The World and U2: One Band’s Remaking of Global Activism presents and examines the band’s evolution as activists, its influence on activism, and the critiques that have emerged in response to U2’s work. It’s by Alan McPherson, professor of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. I’ve read it and it strikes me as […]
Tonight’s concert in Montreal ended up being the grandest of celebrations for a packed audience, but even more so for some fans who got to join U2 on the main stage. As the band neared the end of the concert, following another impassioned plea from Bono — this time aimed at Canada’s top politicians — […]
There’s a lot I enjoyed in Steven Hyden’s interview with Adam Clayton for Grantland, which Hyden embedded in his review of the start of the tour in Vancouver and his analysis of the highs and lows of U2’s career thus far. For example, point to Hyden for thinking of Proust when thinking of Bono: Here’s a […]
On Sunday night, May 31, U2 debuted a new feature on the Innocence + Experience tour. It’s kind of graffiti wall. What used to be a plain yellow wash on the giant screen during the beginning of “Invisible” is now a collage of scribbles, drawings and quotes in multiple languages. One quote, appearing in […]
Talk about having vision over visibility! Steve Stockman weighs in on opening night … from Belfast.
As fans say goodbye to the original Windmill Lane Studios, which is being demolished this week to make way for new developments, U2’s first producer Steve Lillywhite, who recorded U2’s first three albums there, shared his farewell too, as told to @U2 a few days ago: Windmill Lane was an average rock studio at best, […]
If you saw a post on Facebook, or perhaps in a forum, about what U2’s stage will look like and what sort of experience to expect in the arena for this year’s Innocence + Experience tour, don’t believe it. As far as we know here at @U2, no one is sharing reliable facts just yet about what’s […]
In our forum last night, member “Hwy 190” shared the photo above that shows what clearly looks like a clean saw cut to the fallen Joshua tree — i.e., the actual tree from the inner cover of U2’s album. The forum member lives in the California desert and says s/he’s been visiting the site of […]
Here’s a great way to learn about U2 and many of the other great rock acts of all time in Jason Hanley’s new book, Music Lab: We Rock! This “Fun Family Guide for Exploring Rock Music History” has 52 labs — one for each week of the year — and concludes, most appropriately, with U2. Each lab, […]
You really haven’t lived until you’ve seen Junior, a French Bulldog, singing along in the car to “With Or Without You.” Just like we all do. Thanks to @2PugsinaPod for pointing us toward the video (from the dog with its own Twitter account). The internet is the best.