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About this U2 Fan:
"As a photographer with an interest in U2, I have presented U2Station.com with 9 pictures that illustrate the song titles/lyrics of U2 in some way. I became a fan of U2 when I met my girlfriend in 2002. She played their music a lot and it made me realise how many of their songs I actually knew and liked - but hadn't realised it was them. I have since heard more and more, liking most of it and really appreciating the lyrics. I've also seen concert footage and they really know how to put on a good show. Neither of us have seen them live as yet, but hopefully one day. So, that's how my relationship with U2, (and of course, my girlfriend!), began.
As a photographer, specialising in natural and scenic pictures in the UK, it wasn't long before I started to realise I had pictures which would in a way illustrate their song titles or lyrics, and even an album name. The picture for 'Under a Blood Red Sky' is actually the one that sparked off the idea for this feature - I just thought what a strong image that would be to go with those words. Then I got to work thinking of other pictures and came up with what you see here."
-- Mark Green
"Under A Blood Red Sky"
"Staring at the Sun"
"Shadows and Tall Trees"
("See the world in green and blue")
"Silver and Gold"
"New Year's Day"
("A world in white")
("Here comes the Sunset")
"Where The Streets Have No Name"
An Exclusive Interview With Musician "Ender" - September 18, 2005
(Official website: http:// www.enderbowen.com)
Jonathan Wayne (U2Station.com Founder): What is your background in music?
Ender: It's not a hugely extensive background, to tell you the truth. My whole family either plays music, likes it, or is involved in other ways. For instance, my uncle has been a teacher, has been in bands, has got a degree from the Crane School of Music. My grandfather sings, etc... Myself, I started on the drums, I guess you could say, at age 2 or 3, when I had a little Muppets drumset. I have pictures of me playing that somewhere. All through higschool I was taught and played the drums, and I played in concert band, jazz band and marching band. I didn't really start singing until around the time I graduated highschool and was teaching myself guitar and how to sing primarily through U2 but also through bands like the Smashing Pumpkins, Spacehog and Collective Soul. I was in a metal/pop band in 1996 and 1997 called the Waffle Senate, where I played the drums. It was fine except that the other members of the band were part of a drug culture I had no interest in, and although no one really got to have a hand in writing songs but the singer, I could pretty much do what I wanted drum-wise because I was the drummer and had a good feel for how the music should be played. I eventually left that because I decided I wanted to write and sing my own music. I briefly had a band in 1999 but nothing was getting accomplished so that's when I began formally recording my own stuff. I was very lucky because I excelled at music classes at St. Lawrence University, and by the time I was a sophomore there I was a student lab technician so I had access to all the equipment and software in the music labs. I more or less taught myself how to do everything I was doing, and if you hear the earlier work up to 2003, I would say, that really shows. From 2003 to 2004 I had another band, called Starways Congress, where I was the lead singer and we played a lot of my tunes, but that fizzled by late summer 2004. From that point on I've been gradually building my home studio, piece by piece, and buying up books to learn how to mix things, etc. The progress has definitely shown over the past couple years.
JW: Why has U2 been such an influence to you?
Ender: It's strange because when I was 12 or 13, that area, I was into metal and punk. I liked Guns & Roses and Green Day and Aerosmith. It all changed when, at age 15, I had my first real teen heartbreak. And you know how that can be. Feels like the world is falling in on you and you'd like nothing more than to just die. Well, at the time, I had had U2's Achtung Baby for about a year, but had never listened to it. One night I put it in the CD player and it spoke to me. It pretty much hasn't left the player since. My whole view on what music is and could be, (as opposed to, say, noise) really changed. I heard MUSIC coming out of those speakers. I heard heavy words. It was my first basic experience where I understood that what I was going through was normal, and I would be okay. And that's essentially what introduced me to being more... I guess you could say, Globally conscious. You know, where I understood that I'm just a speck. But at the same time, I quickly felt that I should do something with this speck. By that time I had wanted to be a rock star for ten years already (not really a long story but we'll say it is for now), and this was pivotol in shaping how I was going to think aesthetically in those terms. Needless to say, I bought all their albums by the end of that year, and was enthralled by U2: At the End of the World. My mind opened up at that point. Through the experiences they had, the people they mingled with on that tour, I became interested in the works of C.S. Lewis, Salmon Rushdie, and the songs of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, as well as what it meant to be a rock star. I had a new view: there was more to it than decadence. You could be a rock star and still have your feet firmly on the ground. You could use it to do good in the world. I remember the first time I read about ZooTV and saw the Sydney concert I was blown away by how incredibly mindblowing the concept was. Because of that I've always wanted to put together imaginable rock shows, not just gigs. Even if it was in a bar. I want flashing lights! And in my mind, Passengers is one of their greatest works. I still say it's a U2 album even if no one else did (hell, they included a song on a U2 Best of... that should say something). I could really go on for hours about this, but I'm just trying to at least skim the surface.
