Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fuller Theological Seminary

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“We don’t have to please God in any other way than to be brutally honest. That is the root not only to a relationship with God but the root to a great song . . . or any work of art of merit.” —Bono One year ago, we launched FULLER studio with a premiere of the film “Bono & Eugene Peterson: The Psalms”—a short documentary about a friendship between Bono and Eugene that continues to inspire people today. We’re commemorating this anniversary with five new interviews between Bono and David Taylor, assistant professor of theology and culture, sharing more insights on the Psalms, songwriting, honesty in Christian art, and more. Special thanks to David Taylor, Brehm Texas, and Fourth Line Films for their vision for this project.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bono tells Chris about U2's first practice of The Joshua Tree in 30 years!

Bono on U2's Record Store Day release of their Joshua Tree track Red Hill Mining Town.

Bono thinks Oasis rock

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Bono thinks Oasis rock. Superstar, Bono – the frontman of rock band U2 – has said he’s been introducing his 17-year-old son Elijah to the music of the 1990s, including bands like his friend Noel Gallagher’s old group Oasis. The 56-year-old rocker has took it upon himself to give his kids – two daughters, Jordan, 27, and Eve, 25, and two sons, Elijah, 17, and John, 15, his children with his wife Ali Hewson – a musical history lesson. Bono is great friends with former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher and he has been playing Elijah the Manchester group’s most famous tracks and introducing him to other classic 90s indie rock.

He shared: “I mean he listens to … I mean Elijah’s been, I’ve just been going through the 90s with him. Noel Gallagher, Stone Roses, Oasis, all that. He’s rediscovering that and I’m rediscovering it with him. On vinyl.” And the ‘With or Without You’ singer – whose real name is Paul Hewson – also credited his four children for helping him through “house parties”, as he admits they’re better at planning the events than he is.  Asked where he keeps his record player and what he uses it for, Bono said: “It’s in our kitchen. So is Edge’s. At home we do have house parties, though some of the better ones are now done by my sons and daughters. But we’ve been playing all kinds of things. “Yesterday we listened to the new Eagles album. I’m not talking about the Californian band, but I think they’re from Leeds, maybe. I think they’re from the UK, which was really great.” Bono is currently gearing up to head out on tour in support of the 30th anniversary of U2’s seminal album ‘The Joshua Tree’ – a tour on which the Irish stadium legends will be supported by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
The singer has apologised to fans who will have to travel far and wide in order to make one of the exclusive shows, but has promised the concert will be “special”.

Speaking on UK station BBC Radio 2 on Chris Evans’ ‘Breakfast Show’, the ‘Beautiful Day’ songwriter said: “Originally we were just going to do a few shows, and I apologise to people in Scotland and Wales who have to come down to Twickenham (in London), or indeed in Dublin we could only do one show.  “We were only supposed to do three or four or five, we’re doing I think nearly 40 now across America and Europe. But as I say we don’t do birthdays, we’re more weddings and bar mitzvahs actually, but this seemed to be something to do. And yeah, we’ll see what happens, but it’s a special album of songs for sure.”

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bono declared honorary citizen of Sarajevo

With 31 votes in favor and none against representatives of the Assembly HP decided that Paul David Hewson, better known as Bono, an honorary citizen of Sarajevo.

Besides being a very talented musician and songwriter, this recognition was awarded to Bono because he is a great humanitarian and uses his status as rock stars  to help others.
"During the siege of the Bi- capital, Bill Carter made documentary' Miss Sarajevo', which was produced by Bono and  it was made a song. Bono did not  keep quiet and watch the suffering of the citizens of B-H and he warned the world on developments in the  country  with the language of art.

During the show in Bologna on 17 July 1993, via satellite link  the show connected the image to Sarajevo, where Bill Carter interviewed citizens of Sarajevo who spokeabout  the discomfort  in the country. This move of the Irish band started the British and world media to tackle the issue of  the suffering B-H. citizens in the war.

 From that day  a strong bond between the  frontman of  U2  with the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina was created. He pointed in 1997, when, despite the loss of 500,000 pounds, ranked Sarajevo on the list of  "PopMart" tour and on  23 September they  held a spectacular concert.

Bono stayed in touch with Sarajevo and was a guest of the Sarajevo Film Festival  where he  received an honorary passport B-H.

Bono is well known for his  humanitarian work in African countries. He often meets with world leaders to help third world countries.

He is awarded  a HP plaque that will be presented to the Special Olympics BiH.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bono at SkollFoundation at Oxford, April 5

Bono accepts the Skoll Global Treasure Award at the Skoll World Forum. Past recipients include the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. After the ceremony Bono joins Michael Franti and Don Henley in singing Franti's "My Lord," and John Lennon's "Imagine." 

