Hewson Daughters Home For the Holidays

Bono delighted to have two girls home for Christmas

Bono  told the Irish Independent that the Hewson house is jam-packed once again thanks to the arrival of Jordan (23) and Eve (21), who have returned to Ireland for the holidays.

Eve and Jordan Hewson ( Bono Daughters)

Eve and Jordan Hewson ( Bono Daughters)

"We're very much looking forward to Christmas this year. The two girls are back, which means there won't be much room in the house for me and Ali, but we love it and all their mates, too – it's just that time of year," Bono said.

The Hewson daughters are currently living in New York.

"They've both finished college now. Eve finished early, which is amazing, as she worked through the summer. Jordan's making her mind up as well about what she wants to do now, too."

Bono expected to  have a chilled out Christmas Day at his Dalkey home. "This year my brother (Norman) and his family are coming over to our house. It's noisy, it's messy, it's fantastic – just everything we love about Christmas."

Starting their celebrations in style, U2 threw a lavish party at H-Cafe in Dublin for staff at their company, Principle Management, where the entertainment included a performance from RTE personality Katherine Lynch.



From the Sky Down

From The Sky Down ,would make a worthy Christmas present for a music-loving friend, family member or, even better, a treat for yourself. It ranks alongside Pearl Jam’s Twenty and Kings of Leon’s Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon as one of the top rock DVD releases of 2011.

From the Sky Down is a documentary focusing on the recording of Achtung Baby, which is seen as the crucial transition of the biggest rock band in the world.

Achtung Baby is the reason we are still here now,” says guitarist The Edge in the doccie.

The doccie is told via the band in present time with scenes in and around the recording of the album.

Achtung Baby found the band in a rather bloated position. With 1987’s  The Joshua Tree U2 went from just an Irish alternative rock group to being the biggest band in the US. The media and fan worship that borders on idolatry, and comes with making it big in in the US, went to their heads. They were absorbed in the consumerism and fast-paced materialism that comes with that country’s culture, which resulted in the terrible Rattle and Hum album. This was a group that had lost their identity as a band and as individuals.

The opening lines of the doccie begin with the words: “They say that a band is a clan. You may not be related, but you have pledged loyalty to each other.”

It then goes on to show band members Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullins jr waiting to go on stage at Glastonbury. (Of course they have to do it in slow motion, it being U2 and all.)

The narrative includes earlier footage of the band and shows exactly how much creative input Daniel Lanoi and Brian Eno, in particular, had on their creativity both in their music and emotional well-being. In fact, from the very beginning one of the secrets of the band’s success was the number of super-talented and intelligent people who surrounded them.

Bono initially comes across as a pretentious twat. But as the doccie evolves into a musical exploration you remember that he is essentially a musician, and a good one at that.

The doccie strips away all that bloated bull U2 are known for, and just as what Achtung Baby did for them then, this DVD brings out the real musician in each of them.

In parts the explanations are musically technical, but user-friendly enough that the average fan won’t get bored.

The story is told with frank honesty from all four members’s perspectives.

When they decided to record in Hansa, Germany, it was 1990, just after the Berlin Wall had been pulled down. But, say the band, it was a very dark time for them. They couldn’t find their groove. The breakthrough finally came when Bono found the chords to the song One. The rest of the creative process then flowed organically.

But what was interesting is that even though they had a straight-up rock sound with no special effects, their ensuing tour, ZooTV, was anything but.

“If we’re accused of megalomania then let’s do something to enhance it,” says The Edge. “Let’s give them rock star.”

Enter The Fly with his Lou Reid glasses, Jim Morrison leathers and Elvis Presley attitude. Throughout the tour U2 took on the role of the media, the concepts of truth and democracy, and Bono as we know him was born.

The question is: was Achtung Baby the way back to the roots of U2, or the beginning of a bigger and more bloated U2?

U2: From The Sky Down is available online

U2 Songs That Celebrate the Season

U2 is made up of a batch of Catholic Irishmen, which means that the rock band can somewhat be considered a Christian band and ATU2 compiled a list of the “Top 6 U2 Christmas References” leading up to the holiday … although don’t expect “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” from Bono & Co! At No. 6 is U2’s (never officially released) cover of John Lennon’s classic song “Happy Xmas (War is Over).” U2 once performed the song on the Irish Late Late Show.

“If God Will Send His Angles” comes in at No. 5, with the line, “And the love? What’s that you say to me? Does love light up your Christmas tree?”

In reviewing the song ATU2 says the song is “as delicate and beautiful as anything they’ve ever done. The whole song has a cold, shimmering feel to it, like a Christmas night where the narrator is outside of the house in the snow, looking through the window at the warmth on the other side.”

“Jesus, sing a song you wrote. The words are sticking in my throat. Peace on Earth. We hear it every Christmas time, but hope and history won’t rhyme so what’s it worth. This peace on earth,” are the words to “Peace on Earth,” in which Bono lists people that died in the Omagh bombing and asks why. No. 3, “Miss Sarajevo” is similar to the past two songs, with the lyrics, “Is there a time for typing ribbons, a time for Christmas trees? Is there a time for setting tables and the night is set to freeze?” No. 2 is”Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home).”  U2’s cover of Greg Lake’s “I Believe in Father Christmas” ranked at No.1 for being “the best cover song U2 has ever done”

U2 Fan Christmas/Holiday Card Exchange

We thought we would pass this one along. If your a real U2 fan your aware of some of the other sites. In case your starting out as a fan. @U2 had this one posted today. - Of course full credit to them - Sign up and tell them we sent you.

 

It’s time for the 11th annual U2 Fan Christmas/Holiday Card Exchange, a chance for U2 fans to send greetings of the season to other fans worldwide!

To participate:

- Send a message to u2christmas@gmail.com and give us your snail mail (postal) address.

- In the e-mail, tell me what sort of card you’d like to receive (Christmas, Season’s Greetings, etc. or no preference). In early December, I will e-mail you the addresses of fellow U2 fans to send cards to.

- If you wish to participate, plan on sending at least 10 cards.

- Please write in BEFORE DECEMBER 9TH if you want to be part of the Card Exchange. That way there will be time for cards to get to their destinations around the world.

Thanks again for participating and have fun!

 

U2 Fan Book Selections

The question has been asked many times. Is it possible to be a committed Christian and rock superstar, can political activists make good music? How much does a hugely successful rock band really care about AIDS and poverty in Africa or is the whole concept just a front for selling more music. U2 has had a successful career distinctly dipping into those issues while remaining true to its fans.   For over two decades, U2 has been one of the biggest acts in rock music. They’ve produced over a dozen platinum and multiplatinum records and won 15 Grammy Awards. Critics everywhere have praised the band’s thoughtful, complex lyrics and the artistry of their music. At the same time, Bono, the group’s lead singer, has dedicated himself to political and social causes, blurring the line between rock star and respected statesman.

U2TOURFANS 2009We have just completed our book store list of the must read books about U2. The books have been selected to give a new fan some prospective into U2, covering all the topics.  If you’re looking for a holiday gift or just something refreshing to read while you wait out the next show. We invite you to visit our book store. Your purchases are safe and secure, you may ask why buy from our site; why not go directly to AMAZON or any of the other thousands of book stores on-line. We do earn commissions of the sale of the item. By the way if you click a link and purchase anything from AMAZON, you’re supporting our website. So this holiday season why not purchase items from our store. Watch for our guest writers to be coming soon.  

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