Achtung Y'all


Every morning I rise from bed, put on the running gear, and have at it. These are some of the most spiritual moments of my life, in part because the music of u2 forms the soundtrack for most of those runs. On this blog, I share that love with you.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bono at Davos

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DAVOS, Switzerland: U2 front man Bono and American actor Kevin Spacey took to the stage in Davos, Switzerland. Bono was present not to sing one of his band’s hits but to bring attention to the Red charity, which he helped start 10 years ago after meeting business leaders in this Alpine town. Bono said that the idea for the fund, which raises money to fight diseases in poor countries, came about because “We were mad as hell that where you lived determined whether you lived.”


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Was Bono Being Self-Absorbed?

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Immediately after the massacre in Paris, Bono, who with his bandmates in U2 had been due to give a concert in the city, described the atrocities as an "attack on music". This prompted a bit of a backlash on Twitter. "Yeah, right, Bono. It's all about you ..." But actually it is, isn't it? In the aftermath of any horror we relate it to ourselves and to our own experience and in our own, often trite way, try to offer sympathy and, where we can, solidarity.

For Bono, it's all about the band. For sports fans it's all about the crowd in the stadium. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bono Visits Burma

 Bono, the stage name for Paul David Hewson of the Dublin-based band U2, poses with staff of the hotel he stayed at in Bagan, Mandalay Division.  (Photo: Facebook / Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort)

The Irish rock superstar Bono paid a holiday visit to Burma this week, including a tour of the ancient city of Bagan in Mandalay Division.

In a post on Tuesday to the Facebook page of U2, the Dublin-based band of which Bono is the front man, a photograph of the Bagan skyline dotted with hot air balloons, a popular means of taking in the sacred Buddhist site, was accompanied by the caption “Hot & cold air – Bono.”

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bono calls for 'Europe of Mercy'

Photo by Matthias Muehlbradt / U2gigs.com

Bono calls for 'Europe of Mercy'

Bono has called for a Europe of mercy to refugees as U2 played its first concert since the Paris attacks.

The Irish rock stars were among those to cancel high-profile gigs in the French capital following Friday's terrorist attacks, which saw at least 129 killed and hundreds injured.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Baby Zooropa

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January 4, 2016

Progress is being made on the companion to 'Songs of Innocence'

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The Edge has revealed that progress is being made on the next U2 album, and that it sounds like the band's 1993 album 'Zooropa'.

'Songs of Experience' is expected sometime in 2016, and is a companion record to 2014's 'Songs of Innocence', with the two titles combining to form the name of the Dublin act's recent world tour. 

In an interview with Q Magazine, The Edge reveals some details of the record, including that parts of it have been completed on down time in between tour dates. Bono also recently revealed that hewrote a song about the Paris attacks during the band's recent tour.

In the interview, guitarist The Edge first compared the record to Zooropa, and then said producer Brian Eno would like a similar path to the eighth album to be followed in the future. He said:

"I would love to see us making albums a bit more like that. Where we go, 'You know what? We"re not going to second-guess any of this. Let"s just go for it." I think there"s a quality you get when there"s a certain momentum to the process."

Bono, meanwhile, revealed in the same interview that the bike accident he suffered in New York around the turn of 2014/2015 has actually helped him with the record.

The frontman said "The gift of it was that I had time to write while in the mentality that you get to at the end of an album. There is a reason why all the great groups made their best albums while in and around touring, because the ideas have to come out of your head."

U2 finished their Innocence and Experience Tour with shows in Paris before Christmas, with Bonorounding off his year by busking on Dublin's Grafton Street with a host of other big-name local acts.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bono the Activist



December 1, 2015

HE was one of Labour's highest profile General Election casualties when ousted by the SNP's rising star Mhairi Black.

But former Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander is back, having formed an unlikely double act with U2 frontman Bono.