JW: Which of the four members of U2 has inspired you the most and why?
Ender: Obviously they all mean the same, as no one member, or two, or three, is U2. So I appreciate them all for that. However, to pick one who has inspired me most? Bono. Hands down. He's the voice I learned to sing with, the words I learned to write with. His lyrical imagery is beautiful in whatever era you want to pick. I admire him for his endless campaigning for debt relief, feeding the starved, helping the poor, etc. Sometimes I'm annoyed, and sometimes I sit there and think, do what you do best. But... here's a guy who has a ton of money and could blow it on anything he wants. Instead, he cares for a family, he has a loving wife, he uses his influence to bring socially important issues to the conscious minds of the populous. This is incredibly important to me. He's a role model for many reasons. For one, he's living proof that you can be the biggest rock star in the world and still have a loving, committed relationship with a wife, and a supportive family. That means a lot, because I want that, but I also realize that if I make it somewhere with my music, I'm going to be on the road a lot. He's living proof that it can work. He's also a stand-up guy, from what I hear. And I want to be that. I'm well aware that I can get a swollen head sometimes. It's role models like that that keep you level, keep you sane. He should be really proud. Someday if I get to meet him I just want to tell him thank you, even though I'm well aware of the fact he's probably heard it a million times.
JW: When did you start recording your music and what was the catalyst for you to start making music?
Ender: I started recording music on my friend's four track cassette recorder back in late 1997, early 1998. My first demo was actually called "Lemon Tea", and at the time, my stage name was Wiggins. (I later changed it because I didn't like the name, but my current name is a reference to the same thing). I mainly did it for the same reason I still do it - I didn't have any other option if I wanted to get things done. With no band, I had to do it all on my own, and I had to start somewhere. After doing a couple of those during 1998, I graduated to all digital in 1999, when I was the student tech at the music lab. I think the catalyst was two-fold. The first was that I was disenchanted in the Waffle Senate (the metal band I played drums in), because I got very little input on the songs themselves, and honestly, all the songs sounded the same. I wanted to break out from behind the drums and do what I knew I could do, because even though at the time I had no ability, I knew I had all the talent and drive. The second was the fact that the band I had in summer 1999 was just... nothing ever got done. So I said, fine, I'll do it myself. And there you have it.
JW: Despite the fact that U2 has undergone many musical changes/phases, has that also influenced your music to also change over time?
Ender: Yes, actually. And as a matter of fact, I look for that in other bands I like. Such as the Smashing Pumpkins (still crossing my fingers on a reunion), and the Tea Party. I'm hoping The Killers can impress that way, and although I know Coldplay has it in them, I'm disappointed that they haven't evolved very far musically and sonically yet. As for myself, I'm a student of many musics really, so it's only natural. Though I usually speak about the same things over and over again, I do it different ways. Neon Apocalypse in 2001 was a concept album that sounded like a hip-hop group that learned to play music, for the most part. The only reason it came out that way is because I only had access to drum loops, no real drums, when recording. Scarlet Dawn in 2003 was more straight up rock/pop, and this year's Lemonymous was somewhat ambient, somewhat pretention and somewhat pop, but always experimental. It was a lot of electronica. Right now I'm going back and rerecording old tunes and cleaning up their sound or evolving them enough where they're more to my mental state now, but still have a ring of their original versions in them. (much like I'm hoping U2 does if they go back and do POP... actually... they better not Bomb it, they better stick to their Pop guns). But I'm also recording all new songs, and they're more straight up rock like "Vampire". The thing that bothers me about not being a well-known artist is that, over the last 5 years, I've gone through many stages and phases and I've evolved a lot. But no one knows. No one cares. I really wish people could see me evolve and grow. I wish people could know of all these ideas I've had and concepts I've run (and sometimes failed) with. If I ever do become well known, I don't think I can go back and repeat some of that, simply because, as Bono once put it, "There are no reverse gears on this tank." But change is important. You have to be able to evolve. You have to want to challenge yourself. You have to want to go out on a limb enough where you know you might fail, otherwise, what's the risk? What are you proving to yourself and others?
