Bono – Fascinating Fact: 3609015

Cops were reportedly called to a ranch in La Quinta, California where U2 star Bono staged a surprise performance during the Coachella music festival on Saturday (13Apr13) due to overcrowding. Organisers of the Rolling Stone/Patron bash failed to receive appropriate permits for the gig, forcing police to regulate attendance levels and evacuate a number of guests, according to the New York Post.

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Grammy-winning producer who paired Sinatra with Bono dies at 72

Phil Ramone, the Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer who paired Dublin singer Bono with Frank Sinatra for an album of duets has died at the age of 72.

Ramone made an art out of the Duets concept, pairing Sinatra with Bono, Tony Bennett with Paul McCartney and Bonnie Raitt with Van Morrison.

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Bono, Joe Cocker and … Herbert Grönemeyer

Singer, songwriter and actor Herbert Grönemeyer is huge in Germany. Will he conquer Britain, asks Neil McCormick .

‘There’s always more to Herbert’s songs than you first hear,’ says Bono, who duets with Herbert Grönemeyer on ‘I Walk’

By Neil McCormick

Herbert Grönemeyer is Germany’s biggest music star. No sniggering at the back. In our Anglo-American culture, Germany occupies its own niche in pop’s deepest circle of hell, where you will find such rare German exports as Boney M, Nena, Milli Vanilli and the cartoonish techno outfit Scooter.

But Grönemeyer is a singer-songwriter of the highest order, a deep lyricist and richly melodic composer with a gruff, grown-up voice and vigorous stage presence, whose thoughtful songs deal with the real stuff of life. At 56, he regularly sells out stadiums, commanding his devoted audience with a lot of energy and humour, and interspersing his own, often darkly intense songs with brash, soulful cover versions. He’s been making albums since 1979, outsold Michael Jackson’s Thriller in Germany in 1984, and made the biggest-selling German album of all time, Mensch, in 2002.

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Writer of ‘Spider-Man’ Musical Signs a Book Deal


Reeve Carney, center, in a promotion for “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Photo: Chad Batka for The New York Times

Glen Berger, the Off-Broadway playwright whose plum assignment to collaborate with Bono and the Edge of U2 on a Broadway musical turned into the media circus known as “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” has signed with Simon & Schuster to write a book about his experience, the publisher said on Tuesday.

“Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History” was acquired by Jonathan Karp, the publisher and executive vice-president of Simon & Schuster, who has a particular interest in musical theater, having written an Off Broadway show of his own in 2004.

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If the Bond folks want to top the UK charts, they’d better get Rihanna

by Brian Boyd

THE PEOPLE BEHIND the new James Bond film were desperate to break a miserable chart record and get this current 007 theme song to number one in the singles chart — something that’s never happened before despite flinging some of the biggest names in music at the task. Adele was called up this time out and even she couldn’t manage it with her Skyfall theme stalling at number two.

It’s almost quaint that there is still quite a bit of interest in the Bond theme. For a certain generation, it’s Shirley Bassey or nothing (where my loyalties lie) but interfering “modernists” in the Bond production team are insistent that the theme song should reflect today’s musical sensibilities.

The big musical change for Bond came with 1999’s The World Is Not Enough when alt-rockers Garbage were drafted in an attempt to keep it all relevant for the young people. All very well, but Shirley Manson is no Shirley Bassey in the vocal department.

Madonna did the honours for Die Another Day in 2002 but her song – a sorry attempt at “Electroclash” was generally considered to be “pneumatic and hook-deficient”.

Surprisingly, Chris Cornell – ex of grunge band Soundgarden – got the nod for Casino Royale, despite the fact that the majority of Bond cinema-goers would have had no idea who he was,

and for Quantum of Solace Jack White was drafted in – and despite the quality of the song, that was the most inorganic coupling of them all.

Where Radiohead were in all this “keep it real for the kidz” is anyone’s guess. Thom Yorke had already shown himself to be a knowledgeable Bond theme music fan when he opined that Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me film was “the sexiest song ever written”. And Radiohead’s cover of the song is far better than you would imagine.

It’s a little-aired fact that the Bond theme is madly sought after by bands and actively canvassed for. Johnny Cash was a huge Bond music fan and his Thunderball song (you’ll get it on YouTube) was a certainty until he was unceremoniously replaced with Tom Jones.

Alice Cooper wanted it so much he sent in a song for The Man With The Golden Gun on spec but he was turned down in favour of Lulu (of all people). And don’t mention Bond to Debbie Harry. She was lined up to sing the theme for For Your Eyes Only but walked when it turned out she couldn’t use a new Blondie song but had to sing an already- composed Bill Conti song.

