Friday, January 30, 2009

More about GOYB video

Apparently ,there are two versions of the video of the song "Get on your Boots"; according to Ann Xiao, one done by her and another one directed by Alex Courtes ( the one that was recorded in London).Both have a totally different style.The one we were waiting for today was the one by French director Alex Courtes, but...
Independent .ie has just posted

"Delivery of the video for U2's new single, 'Get on Your Boots', has been delayed. We are waiting for an official statement from the band and their record company. More details will follow".

Have they delayed the release because there was a leak in YouTube??? We don´t know, we only know we have to wait...
Some screen caps from that version had been posted in many websites...

NLOTH: Track by Track

The Irish Independent has published a critic of each song in "No Line on the Horizon".As we still have to wait until March, we can make do with reading about the songs...

. "No Line on the Horizon"

The opening title track kicks off with a crunchy, distorted guitar riff from the Edge.

2. "Magnificent"

Dancey electro flourishes introduce an atmospheric track with moody leanings.

3. "Moment of Surrender"

This particular moment of surrender sees a slowing down of the tempo and some delicate, bluesy guitar playing from the Edge.

4. "Unknown Caller"

More intricate guitar fretwork that builds into a mid-tempo rocker featuring an organ and one of the album's lushest productions.

5. "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight"

Chiming guitar intro, a rousing Bono falsetto and the lyric, "Every generation has a chance to change the world."

6. "Get On Your Boots"

The belting single that shot straight to the top of the Irish airplay charts here stands as the halfway tune. The video will be premiered tomorrow on from 4:55 p.m.

7. "Stand Up Comedy"

Grungy pop with strident drumming from Larry Mullen.

8. "Fez -- Being Born"

On first listen, easily the album's most adventurous and challenging track with ambient synthy hooks.

9. "White as Snow"

A stark, stripped back and striking tune with imploring vocals.

10. "Breathe"

Starts off with a trip-hop beat and cello playing before transforming into an all-out rocker.

11. "Cedars of Lebanon"

A reflective parting glass for album number 12, finishing on the line, "Choose your enemies carefully because they will define you."


Thursday, January 29, 2009

U2 will play in the Grammy Awards

It seems that the guys will really work a lot during 2009. Bono said last year "2009 is U2 year" ad they are already making it true. Apart from being in the Brit Awards and the Echo Awards now we know they will be performing in next month Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

The 51st annual Grammy Awards take place on February 8th and there's plenty of other great acts lined up including Kid Rock, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Rihanna, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Lil Wayne, Paul McCartney, Radiohead and Jay-Z.

The band have already confirmed they'll be performing the new single ‘Get On Your Boots’ at the UK's Brit Awards at London's Earls Court, ten days later on Wednesday 18 February. And a few days after that they'll be in Berlin to play at Germany's Echo Awards.

Ann Xiao, animation artist of GOYB

In her blog the animation artist Ann Xiao,writes about her work in the new video for U2´s GOYB.
She says that working in this project took her 10 days to complete the nearly four minutes of film, hundreds of lenses, fast switch to the rhythm, animation combined with live shots.
She confesses that,

“In junior high school when I gave my brother to listen to U2, and I did not expect that one day I can personaly direct their music video! The new song Get on your Boots I like, listened along addiction, filled with extreme levels of rock."

She also explains the storyline of the video:

"The film is about feminist girl power, women are the future, women save the world. I am responsible for all design and animation. Martyn is responsible for live shooting and editing. “

In the story, the heroine kicks, punches her way through the video with loud gunfire. Ann Xiao says it is a lot of fun and that it made her dream of Bono saying:

“This isn’t a music video. This is a computer game!”


Brit Awards: Here They Go!!

> “U2 boys Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton are back in business mode folks. We caught up with them last night as they left their North Dublin studios as they just finished-up rehearsing brand new material for their upcoming Brit Awards live appearance.

It's all-hands-on-deck as U2 prepare to unleash their spanking new album 'No Line On The Horizon' this coming spring, after a prolonged break from the music industry as Bono worked his humanitarian magic on the world's politicians. ..">U2 four were at their dockland's studio getting ready for their big Brits Awards debut in London this coming February 18th. We're just hoping the rest of the material off their new record is a little better than the first track, 'Ger On Your Boots', which didn't really light our fire. We wanted to like it, but it was all a bit meh. ">Sooo, after a long day going through their new set routine, Bono and the boys emerged from their studio and jumped into their fancy fleet of automobiles. Although, The Edge managed to speed off before getting grabbed by an army of autograph hunters, but the rest of U2 gladly obliged their fans..”

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Watch the new vid of "Get on your Boots"!!!!

The first chance to see the video for U2’s new single "Get On Your Boots" will be on, the website of Ireland’s best-selling daily newspaper.

This exclusive viewing is the first time the long-awaited video will be available to view online in Ireland.

Ireland leads the way with new U2 album

Hot Press announces that "Get On Your Boots" has shot straight to No. 1 in the Irish airplay charts.
The article appeared two days ago, and here are some excerpts...

"The single -- the first from the band's hugely anticipated No Line on the Horizon album -- has already been greeted with widespread critical acclaim, significantly raising expectations for what is destined to be one of the year's big records. Originally titled "Sexy Boots" the track is a thoroughly contemporary, intense electro grunge exercise, with Adam Clayton's powerful bass to the fore, which mixes hip hop influences with shades of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Beatles.

"We came up with 'Sexy Boots,' and everyone got very excited by the idea and we pursued it, but in the end we just thought it was a bit limiting, and so we took it in another direction. That's the way it often happens with U2," Edge told Hot Press. Edge also waxed lyrical about the video for the single, made by French director Alex Courtes, who was also responsible for the video for "City of Blinding Lights." "It's based around the idea that men have fucked things up so badly, politically, economically and socially that it's really time we handed things over to women. We had our doubts when we saw a rough cut -- but the finished video is brilliant. He's really nailed it."

