Thursday, September 29, 2016

U2#40: Adam Clayton Skypes in for an interview with Dave Fanning

Adam Clayton Skypes in for an interview with Dave Fanning at #U240Cleveland!



 It happened during the panel interview with Irish radio legend Dave Fanning at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, when all of a sudden a two-story tall Adam appeared on the big screen inside a crowded Foster Theater as they were interviewing Fanning.

He took over the session from there, spending close to 15 minutes asking Adam about the band's recent iHeartRadio Music Festival appearance and also getting very detailed about U2's album and tour plans. Adam shared his thoughts on what might happen with both Songs Of Experience and Songs Of Ascent, as well as how those two projects might impact U2's tour plans. It was, by everyone's account, a great interview. As I said when it was over: "I have three words: Best. Interview. Ever."




#U240CLEVELAND, A CELEBRATION OF U2'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY


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Monday, September 26, 2016

U2#40: Happy Anniversary, guys!

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U2 # 40 : U2 Special Front Row -BBC Radio 4


¿Cómo eran U2 de jovenes? Unas fotos para el recuerdo


U2 Special.

Their first performance was in the school gym. They can now command the biggest arenas around the globe and the attention of world leaders.

John Wilson meets all four members of U2 in their Dublin rehearsal studio, where they reveal their working methods and guitarist The Edge demonstrates his distinctive sound. Singer Bono discusses his political activism, including his encounters with President Bush, while fellow band members Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton offer their own views on Bono's campaigning and consider how he balances his two careers.



Listen to the broadcast here.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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


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




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



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





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






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



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



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



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




http://98rock.iheart.com/

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


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




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



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





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






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



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



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



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





http://98rock.iheart.com/

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



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

The Dubliners have enjoyed worldwide success since forming in 1976.

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

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

1. Joshua Tree running order


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

2. One of a kind




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

3. Sir Bono


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

4. Grammy Awards heavyweights




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

5. Bono Vox


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

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

6. Hatless Edge


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

7.Those glasses aren't for show

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


12. Fourth band to grace Time Magazine cover





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

13. The Dalton Brothers


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



14. High praise indeed

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

15. The Boy



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


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Friday, September 23, 2016

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



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

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

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

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

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

Today FM’s Ian Dempsey:

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

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

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

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

TV presenter and former entertainment reporter Lorraine Keane:

“I’ve some great memories with U2.

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

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

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

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

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


Former Late Late Show host Gay Byrne:

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

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


RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan:

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

“I feel very proud that they are Irish."


Newstalk presenter George Hook:

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

BOY 1980

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


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

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

WAR 1983

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

Under A Blood Red Sky 1983


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

It was recorded at Red Rocks in America.

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

The Unforgettable Fire 1984

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

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

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

The Joshua Tree 1987



The working title for this record was The Two Americas.

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

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

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

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

Achtung Baby1991

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

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

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

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

We sent word to stamp an X over Adams privates.


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U2 played together for the first time 40 years ago - and I was there

by NEIL MCCORMICK


U2 at the 2009 Brit Awards CREDIT: DAVE HOGAN/GETTY

Forty years ago, on Saturday 24th September, 1976, one of the most loved and hated, popular and influential rock groups of the modern era got together for the very first time.

It was in the crowded kitchen of a semi-detached house in Artane that a bunch of teenage school boys from Mount Temple Comprehensive, Dublin, gathered to discuss forming a band. There was barely enough room to fit around the drum kit, with five guitarists squeezed between the fridge and the bread bin. A chaotic jam session involved wobbly renditions of Rolling Stones hits Brown Sugar and Satisfaction, with no consensus as to the correct chord sequences.

One wannabe lead guitarist was forced into the role of singer because he had neglected to actually bring a guitar. Another young guitarist established his position as lead instrumentalist because he had mastered the solo from Rory Gallagher’s Blister on the Moon. The bassist couldn’t play but had the best hair and, crucially, owned an actual bass guitar and amplifier. The drummer was definitely in because it was his family’s kitchen. And thus, U2 were born. This weekend, fan conventions are taking place at venues in Dublin and at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Irish supergroup. The reason this momentous date is known is because my younger brother, Ivan, was present and noted it in his pocket diary. “Watched TV. Joined a pop group with friends. Had a rehearsal. Great.” Sadly, he did not record for posterity exactly what he watched on television.
Most bands have such inauspicious beginnings. The truly remarkable thing about the birth of U2 is that the multi-million selling stadium band today is exactly the same core who met in the kitchen four decades ago: vocalist Paul Hewson (aka Bono), guitarist Dave Evans (aka The Edge), bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jnr (who instigated proceedings with a notice on the school board looking for band members). There were a couple of quick losses. My brother, the youngest at 13, only lasted a few rehearsals. One other guitarist, Dick Evans (brother of the Edge and, at 18, some years senior to the rest), hung on as a part time member but was gradually eased out as the band established its identity. The line-up that made its debut at a talent contest in the school gymnasium in 1976 was the very same as you still see on the world’s biggest stages today.
I will never forget that concert, because it was the first time I had ever seen a live electric rock band. They played on four tables taped together, kicking off a short set with a version of Peter Frampton’s Show Me The Way. The drums and bass were pounding so hard it looked like the tables might come apart. Guitar chords rang out, echoing off the wooden floor. When Bono got to the chorus, he grabbed the microphone stand and held it in the air, stomping his feet as he yelled “I want you … show me the way!” Young girls in front of the stage started screaming. Realistically, I don’t suppose there was anything that would have made an experienced observer think they were witnessing a moment in rock history. The rest of the set was made up of a Beach Boys medley and The Bay City Rollers Bye Bye Baby, which they played twice, by popular demand. But that gig changed a lot of people’s lives, mine included.

