In the new book, Sons + Fathers, Adam Clayton felt like a member of the Rolling Stones when he received his very first bass guitar. Read more here.
The famous Dublin studios where U2 recorded some of their earliest and best-loved albums has been demolished.
by Sam Griffin, Independent.ie
The Windmill Lane studios, located in Dublin's south inner city, was the iconic site for a host of top international music acts who recorded tracks going back to the 1970s, when they were opened by Brian Masterson.
The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, REM, Sinéad O'Connor and Elvis Costello all recorded in the studios.
However, it was U2, who recorded parts of 'The Joshua Tree' album at the site, who were best associated with Windmill Lane.
Bulldozers and wrecking balls moved in over the weekend with just the iconic graffiti walls still surviving after the weekend's work.
The actual studios were moved out of the buildings and relocated to Ringsend some time ago. The buildings were then purchased by property investment company Hibernia REIT, who bought the loans held against the Hanover Building on Windmill Lane for €20.16m, as well as an adjoining one-acre development site for €7.5m.
Watch the Monkee's surprise karaoke performance at the Los Angeles PopMart show
by Andy Greene, Rolling Stone
U2's 1997 PopMart stadium tour got off to an extremely rocky start. In a decision they now admit was absolute madness, they booked the thing long before their new album Pop was complete. When the sessions lasted far longer than expected they had little time to rehearse for the tour, and opening night in Las Vegas was a mini disaster. In front of a packed Sam Boyd Stadium on April 25 they were clearly off their game and even had to re-start "Staring at the Sun" after botching the initial attempt.
Things were running much smoother by the time the tour hit Los Angeles two months later. By that point they'd dropped new tracks "Do You Feel Loved" and "If God Will Send His Angels," added in the oldie "All I Want Is You" and radically stripped down "Staring at the Sun." One winning element they kept from opening night was a very un-U2 segment of the show called "Edge Karaoke." Midway through every gig, everyone but the Edge would leave the stage and he'd lead the crowd in a singalong version of "Sweet Caroline" or "Daydream Believer."
by Adam Cullen, Herald.ie
Rock royalty descended on the capital this week as Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds took to the stage at Dublin's 3arena.
The Oasis legend packed the house on Wednesday night, but it wasn't only Britpop fans who were on hand to welcome Gallagher back to his ancestral homeland.
Fellow rock stars Bono, the Edge and their pal Guggi were also spotted among the revellers.
The U2 lads were seen enjoying the gig as Gallagher blasted out new tunes and Oasis classics.
Noel, whose parents were born in Ireland, was spotted out and about in town after the gig with The Edge. The pair were seen at new hotspot Sophie's, located in the swanky Dean Hotel.
One of the plant's limbs was hacksawed
by Michelle Geslani, Consequence of Sound
The Joshua tree made famous by U2's 1987 album Joshua Tree has remained a popular and much revered Mojave Desert site for fans for the last two decades, even after its collapse back in 2000. However, during a recent visit, one fan noticed something particularly disturbing: Someone had vandalized one of its limbs.
In the forum section of fan website atu2, member "Hwy 190″ wrote about the shocking discovery:
"This past Sunday, I made my proverbial yearly hike out to the Tree with my dog to reminisce only to find that some hack and I do mean hack, decided it was a bright idea to take a hacksaw to one of the Tree's limbs - evidently to remove an inch thick cross section as a souvenir. Are you kidding me?"
Here's the picture of the vandalized tree:
It's unclear who is behind the vandalization, or when it actually took place, but "Hwy 190″ has some words of advice to any fans itching for a piece of the tree and its history: "Leave the damn Tree alone, so that future fans can enjoy it. Left alone, the Tree will be there for many, many decades to come." My two cents: Take pictures, they last longer!
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Country icon to star in 'Waiting for the Miracle to Come,' with the U2 legend executive-producing and writing for its soundtrack
by Beville Dunkerley, Rolling Stone
Willie Nelson's "Luck, Texas" -- the Old West film set that sits on a corner of his sprawling Hill Country ranch -- is opening its saloon doors to Hollywood once again. Waiting for the Miracle to Come, a fantasy adventure flick starring the country icon in one of its lead roles, will be filmed in the same Lone Star spot built for 1986's Red Headed Stranger, with production set to begin in March.
Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is about a young girl, played by fellow Aussie Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate, Adore), who finds a letter from her late father directing her to a goldmine in a remote area of the California desert. That's where she meets two retired vaudeville stars, played by Nelson and acclaimed British actress Charlotte Rampling (Stardust Memories, The Duchess). In their talks, the couple enlightens the girl, an aspiring trapeze artist, to findings more valuable than gold.
"I wrote this script for Willie Nelson; his presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else," says Lunson. "And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me."
Director Aoife McArdle's short film "Every Breaking Wave" premiered online earlier today. U2's songs "The Troubles" and "Every Breaking Wave" are featured in this movie. The production was shot on location in Belfast, Northern Ireland late last year amidst controversy from local residents. Watch the 13 minute film up above (and if you want to read more about the film, check this link.
More dates have been confirmed for the band's iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE Tour.
A fifth show at London's O2 will take place on November 2nd, with the previous four nights sold out. Tickets will go on general sale this Friday, February 6th.
A third show at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi will take place on October 9th - the previous two nights sold out. Tickets will go on general sale next Tuesday, February 10th.
U2.com subscribers who have not yet used their unique pre-sale access code - or new subscribers - can take part in a ticket pre-sale for these additional two shows from tomorrow, Tuesday February 3rd at 10am (for eXPERIENCE subscribers) and from Wednesday, February 4th at 10am (for iNNOCENCE subscribers). The pre-sale ends this Thursday, Feb 5th, at 5pm. All times are local venue time. Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands.