Friday, October 31, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,LARRY!!!!!

"I have nightmares of my kids saying, Did you really look like that? Did you really make that shit? I want to make good enough records for them to be able to say I'm OK." Larry Mullen Jr.

Today Larry Mullen Junior (a.k.a.Lawrence Joseph Mullen) is 47! The youngest member of the band and the one that "started it all" with his now infamous notice in Mount Temple School in 1976..."drummer seeks musicians to form band". The auditions were in his kitchen in Artane, Dublin on 25th september, 1976.

Known for his love of Harley Davidson motorcycles, he has driven his Harley from gig to gig in the past, clocking over 10,000 miles on the Zoo TV tour alone. He is also recognized for his fandom for Elvis Presley, following the Irish National Football team, playing pranks on people, as well as stealing the spotlight with a karaoke machine.

Besides U2, Larry has done some side projects with artists like Nanci Griffith, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Robbie Robertson, Paul Brady and B.B. King among others. In honor of the Irish National Football team's bid for the World Cup in 1990, Larry co-wrote and co-produced the anthem "Put 'Em Under Pressure." He also worked with fellow band mate Adam Clayton on the theme to Mission: Impossible for the film's release in 1996. Larry and Adam also teamed up with Mike Mills and Michael Stipe to form the group "Automatic Baby" for Bill Clinton's Presidential Inauguration in 1993 at MTV's Inaugural Ball.

In the mid-70s Larry began his signature military-drumming style and became a member of the Artane Boys' Band, a military-style fife and drum band. The marching military sound made him develop a drumming style that to this day is characteristic for the music of U2.

Several physical health problems followed Larry Mullen over the years. During the recording of the album "Pop" in 1996, he was forced to take a back seat while he underwent surgery for his severe back problems. Another ailment that bothered Larry, was his tendonitis, which has been curbed by specially-designed drumsticks from Pro-Mark . He also performs with special Yamaha drums and Paiste cymbals.
He´s known as the silent, shy member of U2 but also the most handsome according to female fans.

"It was the Larry Mullen Band for about ten minutes, so as not to hurt my feelings. It was also my kitchen. Then Bono came in and that was the end of that.He blew any chance of being in charge."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CREATOR OF THE BEST ROCK BAND EVER!! WE´LL BE FOREVER THANKFUL!!


HAVE THE BEST OF DAYS WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!





Thursday, October 30, 2008

Angels in Devil´s Shoes


This documentary came after the Lovetown tour, 18/11/1989 and it´s recorded in Australia.
Bono attempts to explain U2 music. A very interesting documentary of their early years when they were already a blast.

Bono talks about Elvis, rock and roll, black and white American music and even human rights!!!Edge explains his musical influences, such as Patti Smith, and what made him a guitar player. Larry goes back to the 70´s for "new" music and Adam explains about their discovery of American classics and how punk music opened a door to his generation.

Bono explains their "Beatles complex".



The final part of the vid shows us the original U2, white Afros, incredible mullets but a unique energy behind each performance!! The seed of the greatest rock band was already there.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Jazz, Blues,Edge and Bono


Bono and The Edge accepted on Paul Allen´s behalf the Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award at last night’s Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz saxophone competition and benefit gala.
The Kodak Theatre event started with the competition finals, in which three young saxophonists vied for up to $20,000 in scholarship money and a recording contract.
The night heated up even more as the pros took the stage for “The Blues and Jazz: Two American Classics” Gala Benefit Concert, the proceeds of which will support Institute blues and jazz education programs in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and throughout the Mississippi Delta.



Quincy Jones introduced the night’s other honoree, blues legend B.B. King, who accepted the institute’s Founder’s Award then sat down to perform U2’s “When Love Comes to Town” with Bono, The Edge, Herbie Hancock, and others. After Jon Irabagon was announced the competition winner, he joined in for an all-star finale of "Let the Good Times Roll" led by King and Bono and featuring virtually every artist who had appeared during the night.





Sunday, October 26, 2008

Poverty Inspires Bono for New Song


Recent poverty campaigns did inspire Bono to write a new song for U2.

