Fray guitarist Joe King receives encouragement from U2 for new single ‘Need a Woman by Friday’

(John Carucci/ Associated Press )

Fray guitarist Joe King recently found out how supportive U2 can be when he sent his new single to the band.

After listening to “Need a Woman by Friday,” King said Bono told him in an email: “I need a song like this every Friday.”

Read on

Copyright 2013 U2 France /

U2’s giveaway reveals how they hit the big notes


There’s still money to be made in the rock’n’roll game. While the music industry narrative of late has been about losses due to HMV’s woes and disruption to the dominant players caused by technology, Paul McGuinness reminded us this week of the rewards which await the more successful acts.

The U2 manager, speaking at an event for music education charity Music Generation on Monday, said the band had donated the €5 million profits from their three Croke Park shows in 2009 to the charity.

Read on

Copyright 2013 U2 France /

Dr. Dre, U2 and Elton John Lead Forbes’ List of 2012 Highest Paid Musicians

This year’s list is made up of an international ensemble and shows that most musicians still make a big part of their earnings from touring.

Forbes Magazine has just released its list of 2012’s highest paid musicians and it shows an international cast of pop stars, hip-hop giants, and rock icons. Rap mogul Dr. Dre leads the pack of this year’s top earners, followed by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, The Rocketman Elton John, rock legendary group U2, and British boy band Take That. The list also shows that most of the artists’ earnings came from their rigorous touring and live shows.

Dr. Dre did not have a new album released this year, but that did not stop the super producer from collecting dollars from his past records, concert productions, and of course his music accessory biz, headphones. Forbes reports that Dre took in $110 million from his Beats headphone line.

Read on

Copyright 2012 U2 France /

From the ground up


From The Ground Up: Music Edition brings you the inside track on U2360° – the stories, the photos, the music. Presented in a bespoke, wrap-around sleeve, the large-format hardback book opens to reveal FOUR exclusive lithographs of the band, some very cool bookmarks and Edge’s Picks – a limited-edition, 15-track live CD, curated by The Edge. These are the cuts you asked for after our one-off release of U22 and the moment you subscribe (or resubscribe) to you can also instantly access TWO BONUS U2360° DOWNLOADS – No Line On The Horizon and Spanish Eyes – tracks that are not on U22 and not on this new CD.


On our dedicated subscriber site find all the band’s music streaming all the time; specially commissioned video from studio & stage; interviews with band & crew; archived news documenting the U2 story from the 1970s. Chat and blog in Zootopia, the busiest U2 fan community, rich with content generated by you for you.


Enter exclusive competitions, take 25% off your first purchase in the Store and get a dedicated U2 email address (‘[email protected]’). Join a ticket presale when the band goes on the road, browse photos, video & reports from previous tours and dig in to the exclusive road diaries of Show Designer Willie Williams. subscription

Renew (40 dollars)

This package includes:

12 months membership to

From The Ground Up: Music Edition (deluxe U2360° Tour hardback photo book)

Edge’s Picks, 15-track Live CD

Bonus U2360° Live Downloads
(Starting with No Line On The Horizon and Spanish Eyes)

Set of 4 Lithographic Prints

Set of 4 bookmarks

25% discount in Store

New membership (75 dollars)

This package includes:

12 months membership to

From The Ground Up: Music Edition (deluxe U2360° Tour hardback photo book)

Edge’s Picks, 15-track Live CD

Bonus U2360° Live Downloads
(Starting with No Line On The Horizon and Spanish Eyes)

Set of 4 Lithographic Prints

Set of 4 bookmarks

25% discount in Store

U22 Double Live CD Set (22 tracks from U2360° in deluxe booklet with notes from Adam Clayton)

11 Instant U22 Downloads plus Bonus track Unknown Caller

Zoo2Live Double Live CD Set (U2 Live in Sydney on 1993 ZOOTV Tour) – While Stocks Last

Copyright 2012 U2 France /

Peter Rowen in the eye of U2France

Peter Rowen is the child, now a man of 37 years, who’s featured on the cover albums Boy, War, the best of 1980-1990, and Three. He is also the younger brother of Guggi, a childhood friend of Bono, but above all he’s a photographer and a U2 fan who has answered our questions.

U2 in Montreal, 2011. ©Peter Rowen

Questions : Pauline

Translation : Florian

First of all thanks a lot for accepting the invitation, it’s such a real pleasure for us!

Have you ever considered being the boy on U2’s covers as an issue?

Peter Rowen No… It’s never been an issue. It’s something that I did as a kid that’s just kinda gone on and on… At the time it as an few days off school and a bit of fun! I look at it now I think that it’s pretty cool that my face is on the cover of U2‘s first album!

It’s pretty hard to narrow it down to one adjective when it comes to the look in your eyes on the War album cover. That’s a provocative yet fearful look, a determined look that challenges people to keep looking at you in the face. Do you remember what was your state of mind back then to offer such a particular look?