"'Get On Your Boots' is a great opening salvo from what is a brilliant album," Hot Press editor Niall Stokes commented. "No Line on the Horizon is a huge record, full of big songs, powerful riffs and superb musicianship. It's more musically diverse that any U2 album since Rattle and Hum, mixing hard rock, psychedelia, pop, electronica, dance, folk, country, spiritual music and orchestral shadings in what is a fantastically heady brew. It will certainly challenge U2 fans, but my guess is that they'll ultimately be inspired. It's going to be a massive record. I can't wait to hear the songs live."

The single has also won the approval of radio in the U.K., where it is currently at No. 6 on the airplay charts. No Line on the Horizon is released on February 27 in Ireland and March 3 in the U.S.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Under a Red Blood Sky (part 2)

Second part of our review on the DVD of the famous concert at Red Rocks, Denver ,Colorado, 1983.

The band quickly moved into the next song, ‘Twilight’ and then one of my favourite earlier songs, ‘An Cat Dubh/Into the heart’, followed. The Edge’s guitar in this song is so seductive … and you can feel the mood of the song, remembering that Bono said this song is ‘definitely about sex’ … oh yes, it is!

The band´s performances was so energetic and I had the impression that it was tangible and real..and when I saw the stream emanating from their mouth as they breathed, I gathered maybe they were also trying to stay warm!

Before "Surrender" could start, Bono had something he wanted to share with the crowd:

"What can I say, really? What can I say? You know, at first we wanted to make this film in the sunshine, here at Red Rocks, and then we realised that would be very wrong for this group.This is what´s right for this group, this film.This film is going right across the world as a record of tonight. You wanna say hello to Japan? Say hello to Japan! From an LP titled, "War", a song titled "Surrender".Would you dance with me?"

And of course,who could resist?

"Two hearts beat as one" is another of my early favourites, and seeing them performing this live, was absolutely amazing!"Seconds"was a crowd favourite, and youcould see them singing along with Bono, despite the cold and the drizzly rain.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bono´s scarf

Bono takes advantage of his presentations (either with the band or alone) to promote what he calls "his other job".During the inauguration party in the Lincoln Memorial we could see him wearing a very nice scarf. Obviously it was an Edun exclusive product. Fans went mad in the net to try to find "Bono´s scarf"...Well now here it is at "inaugural price"...

"Our new Poem Scarf, made in Kenya of 100% Organic Cotton, is now available at a special "inaugural" price. Plus, all Natural color tees in our EDUN LIVE Basics collection are now 50% off through February. If you haven't yet tried these certified organic tees made grow to sew in Uganda, now's the perfect time!

Rilke Poem Scarf
  • Worn by Bono at Obama's Inauguration Concert; features Rilke poem.
  • 100% Organic Cotton
  • Made in Kenya
  • $50
With all its eyes the natural world looks out into
the Open. Only our eyes are turned backward,
and surround plant, animal, child like traps, as
they emerge into their freedom.
We know what is really out there only from the
animal's gaze; for we take the very young child
and force it around, so that it sees objects--not the
Open, which is so deep in animals' faces. Free
from death. We, only, can see death; the free animal
has its decline in back of it, forever, and God in
front, and when it moves, it moves already in
eternity, like a fountain.
Never not for a single day, do we have before us
that space into which flowers endlessly open.

Rainer M. Rilke, "The Eighth Elegy"

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Conversation with U2's Producer Daniel Lanois/Part 3

Alan Cross has posted the third part of his convesation with U2 producer.

"This time Daniel talks about other tracks on the album.

Daniel Lanois: Well there is a few other titles, that have kind of exotic beginnings. There's one called “At the Moment of Surrender,” which is one of my personal favorites.

It's pretty much a collaborated piece. Myself and Eno are included as song writers on that one. It’s a very exotic and fantastic foundation.

Alan Cross: Is that the 7 Min song?

DL: Yes. It’s beautiful, it’s passionate, and full of soul. I’m very proud of it.

And it’s one of the first things we have created together. There were a few more like that, that came out of the early session. It was pretty much a creative and writing environment, and we have always done well that way.

Because a big part off U2 is its capacity to improvise --- and Eno and I also love to do that --- we could come up with several new tracks. So the beginning of that album had that freedom where people were allowed to bring whatever they wanted to the table.

AC: “Get on your Boots” is track 6 on the record, which was oddly deep for a first single. And it has me wondering: what happens through the first 5 songs of the CD?

DL: The first few songs on the CD are pretty magical. In fact, “No line on the Horizon,” the title song, is a fantastic mixture of hand played instruments; everybody really going for it. It’s kind of like science fiction rock and roll.

It’s definitely an incredible piece, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.

There is another one called “Being Born,” which again has that kind of band vitality. It's one of my favorite pieces on the new record for sure.

AC: I can’t wait to hear it! I’ve been told but I'll just ask you: Is it more “Achtung Baby” then “Atomic Bomb?” Or is it more "Pop" then “Atomic Aomb?"

DL: I believe this new record scores very high with its innovation. I suppose we can draw some comparisons to “Achtung Baby” that way because it was also an innovated time when we were determined to break some kind of ground sonically. And I think the same thing has happened here.

I wouldn’t make a direct comparison because all the ideas and the sounds are brand new. But I suppose it's similar in the sense that the band had the appetite to do something wildly new and interesting. So it’s less of a band huddle, and more of an exotic, innovated, huddle."

Heaney & Bono: Poet and Singer united in support

Bono and Seamus Heaney offered their unqualified support for the presidency of Barack Obama following his historic inauguration in Washington yesterday.

The U2 frontman and the Nobel laureate poet from Bellaghy said they have full confidence in America's first black president whom they both believe will bring substantial changes -- not only to the USA but to the world at large.

Speaking on RTE's Prime Time last night, Bono said he believes President Obama offers "a real chance in the next two years for some breakthroughs concerning globalisation and climate change and extreme poverty."

Mr. Heaney said Obama's presidency has the potential to become "one of the historic presidencies."

"He represents the same kind of promise as (John F.) Kennedy -- youth, change, wholeness -- that transmits and is believable with him.

