I Am Thankful For U2!

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Tomorrow being Thanksgiving here in the United States, I thought it would be the perfect time to say what I am thankful for in the U2 world. I am thankful for… U2 introducing me to a map. Without U2, I would probably still think that Sarajevo, El Salvador & Burma were cigars rather than places. Making NLOTH. Without this bomb, I wouldn’t truly appreciate great U2…
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U2.com Unveils New Site & Subscriber Benefits

U2.com’s 2014/2015 fan club subscriber benefits have been revealed, along with a site redesign. Subscribers can select either North Side Story or a gatefold sleeve double 10″ vinyl featuring a live set from 1980. Subscribers will also be able to download the vinyl content. According to U2.com:
Recorded in a small club, with just a few hundred passionate fans, …read more

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Why U2 #39 – The Songs

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I was thinking last night about my “Why U2?” series of articles, and it occurred to me that I had yet to write about one of the biggest and most obvious reasons that I love U2, and that is the songs. I mean, really, that’s what it all boils down to, isn’t it? The songs; the music, and despite the…
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Column: off the record..., vol. 14-646

Oh, Bono.Just last week we all breathed a sigh of relief that the scary plane ride you took to Berlin didn’t end in tragedy. Then we observed the field day that ensued when media outlets and entertainment shows …read more

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U2 to kick off world tour in US – if Bono recovers

BONO’S cycling accident in New York could force U2 to postpone their new world tour. The Sunday Independent has learned that the band plan to kick-start their new tour in North America next June.

However, sources last night said Bono would need at least three months to recover from the painful injuries he suffered in last Sunday’s collision.

The singer suffered multiple fractures that required two separate operations after he crashed while trying to avoid another cyclist. X-rays and tests at a leading Manhattan hospital revealed Bono fractured his left eye socket and broke his left shoulder blade in three places. He also suffered a left elbow fracture that left the bone in six pieces.

Bono underwent a five-hour operation at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Centre and Hospital for Special Surgery on Sunday night, during which he had three plates and 18 screws inserted. The following day he had surgery to repair a fracture to the little finger on his left hand. Orthopaedic trauma surgeon Dr Dean Lorich confirmed Bono was expected to make a full recovery, but would require a lot of therapy.

A source told the Sunday Independent: “The injuries will take at least three months to recover. Bono plays guitar a lot, and his arm and shoulder will need extensive physiotherapy if he is going to be ready for the tour. It all depends now on how quickly he can recover.”

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U2 Confessional Is Now Open!

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I haven’t prayed this much since eighth grade Pre-Algebra. I’m hopeful however, that these prayers will get answered. Hey, since we’re all praying for Bono’s speedy recovery, U2radio.com wants to reopen the U2radio.com U2 confessional. It’s been several months since our last confessional and quite frankly, you people disgust me with your sinful ways. So, hop in the confessional and…
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U2 Fan Christmas/Holiday Card Exchange

It’s time for the 16th annual U2 Fan Christmas/Holiday Card Exchange, a chance for U2 fans to send greetings of the season to other fans worldwide!To participate:
Send a message to [email protected] and give me your postal mailing address.
In the e-mail, tell me what sort of card you’d like to receive (Christmas, happy holidays, etc. or no preference). In early December, I will e-mail you the addresses of fellow U2 fans to send cards to. …read more

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U2 frontman Bono undergoes five hours of surgery after cycling accident in New York – Telegraph

Surgeons say the U2’s Bono sustained injuries including broken arm and fractured eye socket

U2 frontman Bono has undergone five hours of surgery after breaking his arm in six places and suffering a broken eye socket falling off his bike in New York.

The band released a statement three days ago saying Bono needed surgery after a “cycling spill” in Central Park, and they were cancelling a planned week-long residency on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

According to details obtained by Rolling Stone, Bono’s injuries as a result of what doctors called a “high-energy bicycle accident” were much more severe than the band let on.

Dr Dean Lorich, an orthopaedic trauma surgeon, told the magazine that on Sunday the singer was rushed to the emergency department of the New York Presbyterian hospital where he underwent multiple x-rays and CT scans.

These showed that Bono had suffered numerous serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye” and three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade. The fracture of  left humerus bone in his upper arm was said to be particularly serious, as it broke in six places and pierced the skin, requiring five hours of surgery.

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U2 to release Songs of Innocence album tie-in – Films of Innocence

U2 are releasing a series of graffiti-inspired films based on their latest album, Songs of Innocence. Due out in December, Films of Innocence consists of 11 videos by “11 of the world’s most celebrated urban artists”, each representing a different track from the album.

Although the band have yet to announce the release, news of the concept has been confirmed by a band representative, and details of Films of Innocence were available for iTunes pre-order as of 18 November. Unlike the original Songs of Innocence, this “visual counterpoint” isn’t free: released on 9 December, it will cost £6.99, or £8.99 for the HD version.

According to the item description, “U2 pioneered [this] project to celebrate the unique democratic power of urban art”. “Taking the political murals of Northern Ireland as a reference point”, the band recruited street artists Oliver Jeffers, Robin Rhode, D*Face, Mode 2, Chloe Early, Ganzeer, Vhils, Maser, ROA, DALeast, and Todd James. “Powerful and cognizant, their works scale the globe, play with time, and weave between heightened reality and animated dreamscapes.” Overall, Films of Innocence is directed by Jefferson Hack, co-founder of Dazed & Confused magazine. Continue reading

Bono: “I’m Working On My Apology… For The Apology”

U2-MOJO-254-770SHORTLY BEFORE TAKING HIS tumble in Central Park, Bono tendered an unapologetic retort to recent criticism of U2 and the free insertion of their latest album into 700 million iTunes subscribers’ music libraries.

“I mean, come on,” insisted the U2 singer in an exclusive interview in the latest MOJO magazine. “Of the great crimes against mankind…? This is an honest mistake, and we’re just not going to lose sleep about it.”

In a recent video Q&A, Bono appeared to say sorry to Facebook user Harriet Madeline Jobson, who described as “rude” the unasked-for intrusion of the Songs Of Innocence album. But in MOJO’s interview, the singer restated the group’s conviction that they’ve done nothing wrong.

“I’m already working on the apology… for the apology,” said Bono. “Because I’m very proud of what we did. It’s one of the proudest moments in U2’s history.”

In the course of MOJO’s 11-page, in-depth interview, Bono grapples with the repercussions of the iTunes furore, and delves into his past to talk about U2’s formative years and the impact of his mother’s death on his 14-year-old self, a seismic event that informs the self-exploratory theme of the new album.

“We don’t remember much about it,” he says of his mother’s shock passing. “The way our family was, and the way Irish males tend to be, you don’t talk about that. It was too painful. So we lost the memories that we had.

“I started trying to see what I could remember about my mother, and it was things like her burying me in the sand on the beach up to my neck. Being told not to be afraid of the dark. That thing that Dublin mums all say: ‘You’ll be the death of me.’”

Meanwhile, the other members of U2 recount the flashes of inspiration and rivers of perspiration that have made Songs Of Innocence one of the most direct and engaging albums of their career. With refreshing candour, they look back on the compromised recording of previous album, No Line On The Horizon (“f***ing *miserable,” declares drummer Larry Mullen Jr) and look forward to taking their honed new songs on the road in 2015 – Bono’s latest surgery permitting.

Source: MOJO