Bono said the Stand Up and Take Action campaign in 131 countries had moved him to start creating a song called "Stand Up".


"It's not finished yet but it's inspired by this concept of stand up. It's a little diamond, though," Bono said, "It's not a 'let's hold hands and the world is a better place sort of song.' It's more kick down the door of your own hypocrisy," he said.
Organizers said the 116 million people who called on global leaders not to forget their promise to reduce world poverty and hunger by 2015, represented nearly two percent of the world's population and was a Guinness World Record "for the biggest mass mobilization on a single issue".
African leaders have already accused rich donor nations of not keeping to their aid commitments, which has become critical to combat the effects of higher world food prices.
"Although they were not a legal contract, and we wish they were, there is a moral contract that was made," Bono said.
"To break a promise to yourself, to your partner, to your family, a politician to his constituents, are all bad things to do -- but it's a heinous crime to make a promise to the poorest most vulnerable people on earth and break it. That's just not acceptable," he said.

For years, Bono has used his celebrity to raise money and draw attention to global poverty and highlight how aid, when used properly, can help prevent and treat diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS.
"It is dreadful to think that we could take the foot off the pedal at our end and they run out of road on theirs," he said of concerns that less aid will slow Africa's progress.

Still, Bono said the region had demonstrated significant economic potential after several years of strong economic growth, led by a new generation of leaders.

"I have faith in Africans who are becoming very adept at this balancing act between necessary aid flows and realizing that business, commerce and investment can take you out of catastrophe," said Bono.

Friday, October 24, 2008

We do remember Bono´s words!


Bono promised "2009 to be our year". So it seems...


According to the latest news... Bono has been invited to write a regular column for the New York Times newspaper in 2009, while he tours with U2.


That IS good news as it means they are actually touring in 2009!!!

Meanwhile we can still enjoy a taste of The Boys watching U2 3D, Latin America has just considered it 'Best Movie' at the MTV Premios in Latin America(Premios are the Latin American version of the MTV Video Music Awards)In the MTV Latin American site we can find,
"Unfortunately they couldnt come as they are preparing thier new album that is said to be the most revolutioanry in their 26-year-old-rock career.But U23D registered the most epic moments of the Vertigo Tour, fascinated half the galaxy in the IMAX cinemas, won over The Rolling Stones´Shine a Light and other magic, to take the award in Guadalajara . Bono, this is for you. Thanks for the magic."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Dream Come True: Bono and 14,000 women together!!!


"My name is Bono and I´m a travelling salesperson," Bono started his speech addressed at 14,000 women at the 5th Annual Women's Conference hosted by first lady Maria Shriver in California, last night.

Introducing himself as a salesman, to a rousing reception including more than a few wolf whistles, Bono told the assembled women he was there to sell One and (RED). He went on to explain the work the One campaign is doing towards justice and equality, before describing RED as the "consumer wing of our movement".

Bono urged the American audience to maintain the fight against AIDS and poverty in the face of economic hardship. "Clearly these are momentous times in America... times of crisis, times of chaos. Capitalism is on trial….The US, the world, is changing shape in unsettling ways. But this is exactly the right time to think about the world. Even to change it” he said.

He asked attendees to sign up to One's Petition calling on John McCain and Barack Obama to keep their commitments to the poorest in the world should they enter the White House. You can sign up for the petition here (see widget).


A great speech for a better cause!!!

source: http://www.u2.com/news/

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Profile: The Edge, guitarist

"I suppose ultimately I'm interested in music. I'm a musician. I'm not a gunslinger. That's the difference between what I do and what a lot of guitar heroes do." David Howell Evans, The Edge.