"If everything that is potentially there happens, he could be into the Lincoln class, perhaps. But certainly it's a moment of large possibility within America and the whole world, really," he told a special edition of the programme broadcast from Washington to mark the inauguration.

By Allison Bray, Belfast Telegraph, January 21, 2009

Bruce & Bono: big guys

Neil McCormick, friend of the band and writer of a couple of U2 books, has written in Telegraph, January 21, 2009 an article about the relevance of rock stars like Bono and Bruce Springsteen.Here are some snippets...

"Love them or hate them, Bono and Bruce Springsteen are two rock stars who have remained relevant to successive generations.

This week, U2 return to the airwaves with a new single, "Get On Your Boots."
Driven by a wiry, heavy metal guitar riff and bouncing along on relentless, staccato rhythm, a familiar voice fires off aphorisms like "Satan loves a bomb scare" and "The future needs a big kiss." If ever Bono should tire of music or politics, he could surely get a job as a copywriter in an ad agency. But many will remain suspicious, wondering what he is pedalling now.

For some Bono is the greatest rock star of our times, for others he is an insufferable bore. Perhaps more than any other rock star, he has become a divisive, love him or hate him figure. It is something of which he is well aware. "I'm sick of Bono," he said recently. "And I am him." It is no secret where I stand on this. I have known Bono a long time and followed his band since my schooldays. I can be accused (and regularly am) of bias yet I consider myself lucky to have had a front row seat at the gestation of one of the defining rock bands of our times. In terms of cultural impact (let alone ticket and album sales), their influence is all over modern rock, from the scale and imagination of their live presentation to the sonic tapestry of Edge's guitars and producer Brian Eno's synths.Many of the most popular rock bands of the moment (Coldplay, Kings of Leon and The Killers, amongst others) are unabashed in their devotion to U2, yet arguably their real influence is not so much musical as ideological.t is about commitment and passion, the notion that a band can stay together for thirty years or more with a work ethic that pushes them to forge music that is relevant, engaging with the pop charts and the wider world too.

It is for the latter that Bono, in particular, is held in contempt. Perhaps he should be more like Bruce Springsteen, another idealistic rock star who returns to the fray this week with a new album, Working on a Dream. While politically engaged, Springsteen takes a more subtle, community based approach, built on bonds forged with his audience over a lifetime's work.

Yet to ask Bono to reign himself in would be to go against his nature and dilute his impact. Back in the early days of U2 he created two characters to act out onstage, the Fool and the Boy. Only the latter made it onto record (in songs on U2's debut album, Boy) but the fool has often been called into service nonetheless. Bono is an optimistic, over enthusiastic, energetic character not afraid (as many in his profession are) of making an idiot of himself. As the lead singer in a band, he considers it his job to jump around and make a big noise, draw attention, fly a flag (sometimes literally) and rally for the cause. He wants to make a difference and so he uses the tools at his disposal: his fame, passion and talent. It is what makes him such a powerful irritant: he is The Fly in your ear (and the ears of world leaders) buzzing away, getting his message across.

Ultimately, politics is secondary because Bono (and, for that matter, the Boss) will be history when they no longer make music that inspires a reaction. While many of their contemporaries have either (forcibly) retired or retreated to a comfort zone of nostalgic hits, here are artists constantly striving to create new work to rival their best. "Get On Your Boots" is a zinger of a modern pop song, fresh, funky and bursting with ideas. Love them or hate them, it is hard to ignore big guns when they are blazing.

Get on your Boots: The Video

Apparently the music video of "Get on your Boots" will premiere in the UK on January 30 at 11:35 pm on ITV1. No word on premiere info for other countries, yet.

Meanwhile there are speculations about a 2009 tour.

An article in El Tiempo, Colombia's largest newspaper, says that U2 will play at a new arena being built in Bogota.

What is known is that U2 are confirmed to perform at the ECHO Awards next month in Berlin. The event takes places February 21 at O2 World.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

MR. President, Barack

Bono wrote an open letter to the new president of the USA, Mr.Barack Obama.

"Mr. President, Barack. Every room I have ever been in with you was a much easier room for your presence. It’s rare to meet a person like you, where intellect and intuition make such a perfect rhyme. Your intuition tells you that the well-being of the American people, spiritually as well as physically, is connected with America’s role in the world.
I know you know that the prosperity of your fellow Americans, though hard fought, is less fulfilling knowing there is so much more that can be done to alleviate poverty and suffering in the developing world.
You know that less than one per cent of government income as a contribution from the world’s richest economy to the world’s poorest is not a fair tithe — even in times like these — which is why you have promised to double foreign assistance.
As with our own personal sojourn, so it is with country and community we discover who we are in service to others. I know your intellect has weighed up the evidence on how effective American tax dollars are, when converted into smart, targeted, focused aid.
Putting children into school where they can think freely of freedom. Giving farmers on the parched land seed varieties that double the size of their crop yields.
Giving mothers 20 cent immunisations to protect their newborns from the deadly viruses they pass on through childbirth.
I know your intellect has taken in the data and seen the analysis on the transforming power of effective aid in places where the flag is currently not one smiled at.
I know you know how much cheaper it is to make friends of potential enemies than to defend yourself at a later date. I know you know all this stuff.
My prayer for you is that your instinct and intellect stay in harmony in the difficult months and triumphant years ahead"

'Boden Sea, Uttwil'

From we have an explanation of the cover of "No Line on the Horizon".

"'Boden Sea, Uttwil', That's the title of the image by Hiroshi Sugimoto on the cover of No Line on the Horizon. Here's the story behind it...

A month and a half before the release of No Line on the Horizon, with the first single only released to radio this week, there's a surprising level of online chat about... the album cover design. We thought we'd find out a little more.

