We at U2log.com are once again excited to bring our readers some goodies to keep you company through the holiday season and into the new year.
This year we are happy to share with you a rare gem from our 1/4" reel tape vault; radio ads announcing the upcoming release of Achtung Baby. One cannot help but to wonder what the media onslaught will look like next year as the boys get ready for the release of the next album.
This download (bittorrent) will be available for a limited time only.
Amazon is listing five different versions of U2's new album 'No Line on the Horizon'.
Two of the versions mentions a 'film download'. This should refer to a film the Dutch photographer and director Anton Corbijn shot for the album.
Filmed for John Kelly's The View on RTE, here's Bono and The Edge at
The Point the refurbished O2 venue in Dublin. With a nice drum solo by Bono.
Mark your calendars! U2.com reports that 'No Line on the Horizon', the new studio album from U2, will be released on Monday 2nd March, 2009.
Written and recorded in various locations, No Line On The Horizon is the group’s 12th studio album and is their first release since the 9 million selling album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, released in late 2004.
Sessions for No Line On The Horizon began last year in Fez, Morocco, continued in the band’s own studio in Dublin, before moving to New York’s Platinum Sound Recording Studios, and finally being completed at Olympic Studios in London.
The album calls on the production talents of long-time collaborators Brian Eno and Danny Lanois, with additional production by Steve Lillywhite.
Billboard runs the story and has a quote from a 'source' who heard songs in their early forms: "...amazing and a little out there. I hope they don't change anything." (Read more.)
Blast from the past! Ignore the Tommy Cooper video, it's the audio we're interested in. This is Bono, interviewed for the first time on Dave Fanning's radio show a month before the release of U2-3. He comes over all wise beyond his years. Enjoy the lovely Dub accent.
The Edge, Bono, and B.B. King perform an extended version of "When Love Comes to Town" at the annual Thelonious Monk gala at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday.
The Edge talks to Alan Yentob about his Gibson Explorer and shows off its nicks and dents, and demonstrates the Infinite guitar. Recorded for the BBC's documentary series 'The Story of the Guitar'.
Imagine – The Story of the Guitar is on Sunday at 10.15pm on BBC One
"As the sun arcs over the Manhattan skyline and the markets start dancing nervously out of time, the lyrics I’ve been scribbling over breakfast have been removed and replaced by spreadsheets with large numbers in tiny font as we wrestle with EU budgets in advance of meetings later today with Presidents Sarkozy and Barroso."
Thus writes Bono on the Financial Times Millennium Development Goals Conference diary. Bono shares his blogging duties with Jeffrey Sachs.
We'd love it if he'd blog about music.
U2.com reveals the new album won't see the light of day until next year. The band has decided to continue working on the 50 to 60 new songs they've written.
Bono: ‘I’m always the one who underestimates how easy it is to simply 'put out the songs now', if it was just up to me they’d be out already! But early next year people will be able to start hearing what we’ve been doing. We want 2009 to be our year, so we’re going to start making an impression very early on …’
Up till now many fans had assumed a 2008 release in time for Christmas. Says Bono: “It has to be our most innovative, our most challenging ... or what's the point?"
Peter Gabriel is the recipient of the Amnesty International 'Ambassador of Conscience Award’ 2008, Art for Amnesty has announced. The award will be presented to him by The Edge at a the Hard Rock Cafe in London, on September 10th, 2008.
The Ambassador of Conscience Award recognises exceptional individual leadership and witness in the fight to protect and promote human rights. In 2005, U2 and Paul McGuinness were the recipients of the award.
It's a fun packed week for Edge as the Davis Guggenheim documentary 'It Might Get Loud' in which he's featured alongside Jimmy Page and Jack White will officially premiere at the Toronto Film festival this Friday, September 5th.
Q magazine talks to - a very busy - The Edge about U2's new album. The guitarist sheds some light on the album's sound and confirms some of the song titles that have floated around the web for some time.
"'We wanted to give it some variety. There is some dark, heavy stuff but there are also some lighter things. Some we’ve really had to sweat to get and some just came so easily." Work-in-progress highlights include "f—k-off live rocker" "Breathe"; "For Your Love," which Edge says is one of his best-ever riffs; and the aforementioned "Get On Your Boots" ("Eddie Cochran with barbershop harmonies"). Other notable tracks include the eight-minute-long "Moment Of Surrender" and "No Line On The Horizon," inspired by a distortion box called Death By Audio recommended by ex-Secret Machines guitarist Ben Curtis."
The article suggests the band is still unsure whether to release the album pre- or post Christmas.
Read the full story at U2france.com.
Bono and The Edge comin' atcha. With the high notes and all.
Bono - exercising some damage control - has written to the NME to say he thinks 'Radiohead were courageous for 'In Rainbows' release' in response to Paul McGuinness' earlier comments regarding Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' pay-what-you-like release. McGuinness, who controversially believes ISP's facilitate music pirating and are thus robbing artists, had claimed the experiment was a failure and U2 wouldn't be following their example. Bono writes he disagrees with his manager, and says Radiohead are 'courageous and imaginative in trying to figure out some new relationship with their audience.' An example U2 hopefully will follow. Perhaps they could pick Trent Reznor's brain.
The full letter will appear in today's edition of the printed version of the NME.
Debbi Voisey of U2 fanzine "The Real Thing" has donated a phone interview given by Bono (Chicago, June 26th, 1997 on the first leg of the Popmart tour) to the U2 interview archive. This must have been one of the last fanzine interviews U2 have done, although I'm sure someone will correct me on that.
Daniel Lanois will appear on a special of The View, this Tuesday May 27th, midnight on RTÉ One television (Ireland).
Lanois is currently working on U2's new album in Dublin and the South of France,and will talk to presenter John Kelly about the influences that have shaped his influential musical career.