David Howell Evans was born on August 8, 1961
in Barking, Essex, in East London, to Welsh parents , Gwenda and Garvin Evans. When he was a year old, the family - which included younger sister Gillian (Gill) and older brother Richard (Dick) - moved to Dublin, where he has lived ever since. There, he grew up as a quiet yet very intelligent kid. He did well in school – first at St. Andrew's Primary School and then at Mount Temple - and until he met the boys who would be his future bandmates, he wanted to go to university and become a doctor or an engineer.
In the fall of 1976 he spotted Larry's note on the Mount Temple Comprehensive High School bulletin board asking for anyone interested in forming a band. He was the first to respond, and he went to the first meeting in Larry's house with his brother Dick. The Edge showed guitar skills well beyond his age, and the chemistry among the group was obvious from the beginning.
Early in the band's career, Dave Evans was re-baptized by Bono - then Bono Vox - as 'The Edge'. The nickname was inspired in the beginning by the sharp features of his face, but it also applied to his sharp mind and the way he always observed things from the edge.
Despite his previous academic ambitions, Edge's commitment to the band grew to such an extent that when he finished high school, he told his parents he'd take a year off to see where the band and their music would take him.
Along with Bono and Larry, The Edge began attending prayer group meetings in the late 1970s. The young men were in search of spirituality and the answer to the big questions, and consequently were torn between their Christian ideals and their rock and roll lifestyle. Larry and Bono quickly chose the band, but The Edge was uncertain to the point where he nearly left U2 during the October tour. But he took Bono's advice to follow his heart, and after a reasonable period of soul searching, he chose the band as well. The Edge soon realized he didn't have any trouble reconciling his beliefs with his music and lifestyle; it was other people who did. In his words: "there was no problem. It was other people's problems".
In 1983, Edge married Aislinn O'Sullivan, with whom he remained for seven years and had three daughters: Hollie (born 4th July 1984), Arran (born 15th October 1985), and Blue Angel (born 26th June 1989). They separated in 1990 and divorced in 1996. He now has a daughter, Sian (born 7th October 1997), and a son, Levi (born 1st October 1999), with Morleigh Steinberg, the belly dancer and choreographer from the Zoo TV Tour, whom he started dating in 1993. The two were married on 18th June, 2002 in Eze, France.
The Edge's unmistakable guitar sound ,clean, sharp, incisive, is part of U2's trademark. The characteristic and mesmerizing sounds and the emotions he expresses through them make him one of the most respected guitarists in rock and roll. He has often been called an "anti-guitar hero" because of his aversion to the indulgent, showy style based on intense soloing of many contemporaries, preferring instead to play in often a technically undemanding and low-key, yet original, way. He is renowned for being a guitarist who is more concerned with sounds, texture and innovation rather than flashy technique.
He's also lent his vocal talents to several U2 songs, first singing lead on "Seconds" from the War album. He later took the lead on songs such as "Van Diemen's Land" and "Numb", and sang a solo version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" during 1997-98's PopMart Tour. He also released a solo album, Captive, the soundtrack to the film of the same name, in 1986.
On the band's 2000 album, All That You Can't Leave Behind, Edge left behind the experimental electro and dance rhythms that he had explored on the previous three albums and returned to the more mainstream rock guitar sound similar to that of the band's earliest recordings. He continued this trend on 2004's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, in keeping with U2's post-1990s ethos of stripping away all artifice from their music.
Music Rising in November 2005 along with Bob Ezrin and Henry Juszkiewicz, with the aim of restoring the Gulf Coast's musical culture by replacing instruments that had been lost to the disaster. The organisation's aim was initially to provide replacement instruments solely to those professional musicians who had been affected by the storms. However, they now seek to provide instruments to affected churches and schools as well. This is all part of the charity's aim of "Rebuilding the Gulf Region note by note." Since then, The Edge has also publicly supported the organisations the New York Food Bank and Mencap Northern Ireland.

















As a guitarist of astonishing versatility, The Edge continues, at all levels of his playing, to resist the rock n' roll clichés. His unconventional attitude to his craft is perhaps best summed up by his words at the beginning of the post.
For all U2 fans, Edge is unmistakably the sound that makes the band so special. He´s our "guitar hero", the master that has impinged his chords to the soundtrack of our lives.




Thursday, October 16, 2008

WHILE BONO IS BEING BUSY WHAT ARE THE REST DOING?? (part 2)


It seems that Adam ,our favourite bassist, has developed a taste for filming; so while the rest are rehearsing a song of the upcoming album, he is making a nice cup of green tea and he shows us how to make it!!!