The artwork, designed as usual by the team at Four5One in Dublin, features a seascape by the renowned Japanese artist and photographer, Hiroshi Sugimoto, who has known Bono for several years. (One of his works hangs in the band's management offices.) One of a few contemporary photographers who continue to work with traditional photographic techniques such as the silver gelatine process and the use of long exposures, the horizon is a central motif in Sugimoto’s 'Seascapes' collection. He's travelled the world to stand on remote cliffs overlooking oceans, capturing the light and atmosphere and the way these effects play in front of the horizon, which always precisely bisects his frame. His work has touched millions and U2 are not the first to see a symmetry between their work and his. We spoke to Shaughn McGrath at Four5One to ask how the design came together.

When did the idea for the album design first begin to emerge ?

The first thing that came about was the title of the record - No Line on the Horizon - that was there from the inception. Bono mentioned it to us last Spring, but at that time he didn't say too much else.

Five words isn't much to go on.

For me it inspired an atmosphere. There's something about how all of us are deeply drawn to looking out across the sea – to the horizon – that draws strong memories and feelings of time and place. There's also this sense in the title of removing barriers, a longing for purity and beauty and the unspoilt... a longing to return to a perfect moment.

Did Bono give you anything else to go on ?

He did, he talked to us about this Japanese photographer/artist who he loved, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and in particular he wanted us to look at his seascapes. That was really useful as it gave us some kind of reference for thinking about the look of the record. At that stage, when a record is nowhere near finished, the band will often talk about ideas they are working on, many of which can change when they actually get nearer the end of writing and recording. But telling us about Sugimoto's seascapes was really helpful, from them we sensed this remarkable synergy with the title of the album.

You decided to work with one particular image, 'Boden Sea, Uttwil', for the album cover.

We felt it was such an emotive image, that there was a natural coherence with the album's themes, that suggested release. And so we set this beautiful, velvet image of Sugimoto's very simply in a white surround.

Does that explain your very spare approach to the album design? It doesn't even have the album title.

It's unusual this but when we had our first meeting with the band to show our design proposal, we showed them this cover execution and they said 'Yes'. I added, 'You know it doesn't even have the title on it?' And they still said 'Yes'. The thing is that each of them in the band is very visually switched on, they all have strong design ideas and I think they realise that there are many ways of giving an album its name, it doesn't just have to be by putting it on the sleeve of the record. It's a cliche but it's true - you can sometimes say much more with far less.

What's the story on the 'equals' sign ?

The equals sign exists on its own, it isn't embedded in the image, but associated with it, on a different plane. It adds to the album's visual idiom. Whatever the culture and language spoken, this universal mathematical symbol is understood, and so it complements the clarity of expression in the image. What we love about the equals sign is the simplicity, the purity - like the title, No Line on the Horizon.

A few days after the album design was revealed, there were some stories online noting that the image had been previously used as an album cover ?

I've just heard about that album and its cover. But I think we're doing something different with Sugimoto's image, something uniquely connected with this latest body of work from U2. And while I'm pleased we've been able to do something that has so few brushstrokes and yet says so much, the response to the design of an album is connected with how well people connect with the album. To give you an earlier example, the first album I worked on with U2 was Achtung Baby in 1991 - that sleeve is widely admired, but probably because the album is so great. People love that cover because they came to love the album. These things don't exist in isolation. It's all connected to the music.

Talking of which, you've heard the finished album now, what do you think ?

I'm blown away by it, and pleased as punch for the band. Their ability to make such beautiful music, with such refreshing, interesting sounds never ceases to amaze me, something that makes the role of the designer all the more challenging and exciting.


Conversation with U2's Producer Daniel Lanois/Part 2

Second part of Alan Cross´s chat with Daniel Lanois on "No Line on the Horizon"

Alan Cross: So, putting together an album is a very intricate sort of a thing. You guys started working in Fez. Where did you go from there?

Daneil Lanois: We started in Fez Morocco because we wanted a musical and exotic location. One of my first conversations with Bono was one about future hymns—spiritual songs for the future—and he was at the opinion that Morocco would be a great crossroads for a universal feeling for the album.

AC: Did it work?

DL: I think it worked, it set a lovely tone. But the funny thing is everything sounded a little more Moroccan without even ever being to Morocco. So just by having the thought in our heads, it meant that are preparations prior to arriving in Morocco already had a little bit of exoticism in them.

AC: Where else was the album written and recorded?

DL: We were in the south of France for a good part of it, and that was fantastic because we were away from are usual pre occupations. And it was nice to be looking at the Mediterranean every morning. I feel that just as much came out of France as came out of Marico.

But we have always done well in locations out of the ordinary, out of the formal recording studio actually, so working in Marico and France was a continuation of that angle or philosophy that we always operated by.

AC: Well I guess you have no place else to go because Hanover key is gone. It’s been expropriated, the land has been expropriated they were suppose to build a tower there.

DL: Well U2 still have there digs in Dublin but I think there is talk about a relocation, but it has not happened yet.

AC: With this album were you again the hands on guy, and was Eno the oblique strategies bowfin in the background?

DL: We had a great beginning on this record, Eno and I, with the band huddled up and no holds barred just had a lot of fun for a few weeks trying all kind of angles and jams.

We all brought something to the table on this time around, Eno is a great man for bringing in prepared rhythmus for Larry to play. too. So we had a lot of fun with that and my technological beginnings.

Alan Cross is the host of the radio edition of ExploreMusic as well as The Ongoing History of New Music. He’s also the senior program director at Splice Interactive and the Chief Curator of Exploremusic.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Conversation with U2's Producer Daniel Lanois/Part 1

Alan Cross posted in his blog part of a conversation he had with Lanois about U2 new album.

Alan Cross: I was up this morning at ten after three downloading the U2 single.

DL: Oh! How was it?

AC: It’s not bad! It’s got some interesting sounds; I think that there was some pretty good production behind it.

DL: Ok. [Laughs]

AC: There was some really interesting sounds in that song. It’s kind of like when I first listened to “Achtung Baby” and heard “The Fly” and you think “This is the band that gave us “Pride in the Name of Love” and “With or Without You?” There are some really sophisticated sounds happening here.

DL: Yeah it’s a hell of a groove, and some of the sounds were provided by The Edge himself. The main guitar parts.

