U2 drummer joins Binoche in case of Poppe’s Good Night


By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Film shooting now in Dublin.

Irish U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr and actress Maria Doyle Kennedy (Downtown Abbey,The Tudors) have joined French actress Juliette Binoche and Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s A Thousand Times Good Night, which started principal photography earlier this week (Oct 22) in Dublin.

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And that’s where It All Began

36 years ago, on September 25th 1976, all four U2 members gathered together for the first time – some of them even met at that time. In order to celebrate what is certainly the most important day in the band history, let’s have Larry tell us how it all started.


Adam, Larry, Bono et The Edge in the late 70s.

Posted by Florian (Thank you for the transcript)


authors : U2 and Neil McCormick

«So I put the now legendary notice up. I think the wording went something like: “drummer seeks musicians to form band.” I just thought of it as a bit of fun, it was never anything else. No big ideas, no expectations, really.

After the notice went up, people asked if I knew “Yer man Paul Hewson, he plays guitar.”, I said I didn’t but it tourned out everybody knew who he was and what he did and who he was going out with, so it didn”t take long for me to discover who I was going to have to deal with.

Edge and Dick (TN : The Edge’s brother) were basically like one person, they were into inventing things and they played a yellow guitar that they had made together, so it took a while to work out which of them would be in the band.

I knew of Adam, he used to wear a long sheepskin Afghan coat, he had tinted glasses and he smoked. Some people were saying to me : “You know that weirdo in the Afghan coat? He has a bass.” It didn’t matter if he could play it. Adam was in.

So on Saturday 25 September 1976, this odd group of people convened in my kitchen in Artane. And that’s where it started.»

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These lines are taken from the book “U2 by U2″ (page 27). In order to read the rest of the story, go to your local book store!

Summer 2012’s summary

You want to keep up with U2 news but you don’t have time to? No problem: U2France offers you a summary of last month’s news regarding U2 as well as a memo pad of its forthcoming events and a review of the progress – or not – of its album and tour plans.

The summary is back after a 2-month break: the lack of news led to a pause with great expectations for its come back. The first lines – written at the beginning of the week – were not full of hope, luckily very good news have appeared in the following days in the ‘notepad’ section…



Bono’s holidays

As it must be one of U2‘s most quiet time, news were mainly about Bono‘s adventures during his holidays. It all started at the Avignon festival, where the singer stopped by before heading to Saint Tropez. It was quite hard to miss Bono in his loud yellow trousers which amused both the press and several fans. It’s been an opportunity for U2 fans to get some material for U2 talk, by analyzing the poorly matched Bono‘s outfit and the usual weight he puts on every summer.

During his holidays Bono also got involved in more serious matters, among which an appearance in the African version of Big Brother in order to talk about the ONE association to the contestants. Talking about real TV: Bono denied the rumor that [he would be a judge http://www.u2france.com/actu/Bono-l… in shows such as X Factor and American Idol. Despite being inundated with such invitations U2‘s singer strongly refuses to commit in such things.



Being always very charitable, Bono also sent his smile to the young Miro Angers, a 12 years old boy who suffers from an unoperable brain tumor. In order to show him support a website has been created so that everyone can send him a picture with a smile on it. As Bono got moved by the story of Miro he also sent him his smile. Unfortunately the tumor won over Miro a few days later…



Rumor: there won’t be an end of the world with U2

On August 22nd the Guatemaltan Culture Minister said an invitation had been sent to U2 in order to perform a concert on December 21st 2012, to celebrate the end of the Maya calendar, which is also – according to certain beliefs – the time the world will come to an end: people will have to celebrate Christmas early if they want to get presents. The participants list would be quite appealing: invitations were also sent to Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Elton John, Neil Young (and that’s not the full list).

Yet there are almost no chances to see the all four members of U2. Since 1990 the band has never agreed to take part in a show that was out of their promotional tours. The’ve been invited thousands of times but never accepted anything. The best case scenario would be an appearance of Bono who is used to playing mini concerts without his band since the 2000s.