I was U2’s friend at school, and I’m their friend now. It is hard for me to be objective on this particular subject, for which I make no apologies. Perhaps you can never love music as fiercely as the stuff that gets into your bloodstream as a teenager, when you are trying to find out who you are and who you might be. Even after all these  years, my most intense memories and feelings for U2 are inevitably bound up in that primal experience: the becoming. I was privileged to watch them become a white hot rock band in school discos, bars, clubs and church halls around Dublin. I have been continually delighted by the leaps and bounds they have made on their way to being feted as one of the greatest rock bands ever, decried by some for their vast ambition and big gesture music.



One of the questions an anniversary such as this throws up is whether their future was inherent in that first meeting, whether it was something anyone could have foreseen? The answer should be no … and yet maybe. It would have been absurd to seriously contemplate conquering the world from Dublin in the Seventies but teenagers are absurd. We were all a bunch of dreamers, fixated on rock and roll. I can remember schoolboy conversations with Bono about making an album to beat Sergeant Pepper, so there was never any shortage of ambition. They very quickly became an extraordinarily powerful and original band, shifting through the gears from sloppy covers to sleek new wave, changing their name from Feedback to The Hype, before blossoming into the epic sci-fi of U2, unveiled at a gig in my village church hall in March 1978.

Bono’s dynamism as a frontman was immediately apparent, and, honestly, he was a star in the school corridor before he ever took to the stage, every bit as gregarious, curious, charismatic and passionate as he is now. The Edge’s genius as a musician took a little longer to shine through but by 78 he was already on fire, using a primitive Memory Man echo unit to conjure up vast walls of sound. Those two might have been a productive partnership whoever else was in a band with them, but the two they arbitrarily locked together with turned out to have exactly the right skills and personalities to balance the dynamic. Larry Mullen Jr is an idiosyncratic, powerhouse drummer and one of the most stoic, loyal and quietly driven people you could meet, adhering to a very firm inner code. Bono likes to call him “the brakes in U2”, with the proviso that “when the rocket is veering wildly off course, you are very glad to have brakes.”

Bassist Adam Clayton represents a more maverick element, in both playing and personal style. He is one of nature’s gentlemen, with an easy going manner and instinct for conflict resolution that helps make the functioning of a small group of individuals possible. But he was also the most rock and roll kid any of us had ever met, turning up on his first day at school wearing an Afghan coat and a yellow workman’s helmet. For Adam, it was always rock stardom or nothing, and his single minded ambition was a huge part of pushing the band forwards from the very beginning.

U2’s unwavering line-up is possibly unique in the history of popular music. I cannot think of another successful band who have achieved so much and gone on so long with exactly the same unit of people. To put it into perspective, the four Beatles lasted less than a decade together and there are enough ex-members of The Rolling Stones to form another group altogether. Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry have been bonded by a loyalty and friendship that has sustained them whilst all of their contemporaries, without exception, have fallen out, brought in new members, broken up, sometimes reunited with different line ups. And it goes to the heart of what U2 is, and why they remain a force to be reckoned with.

A great group is a little miracle, where competing forces and personalities align in some kind of cosmic balance, often only for a short periods of time. From some perspectives, a band is just about the least efficient or logical way to make music. A classical composer writes notation down for musicians to follow but a band essentially stumbles upon its identity by getting together in a room and playing. Its sound and style is a summation of the personalities and how they express their character through their instruments (and through their clothes, politics and social ideas). They don’t have to be the best musicians. They just have to be the right musicians.

Most bands, at some time or another, alter their chemical make up by replacing an original member with another musician (often removing the weakest musical link for a putatively stronger one) and frequently losing everything in the process. Bands break up for all kinds of reasons but often spend the rest of their musical lives hankering after the indefinable chemistry of that special unit. As this forty year anniversary demonstrates, U2’s togetherness is their greatest strength. It is a four decade long manifestation of unity and loyalty inherent in their great anthem, One, which proclaims the strength of being “one but not the same”, of which the joy and privilege is “to carry each other.” It doesn’t surprise me that U2 themselves don’t appear to be planning anything to mark this anniversary. For them, it remains a continuing story, with rumours of a new album and tour next year. Maybe they are saving fire for the half century.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bono: Trump is "potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America"




U2 is now in its 40th year in music business, but in addition to its legendary music, the band’s lead singer is also well-known for his philanthropic work around the world.
“Our music was always wrapped around social justice, which is where you and I met, you know,” Bono told “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose. “In these, you know, in the fight against extreme poverty. But I -- that’s how I got in the door. People weren’t expecting that I wouldn’t leave. But... when I would be up on Capitol Hill here, or any capital, people would take the meeting just to sort of have a look at this exotic creature or whatever -- you know, a rock-and-roll person -- but then I didn’t leave.”

