As you know, U2 turns 40 today! There is so much awesomeness about this ironic birthday celebration U2 staged for social media today, I don’t know where to begin. Larry’s face…Bono and the balloon…the cake…the cheesy song…I could watch it all day. I think I will watch it all day. Like many of you, I’m thinking today about the reasons I love this band – and like many of you, I’m also reflecting on what U2 is really about. I don’t believe U2 is just about outstanding music, global philanthropy, or taking every opportunity to speak out on geopolitics. If […]
SEAN PENN did the honors for U2, bringing them on to the strains of the “2001: A Space Odyssey” “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” theme.as “four gangsters from IRELAND to crash a pop concert with rock ‘n’ roll.” BONO, THE EDGE, LARRY MULLIN JR. and ADAM CLAYTON hit the stage with the tom-tom beat of a fevered “Desire,” way back from the 1988 album, “Rattle and Hum.” “LAS VEGAS, are you ready to gamble the American Dream?” asked BONO of the crowd. “What do you have to lose? Everything!” Then it was time for the “uno, dos, tres” intro to the soaring […]
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I have a confession to make. A confession possibly worthy of those cool ZooTV video confessional things. …Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it’s still a confession. Are you ready? If not, I’ll wait. Ready now? Okay, let’s do this! Here it goes: I’m a huge fan of professional wrestling. Was that what you were expecting? No? Me, either. I’m still not sure how I fell into this particularly odd obsession, but I can tell you that I blame my brother and my madre. But by now I’m sure you’re wondering what this has to do with U2. You may […]
U2’s 1997 album Pop has the unfortunate distinction of being one of those albums that doesn’t get a lot of love. I’m not necessarily even talking about love from the fans, either. Although there was a great outcry of public hate from U2 fandom when the album was initially released, nowadays it is nearly as fondly remembered as anything else that the band released during their experimental period of the 1990’s. What I’m talking about here is love from the band itself. U2 seem perfectly content to pretend that Pop was never released. Songs from the album haven’t been performed […]
The international donor conference hopes to raise $13 billion (U.S.) to replenish the Global Fund for the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
By The Canadian Press
MONTREAL–Canada is a leader when it comes to collaborating on global issues, rock star Bono said Saturday during his keynote address at a Montreal conference to fundraise for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
“It’s just great to see Canada leading on this,” he said. “You’ve always been ahead of the curve in realizing we can do more if the international community works together and subsuming your ego into the grand plan.”
Bono was joined onstage by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on the second and final day of an international donor conference that hoped to raise US$13 billion to replenish the Global Fund for the fight against the three major infectious diseases.
At the conference’s closing event, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the event had nearly reached its fundraising target.
“We have reached our goal together, we have raised almost $13 billion and in doing so we have saved eight million lives,” he said.
Organizers said more than $12.9 billion (U.S.) was raised for the next three years.
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