyrics about faith and spirituality. This song is a reminder of just how good U2 is because any other band would have rushed this one out as a single, shot an expensive video and then featured it at every live gig for the rest of their lives.

 5. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

 The boys do gospel. Oh yes, they do. "Found" is perhaps their most beautiful song. The melody is unforgettable and the chorus is so easy and so much fun to sing along with that most fans never mind when this one gets stuck in their heads. "Found" is about faith, religion, redemption, salvation, all mixed into one peaceful simple tune. It's the second of the "Big Three" songs off their mega-hit 1987 album "The Joshua Tree". This is the album that exploded U2 onto the world scene and cemented their legend for all time. And this song, among others on this incredible record, helped seal that deal. For an extra treat, watch and listen to "Found" in the band's 1989 movie, "Rattle and Hum". The boys team up with a Harlem church choir to show everyone what gospel can be. Heaven.

 4. Sunday Bloody Sunday

 "Sunday" is one of U2's first and most famous overtly political songs. It's about the bloody struggle in Northern Ireland and sends a plaintive almost desperate call for peace in that tortured land. Larry's drums provide a tight almost militaristic cadence while Edge uses a simple but powerful guitar riff throughout. This is another song that the band never plays casually. "Sunday" is an intense song meant to force you to wonder just how long this madness, The Troubles, has to go on. U2 opened their Live Aid set with "Sunday" as it was their most well-known song at the time. And they didn't disappoint.

 3. Where The Streets Have No Name

 The signature song from "The Joshua Tree", "Streets" has one of the band's most mesmerizing openings. It starts with a long church organ solo followed by another classic Edge riff. Then Adam joins in with a pounding bass line followed shortly by Larry's hypnotic drums. Finally, at the 1:45 mark, with the buildup at maxiumum intensity, Bono drops in with the opening line "I wanna run, I want to hide." The video for "Streets" is legendary as well. The boys made an unannounced visit to a rooftop in Los Angeles and started playing. A large crowd quickly gathered and soon the LAPD came and shut it down for fear of traffic and crowd control problems. U2 also played "Streets" during halftime of the 2002 Super Bowl just a few months after 9/11. As they played, the names of each victim scrolled behind the band on an enormous screen. At the end of the song, with millions watching on TV, Bono simply opened his jacket to reveal an American flag inside. Nothing else needed to be said.

 2. One

 This is the song that "saved" U2. As the story goes, the band was on the verge of breaking up while recording "Achtung Baby" in 1991. Edge and Bono wanted to explore the new techno-dance sound while Adam and Larry didn't. Finally, Edge came up with the arrangements for "One" and it changed everyone's outlook and approach to going forward with renewed optimism. The lyrics to "One" are ambiguous. Some interpret it as a love song although not a pain-free one. Others see it as a song about individuality as in "We're one but we're not the same." Regardless, the song is simply stunning and shows the band at its very finest. It's an encore number at all shows and has been covered by several other artists including Mary J Blige and Johnny Cash. "One" is the band's highest ranked song showing up on numerous "best ever" lists. It is the "One".

 1. Bad

 The best of the best. This sad but intense song about drug addiction is a huge crowd favorite. It opens with Edge repeating just two simple but unmistakable chiming notes over and over until the rest of the band kicks in and drives it harder and harder. U2 played this song at Live Aid and all but stole the entire show with it. When Bono went down off the Wembley Stadium stage and into the rapturous crowd, the band kept playing past the time they had planned to end the song and so U2 missed out on playing "Pride", the final song of their set. Legend has it Bono brooded over his "mistake" for weeks after the show until finally being convinced that "Bad" was just that good. If you listen to no other U2 song, this is the one. You'll be wide awake. You won't be sleeping.

New Year Brings New Music and More

The year is coming to a close and this surely was an interesting year.  We have had our share of rumor stories, release dates, tour dates and push back dates and yet it all seemed to work out in the end. 

The album release was interesting, who would have thought about releasing an album for free worldwide on iTunes would have caused such a stir among music fans.

Next we had a scheduled appearance on "The Tonight Show" canceled because Bono was tooling around Central Park and no one seemed to notice. The Edge said it was  because he was disguised as a Hasidic Jew.

Which later was proven untrue.  This week filming the next video, it seemed a bit to noisy for the locals and yet production remained on schedule.   Now we heard that Songs of Experience  will be released early next year. No idea how they plan to release it.

We at U2TOURFANS have been busy too. We have redesigned our website to be more of an interactive place for fans to be able to engage in community interaction with other fans. We launched our forum community both versions now available. The community is rather small right now however we do expect it to grow.  We also made a call out for our tour street team to support the shows coming up. You still have time to sign up and be apart of the fun.   Our tour pages have been built and ready to publish tour news by location. 

We do have to announce that we have reached a major mile stone. We have had over 10 Million interactive U2 fans engaged during the year. This was outstanding ! Finally we have been working on something pretty big for next year.  We believe this will put all our properties together in a single easy to use environment.  We have made some new partners over the years and we believe that we are ready to launch the next phase of U2TOURFANS.  We hope you come along for the ride.  

Cheers Mates,  May the season be a blessing to you and your family and may you find joy and peace within each tune you play.

NO U2 at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

The Edge first confirmed that due to Bono’s recent bicycling injuries, U2 will no longer be able to perform at the 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. “He managed to come out of it with what you can only describe as injuries from a car crash, literally multiple fractures of bones in his elbow and his back.

But he’s doing OK. We’re kind of lucky he was wearing a helmet, so he didn’t actually break Central Park. He’s made of tough stuff and he’s bouncing back.”

Check out the interview that was held earlier this morning.

Springsteen, Martin and U2 Minus Bono

The schedule called for U2 to perform at World AIDS Day (RED) performance Monday night in Times Square. However, Bono has been recovering from his earlier “High Impact Cycle” accident that has taken him out of the mix for right now.  U2 announced that the show will still go on with some help from some friends, Bruce and Chris stepped in to help the boys out. U2 posted on their Facebook page "Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. will be joined by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, each of whom will take a turn as frontman on the U2 songs. Appearing at the personal invitation of U2, Springsteen and Martin has graciously donated their time and talents to save the World AIDS Day event from cancellation." The show has been dubbed “U2 Minus 1”

"This year is a World AIDS Day like no other," Bono said in a statement. "The world reached a tipping point in the fight against AIDS - more people were newly added to life-saving treatment than were newly infected with the virus. Many people are calling it the beginning of the end of AIDS. 

"We wouldn’t be at this point without American leadership, people from the left and the right," added the singer. "Today, 13 million people have access to life-saving treatment, up from 300,000 just over ten years ago.  Americans do not know the role they have played in this fight.  This event is to inform and thank Americans for their support.  

Bono's Injuries Serious, However Full Recovery Expected

Bono / U2 /

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.

New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Emergency Department /

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 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'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'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.

U2 Community Forum Now Open

We have been working for the past couple of months to build a new interactive U2 community within the U2TOURFANS social experience. 

Our team with the help of a few hundred great fans have created an online community that will allow you to share music, videos, stories, thoughts and well pretty much anything related to U2.

Yes you have a few other choices to share your thoughts on-line. What this new community will offer you is the chance to be apart of something fresh creative and most of all yours !

Yes that means you are free to comment, create or even share anything you like (remember its all U2)

This is your community and we welcome your feedback.  Its time to be  part of the U2TOURFANS community. The doors are open and we invite you in. Remember its brand new you make this community grow with your interactive comments. 

 

Enjoy

Dre

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.