My U2 buddy Jim started a Face Book war this past Monday with his claim that U2’s Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own, Bono’s ode to his father, is “More personal” than Iris, Bono’s ode to his mother. Like all U2 songs, you have to delve deeper and go beyond just the lyrics that Bono wrote or the music that the band plays in order to make an educated decision about such matters, you need to get to the emotion and sentiment behind such complex issues. Is there anything more complex than the family dynamic? If you think there…
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U2’s latest album, Songs Of Innocence, is a big hit with fans.
A week after the album’s surprise release, we posted a new poll question on our home page asking fans to rate the album on a scale of 1-5, with five being best. The question stayed online for a little more than a month and had 8,801 total votes (an all-time record).
The latest addition to the coffee-table category of books about U2 is Mat Snow’s U2: Revolution, a vibrantly illustrated jaunt from the 1970s to the early months of 2014. Bruce Springsteen contributed his speech inducting U2 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 for the book’s introduction, and two gatefold timelines further enhance the book. One gives a brief chronology of each band member’s life; the other presents landmark moments in U2′
In the debate about who the greatest band of all time is, one widely-held opinion (other than U2, which we all know to be the correct answer to that question ;P) is that The Beatles belong at the top of the rock n roll heap. I’m not here today to argue one way or the other, but I think that John, Paul, George, and Ringo at least belong in the conversation. I mainly bring The Beatles up today because I find it interesting that one of the lessons that their music tried to teach us is on display and even…
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What a difference a week makes. Talking to a non-U2 fan, I described last week as our version of the Super Bowl. It was game time, and you want in to the game, Coach! It was no surprise that additional dates went on sale. For the most part, things went relatively smoothly. It helped that the majority of people had already used their codes the week before,
Am I speaking Swahili? Most question whether I can speak English, but have I not been clear. There is no way….underline NO WAY that U2 is going to do an entire acoustic concert. Bono can run his usual wishy, washy, vague “Different show each night” mumbo jumbo mouth all he wants. IT AIN’T HAPPENING. Not on my watch! Not in my house, the Boston Garden. Oh, I know it’s official name is the TD Garden, but no one in Boston calls it TD. If you live in Boston, it’s the GAAAAAAARHHHHHDEN! I don’t care what Bono says, do you think…
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The Hollywood Reporter has a story up which chronicles U2’s involvement with Mandela and South Africa since the early days. The Hollywood Reporter posted an exclusive video of a candid conversation with the band in New York. “At a very early stage, we realized that there was more to music than just rocking out and that we could actually — maybe — make a small difference,” Mullen said. Therefore, when the quartet — which The Edge describes as “the essential high school band that just kept going” — learned about Nelson Mandela and Apartheid, they decided to take action, playing…
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Many of us go to U2 concerts for more than the songs — we go for the experience. One way the band takes us beyond the music is through using lights, videos, and graphic art to increase the impact of the music. This appeals to me and often changes my perspective of a song or an entire album because I am a visual learner. I understand and engage the world around me best by observing it.
A few U2 tour rumors have been floating around over the past week, the most recent of which is the notion that there may not be an opening act this time around. Because the boys now enjoy status comparable to The Rolling Stones and Springsteen, it seems like this could be a possibility. Hardcore fans like us would love it, that’s for sure; the ecstasy-popping clubbers who stood next to me at the Rose Bowl show and left after the Black Eyed Peas, not so much. But could Bono – or rather, would he – sing for a full two and a…
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After the excitement of last week’s tour announcement and the accompanying ticket sales, not too much went on with our boys this week, so I thought it would be a good time to continue my U2101 series. The song on my mind right now, and therefore the topic of this week’s article, is “Numb”, from 1993’s Zooropa. If I had to choose one word or a short phrase to describe “Numb”, I don’t think I could do better than “sensory overload” – it was recorded, after all, during a break from U2’s amazing ZooTV tour, and I don’t think that…
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