JW: Do you like bands that constantly change their sound?
Ender: As long as they retain the core of who they are, yeah. I mean, I love all of U2's work for what it is but sometimes I like it for what it isn't. I like Achtung Baby more for how much of a departure from Rattle and Hum it was than I like it for what it actually is itself. I like Adore by the Smashing Pumpkins because although Jimmy wasn't there (and let's be honest, you need Jimmy), there was still this core Billy Corgan flow. This is one of the reasons that, while a couple of the songs are good, Coldplay's new album disappoints me. It's really just more of the same thing - too many slow ballads, not enough rocking. That band has to Judas it at some point. The Tea Party is a band that has consistently changed its sound and has remained solid all throughout. Collective Soul is, in most cases, another. I think that ability to change like that is a quality I certainly look for in new bands I'm discovering. It's something I'm interested in seeing the Killers pull off. Do they have it or not? And it's something I would want if I had a full band. What did we do before and what are we going to do now and how are they not the same?
JW: What other bands/artists appeal to you?
Ender: I've pretty much mentioned them above, but I'm also into Beck, I love Bjork's voice (check out "Amphibian" if you never have), CCR, Queen... some pretty pivotol bands. I love 80's music, unless it's a power ballad or hair band stuff. I can't help it, I loved the New Wave cheap experimental pop. It's part of what makes me like what I like now. See, there was pop music then just as there is now, but back then the norm was to be different, not cookie-cutter like it is now. To me, the fact that bands like The Darkness, or The Killers, can break in, it says a lot. Gives me a lot of hope as well. I think at some point the masses will have enough of Britney, and we'll have a Big Band era again or something. We're about due for another renaissance aren't we? My tastes go all over the place though. I admit to liking Ace of Base. Sorry. I loved 90's dance music. Some of the work by Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie is stunning. It's really hard to peg it down. I'm known by my friends as sort of a music fascist. I can be hypocritical and say "I hate noise" but then turn around and "Beautiful People" is blaring out of my speakers. It's hard to explain that really, and I don't try. All I know is I would never play that song in a band. It's not my taste performance-wise.
JW: What is the hardest thing for a musician to do while in the recording studio?
Ender: Maintain composure. I've broken a lot of chairs. I think I broke a microphone once, and I did break a guitar over my knee another time (it was old and not very strong so...). I get very frustrated when a guitar doesn't stay in tune or my computer isn't grabbing sounds and rendering them the way it should. I think the most frustrating thing for me is when I can't sing. I'll set aside a day for it and then blow it, come out with nothing good and I'll just be miserable the rest of the day. Everything else can be perfect but when I open my mouth and off-key notes and horribly sustained sounds drone out, I lose it. I can't control it yet. And it's very frustrating. I try to drink as much tea as I can to stave off my post-nasal drip, which is pretty chronic and annoying.
JW: Do you prefer to play live concerts or just record albums?
Ender: Both. I want to record albums and tour them across the world. I think you can't have one without the other. When you're trying to piece your themes together, you need both quotients. ZooTV would've made no sense without Achtung Baby or Zooropa, or vice-versa. I wanted to do a really cool tour behind Neon Apocalypse but had no band, so the concept behind it fell short. I really think both pieces are important and if I can, I will do both. If I HAD to choose though... I'd pick live. Studio is too frustrating for me. I've only played a few shows but I can tell you that when you're having a good night, there's nothing like the feeling of performing right there for people, live and in person. It's incredible. It turns me over. The downside of that idea though is that you have no official version of the song itself. So... I mean, that's part of why you need both.
JW: So in your few live concerts, what do you recall as the most memorable moment either on or off the stage?
