As a creative writer and as an amateur journalist, I love a good one-liner. I’m always looking for a solid soundbite for a story or an article, something short and punchy and memorable. And whether you love it or you hate it, NLOTH is full of them, and Get On Your Boots in particular is a goldmine. (Actually, come to think of it, Bono himself is a goldmine in that regard.) For myself, I love this song, and I’m not quite sure why so many fans dislike it. Maybe it’s the quotability of Bono’s catchphrases, or maybe it’s Adam’s refreshingly […]
The story of the song “Miss Sarajevo” starts during the ZooTV Tour, when film-maker and activist Bill Carter approached the band in an attempt to get them involved in providing assistance to the under siege city of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Humanitarian Bono immediately wanted the band to perform a concert in the city, but reason prevailed and it was decided to instead offer a spot during the nightly ZooTV gigs to showcasing the plight of those living in the war-torn city. Bill Carter and people he knew who were living in Sarajevo would communicate via a satellite link-up with audiences over […]
U2 guitarist The Edge talks about the Paris concert broadcast on HBO, security concerns, and the new album
by Melinda Newman, Billboard
On Dec. 7, U2 took the stage at Paris’ Accorhotels Arena to make good for the second of its two shows originally postponed in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in the city that left 130 dead, including 89 at the Bataclan concert venue where Eagles of Death Metal were playing.
The concert, U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris, captured live for HBO by director Hamish Hamilton, was a breathing testament to the healing power of music, not only for the audience, but for U2 as well. “It sort of felt like it was part of a process of reclaiming live rock and roll in the city of Paris,” says U2 guitarist The Edge in an exclusive interview. “We were by no means the first event post the Paris attacks, but for us it was very symbolic and very significant. We tried to get back as quickly as we could.”
U2 invited the Eagles of Death Metal to join them on stage, marking the first time the California band had played since the attacks. “They were robbed of …read more
“Mercy” is a song that U2 wrote and recorded in 2004. It was originally intended for release as the final song in that year’s How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb album, but was cut at the last minute due to concerns about the length of the album. Shortly after the album was released, a low-quality version of the song surfaced online. I believe that “Mercy” found its way onto the internet when an early demo pressing of the album was stolen from a video shoot in France. Fans who heard the song began clamoring for the song to see an […]
Reviewed by Brian Orndorf, June 14, 2016, Blu-ray.com
It was supposed to be just another night on the highly successful “Innocence + Experience” tour, taking the band U2 to Paris for a concert intended for cable and internet broadcast. Unfortunately, plans for entertainment were quickly set aside to deal with the November 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks, an event that shocked the world and forced U2 to rethink touring plans. Not wanting to disappoint loyal fans and preserve their reputation as one of most socially and politically-minded bands of all time, U2 returned to Paris three weeks later, refusing to bow down to terror-minded folk and put on a big time rock show to help heal a shattered city. “Innocence + Experience – Live in Paris” isn’t a radical reinvention of the U2 live event, keeping to the essentials of stage presence and widescreen sound, but there’s a special level of power to the show, a searing emotionality that runs through the whole endeavor, with Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton trying their best to bring joy and catharsis to the world through their exquisite song catalog and a brilliant visual display.