Attention where and how we pour the water!!!It makes the difference!!





In another vid he shows us the ability of his band mate...Larry Mulllen Jr on drums!!!!









Well he certainly has become addicted to it....more vids...


http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights/edgeback.swf



Is Adam recording himself on bass???


http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights/adambass.swf



http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights/thecouch.swf


http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights/adam_fans.swf


http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights/larryinstudio.swf


http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights/enoskeys.swf


http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights/motorcycle.swf


http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights/larrystuff.swf




And my aboslute fave!!! Nice drive, Mr Clayton!!! Half George Clooney ,half James Bond movie!!! Can you give me a lift???



http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights/nicedrive.swf

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

While we wait for the new album...


...We can remember what the making of "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" was like. In November 2004, Time magazine published an article that revealed some of the secrets of U2´s way of working and the force behind the rhythm section of the band.


U2's Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. realize that much of the world thinks they are criminally lucky. The Edge works out most of U2's melodies on his guitar and Bono writes the bulk of the lyrics, leaving bassist Clayton and drummer Mullen Jr. just a few empty bars to fill and plenty of leisure time. But U2's less famous members are hardly dead weight. In fact, their job is to be live weight — or at least ballast. They are steady, difficult to impress and maddeningly unromantic. "If we're in the studio trying to build the rocket," says Bono, "Edge is under the hood with his slide rule, I'm trying to become fuel, Larry is pointing out the reasons it'll never fly, and Adam's asking, 'Do we really want to go there?' They're always reasonable and usually correct — and I hate them for it."


The indispensable wisdom of the rhythm section was proved most recently during the making of U2's new album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. For all its success, U2 has never enjoyed making records, largely because the force and diversity of the band members' personalities, combined with their politeness and respect for one another, turns the process into something slow, sloppy and complicated — like democracy. There was hope, though, in October 2003, when the group gathered in Dublin to give a close listen to songs that Bono, 44, and the Edge, 43, believed were ready for release. "All we needed was the assent of the politburo and the record would have been out for Christmas," says Bono. Clayton, 44, and Mullen Jr., 43, focused on each track and then voted decisively that the songs were simply not good enough. "When it comes to signing off on a project," says Clayton, "you ask questions like, 'Have we got a first single to open the campaign?' Frankly, we were missing more than just a first single." Says Mullen Jr.: "It was awkward, but it had to be said."

With 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind — an album that sold 4 million copies, spawned a $110 million — grossing North American tour and earned the band a Super Bowl half-time-show slot — U2 appeared to regain the coveted title of biggest and best band in rock 'n' roll. But neither Clayton nor Mullen Jr. could shake the feeling that the record had been overpraised by a public relieved to see aging rockers not thoroughly embarrassing themselves. "On the last album there was lots of good feeling," says Clayton, "but only Beautiful Day was a hit. I felt that, if our goal is still to be the biggest band in the world, the new record had to have three or four songs that would bring in new people. Three or four hits."

When it became clear that Clayton and Mullen Jr. were not going to budge, producer Steve Lillywhite was brought in to break the deadlock. "They played me the record," says Lillywhite, "and it was, well, it had the weight of the world on its shoulders. It certainly wasn't any fun." After several lengthy meetings, Bono and the Edge caved. "The songs were good," says Bono, "but good won't bring you to tears or make you want to leave your house and tour for a year. The bastards were right."
Acceptance of that, however, ushered in a typical U2 mini-depression. The not-good-enough songs had taken a year to make, largely because the members of U2 long ago convinced themselves that they're unskilled musicians who, as the Edge says, must "wait for God to walk through the room" before they can write a good song. The humility is charming, but it also provides a convenient excuse for working slowly. "They operate in total chaos," says Lillywhite. "They work slowly, get frustrated and then hold these epic meetings to bemoan how slowly they're working and how frustrated they are. I love them, but sometimes they just need to put one foot in front of the other."