“With all the passion you have for social activism, is -- in any way, does it diminish the music?” Rose asked.

“Well, you know, it has been some pride for the band…. the work that I’ve done. But it’s also -- I know, I’ve embarrassed them a lot. You know, there’s people I meet that they just wouldn’t want me to meet,” Bono said.

Rose also asked Bono about his views on the presidential election.

“Does Trump come to you as somebody who is a change agent, because people are so unhappy about the status quo? Or does he come to you as something else?” Rose asked.

“Look, America is like the best idea the world ever came up with. But Donald Trump is potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America, potentially,” Bono said. “It could destroy it, because of what we’re saying, because America’s not just a country. Ireland is a nice country. Great Britain is a great country -- all the rest of it. It’s not an idea. America is an idea, and that idea is bound up in justice and equality for all -- equality and justice for all, you know? I think he’s hijacked the party, and I think he’s trying to hijack the idea of America. And I think it’s bigger than all of us. I think it’s -- this is really dangerous.”

But Trump’s race against Hillary Clinton – a former secretary of state, former United States senator and first lady – is tight. When asked why he thought the race was so even, Bono said, “I would not diminish Trump supporters or underestimate their angst, because I feel that in a way, they have correctly assessed that the center parties haven’t yet become clear.”

“In other words, you’re saying their angst is real and genuine, a sense that ‘I worry about my country and where it is,’” Charlie said.

“Yeah, yeah. But there are very real problems facing not just America, but facing Europe. And remember, who’s in the White House? I’m Irish. I don’t have a vote. And I can’t be telling people how to vote and don’t want to, but I have a voice, and I can say that who sits in that office really affects everyone in this world,” Bono said.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Global Fund using star power to raise $13B to fight infectious diseases


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Bono, a keynote speaker at Saturday's replenishment conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Bono later praised Trudeau for saying poverty is sexist. 'You say it loud, and that is why I am here, and that is why I am your friend and a friend of Canada's," Bono said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Bono, a keynote speaker at Saturday's replenishment conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
A global initiative tackling three deadly diseases in developing countries will get a major boost of star-power in Montreal today.

U2 frontman Bono will be speaking as the two-day conference by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria continues.
The conference is attracting a long list of wealthy donors and decision-makers — from Bill and Melinda Gates to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Their goal is to raise $13 billion to help save an estimated eight million lives while preventing 300 million new infections buy 2019.

The Canadian government has pledged $785 million to battle the three big infectious diseases.

Ban told the conference on Saturday that the Global Fund has helped to saved the lives of 20 million people since 2002.

"Over the next 15 years we must all work together to achieve the sustainable developing goals," he said.

Gates said the fund will help save the lives of two million people this year alone.

Later Saturday, the Global Citizen concert supporting the cause will be held Montreal's Bell Centre, featuring Usher, Half Moon Run, Metric, Grimes and Charlotte Cardin.​


Link to the video:

https://www.facebook.com/cbcnews/videos/10154633593769604/

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Friday, September 9, 2016

LEICA GALLERY LA PRESENTS: "CYCLE" BY JULIAN LENNON



Bono and Edge visited thier friend's, Julian Lennon, exhibition at Leica Gallery ,LA.  Julian Lennon’s latest photography exhibition, “Cycle” is a  collection  that focuses on those who live on the borders of the South China Sea.

Lennon shot the photographs with his Leica V-LUX (Typ 114). “I was going on a trip that would take me all over the South China Sea, so a friend suggested the Leica V-LUX, as a good all-rounder,” Lennon explains. “I felt that this camera was best for capturing affecting moments of the heart.”

This is Lennon’s fourth show since 2010’s “Timeless,” his first public photo exhibition. It is also Lennon’s first exhibition at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles. Though initially known as a singer-songwriter and musician, Lennon is a man of diverse talents and interests, working as a philanthropist, documentarian and, of course, photographer. Or, as he puts it, “I like the experience and enjoyment of many, if not all things, as long as there are no negative elements.”



https://us.leica-camera.com/Leica-Galleries/Leica-Gallery-Los-Angeles/News-Program/Julian-Lennon

Adam at GQ magazine event




Adam and his wife Mariana attended the event at the gallery, Tate Modern in London.
On the occasion,  GQ magazine was celebrating  the Men of the Year award.The GQ Men Of The Year Awards in association with Hugo Boss are now in their 19th year, celebrating over 400 men - and more than a few women - who all represent GQ, from the best of film, music, sport, TV, books, politics and more: from Simon Pegg and Amy Schumer to Elton John and Aiden Turner; from Chris Pine to Michael Caine and Nile Rogers to Patrick Stewart.