And then there are some nice bits of processing in there, there is a little [makes a laser-like sound that goes “dew dew”]—like a little sound that sort of scoots by, like a high speed sound effect, that’s one that was born through the process of studio manipulation, and it’s one that stuck. So that’s one of the little sounds, courtesy of Daniel Lanois.

AC: That’s got to be one of Adam’s best grooves in a very long time, no?

DL: I think the groove was fantastic. I like the fact that it’s got a nice interesting mixture of technology and hand-played drums.

AC: Now I want to ask you about the drums. Are those electronic drums or is he triggering samples? They don’t sound acoustic…

DL: Oh, that’s an acoustic drum kit on there!

AC: It is?

DL: Absolutely, but there is a separate track that features kind of a bass drum loop that we did of Larry, and it runs along side of the main kit and is featured in certain sections of it. I quite like the marriage of hand-played and the electro combination. I think is very special.

AC: Making a U2 album is never a simple process. They are an industry into themselves. You can measure part of the Irish GDP based on U2 output!

DL: [Laughs] I’ll take your word for it!

AC: So, putting together an album is a very intricate sort of a thing. You guys started working in Fez. Where did you go from there?

DL: We started in Fez Morocco because we wanted a musical and exotic location. One of my first conversations with Bono was one about future hymns—spiritual songs for the future—and he was at the opinion that Morocco would be a great crossroads for a universal feeling for the album.

AC: Did it work?

DL: I think it worked, it set a lovely tone. But the funny thing is everything sounded a little more Moroccan without even ever being to Morocco. So just by having the thought in our heads, it meant that are preparations prior to arriving in Morocco already had a little bit of exoticism in them.

He promised he would post more tomorrow...

Worldwide Radio Goes Wild For New U2

Billboard published yesterday international reaction to U2 new single "Get on your Boots".
U2's new single, "Get on Your Boots," scored massive audience numbers throughout Europe and the United Kingdom on its debut day of radio airplay yesterday (Jan. 19), according to Nielsen Music Control.

Arriving on the second day of the airplay-monitoring week, the new single shot straight to No. 1 on Ireland's airplay chart and No. 4 in the U.K., with total audiences of two million and 12.5 million respectively.

The song also fared well in Germany (78 million), Italy (11 million) and Austria (10 million), despite arriving near the end of the European monitoring week. Belgium and Holland showed a promising start with respective audiences of 3.5 and 2.6 million.

In the United States, "Boots" received 529 total spins, according to Nielsen BDS. KYSR-Los Angeles played it 24 times, while KENZ-Salt Lake City was second with 18.

"Get on Your Boots" was unveiled simultaneously around the world at 8:15 a.m. GMT yesterday. Originally U2 had announced the song would not be available digitally until Feb. 15, but it went live yesterday via Apple's iTunes Music Store in the United States.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

America´s Song

To celebrate the inauguration of the 44th American President, Barack Obama, Oprah prepared a special programme with Bono and many artists as guests. Among others, Mary J. Blige,, Faith Hill, Seal, and David Foster. The song they sang "America´s song" was written by
the song can be downloaded from Oprah´s website.

Message from Bono

News From One:

"U2 performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people at “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration” concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. ONE co-founder Bono took a few moments backstage to record this message to ONE members. Check it out!


Monday, January 19, 2009

On Air: Get on your Boots

Finally the so awaited new U2 single has seen air.

Dave Fanning was the first to play "Get On Your Boots" in the world in his programme
Colm and Jim-Jim in 2FM ,Ireland.
Here´s the commercial for the premiere.

The song will be available from iTunes for download.Meanwhile we can listen to the song,as is streaming the song round the clock at

Now that "Get on your boots" is out , what do you think?

Let Freedom Ring!!!!

'On this spot where we're standing, 46 years ago, Dr King had a dream. On Tuesday, that dream comes to pass.' U2 performed 'Pride' and 'City of Blinding LIghts' to an audience of 400,000 in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington tonight.

Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, John Legend and James Taylor were among a catalogue of household names performing at the 'We Are One' inaugural concert for President-elect Obama. Towards the end, Samuel L Jackson took the stage in the shadow of the giant statue of Abraham Lincoln and recalled Rosa Parks, the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King and how 'a band from Ireland was moved by Dr King's message and his sacrifice and wrote a song to remember and honour him...'

"Let freedom ring," announced Bono as U2 arrived on stage and struck up the opening bars of Pride (In The Name of Love). “This is not just an American dream,' he said. "Also an Irish dream, a European dream, an African dream … an Israeli dream ... and also a Palestinian dream."

'Let freedom ring, let freedom ring....' he continued, as Edge played the opening chords to City of Blinding Lights. "What a thrill for four Irish boys from the north side of Dublin to honour you sir, the next president of the United States, Barack Obama...'

And it looked beautiful again tonight, in this city of blinding lights where as the song went tonight. 'America is getting ready to leave the ground....'

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A big song with lots of layers...

"No Line on the Horizon" De luxe version

The official has posted Dave Fanning´s opinion on "Get on your Boots"

As usual, the person to premiere the track will be Irish TV and radio presenter Dave Fanning, someone who's been championing the band since he first started playing their demos on pirate radio more than three decades ago. Ever since, Dave's got the first play of a new U2 single. We tracked him down at 2FM in Dublin.

So you’ve heard the single, which the rest of the world will hear on Monday - first impressions?

First impressions is that there’s eleven tracks on the album and ‘Get On Your Boots’ is the one you’d instantly say is the single. It’s the ‘Vertigo’ of the album - although a completely different kind of song. That was a new song which was an instant hit night after night on the last tour and this song will be the same on the next tour. People will be impressed, it’s very U2 and there’ s nothing wrong with that, a big song with lots of layers but not overproduced. Great track.

Sounds like you’ve heard the album too?

