The future needs a big kiss!


Topic: Interview

Freitag, 7. Jänner 2005 The answer, for young bands today is simple, says Edge, in the second part of the NME interview.

"I'm sure there are a lot of young bands that are just not into us because we're successful and because we've been around for a long time." explains Edge. "I would just say turn that into a positive energy and try and write some great songs. That's the way ­ if you want to take U2 out, the only way you're gonna do it is by writing better songs that us!"

Also in the new edition of the UK's music weekly, the band talk about selling out, about being the most independent rock group in the history of pop music and about why they haven't embarked on solo projects.

"If being in U2 was creatively frustrating", says Adam. "Then maybe people would go off and do other things, but it's fulfilling enough that you don't need to go and have a reggae band for the weekend." [arrow more]

Mittwoch, 22. Dezember 2004 If you speak Spanish, you may have notcied the strange counting that opens U2's single, "Vertigo," off the band's latest album "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb."

At the song's start, Bono sings, "Uno. Dos. Tres. Catorce." Translated, that means "One. Two. Three. Fourteen," which doesn't quite add up.

In an interview with, Bono explains the leap of numbers. The U2 singer reveals, "There might have been some alcohol involved [smiles]." [arrow more]

Donnerstag, 16. Dezember 2004 There is no such thing as a quick interview with U2 singer Bono. That also goes for guitarist the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. Despite the short supply of spare time that U2 had for speaking to Rolling Stone during their recent, mad November weekend in New York -- performing on Saturday Night Live, touring Manhattan on a flat-bed truck, playing for free under the Brooklyn Bridge at night -- they went into deep, revealing detail about the personal and creative trials and triumphs that led to their Number One album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

What follows are additional excerpts from the nearly six hours of interviews that produced the current Rolling Stone cover story -- which comes just three months shy of the twentieth anniversary of U2's first appearance on our cover, in March, 1985. The headline then: "Our Choice: Band of the Eighties." [arrow more]

Dienstag, 7. Dezember 2004 "The job of art is to chase away ugliness", Bono tells Chuck Klosterman for the cover story of the new issue of Spin Magazine.

"So let's start with the roads. Cars are so ugly. America is supposedly the country that brought us the love of the automobile, yet they haven't produced a beautiful car in decades. Americans used to make feminine cars with a sense of humour, but now it's all SUVs. The Germans kind of picked up the slack for a while, but the Italians ultimately were the ones that took them on. But the Italians pick such arrogant names. Do you know what quattroporte means? Four-door. It means four-door..." [arrow more]

Samstag, 4. Dezember 2004 Rock singer Bono has pledged to spend the rest of his life trying to help the impoverished around the world.

The U2 frontman told BBC One's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross he wanted the current generation to be "remembered for something other than the internet".

It should be "the first generation to eradicate extreme poverty", he said. [arrow more]

Montag, 22. November 2004 Famous U2 lead-singer Bono is reported to have said that he didn't want to perform his famous ‘God’ line again for the new Band Aid record, according to news agency API.

The singer revealed that he wanted some different lines this time, because he had hated recording the lyric ‘Tonight, thank God it's them instead of you’ for the original Do They Know It's Christmas? record in 1984.

‘I begged them not to make me do it, saying, “Isn't there another line you could take?” Because, last time, I recorded the whole song," he was quoted as saying.
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Samstag, 20. November 2004 USA Today praises the new album, as Edna Gunderson interviews all four band members on the eve of release.

‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, U2's 11th studio album and first since 2000, arrives Tuesday amid more anticipation than any release this year. The blissful and aggressive "Vertigo," No. 1 at modern rock stations, is the band's hottest U.S. single to date and just knocked Eminem off the top of the U.K. chart. [arrow more]

Samstag, 13. November 2004 U2 frontman Bono has been talking exclusively to Xfm about the recent illegal pirating of his band’s new album and what it was like re-recording his legendary line for the new Band Aid 20 single ahead of this weekend’s studio session [arrow more]

Sonntag, 7. November 2004 For 25 years, U2 have been through personal loss, drugs, alcohol, and rows on a titanic scale, even by the standards of the rock business. And yet they are still together. In a rare interview, Bono and the rest of Ireland's awesome foursome reveal how their closeness has enabled them to survive. [arrow more]

Dienstag, 19. Oktober 2004 We invited some U2.Competition winners, who saw the band live last weekend, to send us their reviews.

Generally, the response was quite warm!

Elizabeth Hohman, Bournemouth:

‘It was unbelievable and unforgettable - it was surreal to be less than a foot away from the four men who I admire so greatly. The new songs sounded great - it seems as though the band have taken the best aspects from 'The Joshua Tree' and 'Achtung Baby'. I loved what I heard - a mixture of beauty, intensity and passion.’ [arrow more]

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