Love to read about their chaotic creative process, almost unbelieavable taht after so much chaos there are so many good songs and lyrics.
And Bono, beware of the voice of the silent ones, because when they speak they do say what they really think!!!
U2 in Times magazines covers...


Monday, October 13, 2008

Pavarotti tribute concert held in Petra, Jordan



A special tribute concert, which included Placido Domingo,Jose Carreras,CĂ©line Dion, Andrea Bocelli and Sting, was held Sunday in the ancient site on Petra, Jordan, commemorating the life of the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti.




The tribute is the brainchild of Nicoletta Mantovani, Pavarotti’s widow and HRH Princess Haya, a fellow UN Messenger of Peace and daughter of Jordan’s late King Hussein. “A concert in Petra was a dream once shared by the late King Hussein of Jordan and Luciano,” said Mantovani. “I am so grateful to Her Royal Highness Princess Haya, for making it possible to turn this dream into a reality.”


The proceeds of the concert will support joint projects in Afghanistan by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). A local charity supporting disabled children in Petra will also benefit from the concert.


For over ten years, until his death in September 2007, Maestro Pavarotti actively supported UNHCR projects in Kosovo, Pakistan, Zambia, and Iraq. For his continuous commitment to refugee causes, Luciano Pavarotti received UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award and was named a UN Messenger of Peace.



The archaeological site in Petra was transformed into a stage for a concert on what would have been Pavarotti’s 73rd birthday.Bono sent a video mesage to Pavarotti’s daughter, during the memorial event to pay tribute to Pavarotti.


“Dear Alice, I’ll tell you who was your dad. He wasn’t just a singer of opera. He was the opera, and a big-hearted friend. He can’t be categorized. He was at the same time expression of good singing, punk rock, winemaker, cheese eater, activist, actor, singer, performer and even a y man”.Bono also spoke of his friendship with Pavarotti, and ended his message with the following: “Pavarotti had to sleep and eat before singing. That’s why any time I went to visit him, I used to came back fattened.”



U2 frontman Bono was also at a memorial event in honour of the singer, and paid warm tribute to him.

Bono and Pav(as he called him)sang many times together, the following vid was part of the "Pavarotti & Friends" show in 2003. A nice version of one of the "Ave Maria", this time with Bono singing it in English.
"Gratia plena" for Luciano!



source:http://u2ol.net/2008/10/bono-pays-homage-as-the-tenors-reunite-for-pavarotti-memorial/

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bono -The Edge in Broadway´s most expensive production in history!


'Spider-Man' musical is costing $40 million. "Spider-Man", directed by ‘The Lion King’s and movie "Across the Universe",Julie Taymor, is currently operating on a budget of $40 million and the show is expected to have a weekly running cost of $1 million.


The U2 singer and guitar ace The Edge have penned all 18 songs for a Broadway musical about the comicbook hero and will release a U2 album based on their musical adaptation of the comic books.

Songs include Bouncing off the Walls, which will accompany the first transformation of Peter Parker into Spider-Man, and Rise Above, a number written for Mary Jane, the female lead.
They have also written numbers for Arachne, the Spider-Woman villain who was a relatively minor character in the comic book series. U2 are not planning to record all the songs. Gohl,the project’s musical supervisor , said the album that the band have just completed is “entirely different”.
Bono last year described the score as “punk rock” and “beautiful opera”. He added: “If we pull off what we’re trying, it will be something the likes of which no one has seen or heard. It should be a hallucinogenic experience for theatre-goers."
“You have the visual energy she brings. The myth of the arachnid and the elasticity of these characters, you can turn theatre upside down.”



Bono and the Edge previously penned GoldenEye, the theme tune to the James Bond film of the same name, which was performed by Tina Turner.

Today John Lennon would have been 68!