Ender: I'll be honest with you, I don't think I have one yet. I haven't played live in a year, and before that I think there was four shows in Starways Congress and maybe 2 with the Waffle Senate. So I'm a baby in a live setting right now. I want to change that so badly. I don't think I have a most memorable moment right yet because there isn't anything that stands out as incredible in its own way. Being on stage is incredible enough. The difficult thing is I live in a part of the country where no one cares what you can do, or what talent you have, they want you to be a human jukebox. So talent and originality are simply not appreciated. So, if we managed to pull off gigs with original tunes, and it went over okay, that's because friends and family were there. I will say, however, the most memorable moment in a bad way - this jerk screaming for Metallica between every song we played at the county fair last year. I really wanted to deck him. And by the time our show was over I was right pissed. I left that gig in a flurry of anger. It's so disrespectful when there's a group trying to show you their thing and you're asking for someone else's music. Don't hang around if you don't like it. I'm not shy about that. I refuse to be a cover band or play more than 3 covers in a set unless absolutely necessary. Not because I can't pay my respects to my influences, I can do that in spaids. But I'm not working hard to promote other bands. I'm not working hard to show you how well I know someone else's riff. I'm working hard to win you over, and with my own blood sweat and tears. Granted, not everyone will like it, and that's okay. But if you don't like it, bugger off. Not only that, but if you can win a crowd over with your own tunes, then you've done a hell of a job. You've won way more than winning a crowd over with covers will do. Sorry, I went on a tangent there but that particular incident gets me going every time.
JW: When you eventually have a full band behind you, what kinds of venues could you see yourself playing in?
Ender: Actually, I'm working to get a band together up here right now. I don't know what will happen, but my intention is to avoid bars (where they are especially clear on making you a jukebox). I want to play small theaters if possible, or special places on college campuses perhaps. And I want to advertise as a band that does originals so that people know before they get there not to expect covers. And I want to put on a show. I've been talking it over making it a big ellaborate project, but making sure to either do it through homemade devices (like, say, controlling a stack of strobes through a power strip that you're utilizing like a guitar pedal), or through creative means, (like taking an 8 spot runner and instead of pointing it down at the band or audience, put it on the floor near the rear of the stage and point it up a reflective curtain of sorts). So I want to be creative, imaginative, memorable, and original. So that dictates a venue that will allow for that. What those venues are up here, I don't know.
JW: What do you make of all these post-punk, new wave "hipster" bands coming out with their albums?
Ender: Depends on what band you're referring to. I don't like emo. In fact, it annoys me. I just don't relate, all the bands sound the same, and they're too whiny and only talk about highschool angst. I'm more interested in something that's worldly or globally effective. My songs talk about broader, farther reaching issues than whether or not your heart was broken at 15 (ironic isn't it, having said what I've said already...). I question the universe, I question the point of life, I question my own sanity sometimes. If you're talking about bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Killers, I'm really open to them. Remember, I'm an 80's freak. So, I welcome this sound as if it was fresh, and admittedly because I'm disenchanted by the cookie-cutter state of the business right now. I have to admit, I didn't think it would happen, but I've fallen in love with the Killers. And it might be because of the recent heartache I'm dealing with, but it's there nonetheless.
JW: What's cooler: all these trendy hipster bands or U2? Explain why?
Ender: U2. No band has ever been this interesting, this useful, this relevant, this consistently good, this amazing, this heartfelt, this personal, this creative, for as long as they have. That's something that's cool in and of itself. U2 is cool for all the reasons the Stones are not. The Stones may be around still, and I respect that, but they've never proven there to be a reason to be. U2 consistently does it time and time again. That's cool.
JW: Do you think Bono is over-publicizing himself with the ipod and commercials, in addition to all of the political campaigns and summits he attends?
Ender: You can overdo it sometimes yeah, but that's the risk you take. I mean, I can understand the band saying "we're going to be flamed because Bono won't shut up", but regardless of whether or not you whole-heartedly agree with him, you have to respect him for putting his career on the line to help people. I'd rather hear Bono out there campaigning for debt relief than hear about Scott Weiland going into rehab again, you know what I mean? Bono is taking his fame and stardom and putting it to use. It's not that someone else can't do it. But HE IS. You know? I want to do that someday. Probably not that ferociously but still... He's a crusader, and one with a level head. One who does the research, one who doesn't just pick sides willy-nilly because he knows the other side might be in power someday. So he plays it well. As for the iPod thing, a friend of mine asked me how I felt about the commercial and the deal. Did I feel they were acting too much like a corporation? I said yes, but let's be honest, U2 IS a corporation. For them to act completely against what they actually are would make no sense. And I'm okay with that. It's a status they've earned. It would be silly for a corporation to do bad business. So... yeah... it is what it is. It's not selling out. It's trying something new and different, and at the same time, probably doing what you should given what you are.
JW: Is Myspace.com a good place to promote your music and is it deceptive for appearing to be "underground" and hip when it has really become mainstream, knowing that Fox News bought out the site?