I have, just a few times though and it’s hard to give you first impressions because I need to hear it in the car and in the bath. But certainly you know in hearing it that they remain a great creative force as a band, what I’m not sure of yet is whether it is the beginning of a new sequence of albums or the third in a series that began with All That You Can’t Leave Behind.
It’s a big record though and I was struck by the running order, that tracks 2 (Magnificent), 3 (Moment of Surrender), and 4 (Unknown Caller) alone are almost twenty minutes of music. Normally you find longer songs at the end of a record, but these come before you even reach Get On Your Boots. Some of the lyric writing seemed more personal than usual to me, and there’s lots of buried songs on there too, songs that will grow on you – like if you ask your average U2 fan to sing ‘A Man and A Woman’ or ‘Crumbs Under your Table’ from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb they might not be able to, but they were gems. The album has plenty of songs like that, songs to return to.

There was a time when they let you choose the single release.

Yes, it’s hard to believe that thirty years ago they came into my show, all four of them every night for a week, and we played three of their songs a night and asked the audience to decide what the single should be. Out of Control got it, with Stories for Boys as a b-side and we threw in Boy-Girl too. I remember a thousand copies of the single were pressed and we launched it at Windmill Lane and about 15 people turned up. I’d been playing their demo tapes since being on pirate stations in 1978, I just got behind them, I never even knew they would get as far as another demo. I’m not brilliant, I couldn’t predict anything, I was more into The Undertones at the time but U2 just seemed to be going along the same lines as me and I liked them.

Ever since you’ve always had the world premiere of a new U2 single from a new album.

I’ve had the world exclusive ever since, Paul McGuinness always likes to start a new campaign with me. I asked him about it this morning, he said he thought I was a good luck charm. But my feeling on this album is that while it’s been a really long wait, it is worth the wait. They were the biggest band of the eighties, then they dominated the nineties and now they’re writing a whole new chapter in another decade - not young anymore but still looking very cool. I think of all the 17 year olds who are going to buy this record and it will only be the third or fourth record they have bought - they’re still right up there.

One other song that really stood out for you ?

Stand Up Comedy – the nearest thing they’ve ever done to Led Zeppelin. But I could change my mind, wait till I’ve heard it in the bath a few times. One - from Achtung Baby - never hit me for months.

The album seems stunning, we can hardly wait so if you are anxious; there´s a blog from Seattle
The Mountain (103.7) that has two snippets of "Get on your boots".If you don´t mind the low quality and the short length, go ahead. I´d rather wait...

Friday, January 16, 2009

In Defense of Bono

Robert A. George from NBC PHiladepphia has written a very interesting article about Bono called "In Defense of Bono" (if he really needs any defense at all!!)

A rock star for post-partisan times

OK, I get why I also should be sipping on the hater-ade when it comes to Bono, lead singer of U2, businessman and humanitarian. There's the intentional grandiosity he feels he must always project -- no matter the song or cause; the need to pick up the Concerned Citizen of The World mantle that Bob "Do They Know Its Christmas?" Geldof wasn't even ready to surrender. And, yes, dang it -- twenty-plus years of those freakin' shades! And then, the act that has unleashed the hordes of the blogosphere on him -- a column in the Sunday New York Times that was meandering and so full of itself that it made Maureen Dowd seem a model of literary restraint. The Times even had to post a correction on Wednesday.

All that said, I'm willing to cut Bono some major slack.

It's partly personal: U2 provided a soundtrack to the bulk of my adult life. The connection was forcefully recharged with All That You Can't Leave Behind: Though released nearly a year before 9/11, the album's songs uncannily spoke to the most shocking event in the nation's domestic history -- particularly for those of us living in New York, dealing with the reality of a smoking pit called Ground Zero: "Beautiful Day", "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" (Hello??), "New York", "Grace", "Elevation." The coincidence was almost supernatural.

But, beyond the personal connection. I forgive Bono because, unlike most celebrities, he's concerned about two things: Making music as passionately as he and the band did from the start -- and making a difference in the world in a more-than-dilettante manner.

He's also a decent human being. The only aspect of the "rock 'n' roll lifestyle" that consumes Bono is the music itself -- whether playing it or talking about it. He's been with the same woman for 33 years -- married to her for 26. He doesn't show up in the tabloids or gossip columns with supermodels, fighting in bars, collapsed out in the streets, strung out on drugs, etc.

For all of the trouble Bono's gotten into for occasionally dropping an F-bomb on live television, a U2 concert is as safe as a Jonas Brothers show for young kids. During the "Vertigo" tour three years ago, I saw them at the New Jersey Meadowlands. A family -- parents in their mid -40's with a teenage daughter -- all looking like they'd had a great time.

He is both harbinger and embodiment of the current political mood. Note that Bono and Barack Obama are the same age. Though one hails from Ireland and the other America-via-exotic back-story, they see the world through similar (sun) lenses: They put a premium on post-partisanship.

Indeed, Bono admits that his trips to the Bush White House didn't exactly go over well with his band-mates -- or others in the entertainment world. But Bono wouldn't pile on with the Bush-bashing. He realized that if he wanted to get the US to support his Africa relief plan -- beyond just individual donations -- he would have to engage American decision-makers. So, he wasn't going to let partisanship get in the way.

Yeah, it's easy to say that Bono's ego is such that he doesn't care who's in the White House -- as long as he gets to hang there and be "cool." Well, maybe so, but how does that explain former Sen. Rick Santorum? One would be hard-pressed to find a less "cool" Republican to hang with. But there was Bono after one of the sessions of the 2004 Republican Convention -- hanging out at Santorum's after-party at the Columbus Club on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

There wasn't a horde of paparazzi either outside or in. He had no entourage with him. He was just chatting with whomever would listen about his DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade Africa) and ONE organizations. He said he was there because Santorum invited him -- and Republicans are in the majority so I have to talk to them . A couple years earlier, Bono dismayed fans by meeting with the late Jesse Helms -- who pronounced Bono as "genuine" and "well-prepared" in trying to get aid to Africa that would actually get to the people who needed it. This is the sort of common sense you wish every cause-chasing Hollywood-type would follow. With that post-partisan pragmatic approach, Bono sounds like Obama (or, more accurately, Obama sounds like Bono).

