U2101 – The Saints Are Coming

I’m not much of a fan of American football. To be honest, I can’t stand the sport, but the few times in my life that I’ve deigned to tune in to football related festivities on the television all had to do with U2. One example was the 2014 Super Bowl, when the band unveiled their new song “Invisible” – I watched from the very beginning of the game, waiting for U2’s ad. Another time that U2 were involved with a broadcast of American football came in late 2006 when U2 and Green Day opened a game between the New Orleans […]

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Thank You, Ryan Tedder! Love, U2 Fans

Thanks to Ryan Tedder’s hearty endorsement of the progress happening on Songs of Experience, U2 fans are talking about ATYCLB again. That’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind, the 2000 release that – as I say often – was the album that helped the world fall back in love with U2. Do you agree with that characterization? Here’s why I use it. No matter what you want to call it now that you have the perspective that only the passage of time can provide, Pop was regarded as a big, hot mess in 1997. When it comes to saying how […]

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U2101 – All Because of You

Today’s topic is a song that I don’t hear fans talking about very often, but one that U2 thought highly enough of to release as a single. I’m talking about “All Because of You”, from U2’s 2004 album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. “All Because of You” was released as a single in Canada in February of 2005, and in the rest of the world starting in October of that same year. The song performed reasonably well in the charts, peaking in the top ten in several countries, including reaching number one in Canada. Musically, “All Because of […]

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U2101 – Drowning Man

There are a few songs in U2’s catalog that the band has never played live. Songs like “Acrobat” and “Red Hill Mining Town” that, despite the most fervent hopes of the band’s fan-base, have never made the transition to an on-stage performance. Add to that list today’s topic, “Drowning Man”, from 1983’s War album. “Drowning Man” is a fairly straight-forward love song, and it’s easy to imagine Bono thinking of Ali when he wrote these words. The couple were newly-weds, having been married for just about six months when War hit record store shelves. Bono’s passion for his new bride […]

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Happy Bono’s Birthday!

If you’re in Europe, Bono’s birthday was yesterday. If you’re in the U.S., Bono’s birthday was today. So here’s a brain teaser: If Bono, who lives in Europe but was in the U.S. yesterday (and we believe he was)…then was his birthday yesterday or today? Hmmmm… Every year, Bono’s birthday is marked by a variety of initiatives – most of which involve fans like us creating memes for one another to enjoy (here’s mine.) One initiative that has worldwide acclaim, though, is Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday. I wrote about it two years ago here, for those who aren’t […]

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