William Blake and the Inspiration Behind U2’s Songs of Innocence

The year was 1788. Artist William Blake was still grieving the loss of his beloved brother Robert, who had passed away several months prior. He was searching for an inventive way to share his personal poetry that was less laborious than the method he employed for his day job as an engraver for various London publishers.

One night, his late brother visited him in a dream, offering precise instructions on how to create a new way of presenting the work via copperplate.

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Source:: http://www.atu2.com/news/william-blake-and-the-inspiration-behind-u2s-songs-of-innocence.html

      

U2 Set List: New York City, July 27, 2015

U2 crew member Jake Berry promised fans a treat during New York #6 — i.e., Monday night’s show — and that came in the form of U2 playing a rarity that hadn’t been performed since the Lovetown tour in December 1989, and hasn’t been a regular part of U2’s live set list since the Unforgettable Fire tour. Another track from Songs Of Innocence reappeared Monday for the first time in over a month. But there were some struggles, as well, especially at the end of the show.

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Source:: http://www.atu2.com/news/u2-set-list-new-york-city-july-27-2015.html

      

U2 Set List: New York City, July 26, 2015

Just a few nights after Jimmy Fallon and The Roots stole the show with a guest appearance on U2’s e-stage, another special guest did it Sunday night at the fifth of eight shows at Madison Square Garden. But unlike Fallon, who hid behind a sign last week, this special guest — none other than Lady Gaga! — had very little of anything to hide behind. And if you don’t know what that’s a reference to, just watch the video below.

As always, you can get the

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Source:: http://www.atu2.com/news/u2-set-list-new-york-city-july-26-2015.html

      

Column: off the record…, vol. 15-681

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Where does the time go?

Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was waiting for my pals to arrive from San Francisco and Pittsburgh so we could road-trip it to Vancouver together for the tour openers? It’s astonishing to me that those concerts were more than two months ago. As I look forward to attending the final two North American shows of this leg,

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Source:: http://www.atu2.com/news/column-off-the-record-vol-15-681.html

      

Now Available: @U2 Podcast Episode 3

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The third episode of our new podcast has just been published! This episode features host Chris Enns in conversation with Sherry Lawrence, Brian Betteridge and myself. We answer several listener questions (submitted via the #askatu2 hashtag) about the ongoing I+E tour — specifically covering topics like:

  • Where’s the best place to enjoy these U2 shows?

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Source:: http://www.atu2.com/news/now-available-u2-podcast-episode-3.html