Christ, Faith, Love, Hope and a New Album

Its not our idea to suggest that God has a place within any music however U2 music has always had themes that create conversation about the beliefs of the band. One could say U2 has a strong Christian faith and yet Bono and the boys have denounced uniform concepts of church and one faith. During this interview Bono was asked the direct question do you pray and to whom. Bono said yes I pray to Christ to know the will of God during this interview in 2013. 

Challenging times for the boys as they try to complete their 13th album and find away to reach out and touch that magic that is U2.  Faith has always been centered around ideas that man has failures and if he is willing to raise above he too can experience greater joys in life.  Its a simpler process to create music and remove the concepts of faith its harder to instill them and kind a balance.  We all could use a little prayer so add U2 to your list and send some positive vibes their way 

U2 Album Receives Ultimate Honor

U2/ The Joshua Tree

U2/ The Joshua Tree

AP WIRE: U2's classic album "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around.

These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25 recordings selected for long-term preservation in the library's National Recording Registry, chosen for their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance. Among the seminal sounds of the 20th century announced Wednesday are Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" and the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown."

Librarian of Congress James Billington said the recordings represent part of America's culture and history.

"As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation's aural legacy is protected," he said.

U2's 1987 album with hits like "Where the Streets Have no Name" and "With or Without You" was chosen after the library received many public nominations. Its inclusion coincides with the addition of Larry Norman's Christian 1972 album "Only Visiting this Planet."

Curator Matthew Barton said U2's sound, though not explicitly religious, has influenced and been combined with Christian rock in some churches, including the song, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

Still Haven’t Had What I’m Wishing For

--Rebecca Luttrell Briley

21 March 2014

Lately I’ve been thinking about the things I will miss when I die.  Not just the past or people who have gone on, but what could have been but never was.  I guess I was just reminded when a former classmate died and all my friends reacted with, “So young!  She was just…”—and we all started putting ourselves in her place.  Facing it.

Not that I can’t face it, my own mortality.  That’s the least of it, at least for me. 

I guess what I’m really facing is the reality of what will not come again—or, more accurately, never come at all.   As Emily Dickinson put it:  “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”  Bittersweet, that is.  Time is running but the bright spots on the horizon are receding before us.

 As a self-professed possibilitarian, this is major.

 To be specific.  I was listening to U2 in the car as I often do, singing along on “One” and “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”—all the favorites—and it dawned on me I never was going to become friends with the members of my favorite band.  Hang out with The Edge, talk religion and politics with Bono.  Maybe even sing backup (just messing around, not anything official, of course).   Open and walk through that gate I’ve driven past when visiting Dublin, be invited in to peruse the latest lyrics, cup o’ tea, and all that.  None of that is ever actually going to happen. 

Not that I ever really thought it would—but it might have.  (To be honest, I don’t think I ever even thought about it at all—it was just a feeling of something I would enjoy if the universe ever got around to it.)   Because anything is possible—to a point.  And then, at that certain point, whenever that is, if it hasn’t happened yet, it’s probably not going to happen.  Ever.  That’s what I’m talking about.

 Don’t get me wrong—I know I have done more in my 50 years than most people do in twice that time.  I’ve been around the world.  I’ve lived in 7 countries.   1,500 friends on Facebook, yadda, yadda, yadda.  Crossed most things already off my bucket list.  If it was something I wanted, I didn’t sit around and wait for it to happen—I went after it, took it by the horns, made it give me the time of day.  To a point.  Not everything is available.  There are still some complicated protocols that will not be broken down, no matter how hard one tries. 

 And then, there are the people.  Persuasive as one is, one cannot always make the horse drink, so to speak.  Herd the cats.  Get the brutish beasts to see justice and reason—and mercy.  Put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

 But that’s no matter.  Really, of greater importance to me right now, at the moment, is the U2 thing.  