Ironically though, Andrew Sullivan who loves and admires Obama's pragmatic sensibility, dismisses Bono for his "opaque" lyrics. Right -- and no one has accused Obama of high-flying rhetoric that appears not to mean anything at first glance?!?! The similarity between singer and politician are pretty strong.

A friend once said, in a rather disapproving tone, that "U2 is the biggest Christian band in the world -- spreading the Word under the radar." Sounds about right. Bono once praised John Paul II "the best front man the Catholic Church ever had." He recognized rock 'n' roll charisma wherever it manifests itself. Bono is basically a "temperamental conservative" who sincerely believes the best way to encourage people into doing good is to convey the joy he finds doing good.

So, Bono wants to inspire others to do the same -- starting with young people and then convincing the "grown-ups." Sound familiar?

Copyright NBC Local Media

Definite Tracklist & Cover has confirmed the definite tracklist of "No Line on the Horizon"

"Produced by Brian Eno, Danny Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, sessions for No Line On The Horizon began in Fez, Morocco, and continued at the band’s Dublin studio, New York’s Platinum Sound Recording Studios, and London's Olympic Studios.

Released on March 2nd (March 3rd in the US), the album will come in a standard format with 24 page booklet and in digipak format. The digipak includes an extended booklet and the album’s companion film “Linear” by Anton Corbijn. A limited edition 64 page magazine will also be available, featuring the band in conversation with artist Catherine Owens, and new Anton Corbijn photographs. No Line On The Horizon will be released on 180gm vinyl.
The album cover artwork is an image of the sea meeting the sky by Japanese artist and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. (as posted here yesterday)

Here's the full tracklisting:

1. No Line On The Horizon
2. Magnificent
3. Moment of Surrender
4. Unknown Caller
5. I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
6. Get On Your Boots
7. Stand Up Comedy
8. Fez – Being Born
9. White As Snow
10. Breathe
11. Cedars Of Lebanon
No Line On The Horizon will be available in five formats;

- Standard jewel case - with album CD and 24 page booklet

- Digipak format - limited edition with album CD, 32 page colour booklet and fold out poster. Features access to exclusive downloadable Anton Corbijn film.

- Magazine format – limited edition with album CD, with 64 page magazine. Features access to exclusive downloadable Anton Corbijn film.

- Box format - limited edition bespoke box containing digipak format album CD, DVD of Anton Corbijn’s exclusive film, 64 page hardback book, plus a fold out poster.

- LP vinyl – limited edition with 2 black vinyl discs, gatefold sleeve, and a 16 page booklet."

They also confirmed the release of "Get on your Boots" as first single.

Get On Your Boots, the first single from U2’s new album No Line On The Horizon, will be released as a digital download on February 15th with a physical format to follow on February 16 through Mercury/Universal.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Cover of No Line on the Horizon???

"Mystery of mysteries, water and air are right there before us in the sea. Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home; I embark on a voyage of seeing..." H.Sugimoto

Rumours go that the cover of the new album could be a picture by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Born on 1948, Sugimoto is a Japanese photograher currently dividing his time between Tokyo and New York.His catalog is made up of a number of series, each having a distinct theme and similar attributes.Sugimoto has spoken of his work as an expression of ‘time exposed’, or photographs serving as a time capsule for a series of events in time. His work also focuses on transience of life, and the conflict between life and death.Sugimoto is also deeply influenced by the writings and works of Duchamp as well as the Dadaist and Surrealist movements as a whole. He has also expressed a great deal of interest in late 20th century modern architecture. he has said:"I try to never be satisfied; this way I will always be challenging my spirit."
See his website:

Some think that the above picture could be the cover of the new album. It may be true, but I also think that if U2 chose Sugimoto (whose work philosophy seems similar to that of the band's)
it could due to his originality so the photographer might have made a new piece of work for the band. But as I said before these are all rumours...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Deconstructing Larry: the creative tension behind U2

Interesting article in the online version of the Irish Independent.

"With their first album in five years due, Richie Taylor examines the chemistry that makes the band tick.

On first glance it looked like the multi-million U2 bubble was finally about to burst. UK music magazine Q conducted four separate interviews with Bono, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and The Edge for their new issue.

So far so good -- except that when finally given a chance to air his world views at length, drummer Larry unleashed what seemed like a broadside on Bono, his politics and his seemingly non-stop humanitarian campaign work.

Larry is best known as a backroom boy, even though it was he who formed the band all those years ago in Mount Temple School on Dublin's Malahide Road. To begin with, it was his band and they all deferred to him. In fact, they apparently still do, to a certain extent.

Larry is the no-nonsense sticksman who prefers to keep his private life out of the spotlight, is extremely protective of his family and is usually the one to cry halt to the other three when things are getting a little bit out of hand.

Larry rarely gives interviews, with himself and bassist Adam Clayton seemingly happy to leave all that extra work to the loquacious frontman Bono and stoic guitar ace The Edge.

Therefore, it was all the more surprising to read Larry declaring that he believes former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should be tried as a war criminal over the Iraq invasion.

"Then I see him and Bono as pals, and I don't like that," he said. But according to Larry, Bono is well aware of the drummer's political views, which seem to be at the opposite end of the spectrum to his own.

And Larry went on to state how Bono is using his weight as a celebrity at great cost to himself and his family, to help other people.

"I don't think there's much of an upside to it for him, I don't think he chooses where he goes and who he meets. But as an outsider looking in, I cringe."

While the above statement could possibly be interpreted as an implication that Bono is neglecting his family and even the band, according to a close friend of the quartet, who are all now rapidly approaching 50, Larry's words were actually spoken in a tone of admiration for the singer.

Since they first came together over three decades ago, the four members of U2 have always enjoyed robust debates and discussions. They have been known to argue vehemently over music, tours, attitude and direction. Despite the high profile of Bono, they have somehow remained a democracy -- of some kind. And when somebody doesn't like something, they are quick to speak out, without caring about the consequences.

