Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bono Godfather to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ´s twins?

After giving birth two weeks ago, Angelina, 33, and Brad, 44, spent a week bonding with their new bundles of joy at Bono's bolthole in Eze village in the South of France.
And in return for the kind gesture, the Hollywood couple have asked him to be a permanent fixture in the lives of their tots.
Sources tell me thrilled Bono, 48, accepted the offer immediately.
A pal of the parents revealed: "Brad and Angie think the world of Bono"
Little Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline are only a few weeks old, but they've already shot straight to the top of the showbiz A-list by bagging a superstar godfather - U2's Bono.
They have been friends for years. Brad is a massive U2 fan and told Bono how much he admired him when they were introduced at a party a few years back.
"Since then, they've become very close, which Brad is thrilled about.
"Angelina is inspired by Bono's humanitarian work and gets on with his wife Ali Hewson. Ali's given Angelina some clothes from her ethical clothing range Edun."
The couple are said to be planning a christening ceremony to welcome Bono into the extended family. But they have not yet decided if he will be sharing his duties with a godmother.
Dad-of-four Bono will do a top job. He's already a godfather to The Edge's daughter Hollie, 24.
And he's got houses in Killiney, Ireland and New York, should the family need another getaway.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Drummers beat footballers in fitness levels

Something all women know!!!!

Larry Mullen is fitter than Cristiano Ronaldo, according to scientists.
Every time the
U2 drummer rocks his way through a 90-minute performance on stage, he burns more calories than a Premier League footballer, research has shown.
Boffins connected musicians, including
Blondie's drummer Clem Burke, to equipment measuring their heart rate, oxygen up-take, and the levels of lactic acid in their blood as they played a set.
The stress caused to their body as they played was then compared to top athletes such as Premiership footballers.
It was found that the drummers' heart rates were raised to as high as 190 beats per minute and they could burn off 600 calories in a performance.
The eight-year study on Burke revealed that drumming for an hour-and-a-half raised his heart rate to the same level as footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in a typical league game.
But while footballers only play about 50 games a year, the 46-year-old U2 drummer probably gets sweaty in front of a drum kit more often, particularly when the band do 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'.
Dr Marcus Smith from Chichester University in Britain, who helped to carry out the research, said: "They [footballers] find playing a Champions League game once every two weeks a drain, but musicians are doing it every day when they are on tour. Their fitness levels need to be outstanding."
Despite the image of rock stars as unhealthy and unfit, Dr Smith said they needed"extraordinary stamina".

Did they need a research for something that is pretty obvious??

Saturday, July 26, 2008

'Small Places Close to Home'

Small Places Close to Home s the name of an Amnesty International tour, backed by Edge and Peter Gabriel, marking the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
'For nearly half a century, Amnesty International has been fighting the good fight on behalf of the underdog and the oppressed. And from Pete Townsend's "Won't Get Fooled Again" at the first Amnesty International 'Secret Policeman's Ball" gala in 1979 to Green Day's rendition of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" for Amnesty's 2007 Darfur campaign, musicians have always answered Amnesty's call...
'Now musicians are being asked by longtime Amnesty supporters such as Peter Gabriel and The Edge to answer that call again. Starting on September 10th and running until the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, Amnesty International will be running the Small Places Tour....'


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bono and Edge will revamp their hotel in Dublin

Bono and The Edge won a four-year legal battle to reshape their old-fashioned Dublin hotel, the Clarence, into a futuristic landmark - a decision that appeared to fly in the face of Ireland's conservative planning laws.

Ireland's planning board approved a $235-million plan produced by British architect Lord Norman Foster to gut and drastically expand the riverside hotel. The new complex would more than triple the number of its rooms to 166 and would feature a massive, floodlit glass roof atrium - dubbed "the flying saucer."

The opponents of this ambitious plan say that, in essence, they were given the go-ahead basically because of who they (Bono and Edge) are.
The planning authority ordered the developers to preserve the facades of six buildings: the 1930s Art Deco original hotel and five other adjacent Georgian and Victorian properties being swallowed up by the future Clarence. It also ordered that an archeologist be on the construction site at all times.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Random U2 Quote

It's not enough to rage against the lie...you've got to replace it with the truth

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Give Peace a Chance!!!!


John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to his 1969 peace anthem “Give Peace A Chance” are expected to sell for up to $600,000 at auction in July.
Reuters reported that the manuscript from late May 1969 is being sold by comedy writer Gail Renard, who when she was16 attended Lennon and wife Yoko Ono’s second bed-in event held in Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel, when she became friendly with the couple.
Lennon took a liking to Renard, and had the official Beatles magazine Beatles Monthly publish a piece she wrote covering the bed-in. Lennon also gave her several keepsakes, including the lyric sheet to the song, telling her, “One day they will be worth something.”
The lyrics are being sold as part of Christie’s Rock and Pop Memorabilia sale on July 10th.