A few summer bonuses…

As we got quite bored because of the complete absence of Larry and Adam and that the few public appearances of The Edge along with Bono were not quite satisfying, we did something else. First we wished a happy birthday to The Edge on August 8 then we wondered if the live album U22 was reaching our expectations. We also kept creating new photo albums on our Facebook page – making 2 new albums : When the rock star meets other celebrities, which is dedicated to Bono‘s meetings with other political and musical personalities, and Before…and now in which you’ll be able to see how U2 managed to evolve since 1980.



A review on U2’s projects

Quite a quick update…as there are no updates! So here is the review from the previous summary.



Danger Mouse could produce U2’s next album

Bonotold last month The Irish Voice that U2 keep working in studio with Danger Mouse, who could produce its next album. As always the Irish singer appeared to be very optimistic about their current studio sessions, even telling they could be their best ones since 1979. According to Bono: « U2 have to do something very special to have a reason to exist right now”. He seems to be pretty confident about that as he explains the collaboration with Danger Mouse «hit a vein» and that «there might be life in the old dog yet!» (the dog being U2, not Danger Mouse). The next album doesn’t seem to be ready yet, few are the chances to have it released by the end of 2012.



Next tour and album trilogy

As the next album is not ready yet, no tour is on the horizon before 2012 at least. After their 360° Tour, U2 members said they were willing to go back to indoor venues, and don’t plan to compete with The Claw when it comes to spectacular stages. Maybe will there be an indoor tour in 2014…
As long as the three potential albums to come (a rock album, a club album and an “ambient” album) are concerned, there are no more news, still it seems the project isn’t over. The “ambient” album was probably about songs that could have been on the Holy Grail called “Songs of Ascent” – an album that was supposed to be released shortly after No Line On The Horizon, including titles from the 2004 to 2009 sessions.






Memo pad

October : release of the official 360°’s photo book

‘From The Ground Up’ – a 256-page hardbook which puts together photos taken by Ralph Larmann during U2‘s last tour – is set to be released next october (we’re waiting for the final date). So far the publishing rights haven’t been sold to any French publishing company, so we don’t know if any French version of it will ever come out. However the book will be available in a German edition in October with the title U2 360° – Um die Welt in 760 Tagen – published by Koch.



End of 2012 : next U2.com’s gift for paying subscribers

The official website of the band has just announced that the next gift offered to paying subscribers of U2.com will be a special edition of the book ‘From The Ground Up’ including live tracks that didn’t make it on U22 — the current gift from U2.com. Those songs will be revealed in October. In order to get that special-edition book you’ll then have a choice: buying it as soon as it is out in store or waiting to get it through U2.com with extra live tracks. It looks like the only version you can get from the official website is the English one, there’s no mention of any other language.



Coming next: another hardbook about U2 on its way

The professional music photographer Peter Neill has decided to please U2 fans with the preparation of a hardbook including his pictures of the band taken during the 2009 Sheffield and 2010 Paris shows. His plan is to offer 2 versions of his book: a standard version and a limited-edition version in which fans will be offered the chance to choose the first-page picture. If you know a good and cheap publishing/editing company offering great quality at reasonable prices you can tell him by mail here: [email protected]. You can also follow his project updates on his Facebook page MusicShots.

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The 30 Richest Drummers in the World

By Brian


Who are the richest drummers in the world? Most people steer their kids away from learning the drums in favor of less noisy instruments. You may want to reconsider that decision after you find out how rich these thirty musicians became from banging on a drum. As you’re about to see, if you want to make a ton of money drumming it helps to be a member of one of the most commercially successful rock bands in the world. The drummers on this list have played in bands like The Beatles, Metallica, U2 and The Rolling Stones just to name a few… Most have had 30+ year careers banging away at the top of the charts and touring the world’s stadiums to perform for tens of thousands of adoring fans. So how can you become of the richest drummers in the world? First, take a look these examples and maybe you can find some inspiration, then start practicing!

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