Bono and the Edge perform on Letterman

Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of

Bono and The Edge are the sole interview guests on The Late Show with David Letterman. At the end of their appearance, while talking about songwriting, Edge grabs an acoustic guitar from behind his chair and he and Bono sing ‘Stuck In A Moment’ from their seats next to Letterman. – U2tours.com

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Can’t Wait Any Longer – Bootleg EP – MP3

Many thanks to a-ghost in the U2 community for pulling together the following fan created EP bootleg.

Since it’ll be awhile before any new U2 material surfaces it was thought that there should be a collection of the most recent “new‘” songs which have been performed live on the 360 tour.

“Can’t Wait Any Longer EP”

1. Return of The Stingray Guitar (Live, Munich 15-09-2010)
2. Glastonbury (Live, Turin 06-08-2010)
3. Mercy (Live, Munich 15-09-2010)
4. Every Breaking Wave (Live, Zurich 11-09-2010)
5. North Star (Live, Munich 15-09-2010)

[Bonus Track]
6. No Line On The Horizon (Semi-acoustic, Helsinki 21-08-2010)

 

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February 18, 2011 – Cape Town, South Africa, Cape Town Stadium

Opening Act(s): Amadou & Mariam, Springbok Nude Girls

Main Set: Beautiful Day, I Will Follow, Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Mysterious Ways, Elevation, Until the End of the World – Anthem, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Stand By Me, North Star, Pride, In a Little While, Miss Sarajevo, City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, I’ll Go Crazy (remix) – Relax – Two Tribes, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Scarlet, Walk On – You’ll Never Walk Alone

Encore(s): One, Amazing Grace – Where the Streets Have No Name – All You Need Is Love, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, With or Without You, Moment of Surrender

Or you can listen to the complete uncut mp3 of the Cape Town performance.

Rip courtesy of Valvano

Watch Bono’s Daughter in The Script’s New Video!

The Script have been fighting off comparisons to another Irish band you may have heard of, U2, ever since they made a major Stateside dent with “Breakeven,” the breakout single from their eponymous debut CD. And now they are courting them even more by recruiting none other than U2 frontman Bono‘s 19-year-old daughter, Eve Hewson, for their new “For The First Time” video.

Wonder how Mr. Save The World will feel about his little girl’s sexy makeout scenes? See what I mean by clicking above and look for The Script’s sophomore release, Science and Faith, to hit our shores January 18.

By Ian Drew for UsMagazine.com. To read more of Ian’s blog, click here, and don’t forget to follow him on Twitter.

Irish rock band U2 walks over Bosphorus Bridge

Members of the legendary Irish rock band U2 walked from Europe to Asia on Sunday, via İstanbul’s iconic Bosporus Bridge.

The band was accompanied for the walk over the bridge by State Minister and European Union chief negotiator Egemen Bağış, his wife, Beyhan Bağış, and State Minister Hayati Yazıcı.

Bono, the band’s 50-year-old front man, said he met with Bağış in New York in September 2009 where Bağış asked him to play an İstanbul concert — while mentioning the possibility of a walk, from Europe to Asia, over the bridge.

Bono said that Turkey was a bridge between East and West and added that the band felt ashamed it had not previously performed in Turkey.

Bono had earlier said that he wanted to walk over the bridge, which was closed to pedestrian traffic prior to the concert. Turkish officials obtained the necessary permission and U2 walked over the Bosporus Bridge — going from one continent to another — Sunday night.

One lane on the bridge was closed to traffic during the walk. While some people protested the closing of the lane, others got autographs from the band members. At the end of the walk, Yazıcı gifted Bono with a replica of the letter of thanks that Irish authorities sent to Sultan Abdulmecid after the Ottoman Empire sent aid to Ireland during 1845-1852 Great Potato Famine.

The band performed in İstanbul last night as part of İstanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture events at Atatürk Olympic Stadium. The U2 İstanbul concert was organized by LiveNation in cooperation with the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV).

The band’s 360 Degree Tour features a 360-degree stage, with the stage being placed closer to the center of the stadium than usual. The stage has no defined front or back and is surrounded on all sides by the audience.