I’m not a fan-fic wannabe.  Hear me out.  I got over crushes years ago.  Bono and U2 are so much bigger than that, far bey0nd the impact of music or entertainment.  I’m talking about substance.  Depth of lyrics, evidence of lives lived to make a difference in the world, faith tried and tested, but still standing.  Not that the music hasn’t been cutting edge (excuse the pun) or highly entertaining: because whether one has the privilege of a seat—any seat—in the stadium to let the rattle and hum invade one’s very nervous system, making them an integral part of the encounter, or just turning it up to let it rock the car to the envy of all who pass on the highway or glance over approvingly at the stoplight really makes little difference.  Time spent inside the sound—one with the words—is one and the same, wherever.  The unadulterated U2 Experience. 

Hard as it is to comprehend, I know not everybody shares my appreciation.  (I mean, “Let it Go” from Frozen?  A cartoon?  No accounting for anything.)   Multiple visits to Ireland—the Homeland, Herself—have verified the prophet is not necessarily esteemed in his home town.   That Irish disdain for success is no respecter of persons, it seems.   Deep down, though, in the dark of their heart of hearts, I know they’re proud of their Boys.  The Irish are poets and it takes one to know one and they’d be bigger fools than they pretend not to connect with the language of such lines as “Did you come here for forgiveness?/Did you come to raise the dead?/Did you come here to play Jesus/to the lepers in your head?”  That was the first lyric that lassoed me, the wire that tripped me up, made me a believer.   Made me want to get to know the mind behind the line.  The eyes that look out and see the world like that and can articulate the feeling.  The soul brother.

I realize just now I could probably piece together a whole story by picking lines from memorable songs, cliché and annoying as that might be, but to what purpose?  It won’t get me a ticket to the table, it won’t cancel some third world debt or purify water in another polluted part of the planet.  But it will prompt another tune on the playlist, reopen the old wound of wishful thinking.  I can’t live, with or without…


I guess I haven’t quite given up on it after all.  I pick up on my “maybes,” unwilling, even now, to relinquish that most tenuous hold on the most dubious of dreams.  Still.

 I do not think Godot will come tonight—or Bono, Edge, Adam or Larry—but I guess I’ll still leave the window open.  Just a crack.  For the craic.  The neighbors can hum along, if they like.  I’ll even take requests.  Why not?  Somebody should be able to get what they’re looking for.

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

38 years is enough !

Bono

Bono

Could the rumors around Dublin be true that the boys are at the end.

Reports coming that the band is very close to the verge of splitting up after 38 years of music. 

Bono has been under pressure to produce. Sales from "Ordinary Love" weak, pretty much at this point considered a failure.

Mind you this is a business.  A business that has been under pressure for sometime. Frankly if the boys never toured again they will in fact go out on top as the highest gross tour ever.  Face it Paul was the glue that held the boys together and frankly may have guided them towards the light whenever they thought about calling it quits.  Now U2 has nothing to explain to anyone. They can walk away today and we will have some great music to look back over. Now of course some fans will throw a bitch and expect that U2 owes them something more.

Some noise has come in that the next tour would most likely be the last one. Finished ! Bono has been so vocal about the fact he is searching to find reasons why anyone would want another U2 record. Something a middle aged man feels when he comes to terms with his life.

Did you not get the sense from the 360 Tour that Bono was in fact saying Good Bye to everyone?  " You have given us a great life"  Those comments seem to suggest its time to go off into the night. Well Fans we do not have the magic ball to suggest that we know when the end would be.

Now this is purely some information that we can not confirm at all. Sources reported that Bono has been fielding offers for his own album, yea to go solo. Frankly we think that's just noise.

Complete Rubbish, U2 new Album will arrive 2014

U2 have rejected reports that their new album and tour is to be delayed until next year. A brilliant move by some marketing industry types to keep the band in the center of the music worlds focus.

Billboard pops off some speculated rumors that that bands lucky 13 will be subject to a push out or rather a push back into next year. 

Well fans chill out a bit because now the new rumor is that the boys will in fact be ready toss out another fantastic album this year, in fact another rumor suggests that we may see something very soon.  

A spokesperson for the "The Guardian" has rejected the claims that the boys have lost that loving feeling for each other and fail to come together to complete the project.  As for a tour plan, heck that's really going to be a Summer 2015 if at all.