At the time of recording their last album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, in their Dublin studios on Hanover Quay, Larry exclaimed in an interview that Bono's constantly having to take off somewhere on his charity work was slowing down their progress in the studio. The only solution for them at the time was to continue to keep on working with the producers until he returned. Which he always did.

The friend said: "The relationship between the four of them is really like a marriage. Sometimes we've expected to see blood and guts on the floor when an argument kicks off at a meeting or in the recording studio.

"But I think that is what keeps them going. They're pulling in four directions all the time and it somehow seems to fuel their creativity, their purpose and their mission."

In the early days of U2, Bono and Larry were actually the closest in the band and used to bunk in together back in the days when sparse finances necessitated cheap twin rooms on the road instead of suites. And insiders believe that in some strange way they possibly still are the closest.

But they hardly ever socialise together now when they're not working. While Bono regularly hits the town with old childhood pals Guggi and Gavin Friday, and occasionally The Edge, Larry prefers to spend time in his retreat in Howth with his family.

While Bono, his wife Ali and pals are photographed every summer with supermodels and Hollywood superstars in the south of France, Larry and his family are never pictured with them. But then neither is Adam Clayton, who reportedly spends a lot of his time abroad with his current girlfriend whenever U2 take a break.

But the ever-so-slightly serious Larry revealed: "When I'm finished on a Friday, I'm straight home to see my family. That's my choice. So we spend less time together on a social level. We're still friends, but it's a lot more difficult now.

"It's not the four guys fighting the world. That doesn't exist anymore. The opportunity to just sit around the pub and have a pint and talk about nothing doesn't happen as often as it should."

And in a way Larry probably does miss the old days when they could pop around to the famous Dockers pub beside the old Windmill Lane studios for a pint, one of their famous sausage sandwiches and a quiet chat, with only the occasional foreign fan dropping in to distract them for an autograph.

"I liked it (back then) because it created a bond that was unshakeable. Because the studio can be a difficult environment to work in, when people get het up and passionate. And when people become passionate they become difficult. So the further away you go from confirming your friendship, the harder it is."

Larry has stubbornly remained the only group member to stay based on their native northside. His house looks out on the beach and he has also quietly bought up nearby properties to safeguard his privacy.

The enigmatic Clayton, who has been teetotal for many years now, lives in the Daneswood mansion in Rathfarnham, while Bono lives in Killiney and The Edge lives in Dalkey.

It sounds like the forthcoming album No Line On The Horizon is the result of much hard work and blood, sweat and tears in the numerous recording studios where it was made.

The first single off the album, Get On Your Boots, will be performed live by the band at the Brit Awards in Earl's Court, London, on February 18. US rock bible Rolling Stone described it as "a blazing fuzzed-out rocker which picks up where Vertigo left off".

The album was initially to be produced by the legendary American knob-twiddler Rick Rubin, the man who turned the late Johnny Cash's career around for the last 10 years of his life.

But the sessions didn't work out quite as expected, and they subsequently called in Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, who have worked with them since The Unforgettable Fire in 1984. And they are quick not to blame Rubin, who apparently just has a different method of working in the studio than the Dublin supergroup.

Former Roxy Music member Eno and New Orleans legend Lanois were also involved in some of the writing process, and sessions took place in the south of France, Morocco, London and, to a small extent, Dublin. It was initially supposed to be released last November but was put back until the end of February as all concerned felt that they could do better.

But Larry isn't the only one to sometimes get concerned by Bono's extra-curricular activities. Bono revealed: "Edge always says to me, 'You're an artist, remember that. You're not a politician.'

"But if you've looked into the face of a mother whose daughter or son has died for no good reason, they don't know or care who is president of America. It's something that once you're a witness to, you can't get it out of your head and so you don't take s**t on their behalf."

And when asked why the now veteran band don't just go out and play all the old hits, Bono is adamant in his response.

He said: "Chemistry is a very peculiar thing. As you get older, males want to be lords of their own domain.

"They rid the room of argument and miss out on the friction that caused the spark of their genius. The really sad and pathetic thing is me and Edge have two sons around the same age whose names rhyme -- Eli and Levi. God forbid they should ever form a band, Eli and Levi. It's like a bad joke."

But Larry's comments seem to have caused little worry to Bono, who was out partying last Saturday night with his coterie of close friends. They hit Lillie's Bordello, their favourite late- night haunt, and according to onlookers, Bono was in sparkling form and enjoying a few beers, as well as strutting his stuff on the dancefloor for a few numbers.

Larry was probably tucked up in bed at home by then, dreaming bad dreams about Tony Blair and George W Bush, and how to keep the band on the straight and narrow, without any detours and compromises. Good on him!


Get on your Boots Official Radio Debut

"Get On Your Boots" will be world premiered by Dave Fanning on 2FM on Colm and Jim Jim's morning show on Dublin's 2FM on Monday just after the 8 a.m. news.

While 2FM does stream live online, when "Vertigo" was premiered, 2FM's live stream was cut for the premiere.Hope this does not happen again.

The radio can be tuned worldwide here:


U2 Tour: A Feat of Genius

I guess we´d have to calm down with all the news about U2 in 2009 or we fans won´t be able to cope with the anxiety. has published that U2's new tour will be a "feat of genius". The Irish rockers have been secretly creating a technologically-advanced stage set for when they hit the road later this year, and have promised fans something spectacular. Frontman Bonosaid: "It's fair to say what we've planned for our outdoor shows has never been done before and that we've been working on it for a long time. "It's a feat of engineering genius." Before they go on their proposed tour, U2 will debut their new single 'Get On Your Boots' - taken from their upcoming album 'No Line On The Horizon' - at this year's BRIT Awards on February 18. Ged Doherty, Chairman of the BRITs committee, said: "We're thrilled to confirm U2 have chosen the BRITs for their first global TV performance of their new single." The band has not yet announced any live dates. The group's new album is to be released worldwide in March.

If this is true, get on your boots to walk the U2 road in 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!