U2 WAR ALBUM for Sunday Features WAR U2 Peter Rowan as boy
To millions of U2 fans, Peter Rowen is the child whose mournful face stares out from the covers of “Boy” and “War.” Now, 30 years since he modeled for the iconic images, he still attracts attention.
Peter grew up in Dublin, where his older brother Guggi befriended Bono, when he was still known as Paul Hewson.
“Bono [came] over to our house quite a bit,” Rowen says. “My eldest brother, Clive, says Bono used to eat us out of jam sandwiches! I remember Bono and [his wife] Ali coming, much later, for Sunday dinner.”
U2 first had Rowen photographed in 1979 for the EP “Three.” He later appeared on the European version of “Boy” and the breakthrough third album, 1983’s “War.”
“The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll” covers the landmark moments in musical history. From rhythm and blues to Elvis and the Beatles, Woodstock, punk, hip hop, and much more, this 10-episode rockumentary is essential viewing for anyone who cares about music.
U2 should be included in both the 8pm & 11pm portion of the program on March 2nd 2010 on Fuse. Use the channel finder to location your station.
Pioneers of rock photography talk through their favourite shots
Anton Corbijn: U2, 1986
Photograph: Anton Corbijn
I’d been working with U2 for four years when we did this picture. The working titles for their new album were “the two Americas” and “desert songs”, so I went looking for deserts in California. The shots which include the actual Joshua Tree were shot in Death Valley, the cover shot was at Zabriskie Point. The tree is named after the biblical Joshua. I suggested it to Bono, and he came back the next morning with a bible in his hand saying we’d go for it.
I came to England from Holland in the late 70s and started working for the NME. The interesting thing is that the two groups I’m most associated with – Depeche Mode and U2 – are both bands I was not a fan of at first. I turned Depeche Mode down for five years because I thought they were too poppy. With U2, they were playing on a boat moored on the Mississippi and I thought, “OK, I’ll listen to a couple of songs just to prove I was there then I’ll leave.” I didn’t realise the boat would set off, so I had to stay for the gig. I liked the guys and ended up travelling with them and did more pictures. It was the beginning of a friendship.
When the Joshua Tree album came out and became so big I felt very removed from it. I looked at the billboards and it didn’t feel like the little picture I printed in my dark room. It became this other thing.
Photographing U2 has become more difficult as they have become more well known. The Joshua Tree was taken over a period of three days travelling through the desert. It’s unthinkable for U2 to do that now. For their last album I had two hours in bad weather.
Even after 28 years I always try to take a different picture of U2. If I’m stuck, I’ll go to Holland, smoke a joint and come back with new ideas.
U2 Producer Steve Lillywhite Wants to Be Your Next American Idol Judge
Last week, noted producer Steve Lillywhite made an impassioned video plea to be considered a potential replacement for “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell, a job he’s certainly qualified for, having worked on some 30 game-changing albums in just as many years, from his early New Wave days with Siouxsie and the Banshees and Talking Heads to Peter Gabriel and U2′s formative years to current chart-toppers like 30 Seconds to Mars.
The man also has a British accent (Lillywhite grew up outside of London and is currently based in New York), a strong opinion and loads of charisma, so why did some think the video campaign was a joke?
The boy’s spin their favorite record’s alongside Dave Fanning and take phone call’s on RTE radio. As the interview progresses, the band members strip down to their jockey’s and laugh it up all caught on the air.
Two songs of interest was played:
Lost Highway (Hank Willams) starts at about 9 minutes into the clip and Puppy Love (Donny Osmond) located at the 1:07:40 mark.