 

U2 Halts 2014 Focus Moves to 2015

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Marketing Machines come to a halt, tour plans stalled out, album delays and yet the band has faith that their new project will relevant and an outstanding project that will keep U2 within the kingdom of rock. 

Well fans with crashing blow news surfaced today that U2 has pushed their project out to 2015. 

Billboard Magazine has the exclusive report that a source stated, "That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it."

Rumors suggested that 2014 was to be the year of U2 it surely seemed that way with the Golden Goble award and the Grammy Nomination. 

However, no official word has yet to come from Interscope and the fact that a suggested tour announcement slated for mid March. September was to be the kick off for a world tour with Live Nation running tour now seems to all pushed out to the summer of 2015.  

Bono continues to focus his legacy and what will be of U2 that this may have paralyzed the band from creating the magic. We all remember when Bono said he feared the band was "really close to the edge of relevance," noting "there's a giant chasm between the very good and the great, and U2 right now has a danger of surrendering to the very good." He reiterated those sentiments to The Hollywood Reporter in February when he noted, "to be relevant is a lot harder than to be successful."

Count on this the band will have to create something because they are under contract to do so. The magic will either happen naturally or forced and that will be come the legacy of U2.

Oscar ? Tour ? New Album ? Yes, Maybe, Sure

The Edge /U2 /  @Walker

The Edge /U2 /  @Walker

2014 Academy Awards to perform their Oscar-nominated song “Ordinary Love” from the movie  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

We all thought by now U2 would have released their next album. We all thought we knew the name of the album fan based sites all claiming the insider scoop on names and dates and yet  March has arrived and what do we have to show for all that noise.

Nothing ! Yup I said it Nothing U2 is not any closer to announcing dates for a massive tour, not any closer to announcing a release date. The fact is that the only news we have is that "Ordinary Love" is set to be performed on Sunday night and that the fact that this very song caused the delay from the release and expected tour.  

Pretty solid chance that U2 takes home an Oscar for best original song “Ordinary Love,” a song written for and featured in the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”   Some long term fans hope that latter. They hope the boys do not win the honor. They claim its not deserved and that it (the win) will surly push the band into mediocrity and redundancy.

Jeff writes from the Buffalo News:  “Ordinary Love” is, despite the poignancy of its Mandela-themed lyric, an ordinary song. It sounds like a Coldplay B-side. We, the Academy included, should not offer U2 the impression that this is acceptable. We should and must demand more from them.

As the peak moments from the band’s last studio album, “No Line On the Horizon,” made abundantly clear, U2 has not run out of creative steam. Rather, the band’s apparent desire for worldwide mega-stardom is stripping the U2 sound of its full potential. For the first time in its career, U2 seems desperate, as if purposely chasing a hit.

Bono / U2 / U2TOURFANS

Bono / U2 / U2TOURFANS

Lets face it NOL was not a massive hit as hoped yet the music did grow upon those fans that allowed U2 to change course head towards a new direction to find some hidden golden that they had lost within the yester years of U2 hits. Under the covers the band has a sense that the writing is on the wall.

To be able to create music today that is meaningful to a whole new generation of fans may mean that you have to create a sound that is fresh beyond what has already been discovered.  Could this be the reason that Burton ( Danger Mouse) was called upon to help find that new sound?  Why bring in members of Coldplay ?

Could they be the answer to that new sound?  U2 has to look within and understand that their music appears to an audience that has growth and longs for yesterday and while it moves towards the future some of the past can be dragged along for good measure. 

U2 machine will start with a fresh new connection to their audience with the hopes of staying current.  Fans just ask that they play their music and be one with their identity.

 

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.

Dallas Said Apirl 2014

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Last night was amazing to see U2 perform at Fallon's show and to watch the boys with the winter New York skyline in the background was just a breath taking sight that was sure to bring back all of those wonderful memories of U2 yesterday. 

Rumors of U2 fans running into Dallas and gathering intelligence suggesting that U2's lucky 13 will be released in April is nothing more than a rumor at this point.

While we all want U2 release sooner.  Lets face it the band has a marketing machine that kicks into gear just before the release. One could say we are right in the middle of the machine and its wonderful work. So who knows. April could be true. 

 

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