Ender: I don't know much about its history as I've only recently gotten into it. But I have made a lot of friends, and there are more people listening to my music now than ever (though I suppose it's not saying much). So I'm pretty happy with it. If it wants to appear "underground", let it. It knows what it is. And I can't knock something that's been good for me so far. So I'll see where it leads me.
JW: Thank you for your time.
Ender: Sure, its been my pleasure.
A DI NATALE Painting
My name is Sébastien DI NATALE, i am a french painter and designer from Nice, France born in 1976. I have always painted tragic portraits since i was separated from my Love J-C. I didn't have the voice but my hands to create a universe where i could express my feelings. The link between my Love, Bono and me was my first meeting with the singer in Nice at the Terminal 2 of the airport in 1995. I recognized him after i heard the signal of safety of the x-ray door and noticed a man smiling with the hands up! There I made in this time a training course as shoeshiner in the departure lounge of the airport He kindly made an autograph for my Love with a self-portrait sketch and a heart. That autograph was the last gift and souvenir my Love accepted from me when i saw her a few months later. That was the beginning of my connection with Bono.
I carried out tens of paintings about U2, and more particularly Bono after i met him a second time in my gallery Tragic Painting in the old-Nice with his wife Ali in july 1998 and that i saw the PopMart Tour concert on video. Bono's face singing, shouting and crying on the scene was the representation of my pain of my lost Love. The bonds were woven. I sent one of my portrait of Bono and pictures of my art-works in his house in Eze-sur-mer. Later on he posed with on of mine painting in Saint-Tropez in june 2001 when he recognized my paintings. I wish to meet Bono again directly to propose to him to work with U2.
The last evolution of my work are some hand painted one-off leather jackets with subjects like "Revolution" (about U2), "Anarchy", "Rebellion", "Nietzsche", "Rock Stars". Those are sold in Saint-Tropez in a fashion shop called ARIANIE-L'ENDROIT Place de la Garonne, the retail price is 4,000€ minimum. The customers are celebrities like Darryn Lyons, the flamboyant australian boss of the international photo agengies Big Pictures, who bought the "Nietzsche"s one and order another one called "Big Pictures" with pictures of sexy models. The fashion trademark is DI NATALE & SENSATION ®.
I am also associated with Patrick René, a french painter with which i created TRAGIC PAINTING ® (www.tragicpainting.com), a movement of art for a real painting.
Presentation of my personal artistic work:
U2 & POLITICS THE REVOLUTION IN ORDER FOR AFRICA
Since several decades, Rock and Politics form quite an unusual couple.
Those canvas represent the scream of Rock of the charismatic leader of U2 in front of the unfairness towards the actual world, instead of just showing the suffering of the crushed populations of Africa. Through his red glasses the expression of his portrait is stronger, his eyes are catalysts. The hope and the will to be useful transfigured him. The last art-works show the portrait of Bono in opposition with a political or religious figure.
The dialogue between rock'n'roll and politics is that between the revolution and the order. The private conversation between these two poles evolved and gave rise to triptychs "bluewhitered" (Rock-Africa-Politics)
Presentation of Tragic Painting ®:
A presence, a living painting composed of flesh and blood, that is Tragic Painting.
We idolise painting, above all we despite that "art" which is sterile, decorative and disembodied. It has been reduced to a puerile concept for the so-called intelligent ape. As far as art without substance or body is concerned, we're flushing the chain.
We consider that painting must remain a fight, the fruit of a unique experience; it belongs outside of current trends and lifestyle. This institutional stock of products past their diarrhea date, is for us a cultural and symbolic desert. The audiovisual diet which each citizen, consumer, slave swallows, undergoes, orgasms in his willing passivity everyday, lends to this official art, the disembodiment of industrial products: an uncomparable, symbolic misery. Art lies at the mercy of marketing, plunging the artist and the spectator into superficial mundanity. We thus despite this castration, beaurocratisation, sterilization of art. We are hoping for the eternal fight founded on the eternal spark of human tragedy.
The city that a century ago, saw Munch paint his "Scream", Nietzsche write his Zarathoustra, gives Nice an existential power which still pumps through our veins. Through painting, a medium treated as dead, we want to give back feeling and blood to the fight.
Tragic Painting Gallery: 2, Rue Droite 06300 Nice, France.
