Saturday, September 24, 2016

U2 Unites the Crowd with Every Song at the iHeartRadio Music Festival


U2 closed out the first day of the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival and they got the whole crowd into every song of their set.




The Irish rockers opened with “Desire” and had the audience reaching for the ceiling as paper rained down. Those papers turned out to be $10,000,000,000 (ten-trillion) dollar bills with Donald Trump on them alongside the phrase “Make America Hate Again.” The other side has the number one and written under it it says “but we’re not the same.”



Next up was “Vertigo,” which kept the crowd’s heads spinning, especially because at one point, Bono launched a bottle of water over everyone.





The following song was "Elevation" and U2 got the audience off their feet by demanding that the entire T-Mobile Arena be jumping.






During "Pride (In The Name of Love)," video of Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking wise words played, and everyone listening appreciated his message. Bono told the audience that America is "the best idea the world has ever had," and he pushed his love out to the thousands of people in attendance. They sent love back to him and he felt it.



With everyone feeling as one, U2 rocked the song by that name. Bono and each person in the venue held up their pointer finger.



Drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. and bassist Adam Clayton took a break, The Edge moved to the piano and Bono soothed everyone with a tender version of "Every Breaking Wave," off their latest album, 2014's Songs of Innocence.



U2 closed their set with "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." Before the song started, Bono explained how 40 years ago this week, they met drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. and asked him to join their band. Happy things worked how they did for the group, the crowd clapped and sung along with the hit song. 




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U2 Unites the Crowd with Every Song at the iHeartRadio Music Festival


U2 closed out the first day of the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival and they got the whole crowd into every song of their set.




The Irish rockers opened with “Desire” and had the audience reaching for the ceiling as paper rained down. Those papers turned out to be $10,000,000,000 (ten-trillion) dollar bills with Donald Trump on them alongside the phrase “Make America Hate Again.” The other side has the number one and written under it it says “but we’re not the same.”



Next up was “Vertigo,” which kept the crowd’s heads spinning, especially because at one point, Bono launched a bottle of water over everyone.





The following song was "Elevation" and U2 got the audience off their feet by demanding that the entire T-Mobile Arena be jumping.






During "Pride (In The Name of Love)," video of Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking wise words played, and everyone listening appreciated his message. Bono told the audience that America is "the best idea the world has ever had," and he pushed his love out to the thousands of people in attendance. They sent love back to him and he felt it.



With everyone feeling as one, U2 rocked the song by that name. Bono and each person in the venue held up their pointer finger.



Drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. and bassist Adam Clayton took a break, The Edge moved to the piano and Bono soothed everyone with a tender version of "Every Breaking Wave," off their latest album, 2014's Songs of Innocence.



U2 closed their set with "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." Before the song started, Bono explained how 40 years ago this week, they met drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. and asked him to join their band. Happy things worked how they did for the group, the crowd clapped and sung along with the hit song. 





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U2 40th anniversary: 15 things you probably didn't know about Dublin's greatest band



Rock giants U2 are celebrating their 40th anniversary this month.

The Dubliners have enjoyed worldwide success since forming in 1976.

And despite being idolised by so many people on these shores, there is a still a bit of mystery surrounding the lads.

So here are 15 things you probably didn't know about U2.

1. Joshua Tree running order


Friend of the band and singer Kirsty MacColl chose the running order on U2's iconic album The Joshua Tree, the band told her to put Where The Streets Have No Name first and Mothers of the Disappeared last. and the rest in order of her preference.

2. One of a kind




Bono is the only person to be nominated for a Grammy, Oscar, Golden Globe and a Nobel Prize.

3. Sir Bono


Bono was awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen in 2007, it was for his efforts as a humanitarian.

4. Grammy Awards heavyweights




U2 have won more Grammy Awards than any other band with 22.

5. Bono Vox


Bono got his nickname from his friends while growing up in Dublin, it derived from 'bono vox' which means 'good voice' in Latin and it came from a local shop that sold hearing aids.

He also considered the names Steinvic von Huyseman, Huyseman, Houseman and Bon Murray.

6. Hatless Edge


The Edge has only gone hatless a number of times, whilst performing Miss Sarajevo at the Pavarotti And Friends concert in 1995 and the video for Discotheque in 1997.

7.Those glasses aren't for show

. Bono wears glasses because he has glaucoma, a condition that can can damage the optic nerve and permanently impair vision - the glasses are to protect his eyes.

Larry Mullen posted a note on Mount Temple Comprehensive School's notice board in search of musicians for a new band when he was 14.