JPEG - 67,5 kb

Peter Rowen It’s really hard for me to remember much about any of the shoots I did with U2, infact most of the memories of my childhood are all but gone! ( I think bad memory runs in my family!! ) What I was thinking at the time… I really don’t know! As I kid I know that I did love performing in front of people ( I was a bit of a show off really ) so I’d say that posing came very naturally to me!

The Boy album cover got censored in the US because it was suspected to have a pedophile content. What’s your opinion about that?

Peter Rowen Personally I think that there’s way too much paranoia about all that stuff…

You have probably already stumbled upon a picture of you as a kid on a U2 album while wandering in a store. What do you feel under such circumstances?

Peter Rowen I have come across pictures of myself many many times in record stores over the years… Yea, it’s always nice…

What’s your favorite picture among all the ones that were taken of you as a boy for U2?

Peter Rowen I love some of the out takes that they never used… they appeared in a book a few years back. That was the first time I’d ever seen them and yea I like some of them a lot… I can see a strong similarity to my 12 yr old daughter in some of them.

You once said that choosing photography as a career had no link with being a model for U2 once. When did it feel into place that you would become a photographer for a living?

Peter Rowen My interest in photography came about through my interest in drawing as a kid….I realize looking back that I was never much of a reader but I always loved looking at pictures, looking at pictures and drawing ( Art was one of the few things I was at in school! ) Then at the age of about 17 a friend introduced me to photography and I instantly fell in love with it…within a year I was working as a full time assistant photographer.

You are a U2 fan yourself. What do you like in their music, do you have any favorite albums/songs?

Peter Rowen Yeah, I think U2 are great! Favorite album, probably Actung Baby. Favorite song would probably be ‘Stay‘.

You attended several U2 shows, among which Slane Castle in 2001, Barcelona in 2005 as well as Dublin, Paris, Rome and Montreal during the 360° Tour. Which of those U2 concerts left you an indelible memory, and why?

Peter Rowen Yeah probably the Slane show in 2001… It was the first time I got to shoot the band which was a great experience… It was also a time of major change in my life, it was a really difficult time for me.. I shot the first show for The Irish Times who I was working for at the time and the following weekend I went along as guest. Those two shows, for very different reasons are the most memorable for me.

What’s your feeling about the 360° Tour?

Peter Rowen I though the 360 tour was great… saw it about six or seven times and it never failed to impress.. They are a really great live band.

Most U2 fans consider ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ as the most powerful song in a concert. Something makes me think ‘Bad’ is even more intense to you…

Peter Rowen Yeah Bad was written for and about my brother Andy who has struggled with addiction for a lot of his life but thank God he’s doing well these days.

Rumor has it that Bono giving the finger at the beginning of the Paris show on September 18th 2010 was a message to you. Is that true?

Peter Rowen Ha! Possibly… You’d really have to ask Bono for the answer to that one!!

You made an appearance in the Two Hearts Beat As One video clip that was shot in Paris. What is your first feeling whenever you watch this video again?

Peter Rowen I just watched it now! My first feeling was ‘Wow…. that video is 30 year old!!!’ That means I’m getting old!! Yikes!!

What do you remember from that Parisian stay back in 1983?

Peter Rowen I actually remember ( yet again!! ) very little! One of my only memories is of Anton Corbijn playing Larry’s drums and when he was finished he jumped off the stool and cleared the whole drum kit!! ( probably an easy thing to do when you’re 7ft tall! )

I’ve been reading that you like Paris. What’s the most seducing thing in our dear capital according to you?

Peter Rowen Yeah Paris is great… the architecture, the food, the weather, all the cool looking people, the bikes! Lot’s of bikes!!

When was the last time you had contact with Bono or a band member?

Peter Rowen Ah I suppose sometime last year maybe…

What’s your favorite Anton Corbijn’s photo ?

Peter Rowen I like lots of Anton‘s pictures! I have a really nice print that he took of me and the band in about 1983 / 84…It was shot in a little forest on the road I grew up on… it hangs on the wall of my sitting room.. I like that shot!

It’s been 30 years since you posed for U2 albums covers, and now again one of your pictures was chosen to be the cover of another U2 album – U22. How do you feel about that?

Peter Rowen Yeah, that was cool…I was delighted they used one of my shots!

What kind of photo work would you like to do for U2?

Peter Rowen I’d like to shoot the cover for their next studio album… Now that’d be cool!

If we were sending you a heavy load of Mars bars (NB : U2 gave these chocolate bars to Peter so that he posed for their albums), would you be willing to write a concert review of U2’s next show just for us?

Peter Rowen : Sure! Why not!!

What can we hope for you in the future regarding your career?

Peter Rowen Well I’d love to get better and better at what I do… What comes of that I’m not sure…We’ll see!

I can’t seem to find a suitable picture to illustrate this interview. Could you please help me?

Peter Rowen I’ll send you one!

Thank you so much Peter :-)

Copyright 2012 U2 France /

Memories : 18th of September along with U2

On September 18th 2010 U2 played their only French show of the year on the 360° Tour. Two years later our writer remains with the memory of living a daydream…

Bono with one of the balloons – Paris, September 18th 2010.