The stage design also includes a cylindrical video screen that increases a venue’s capacity by around 15 to 20 percent. However, only tiered football stadiums can be used for this scheme, on flat fields and in baseball stadiums the set-up would be impossible.

Bono underwent emergency back surgery in May after injuring himself. His subsequent rehabilitation forced the band to delay the North American leg of their tour until 2011. U2 began the tour in Barcelona in June 2009.

- TODAY’S ZAMAN İSTANBUL

Audio Of U2’s New Song ‘North Star’ Live From Turin

A Love Song for the Universe U2’s North Start

We have has come across a great sounding copy of the acoustic ballad “North Star” from the August 6th concert in Turin.

Singer Michael W. Smith joined the band in the studio during the Atomic Bomb sessions and worked on at least one track with them entitled “North Star”. That track, which was a tribute to Johnny Cash, has not yet surfaced officially or unofficially in any form. A song introduced by Bono as “North Star” was played in Turin during the U2 360° Tour, however it is unknown whether or not this is the same song that was worked on during the sessions. – Wikipedia

This version is from The Edge’s ear feed. Enjoy!

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But wait we also have an audience version of Glastonbury!

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Audio: With or Without You for Gerry Ryan

U2, Ryan’s favourite group who he supported throughout their career, sent a message from New York. “Calling from New York on the Ryan Line, Ryan Line still open,” said lead singer Bono before the band performed their track With Or Without You.

“Goodbye Gerry, see you down the road,” the frontman added. – mirror.co.uk

Clip supplied by: Harrykool

U2’s ‘The Nude Interview’ with Dave Fanning June 25th 1987 (audio)

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.

Read accounts of the interview from Pimm Jal de la Parra book U2 Live: A Concert Documentary

 

Other link resource: U2Interview

U2’s ‘Bad’ gets a NASCAR makeover

Heroin and NASCAR, who knew? U2 fans watching the NFL playoffs on Fox this weekend surely heard what would seem to be an oddly placed song scoring the network’s preview of the upcoming Daytona 500: U2’s mid-’80s hit “Bad.” The commercial features little more than a snippet of one of the Edge’s most recognizable guitar riffs — the few slow, glistening notes that set the table for the song’s explosive rock ‘n’ roll release.

U2 hasn’t exactly shied away from commercial endorsements of late, or massive sporting events. Also, anyone who has attended any NFL, NBA or MLB game in recent years has likely heard “Beautiful Day” piped throughout the arena or stadium, further linking U2 with the sporting world. Yet judging by some previous NASCAR-branded music releases, U2 seems to be a bit out of place with the barroom hits and country rock more closely tied to the sport.

Granted, it’s more a story these days when rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t appear in a commercial, but are U2 fans ready to have one of the band’s most iconic songs forever associated with auto racing? If the quick responses on Twitter are any gauge, then no.

Though Bono’s lyrics in “Bad” are vague and open to interpretation, it’s a song long believed to be about heroin addiction, making it feel a bit out of place in hyping the Feb. 14 race. It should be noted, of course, that it’s not the first time a rock ‘n’ roll tune about drug use has appeared in a commercial, as Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” more famously promoted a cruise line.

Pop & Hiss has reached out to the U2 camp for more info, and for clarification as to what clearances and permissions may have been needed. It’s possible the band was just as surprised as some of its fans were at hearing the tune in the network promo. Some may recall that Fox once used the Arcade Fire’s “No Cars Go” in a promo for the NFL, and it was widely reported that the network did not seek — or need — the band’s permission. The clip is embedded above.

Pop & Hiss did, however, waste more time this weekend than is worth admitting comparing the few seconds above with the actual album track, as well as the various live versions to gauge where it came from. The edition used by Fox seems to most closely resemble the take on U2’s “Wide Awake in America” EP, but fans are invited to set us straight.

Of course, there may not be any real reason to be surprised. After all, U2’s name has indeed been seen  on the race track of late, appearing on Elliott Sadler’s vehicle to promote the film “U2:3D.”

Still, we would have voted for “Daddy’s Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car” instead.

Todd Martens