Setting up in his kitchen, Mullen was on drums, with Bono on lead vocals, The Edge and his older brother Dik Evans on guitar, with Adam Clayton on bass.

10. Larry Mullen injects bull's blood into his body


Larry Mullen suffers with severe back pain due to an injury he sustained on The Joshua Tree Tour. According to Billy Flanagan's 1995 book U2 at the End of the World, he treated his problem by injecting bull's blood.

The author wrote: "Bono says Larry tried different doctors without success until he went to a German who brought in a holistic healer who started giving Larry shots of bull's blood.

"That did the trick! Larry's Irish doctor refuses to accept it - he looks at X-rays of Larry's crooked spine and says it's impossible, but Larry feels fine. He flies to Germany for shots of bull's blood regularly."

11. Adam Clayton has had the same bracelet on since he was 21

Adam Clayton has never taken off the jade bracelet he wears on his left arm, the bracelet is woman's size and he forced it on when he was 21. He hasn't been able to take it off since.


12. Fourth band to grace Time Magazine cover





Following The Beatles, The Band and The Who, U2 were the fourth band ever to be on the cover of Time Magazine. They also made the cover for a second time in 2014.

13. The Dalton Brothers


Three times on The Joshua Tree tour, The Dalton Brothers opened for U2. It was actually U2 dressed as hillbillies doing country standards.



14. High praise indeed

U2 were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2005, their first year of eligibility. Bruce Springsteen also inducted them.

15. The Boy



The child on the cover of Boy is Peter Rowan, a nephew of a friend of the band. He was also used for the cover of U2's third album War.


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Friday, September 23, 2016

U2 40th Anniversary: Some of Ireland's most famous faces had a lot to say about U2



Arguably one of the most best things to come out of the capital, U2 are celebrating 40 years in music.

Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jnr have been rocking it out since Mullen first put up a notice searching for bandmates in Dublin’s Mount Temple Comprehensive school.
Four decades on and the rockers have released 16 albums and won every award imaginable - including 22 Grammy awards
Rock lord and Irish Daily Mirror columnist, Henry Mount Charles:

“What I really admire about U2 is their capacity, even after 40 years, to still produce good music and most importantly, from my perspective, to still produce brilliant live shows.

“I’ve been to more than I care to remember.

“I burst into tears when they came on stage at Slane in 2001, because it also marked the completion of a 10-year restoration programme after the real unforgettable fire in the castle.”

Today FM’s Ian Dempsey:

“When I was growing up Bono used to live up the road from me and he got slagged for his look and mad clothes - people just thought he was a weirdo.

“He obviously has proved us all wrong so fair play to him.

“I met the guys last year in London for an interview and what struck me about them is they’re still so into their music - they reminded me of a new band. They were still excited about it.

“It was great to see. When you think of how far they’ve come in 40 years it’s amazing.”

TV presenter and former entertainment reporter Lorraine Keane:

“I’ve some great memories with U2.

“Bono even has a nickname for me - Cato, the character who jumps out everywhere in the Peter Sellers movie The Pink Panther.

“He said I was like Cato and that wherever he went I was jumping out at him with a microphone.

“So anytime when there was a world exclusive with loads of cameras and I’d be lost, he said to always shout out ‘It’s Cato’ and he’d know it was me.

“He’d hear me and be like, ‘Excuse me, excuse me, where’s Lorraine? Get her in’.

“He’s just one of my favourite people in the world.


Former Late Late Show host Gay Byrne:

“Over the years the band have always been very pleasant during interviews and of course I want to wish them well on this occasion.

“I also did a wonderful interview with Bono on the Meaning of Life - there have been several great moments with them.”


RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan:

'I love U2 - they are a brilliantly talented band that got huge success on a global scale which was do well deserved.

“I feel very proud that they are Irish."


Newstalk presenter George Hook:

“I never listened to their music but interestingly in a previous life I used to cater for their concerts.

“The first movie I ever catered for was a Sean Connery film called Zardoz and Paul McGuinness - who was to become the manager of U2 - was the third assistant director.

“The great thing about Paul was he never forgot a friend, so years later when their concerts in Slane and everywhere came up, he remembered me.”

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Frank Kearns talks about being in school with U2 and how the band formed



FRANK Kearns can claim to be U2’s very first fan.

He saw their first rehearsal at Mount Temple school as best pal of drummer Larry Mullen.

Inspired by Edge, he took up the guitar himself, supported U2, and later signed to U2’s own Mother Records, and shared a stage with them at Self Aid.

His band Cactus World News were once hailed as the future of music by Lou Reed.

But now Frank, quietly releases records, the latest 2016’s acclaimed album Speed of The Stars with Steve Kilbey of The Church, and runs Rockschool.ie in Dublin.