Author : Pauline, translated by Florian

“Run” and “wait”: I feel like my day of September 18th 2010 was mostly about that. Wait for a year between the concert tickets presale and the actual date of the show, wait during the journey on the train on the evening of the concert, wait for 10 hours in front of the Stade de France gate – half of the time up and packed, wait for the end of the horrible Interpol gig – which we wouldn’t have expected to be as bad as first part, and finally wait for U2 to enter the stage while the clock is ticking on the Claw’s screen…

And run, of course. Run in the morning to go catch the train, run to catch the subway which is about to leave to the stadium station, wait to reach the stadium gate, and run again once inside the stadium. Run while admiring this massive stage, run while going down the stairs leading to the stands, run even when the Security Officers ask you to walk, run from a checkpoint to another, and ultimately run once the pit is reached in order to get as close as possible to the barrier.

Mission accomplished, you’re at the forefront, right under The Edge‘s nose. That’s just the insolent good fortune of five fans who took the challenge to be at this very spot and who succeeded. We survived the crowd movement when the stadium gates opened, just as the Heaven gates would – our own fans nirvana, we also survived the pushing and shoving when entering the pit. The art of slipping through is what allowed us to queue jump in front of other people in that crowd which was waiting at the pit entrance. Too bad for good manners, too bad for apologies: you sneak around using your elbows, you don’t say you’re sorry, everything is at stake right now! Good manners won’t let our dream slip through our fingers. Too bad for the girl who falls right by my side – probably kicked around too much by the crowd, I barely look at her and don’t even think of stopping by to help. After so much running and so much waiting, and being just a few feet away from the stage, all I want is U2 to appear as soon as possible. Nothing else matters.

I didn’t even notice the 96000-people crowd that was filling the stadium on that night. I was all alone with U2, they were playing just for me. When The Edge started with the chorus of Sunday Bloody Sunday with his eyes closed, he was just playing for me, and Adam surely came my way to meet me while playing Mysterious Ways. That’s the whole point of being at this front row that is so coveted: you can’t see others. Even if you feel the energy radiating from the audience and the communion with the band it leads to, you really feel like being as close as it can get to the four Irish guys – even feeling like being alone with them.

That was not my first U2 show yet it leaves me with an unexplainable memory that was not present on my first concert – my first U2 show for which I had been waiting for four years. This day of September 2010, no doubt, was the day of a great concert. A very good one.

(NB : More videos available on Stroubidoul‘s YouTube channel)

Copyright 2012 U2 France /

Once again, many many thanks to Stroubi and all the people who made it possible to get a DVD from that concert!

Fancy a nice U2 book?

That’s what Peter Neill is asking you.

This professional photographer whose specialty is music photography has a portfolio which includes Billboard magazine, Coldplay and U2. During U2‘s 360° Tour he captured with his camera Sheffield’s concerts in 2009 and Paris’ ones in 2010 ; you can take a look at the result on his Facebook page.

Now Peter Neill is asking you the following on Facebook : “U2 People, Have you any interest in a U2 photobook, coffee table style.. If I can find a book printer with the right pricing so I can sell it affordably I may do one?” With the good feedback he got from that idea, Peter Neill said next : “this was unexpected, I really have to make that book”. He’s starting the legal process in order to get his book printed. In order to do so he also needs your help: if you know a high quality book printing service with modest pricing, you can send him its information by mail: [email protected]

We also suggest you to go have a look at his Facebook page to add a ‘Like’ on his post, follow the project updates and take this opportunity to view the photos he made of other artists: they’re worth a look!

Copyright 2012 U2 France /

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… 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’s gift for paying subscribers

The official website of the band has just announced that the next gift offered to paying subscribers of 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 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 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.

Copyright 2012 U2 France /

‘From The Ground Up’ and more live tracks from U2360°

From The Ground Up, the official photo book of the U2360° tour, is set for publication in just a couple of months.

This handsome hardback title, featuring photography from Ralph Larmann and text by Dylan Jones, will be published in October and is available to preorder from this weekend.

For anyone who treasures their memories of the extraordinary tour that was U2360°, this book captures the period like no other.

If you’re a subscriber (or considering it) we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be including a special edition of From The Ground Up as part of our 2012/2013 subscription offer.

Featuring the same text and photography, this edition of the book comes with a little something extra… more exclusive live tracks from U2360°.

That’s all we can reveal for now – full details of our new subscription package will be announced in October.

Copyright 2012 U2 France /

Muse: ‘New album The 2nd Law is inspired by U2′

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has revealed that U2 have partly inspired their new album.

The singer explained that spending time with the Irish band on tour in South America last year helped influence their upcoming LP The 2nd Law.

“We toured with U2 last year in South America. And there’s definitely a little bit of influence come onto this album, a little bit of [1991 U2 album] Achtung Baby here and there,” he told Classic Rock magazine.

Read on

Copyright 2012 U2 France /