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.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Much of Atomic Bomb Recorded without Bono

October 27, 2005

Bono and Co. will rip through U2's hit-packed catalog next week when the band's Vertigo tour returns to L.A. for two shows

So how do you dismantle an atomic bomb, anyway? According to U2 frontman Bono, the answer is "with love." If so, U2 comes well equipped. The numbers reveal a long-lasting romance between the Irish quartet and its fans for the past 25 years: Since the 1980 release of its debut album "Boy," U2 has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and has won 14 Grammy Awards -- including a pair for its latest, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (2004), which has sold more than 10 million copies.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Coldplay Critique

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June 5, 2005 Sunday 
Correction Appended 
Late Edition - Final

HEADLINE: The Case Against Coldplay


THERE'S nothing wrong with self-pity. As a spur to songwriting, it's right up there with lust, anger and greed, and probably better than the remaining deadly sins. There's nothing wrong, either, with striving for musical grandeur, using every bit of skill and studio illusion to create a sound large enough to get lost in. Male sensitivity, a quality that's under siege in a pop culture full of unrepentant bullying and machismo, shouldn't be dismissed out of hand, no matter how risible it can be in practice. And building a sound on the lessons of past bands is virtually unavoidable. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Am I Buggin' You?

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February 22, 1989

"Am I bugging you?" asks U2 singer Bono during "U2 Rattle and Hum," a videocassette release of the 1988 movie set to hit the shops today. "I don't mean to bug you."

Bono's terse comment in the film concludes an anti-apartheid rap in "Silver and Gold," but one can't help hearing it, especially now, in a wider context. U2 is bugging a few people these days. As you may have noticed, the U2 backlash has set in.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I Don't Know if I love u2 this Much

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IF I hadn't called my ex-husband the last time a Beatle died, I wouldn't have had to do anything. But I did track him down after George Harrison died in November 2001, which is when he learned that I was living in New York, which is when he asked me to take a letter to Strawberry Fields in Central Park and place it there with a single candle.

"How am I going to get the letter?" I asked.

"I'll e-mail it to you," he responded.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BBC Critisized for Promoting U2 and Coldplay

January 14, 2010

A BBC editorial watchdog body criticised the British broadcaster Thursday for breaching its own guidelines by appearing to promote the bands U2 and Coldplay in its coverage of them.

The BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit slammed an on-screen slogan "U2=BBC" used during its coverage of U2's last album as "inappropriate," while a "Radio 1 presents Coldplay" website broke guidelines about links to external sites.

The findings came after RadioCentre, the trade body for commercial radio firms in Britain, complained about the BBC's coverage of a Coldplay tour and U2's launch of its "No Line On The Horizon."

The U2 coverage last February included a performance by the band on the rooftop of the BBC's Broadcasting House head office in central London which briefly brought traffic to a standstill.

Three criticisms of the BBC were upheld. They were that:

- a "Radio 1 presents Coldplay" website included links to the websites of ticket agents. "This was not in keeping with the BBC's guidelines on links to external websites.

- the use of the mathematical symbol for identity in the graphic "U2=BBC" "gave an inappropriate impression of endorsement."

- a pre-recorded interview with U2 frontman Bono was mostly alright, but a reference to Radio 1 being "part of launching this new album" was not.

Complaints about a radio show and a BBC news report about the rooftop concert were not upheld, said the watchdog.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Paranoid Visions Vows Revenge

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April 17, 2015

The old punk rivals of U2 have re-ignited their feud after legal busy-bodies had one of their videos taken down off Youtube.

Now Paranoid Visions say they are going to spam Bono's band with their album on repeat to teach them a lesson for infiltrating people's iTunes with their latest dirges.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Pay-Per-View Zoomerang

November 27, 1993

It's television, so expect Bono to come in character.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It's a dirty business dreaming


Scroll ahead to the 3:50 mark.

Edge goes all Quentin Tarantino on us.

This album isn’t uninterrupted brilliance.

But it’s damn good, with moments of brilliance.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

U2: Back to the Basics

November 02, 2000

A glance at the cover of U2's new album, All That You Can't Leave Behind, makes it clear that the Irish supergroup is ushering in an era of refrain.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Looking for to Fill That God-Shaped Hole

August 4, 2006

Rock music has always been best when dedicated to ideas of individualism, the questioning of authority, the marriage of the intellectual, spiritual and physical, and the positing of new notions concerning freedom and responsibility. That's why the concept of Christian rock is troubling for so many. Rock music has so long been the voice of the exile that to see it joining a club with predescribed notions of morality and spirituality seems deeply contradictory.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bono has a Few Agendas

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October 21, 2005

All Bono expects out a of U2 concert these days is to feed the starving, eradicate malaria, guarantee human rights to all and cement his band's status as rock's standard bearer for another generation.

Darned if the lead-singer-cum-activist didn't do the latter Wednesday at the first of two sold-out shows at the MCI Center, and he made more headway on the rest than any rock star has a right to do.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bono Seeks Answers

If U2 had resolved some of its questions about God and rock 'n' roll differently, fans wouldn't be lining up to buy tickets to their concerts.

Early in the band's career, singer Bono, guitarist The Edge and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. wondered whether they could reconcile rock 'n' roll and Christianity at all.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

u2 Kicks Off PopMart

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APRIL 28, 1997

U2 vocalist Bono looked out on the crowd at the first of his hundred stadiums.

His hair cut to the scalp, Bono saw 38,000 fans filling the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl on Friday for the debut of the PopMart tour, a trek that will take the band around the world in 40 weeks in what has been touted as potentially the biggest rock tour ever.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Aligning Himself with the Big Fella

"I just go where the life is, you know? Where I feel the Holy Spirit," Bono told Christianity Today. "If it's in the back of a Roman Catholic cathedral, in the quietness and the incense, which suggest the mystery of God, of God's presence, or in the bright lights of the revival tent, I just go where I find life. I don't see denomination. I generally think religion gets in the way of God.

"I am just trying to figure it out. Everybody wants to make an impact with their life, whether it's small scale with friends or family—that's really big, is the truth—or whether it's on a grand scale, in changing their communities and beyond. I just want to realize my potential." He recalled one pastor's recent advice: Stop asking God to bless what you're doing. Find out what God's doing. It's already blessed. "That's what I want," Bono said. "I want to align my life with that."

Saturday, April 11, 2015

u2's Never Been Afraid to Invoke the Big Fella

February 10, 2002

More taboo than drugs or sex, God is a most unwelcome guest in the world of rock 'n' roll. But that's precisely why Bono, lead singer of U2, finds God to be such a powerful and provocative subject for the band's songs.