It was 40 years ago that Frank found himself watching the very first rehearsal of U2 as a schoolmate in Mount Temple .

Frank said:”I remember sitting on a table with my legs swinging underneath watching the new group jamming. I had no doubt they would make it. I thought they were absolutely brilliant. I wasn’t a musician at that stage, and he said to come along and watch. I remember hearing Adam always having rows with Edge about what key they were in, and Edge arguing back, the usual banter within a band.

The rehearsal came after Larry Mullen places his famous note on the noticeboard at the school.

So after Bono, Larry, Adam, Edge and his brother Dik. joined forces at their first meeting, the next thing was to ask at school if there was somewhere they could rehearse.

Frank recalled: That’s how U2 ended up playing in Mr McKenzie’s famous music room at Mount Temple. Walking past you would heard a loud drone then bursts of feedback from the vocal mic.



Frank Kearns talks about being in school with U2 and how the band formed



FRANK Kearns can claim to be U2’s very first fan.

He saw their first rehearsal at Mount Temple school as best pal of drummer Larry Mullen.

Inspired by Edge, he took up the guitar himself, supported U2, and later signed to U2’s own Mother Records, and shared a stage with them at Self Aid.

His band Cactus World News were once hailed as the future of music by Lou Reed.

But now Frank, quietly releases records, the latest 2016’s acclaimed album Speed of The Stars with Steve Kilbey of The Church, and runs Rockschool.ie in Dublin.

It was 40 years ago that Frank found himself watching the very first rehearsal of U2 as a schoolmate in Mount Temple .

Frank said:”I remember sitting on a table with my legs swinging underneath watching the new group jamming. I had no doubt they would make it. I thought they were absolutely brilliant. I wasn’t a musician at that stage, and he said to come along and watch. I remember hearing Adam always having rows with Edge about what key they were in, and Edge arguing back, the usual banter within a band.

The rehearsal came after Larry Mullen places his famous note on the noticeboard at the school.

So after Bono, Larry, Adam, Edge and his brother Dik. joined forces at their first meeting, the next thing was to ask at school if there was somewhere they could rehearse.

Frank recalled: That’s how U2 ended up playing in Mr McKenzie’s famous music room at Mount Temple. Walking past you would heard a loud drone then bursts of feedback from the vocal mic.



U2’s graphic designer Steve Averill explains the art on album sleeves


Steve Averill is U2’s long time friend and visual consultant and graphic designer.

A member of The Radiators From Space/Troubled Pilgrim, he is responsible for so many of their iconic album covers.

BOY 1980

Photographer Hugo McGuinness took this picture of Peter Rowen. The image of a young boy reflected the innocence of the young U2.


Something I didn’t find out about later was the cover was changed in America and Canada because the record company feared accusations of paedophilia.

On the reverse sleeve, in individual band shots, Adam Clayton is wearing my glasses because they thought they looked cooler than his own.

WAR 1983

This was based on a picture I saw of a young boy being rounded up by Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto. You could just see the terror in his eyes. We got back Peter Rowan who had featured on Boy and got photographer Ian Finlay to take some pictures. But I wasn’t happy with the white background so I found an old coal scuttle, and held it behind Peter.
Incidentally Peter had a cold sore on his lip but some people mistakenly though he’s been punched.

Under A Blood Red Sky 1983


Why this album? This is the record that broke U2 in America.

It was recorded at Red Rocks in America.

But the sky was blue. This was years before photo-shop so we spent ages burning out the image into red. The sleeve is a picture taken on a monitor.

The Unforgettable Fire 1984

This had a bright red sleeve when it first came back from the printers.

The label loved it. But we wanted it toned down to this reflective purple and Japanese lettering because the title comes from the Hiroshima exhibition which was created by survivors.

The castle on the cover was inspired by Simon Marsden photography book In Ruins which features all that’s left of some of Ireland’s once great houses and castles

The Joshua Tree 1987



The working title for this record was The Two Americas.

This picture by Anton Corbijn was taken in Death Valley in a lunar landscape on a dry riverbed.

I love the fact the band are left of centre on cover.

Check the inlay sleeve and you’ll see the band with the tree behind them.

There in the far left corner you can spot a mirror I accidentally left in shot.

Achtung Baby1991

This sleeve had to represent a major shift in U2’s sound.

So we had photos from all these different locations like Morocco and Tangiers.

The inspiration for the grid system on the cover was The Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street.

One boxes had picture of Adam’s privates. I can remember the phone call late one night, saying the printers in America wouldn’t print the sleeve because over the picture.

We sent word to stamp an X over Adams privates.


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