U2 News Alert

A blogger in "The Province" has suggested that U2 would be Victoria next month for a normal pre-tour rehearsals  However our sources have suggested that nothing is set in stone and that while the build could be available no one from management has contacted them.

We even checked in with some crew that we know would be supporting the rehearsals, "Heck I would be fully engaged and aware and as of now I know nothing of the sort."  Victoria really would not be on the bands radar however consider all the changes anything is possible. Right now we have to say its a rumor  and watch for more to come.

Bono, Brian Williams join NJ superstorm relief fund's board

Bono and NBC news anchor Brian Williams are the newest board members of a charity launched by the New Jersey governor and his wife to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

With their appointments, announced Tuesday, they join Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and other celebrities on the board.

So far, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund has raised more than $32 million from more than 22,000 donors worldwide.

Known for his humanitarian efforts, Bono said he was inspired by the work of volunteers after the superstorm hit. Williams grew up at the Jersey Shore.

The Oct. 29 storm was one of the worst to strike the Northeast U.S. It is blamed for more than 130 deaths and tens of billions of dollars in property damage.

Lawson the next U2 ?

Lawson admitted that they like to compare themselves to U2 because they are a "real band" who play their own instruments but make pop music.

When asked who they compare themselves to, the band's Joel Peat told BANG Showbiz: ''U2. They're a proper playing band playing pop music. Even though they're rocking out and stuff, it's still pop music at the end of the day.''

Lawson, which also includes Adam Pitts, Andy Brown and Ryan Fletcher, have supported a variety of acts including The Wanted and Bruce Springsteen, and are now confident in their ability to work a crowd.

Adam added: "We're a band. We can rock out even though we play quite poppy music, but when we do a live show, it's a rock show.''

Lawson were originally called The Grove, but changed their name in honour of Doctor Lawson, the man who treated Andy, 25, after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just 19 years old.

Andy explained he still suffers as a result, adding: ''I'm deaf in one ear. The only really worry is that I really have to protect my good ear 'cause if I damage that then I'll be deaf by the time I'm 40.''

Huckabee Invokes Bono

Huckabee hosts a show on Fox News and did interview Bono at the end of last year and last night he threw out Bono's name with the following comments. Hum, are we sure Bono would support such comments ? - No word from Bono's camp. 

"Sometimes — sometimes we get so close to the picture, we really can’t see it clearly.  I’ve had the privilege of working with Bono for the past few years in the One Campaign to fight AIDS and hunger and disease around the world.  Bono is an Irishman and a great humanitarian.  And I remember him telling me of his admiration for America.  He said, ‘America’s more than just a country.  We are an idea.’ And he reminded me that we are an exceptional nation with an extraordinary history who owes it to the generations who are coming after us to leave them with an extraordinary legacy.”

U2 Rocks Steel City

U2 360 Tour/ Mark Peterson 2011 PITTSBURGH – The final USA show of the 360 Tour after 24 months was out of this world.  U2 had a couple of surprises.  The 2 ½ hour show ended as normal with “Moment of Surrender” which has been the last encore song for a couple of shows. Out of Control had appeared as the last song a couple of times. Well last night after a brief huddle the boys belted out “Bad” and snip of “40” Bono said the song “Bad” was inspired from someone around here. 

The boys took the stage a few minutes after 9 pm with the normal opener; “Space Oddity” by David Bowie and during “Beautiful Day” a snippet of Bowie’s song reappeared to support the space station clip. 

Bono referred to Pittsburg as “The Steel City” a few times a reference to some pretty cool people that have come from around here such as Andy Warhol, Perry Como and Bronson – We will spare you the references to the boys.

U2’s first gig was way back in 81 a place called “The Decade” Bono said “I was proud of my mullet” an interesting look during the time period.

The show was the last of a very long tour, which had its bumps along the way. However last night was not the night to rehash all of the bumps; Bono did have his chance to talk about politics, and social causes, shoot out to Aung San Suu Kyi and brief word on Amnesty International.

This was the final night of the band’s U.S. tour — the last stop of the two-year trek is Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick — and Bono thanked fans “For this grand madness,” motioning to the band’s gargantuan, record-sized stage with its 150-foot tower.