Harry was replaced by Sheena Easton.

The Pet Shop Boys were bumped at the last minute by A-Ha for The Living Daylights and Eric Clapton lost out to Gladys Knight for Licence To Kill.

Still kicking themselves are Ace of Base who were chosen for Goldeneye but pulled out fearing the film would be a flop. Bono and The Edge were drafted in to write a song for Tina Turner instead.

The worst ever Bond music decision, though, was for the Tomorrow Never Dies film. Saint Etienne (who would have been perfect) were asked to submit a song, as were Pulp, but the job eventually went to Sheryl Crow who was considered a bigger name.

Apparently, Pierce Brosnan still has the master tape of the Saint Etienne song he loved it so much. And Amy Winehouse was supposed to have done Quantum of Solace but that never came off on time.

Just days before Adele released Skyfall a chart emerged of all the Bond theme songs based on the number of plays they have had on TV, radio and the internet. Live and Let Die was at number one, but it was good to see La Bassey at both number two (Goldfinger) and number five (Diamonds are Forever).

Meanwhile, the quest for a number one Bond song remains. It’s Rihanna for the next film, one suspects.

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You can probably count on one hand the number of Hip-Hop artists with the pedigree to score a collaboration with Bono, and though K’naan might not be one of the names that immediately pops to mind, it does make total sense. After all, K’naan has demonstrated a penchant for writing anthemic, globally accessible songs with socially conscious undertones, the kind of thing Bono has made a career out of with U2.

K’naan Ft. Bono – “Bulletproof Pride”

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Peter Rowen in the eye of U2France

Peter Rowen is the child, now a man of 37 years, who’s featured on the cover albums Boy, War, the best of 1980-1990, and Three. He is also the younger brother of Guggi, a childhood friend of Bono, but above all he’s a photographer and a U2 fan who has answered our questions.

U2 in Montreal, 2011. ©Peter Rowen

Questions : Pauline

Translation : Florian

First of all thanks a lot for accepting the invitation, it’s such a real pleasure for us!

Have you ever considered being the boy on U2’s covers as an issue?

Peter Rowen No… It’s never been an issue. It’s something that I did as a kid that’s just kinda gone on and on… At the time it as an few days off school and a bit of fun! I look at it now I think that it’s pretty cool that my face is on the cover of U2‘s first album!

It’s pretty hard to narrow it down to one adjective when it comes to the look in your eyes on the War album cover. That’s a provocative yet fearful look, a determined look that challenges people to keep looking at you in the face. Do you remember what was your state of mind back then to offer such a particular look?

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Peter Rowen It’s really hard for me to remember much about any of the shoots I did with U2, infact most of the memories of my childhood are all but gone! ( I think bad memory runs in my family!! ) What I was thinking at the time… I really don’t know! As I kid I know that I did love performing in front of people ( I was a bit of a show off really ) so I’d say that posing came very naturally to me!

The Boy album cover got censored in the US because it was suspected to have a pedophile content. What’s your opinion about that?

Peter Rowen Personally I think that there’s way too much paranoia about all that stuff…

You have probably already stumbled upon a picture of you as a kid on a U2 album while wandering in a store. What do you feel under such circumstances?

Peter Rowen I have come across pictures of myself many many times in record stores over the years… Yea, it’s always nice…

What’s your favorite picture among all the ones that were taken of you as a boy for U2?

Peter Rowen I love some of the out takes that they never used… they appeared in a book a few years back. That was the first time I’d ever seen them and yea I like some of them a lot… I can see a strong similarity to my 12 yr old daughter in some of them.

You once said that choosing photography as a career had no link with being a model for U2 once. When did it feel into place that you would become a photographer for a living?

Peter Rowen My interest in photography came about through my interest in drawing as a kid….I realize looking back that I was never much of a reader but I always loved looking at pictures, looking at pictures and drawing ( Art was one of the few things I was at in school! ) Then at the age of about 17 a friend introduced me to photography and I instantly fell in love with it…within a year I was working as a full time assistant photographer.

You are a U2 fan yourself. What do you like in their music, do you have any favorite albums/songs?

Peter Rowen Yeah, I think U2 are great! Favorite album, probably Actung Baby. Favorite song would probably be ‘Stay‘.

You attended several U2 shows, among which Slane Castle in 2001, Barcelona in 2005 as well as Dublin, Paris, Rome and Montreal during the 360° Tour. Which of those U2 concerts left you an indelible memory, and why?

