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

Know Your Bonoisms, Part 19: Being Bono Full Time

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All day, I planned to write a column that was solemn, somber and appropriately hysterical about the news that Bono’s condition was much more serious than originally reported. After all, there’s a big difference between a broken arm and a facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye, three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of the…
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The Week in U2 – 11/14 – 11/20

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For the second week in a row, U2 fans world-wide suffered a Bono related health scare this past week. This time, however, it turned out to be a little more than a scare, as Bono’s most recent bike accident caused some pretty serious damage that required extensive surgery to repair. If you haven’t heard, the injuries included a broken scapula,…
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Book Review: U2: The Definitive Biography

There are biographies about U2, fact books and encyclopedias about U2, memoirs about growing up with or working for U2, story books about stages of U2’s career, and U2’s own autobiography. If you spent years reading many of these books plus a lot of articles about U2, then interviewed some journalists and a few music industry insiders, you could fall down the rabbit hole yourself and pick up a drop of Bono’s self-confessed megalomania. All that time immersed in U2 can bring a rush of blood to the head. Then, …read more


No Bono line on the Band Aid Horizon!

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New plague means a new version of Band Aid’s, Do They Know it’s Christmas Time. Nothing says holiday gift like Ebola. As Ebola rips its way through Western Africa and into the psyche of the world, you knew Band Aid couldn’t be too far behind, right? Like you, I watched the original on MTV & thought, “This is such a…
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NYC Surgeon Details Bono's Bike Accident Injuries, Expects Full Recovery

The New York City surgeon that operated on Bono has detailed just how serious Bono’s injuries were following a bicycle accident Sunday in Central Park.
Rolling Stone spoke with Dr. Dean Lorich, who performed the five-hour surgery on Bono Sunday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Lorich paints a pretty gruesome picture of Bono’s condition, …read more


U2 'Films Of Innocence' Movie Available on iTunes December 9th

Surprise, surprise: U2 is set to release a new long-form video next month called Films Of Innocence, featuring the work of 11 different artists/creatives making visuals out of U2’s Songs Of Innocence album.
The film seems to only be listed right now on the iTunes Music Store, and it may be an exclusive there as part of U2’s recent partnership with Apple. The release date is listed as December 9th, …read more


Why U2 #38 – Christianity

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It’s no secret to regular readers of my articles that I’m an atheist. Some have commented in the past on how unusual it is for someone who believes that there’s no god to be a fan of a band that references God in every other song, the singer of which has even publicly even proclaimed his belief that Jesus was…
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Bono takes cycling spill in Central Park, requires surgery

U2 Radio has posted that Bono has taken a cycling spill in Central Park which has required surgery. This has put the cabash on the Tonight Show appearance this week. The Edge, Larry, and Adam made the announcement on the band web site this evening: It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time – we’re one man…
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