War Child 20: the best of


To celebrate our 20th Anniversary we’ve released an album with Parlophone Records that brings together some of the best tracks from our five albums – including the legendary ‘HELP’ one from 1995 , which raised £1.5million. Subsequent releases have featured the hottest names in music and raised not only funds, but profile, for our vital work.

War Child 20: The Best Of will be released as a digital album only on 18 February.

With all proceeds of the sale coming directly to War Child, the album tracks have been selected to show the diversity and quality of all the artists who have supported us for the last two decades.

To further commemorate our 20th anniversary, long time supporters Muse are giving away a free track to fans. Over six minutes long, the track starts with Muse’s take on the classic ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ before turning into an explosive version of ‘Time Is Running Out’.

Download it here from Wednesday February 13th.

The Tracklist

1. Come Together: Smokin’ Mojo Filters (McCartney, Weller, Gallagher)

2. Lucky: Radiohead

3. Fade Away: Oasis

4. Mourning Air: Portishead

5. Fake The Aroma: Massive Attack

6. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head: Manic Street Preachers

7. Shipbuilding: Suede

8. Miss Sarajevo: Passengers (U2 and Pavarotti)

9. House Of The Rising Sun: Muse

10. Ghost Town: The Prodigy

11. Calico Skies: Paul McCartney

12. Everyone Says Hi (Metro Mix): David Bowie

13. Vietnam: New Order

14. How You See The World No.2: Coldplay

15. Hong Kong: Gorillaz

16. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Keane

17. Transmission: Hot Chip

18. Leopard-Skin-Pill-Box-Hat: Beck

19. Straight To Hell: Lily Allen (ft. Mick Jones)

20. Running To Stand Still: Elbow

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U2’s Bono on Frank Barsalona: ‘They Just Don’t Make Them Like That Any More’

Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard’s Ray Waddell — featuring comments about Barsalona from Irving Azoff, Danny Zelisko, Peter Luuko and many others — we asked Bono for a quote: and he responded with this lovely remembrance. U2 manager Paul McGuinness also sent us some memories about Barsalona, who worked with U2 beginning in 1980, and for many years after.

By Bono, Dublin

“Beyond a gentleman to deal with… graceful, very family-oriented. Working with Frank, as U2 did, it was like you were in his family. His stories were sometimes long, but always memorable, my favorite featuring The Who smashing their instruments on stage for the first time in his presence-and starring Frank, who, starting to get it, turns to his beloved but aghast wife, June, and says, ‘It’s ok, honey, it’s all part of the show.’

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Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard’s Ray Waddell – featuring comments about Barsalona from Irving Azoff, Danny Zelisko, Peter Luuko and many others — we asked U2 manager Paul McGuinness for a quote: and he responded with this touching tribute.

By Paul McGuinness, Dublin

“Trying to get U2 signed to Premier Talent was the reason for my trip when I flew to New York for the very first time in 1980. I was a baby manager but I knew that Premier were the agency that had driven the British Invasion for the Who, Zeppelin and all the great bands. U2 were recording their first album, “Boy,” in Dublin, with Steve Lillywhite producing, for Island Records. When I arrived in New York, I phoned Frank Barsalona’s office for an appointment. They took my number, maybe they would have called back. The next day my father died suddenly back in Dublin. I phoned Premier to say I wouldn’t be able to see Frank that week because I would be at the funeral but I would be back soon. He had to see me when I returned, I was the guy in Ireland whose father had died …

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Bono, Sting, Gabriel Pay for Havel’s Tapestry, CTK Says

By Andrea Dudik

U2’s Bono, The Edge, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Yoko Ono paid 1.5 million koruna ($75,500) for a tapestry dedicated to late Czech President Vaclav Havel, CTK news agency reported.

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“Love is blindness” par Jack White

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Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show opens

Report by Sophie Foster

U2 were among the star names attending the first UK performance of the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson tribute show at London’s O2 Arena.

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, the only major tribute show approved by the late singer’s estate, will have a short run at the venue which was to have been the London home of Jackson’s doomed This is It tour.

Travis Payne, the choreographer for the production, said the star had been a huge Cirque du Soleil fan.

“I think in the aftermath of Michael’s passing, anything that I can do personally to celebrate him, the artist that he was and the genius he was and all the great work that he gave us over the decades, is just an honour,” he said.

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