Peter Rowen Yeah probably the Slane show in 2001… It was the first time I got to shoot the band which was a great experience… It was also a time of major change in my life, it was a really difficult time for me.. I shot the first show for The Irish Times who I was working for at the time and the following weekend I went along as guest. Those two shows, for very different reasons are the most memorable for me.

What’s your feeling about the 360° Tour?

Peter Rowen I though the 360 tour was great… saw it about six or seven times and it never failed to impress.. They are a really great live band.

Most U2 fans consider ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ as the most powerful song in a concert. Something makes me think ‘Bad’ is even more intense to you…

Peter Rowen Yeah Bad was written for and about my brother Andy who has struggled with addiction for a lot of his life but thank God he’s doing well these days.

Rumor has it that Bono giving the finger at the beginning of the Paris show on September 18th 2010 was a message to you. Is that true?

Peter Rowen Ha! Possibly… You’d really have to ask Bono for the answer to that one!!

You made an appearance in the Two Hearts Beat As One video clip that was shot in Paris. What is your first feeling whenever you watch this video again?

Peter Rowen I just watched it now! My first feeling was ‘Wow…. that video is 30 year old!!!’ That means I’m getting old!! Yikes!!

What do you remember from that Parisian stay back in 1983?

Peter Rowen I actually remember ( yet again!! ) very little! One of my only memories is of Anton Corbijn playing Larry’s drums and when he was finished he jumped off the stool and cleared the whole drum kit!! ( probably an easy thing to do when you’re 7ft tall! )

I’ve been reading that you like Paris. What’s the most seducing thing in our dear capital according to you?

Peter Rowen Yeah Paris is great… the architecture, the food, the weather, all the cool looking people, the bikes! Lot’s of bikes!!

When was the last time you had contact with Bono or a band member?

Peter Rowen Ah I suppose sometime last year maybe…

What’s your favorite Anton Corbijn’s photo ?

Peter Rowen I like lots of Anton‘s pictures! I have a really nice print that he took of me and the band in about 1983 / 84…It was shot in a little forest on the road I grew up on… it hangs on the wall of my sitting room.. I like that shot!

It’s been 30 years since you posed for U2 albums covers, and now again one of your pictures was chosen to be the cover of another U2 album – U22. How do you feel about that?

Peter Rowen Yeah, that was cool…I was delighted they used one of my shots!

What kind of photo work would you like to do for U2?

Peter Rowen I’d like to shoot the cover for their next studio album… Now that’d be cool!

If we were sending you a heavy load of Mars bars (NB : U2 gave these chocolate bars to Peter so that he posed for their albums), would you be willing to write a concert review of U2’s next show just for us?

Peter Rowen : Sure! Why not!!

What can we hope for you in the future regarding your career?

Peter Rowen Well I’d love to get better and better at what I do… What comes of that I’m not sure…We’ll see!

I can’t seem to find a suitable picture to illustrate this interview. Could you please help me?

Peter Rowen I’ll send you one!

Thank you so much Peter :-)

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Apple’s Jony Ive to team up with Leica and Bono for charity camera

By Devin Coldewey

Jony Ive, best known for his work in creating the iPhone and other Apple products, will be working with Leica on a custom camera to be sold for charity, the camera maker said.

The news was shared Monday night by Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, who owns Leica. Ive was originally supposed to be present but couldn’t make it, so the news was handled briefly during the announcements of Leica’s new cameras, the new M flagship rangefinder and some other, less expensive cameras.

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Metallica, George Clooney, U2 All Contribute To Documentary Putting Anton Corbijn In Front Of The Lens For Once…

by Caroline Frost

Bono probably isn’t used to be asked to move out of the way.

But that’s exactly what film-maker Klaartje Quirijns had to do to get the shot she wanted – which was of U2’s longtime creative director and the subject of her documentary, Anton Corbijn.

“I’m sure most people would be more interested in getting the shot of these amazingly famous musicians,” she laughs, “but I just wanted to make sure I had Anton.”

Corbijn is not used to such attention, to be sure, with his customary role firmly behind the lens.

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Bono says he Got Under Sinatra’s Skin

One Take Frank … Bono and Frank Sinatra


BONO admits he annoyed Frank Sinatra so much on a video shoot for their 1993 cover of I’ve Got You Under My Skin that the crooner stormed out.
The U2 frontman said: “We turned up at a bar to do the shoot but our cameras didn’t work – twice.
Frank was known as ‘One Take Frank’ so when we asked him to do it again he bellowed: ‘What’s going on?!’
He said we were amateurs – and disappeared.”

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