Give peace a chance... a title that Bono would have liked to write.But as peace wasn´t given a chance ,U2 wrote Love ,Peace or Else...

Lay down....

Lay down your guns....

All your daughters of Zion...

All your Abraham sons...

Lennon....The Beatles... a great inspiration for U2...who else I wonder???

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Having fun with U2 (part 2): Meet the Daltons!!!!

Third leg of the Joshua tree tour, 1987.

The Dalton Brothers made their appearance as country and western band, as an opening act on three dates of the U2 concerts (November 1, 1987 - Indianapolis, November 18, 1987 - Los Angeles and December 12, 1987 - Hampton).
While some people didn´t have a clue who they were, some others (especially die-hard fans) realised that behind those wigs, big sunglasses and cowboy costumes were the members of U2!!!!

Introducing themselves as the Dalton brothers : Alton Dalton (Bono), Luke Dalton (Edge), Betty Dalton (Adam) and Duke Dalton (Larry).In Los Angeles, Bono introduced the band saying: "We play two kinds of music: country and western"(see video) after which they performed two songs: U2's own composition "Lucille" and a rendition of Hank Williams´'"Lost Highway".

Performed in an exaggeratedly dragged-out country ad western style, and with heavy Western-American accents from Bono and The Edge, respectively singing lead vocals.The result is one of the funniest pranks of the band. Adam,especialy, looked as if he were going to burst out laughing from the beginning.Who wouldn´t if you have to appear in drag and with a "don´t -mess-up-with -me" look? but Betty has nice legs, though!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Random U2 Quotes

Larry is known to be the quietest of the members of U2 but when he does speak, he says interesting things!!!

"There were no jobs to get. It was like we were all going nowhere, so we decided to go nowhere together and form a band."on the beginnings of U2, 1986.

"Then Bono arrived, and he meant to play the guitar, but he couldn't play very well, so he started to sing. He couldn't do that either. But he was such a charismatic character that he was in the band anyway, as soon as he arrived. I was in charge for the first five minutes, but as soon as Bono got there, I was out of a job."on Bono's persona, April 1987.

"And if I had to spend 20 years in the band just to play that show, and have done that, I think it would have been worthwhile."on the Sarajevo Popmart show as the best ever U2 concert

Random U2 Quote

Larry is know to be the quietest of themembers of U2 but when he does speak, he says itneresting things!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Celebrating friendship!!

One of the characteristics that catches people´s attentions is the bond of friendship that seems to be among the four members of U2. Having met more than 25 years ago in Larry´s kitchen, the spirit of comradeship and companionship is still alive and kicking ( a feature not all bands can claim!!). Trust and tolerance are the trademark of these rock stars who ,leaving Bono´s antics apart,still look like the guys next door!!!

In 2005, when they entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , Bono´s acceptance speech reflected some of how he felt about his bandmates....

"I won't go on, but just three Kodak moments over 25 years that I'd like to share with you. One: it's 1976, Larry Mullen's kitchen. It's about the size of the drum riser he uses now. It's a big, bright red -- scarlet, really -- Japanese kit, and he's sitting behind it in hiskitchen. And he's playing, and the ground shakes and the sky opens up,like Bruce was saying earlier. And it still does, but now I know why.I know why -- because Larry Mullen cannot tell a lie. His brutal honesty is something that we need in this band.

Second Kodak moment: I think it's 1982, New Haven, I believe. Things are not going very well. There's a punk rock band on stage trying to play Bach. A fight breaks out. It's between the band. It's very, very messy. Now you look at this guitar genius. You look at this Zen-likemaster that is The Edge, and you hear those brittle, icy notes. Andyou might be forgiven for not realizing that you cannot play like thatunless you have a rage inside you. In fact, I had forgotten that onthat particular night, and he tried to break my nose. I learnt a very great lesson: do not pick a fight with somebody who, for a living,lives off hand-to-eye coordination. Dangerous, dangerous man, The Edge.

Third Kodak moment: 1987, somewhere in the south. We'd been campaigning for Dr. King -- for his birthday to be a national holiday.In Arizona they're saying 'no,' and we'd been campaigning very, very hard for Dr. King. Some people don't like it. Some people get very annoyed. Some people want to kill the singer. Some people are taken very seriously by the FBI. They tell us that we shouldn't play the gigbecause tonight his life is at risk and must not go on the stage. The singer laughs. The singer pffts, you know. Of course, we're playing the gig! Of course, we go on stage! And I'm standing there singing"Pride (In the Name of Love)" and got to the third verse. I close my eyes. I know I'm excited about meeting my maker -- but maybe not tonight. I don't really want to meet my maker tonight. I closed my eyes and when I look up, I see Adam Clayton standing in front of me,holding his bass like only Adam Clayton can hold his bass. And, yeah,there's people in this room who tell you they'll take a bullet for you, but Adam Clayton would have taken a bullet for me -- and I guess that's what it's like to be in a truly great rock and roll band..."

I have goosebumps every time I read Bono´s speech...