Tél: +33 (0)6 07 19 00 61
BLUE U2 II
BONO ALIVE USA
BONO AND GUN
BONO RADIO AID
BONO VOX IS HERE
U2 LOVE SIGNS
U2 POP FLOW
U2 POP SIGNS II
U2 POP SIGNS III
U2 STUCK IN A TRAGIC MOMENT
U2 TRAGIC ELECTRICAL STORM
U2 WALK ON TRAGIC
Many years ago, in May of 1997 in fact, Jonathan of the U2 Station received an email from a serious "Fly" shade fanatic by the name of Peter Govaars. At the time, he was trying to complete his vast collection of "Fly" glasses, by searching for the "one" and original 1960's sunglasses. In 2001, he got in touch with Jonathan again and included four photographs of sunglasses from his own collection. It is unknown whether Peter has found his precious Fly shades as of yet. You may read the full original emails for further information and insight. Below is Peter's original articles and his own photographs from his collection.
U2 Fly Glasses
These glasses are the ones that the U2 organization offered through Propaganda magazine to its members back in the early 1990's, shortly after Achtung Baby came out. While not the real "Fly" glasses that Bono wears, they are U2 authorized merchandise. Since they are no longer manufactured, they do have some value as a collectors item. Original cost: roughly $15 U.S.
Like the real "Fly" glasses, these glasses are injection molded from a single piece of plastic. They have a dark green hue, and have no hinges. They say "Fly" on the temples just past the lenses, and have "© 1993 NOT US LTD." and "LICENSED U2 PRODUCT MADE IN IRELAND" molded into the inside of the temples. The glasses are very tight, and pinch your head pretty badly. The quality of the lenses is pretty poor, and as a consequence makes the world look rippled and warpy when you look through them. As a result, they give you a pretty good headache in about 10 minutes, and are therefore a novelty/collectors item at best.
The major way in which you can tell these glasses from real "Fly" glasses is by the sharp corners in the design: the top of the nose bridge and the temples on the side form distinct V shapes rather than smooth curves. The back part of the temple is also much pointier than the real "Fly" glasses.
Infinit WOW Glasses
These glasses are the most "Fly" like in appearance of any commercial pair of sunglasses I have found. They are also phenomenal, and I wear them all the time. The optics are fantastic, and the frames are very light and comfortable. Unfortunately, the company that makes them (Infinit, www.infinitnet.com) is headquartered in Brazil, and doesn't have a distributor in the U.S.. Consequently, folks here in America and Canada will have to E-Mail and send money via Western Union directly to Brazil in order to get a pair. And they aren't cheap: $130 per pair, and an additional $60 shipping. I ordered 3 pair to save some shipping costs... One pair I wear all the time, one pair I keep in reserve, and the third pair I gave as a Christmas present to a U2 fan that contacted me through your pages who couldn't afford to get a pair for her husband (A great story in its own right, but I digress...)
Unlike the real "Fly" glasses, and the U2 licensed pair, these glasses are constructed from separate frames and lenses, and have hinges. The style most like the real "Fly" glasses are the Infinit WOW BS (for "Black Shiny"). They are light, look good, and are extremely pleasing to look through. If there is any pair of look-a-like glasses that I have found that I would personally recommend, it would be these.
Real Purple Glasses
These glasses are the real deal, only light purple in color instead of the dark brown color worn by Bono. They date back to the 1960's and this particular pair was bought in an estate auction on E-Bay. As originally purchased, they were pretty scratched up, and had purple daisies painted all over them. A little restoration work brought them to the state you see here in the picture. Price as purchased on E-Bay: $110 plus about $10 shipping and insurance. Since the glasses are vintage, your best bet for finding them is in an auction or at a second hand or thrift shop (this is apparently how Bono's wardrobe person found them... in a thrift shop in SFO, if I have the story right.) The lenses are very large, and the optical quality can be almost anything, depending on how much abuse the glasses have had over the years.
These glasses are molded from a single piece of Lexan plastic (no hinges.) On the left temple near the back is the word "Italy" molded into the plastic, and both temples have a hole near the end. Colors include (obviously) purple, dark brown (like Bono's), fluorescent green and orange, and probably others as well.
Double Bubble Glasses
These glasses are enormous! I purchased them on-line through www.peepers.com, but you have to e-mail/talk to a representative, since the site doesn't list them anywhere. They are called "Double Bubbles", and are manufactured by a company called Blinde Optics. Apparently, the designer who created these is also the guy who did all the sunglasses for the movie the Matrix. Original cost: I think about $150 plus about $15 shipping.