To commemorate his lifelong message of peace and love, his widow and longtime creative partner Yoko Ono is exhibiting COME TOGETHER: A LOOK INTO JOHN LENNON’S LIFE THROUGH HIS ARTWORK, an internationally acclaimed, ever-changing exhibit of Lennon’s characteristic drawings, at the Open House Gallery ,New York. The exhibit will benefit City-Meals-On-Wheels, which funds 85 community-based agencies that bring weekend, holiday and emergency meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers who can no longer shop or cook for themselves (100% of all public donations go to the preparation and delivery of meals). Produced by Legacy Fine Art Productions, Come Together is the largest collection of Lennon’s works ever assembled and an exhibit that has travelled across the country and around the world for 15 years.



The exhibit features hand-signed pieces and limited edition prints, as well as serigraphs, lithographs, copper etchings and aqua tints, all of which are available for sale. Lennon’s inspiring and emotional sketches are also in the permanent collections of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the John Lennon Museum in Japan. For further information on Come Together go to http://www.johnlennonartwork.com/.






Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Having fun with U2 (part 3)


What's the difference between God and Bono? God doesn't walk around Dublin thinking he is Bono.


What kind of lawyers praise U2? Pro Bono lawyers.


Q: What's the best thing about you?


BONO: My nose.


ADAM: The way I might look at you.


LARRY: My dog.


EDGE: I don't snore.


Q:And what's the worst thing about you?


BONO: My nose.


LARRY: I'm black and white.


EDGE: I'm so single-minded on some things that I find it hard to keep other things together. When I'm really concentrating on an album or tour or something, a lot of other things in my life get shelved.


ADAM: I'm very bad in the mornings, grumpy. I don't say very much.


Q:: And how long does it take you to come to?


ADAM: About a litre of coffee and two hours.



If you were an animal, which animal would you be?


ADAM: A giraffe. Why? 'Cos then you'd meet other giraffes.


EDGE: One of the big cats, so I could just s-t-r-e-t-c-h out in the sun, a panther or a cheetah.


BONO: A wildebeest. You'd have to have a sense of humour with a name like that.


LARRY: Aaah! A fly. Because Bono wrote about a fly and what's good enough for Bono is good enough for me.


"If you are really good friends with The Edge, you can just call him The"- Adam




Monday, October 6, 2008

WHILE BONO IS BEING BUSY IN NEW YORK WHAT ARE THE REST DOING??

Well, The Edge participated in the movie/documentary "It Might Get Loud" and now he explains how his guitar sounds in a BBC programme called "The Story of the Guitar".
The Edge introduces his iconic guitar, the Gibson Explorer he has had with him most of his career, and explains how the band craft songs from the sounds he finds.




In the second video he tells us how his guitars sound differently in songs like "Mysterious Ways" and "The Fly" and explains a bit how the U2 characteristic sound may be born.He also
introduces the rack of instruments used in an average U2 gig; 21 in only one gig!!!! He also confesses he prefers "oldies" rather than new guitars (many of his guitars belong to the late 50´s or early 60´s to the 70's)

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/guitars/video/edge/2/

Saturday, October 4, 2008

BONO COLLECTS AWARD FOR RONNIE DREW


Bono collected an honour in New York on Friday 3rd Oct - on behalf of RONNIE DREW, the late lead singer of Irish folk band THE DUBLINERS. Drew - who died in August at the age of 73 - is posthumously being handed the Spirit of Ireland Award by the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan.
Bono once said of Drew, "Ronnie is like the King of Ireland and we are his subjects."
Bono and Edge wrote "The Ballad of Ronnie Drew" with Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead) and Simon Carmody.The ballad is a tribute to Ronnie Drew , former singer of the Irish folk band, The Dubliners .All the revenues from the sales went to the “Irish Cancer Society”. The song is a beautiful ballad that started as song that Ronnie would sing and ended as a tribute to his figure.
Bob Geldof, Damien Dempsey, Gavin Friday, Sinead O'Connor, Paul Brady, Paddy Casey, Mick Pyro, Mundy, Chris de Burgh, Ronan Keating, Eleanor Shanley, Mary Coughlan, Christy Moore, Andrea Corr, Shane McGowan, Jerry Fish, The Dubliners ,The Chieftains participated in that show.





source:contacmusic.com

Friday, October 3, 2008

Random U2 Quote


"Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality"
Adam Clayton