Bono's appearance at the Skoll World Forum  wasn't just another chance for him to talk about the humanitarian issues near and dear to his heart. In addition to a lengthy sit-down conversation with Forum founder Jeffrey Skoll, Bono also accepted the Skoll Foundation's Global Treasure Award and sang at least a couple songs.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

More on U2's Q & A

Larry's first experience with the Foxtrot, how Adam once 'smelt Betty Dalton's perfume in a corridor' and financial advice for Edge from a country music legend: 'There's no money in rock...'

After the FaceBook Live Q&A earlier this month, the cameras kept rolling while the band took a few more questions, these ones just for subscribers.

Will The Daltons make their own 30th anniversary appearance? The song from another album that would fit on The Joshua Tree? Why the 1987 tour opened with a cover version - and what it was.

It's going to be some tour this summer. As Bono says, 'I've never sung The Joshua Tree before in sequence… it's quite a ride.'

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

U2 and the question which won’t go away

An interview with their ex-manager Paul McGuinness is a reminder of new realities in the ticket selling business

I’d kind of forgotten about the fact that U2 were blanking me until I came across a transcript of a recent interview with Paul McGuinness. The band’s ex-manager spoke at length to former Dire Straits manager Ed Bicknell about the ins and outs of the music business at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) in London the other week.

One of the many issues covered in what sounds like an entertaining session at the annual get-together for agents and promoters was ticket selling and touting. It was the mention of allocations for fan clubs which reminded me that I’m still waiting for the band to answer a simple question about the number of tickets sold in the fanclub presale process for their upcoming Croke Park show.

I’ve now asked U2′s Irish spokesperson for this information three times and I’ve even tweeted the band (#journorequest) and am still none the wiser as to the answer or, indeed, why the band are not answering the question. I was kind of hoping that one of those fanboy hacks that the band only talk to these days might do a solid for me, but they’re far too worried about access to dare ask a tough question.

But McGuinness was certainly happy to comment about fan club allocations and he uses the word “unfairness” to describe the situation around such allocations. “I know there’s a sense of unfairness in the air, he told Bicknell. “People go online to buy a ticket and think they have an equal chance of getting that ticket. If two minutes later they see the same tickets being scalped, it’s a miserable feeling. It has to be acknowledged that certain promoters, certain managers and certain acts connive at this. You could say it’s unfair that members of the U2 fan club get a two day jump on the rest of the public — knowing as they do that many members of are bot operators.

The fact that McGuinness acknowledges that many members of are touting their tickets is, as far as I can work out, one of the first times anyone on that side of the house has acknowledged this dirty little secret. It stands to reason that touts are making merry with fan club memberships. They can make back the cost of the sign-up fee many times over by upselling the tickets on sites like Seatwave and Get Me In. If a tout gets fan club memberships for a bunch of people, he or she suddenly has easy access to possibly hundreds of tickets for a sellout show. Profits ahoy.

The question now is just how many tickets go on sale to the public in these situations. Take U2′s Croke Park show, for example, which sold out in about six minutes when tickets went on general sale. You’ve got the fanclub allocation – while I’ve yet to hear from the band’s rep about this despite several requests as outlined above, I’ve heard figures from inside sources indicating “tens of thousands” – and you’ve got the allocation for sponsors, venue holds and the like. Add those figures up, take the total away from the venue capacity (78,000 per the band’s rep) and what are you left with? 20,000? 30,000? 14,500? All that fuss and buzz and hype and anticipation for a sale of a quarter or less of the stadium? No wonder people were fuming that they couldn’t get their hands on tickets.

All of this part of a much bigger issue, which McGuiness also acknowledged. “I don’t really know what to do about it. There’s good scalping and bad scalping. If you sell four tickets at face value to a college student at $100 each and when the gig takes place six months later the market value for that ticket is $300. Who is going to say to that college student, “You’re not entitled to sell that ticket and make a profit?” It’s very hard to address fairly. It’s a market that defies regulation. I have never seen a comprehensive proposal to deal with this fairly and where do you stop? Will it then extend to Wimbledon and football matches? Are you going to clean up the whole of the ticket economy?”

Regular readers will know that ticket touting is something covered at length on OTR – you’ll also find a great selection of recent pieces put together here by Matty Karas at MusicREDEF – and it is a complex area, especially now that various government agencies and bodies (and attention-seeking TDs) have got involved.

However, it is also an area where it would be very easy to overlook the involvement of the some key parties and that includes the artists. Remember that it’s the artist who has the final say in all of this, especially when it comes to who reps them. After all, as mentioned in that earlier U2 piece, there are issues when “the same corporate entity is promoting the U2 tour, managing the band, flogging the tickets and operating two of the biggest secondary ticketing markets“.