Did I mention that they are enormous? Well they really are! Like the Infinit WOW glasses, these are made of a separate frame and lenses, and have hinges. The lenses are very high quality and the frame is light and comfortable. They are visibly different from real "Fly" glasses in that the taper from the lens to the temple is fairly severe (whereas the taper on the real "Fly" glasses is more gentle.) Because of their size, they require a daring individual to wear them in public... but the reward is very dark glasses with no light leaking in around the edges. The inside of the right temple has a metal logo plate with the word "Blinde" on it, as well as the signature of the designer. On the left temple are the words "CE Made in France" and the title of the glasses: "double bubble". They come in at least two styles (because I had to send my first pair back due to shipping damage, and the second pair pictured here are slightly different): Dark grey frames with reflective silver coated lenses, and black frames with dark green lenses.
Where The Show Has No Name (Logo)
Back in March 2001, college student Karan Wadhera, a U2 “fanatic” and finance major at Boston’s Babson College, teamed up with Webmaster Jonathan Wayne of U2Station.com to launch a radio show dedicated to U2. When the radio show was established, U2 not only had a brand new album out on the shelves, but were about to embark on their Elevation tour.
This local college radio show focused on U2’s music, from classic hits, to live songs, unreleased tracks, remixes, covers, and solo projects by the band members of U2. After its initial broadcast, Where The Show Has No Name gained recognition from U2 fans from all across the country who tuned in for the latest U2 news (and news from the Elevation tour). This magical period climaxed when Carter Alan, the Boston DJ responsible for introducing U2 into the United States, came onto the show for one night as a special guest. One month later, 9/11 occurred.
On October 31, 2001, Mr. Wadhera with camera in hand was invited on stage by Bono and the Edge during an Elevation concert in Providence, RI. Unfortunately however, none of the pictures came out, because the radio show host ran out of film. Luckily, someone in the audience snapped pictures of the whole incident. Soon thereafter, the show quickly burned out after Karan experienced a serious injury related to a car accident. His best friend and co-host, Brian Bradley, suffered nearly paralyzing injuries.
In the one year (and 25 shows) that “Where The Show Has No Name” was broadcasting, it was indeed an unforgettable era in the history of U2Station.com. During the radio show’s run, The U2 Station was even nominated by VH1/MTV for the “Coolest Fan Website” award (in November 2001). Jonathan personally tried to invite Karan to come along with him to Los Angeles for the My VH1 Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium. Due to personal reasons though, Karan and Brian were unable to attend, but Jonathan took a plane to LA and had the guys in mind.
Below you can read episode titles and view archived pictures from the show’s run.
Radio Show Episodes:
- 11.26.01 WTSHNN: (Spontaneous Show)
- 11.12.01 WTSHNN: (Great New Songs & War)
- 11.05.01 WTSHNN: (Getting On Stage Show)
- 10.22.01 WTSHNN: (Zooropa Concert From London)
- 10.15.01 WTSHNN: (Opening Up The 3rd Leg)
- 10.01.01 WTSHNN: (A Look At October)
- 09.24.01 WTSHNN: (Third Leg & New Jersey)
- 09.17.01 WTSHNN: (Remembrance & Boy)
- 09.10.01 WTSHNN: (The Best of U2’s Live Shows)
- 09.03.01 WTSHNN: (Back To Work Show)
- 08.13.01 WTSHNN: (Carter Alan Show)
- 07.30.01 WTSHNN: (Vinyl Wars - Rarities & Remixes)
- 07.23.01 WTSHNN: (Revisited)
- 07.02.01 WTSHNN: (A Celebration)
- 06.18.01 WTSHNN: (Salome & Bono Show)
- 05.28.01 WTSHNN: (Melon & Unforgettable Fire Show)
- 05.21.01 WTSHNN: (60 Minute Requests Show)
- 05.14.01 WTSHNN: (Tempe Joshua Tree Show)
- 05.07.01 WTSHNN: (Tacoma Elevation Show)
- 04.23.01 WTSHNN: (Elevation & Joshua Tree Show)
- 04.16.01 WTSHNN: (Popmart & B-sides Show)
- 04.09.01 WTSHNN: (Unforgettable Fire Tour Show)
- 04.02.01 WTSHNN: (ZooTV Show)
- 03.26.01 WTSHNN: (ATYCLB Show)
- 03.12.01 WTSHNN: (Inaugural Show)
Pictures from inside the studio: