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18 Things You Learn Hanging Out With U2

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From the Edge's views on the future of rock to the making of their new album, here's the best of what didn't fit in their cover story

by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone

What's left to learn about U2 in 2014? Plenty, as it turns out - especially if you get a few days worth of intimate access to the band in three different countries. Here's the best of what didn't fit into the cover story, from the making of the new album to the secrets of Adam Clayton's jewelry.

It's not unimaginable that U2 could still be around when the band members are in their 70s.
"I don't know - if we're writing songs as good as these ones," says Bono. "I mean, I saw Leonard Cohen play Dublin, and he said, "The last time I was out on the road, I was 60. Just a kid with a crazy dream!'" Adds Adam Clayton, "When you're working up to 50, you think, 'Oh, maybe there will be some time where we can kick back and it can be slower, and we can enjoy life a bit.' And then when you kind of cross over the 50 mark, your thinking kind of goes, 'Oh, why would you want to stop? This is actually the best bit. We're really enjoying this, let's keep going.' And that's kind of odd, but I guess there's a reason why people like Paul McCartney and Elton John are still playing shows and making records."

Bono also talks about how discouraged he is with Australian PM Tony Abbott for not sending relief workers to West Africa to stop the Ebola outbreak.


U2 made history in its very first appearance on Later With... Jools Holland on BBC 2 TV in London, England earlier today. The band performed 3 new songs: Volcano, Every Breaking Wave and California (There Is No End to Love). Below are the videos for Volcano and Every Breaking Wave.

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Bono: I've had glaucoma for past 20 years

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U2 frontman says his trademark dark glasses are due to chronic ocular condition that can make eyes more sensitive to light

by Hannah Ellis-Petersen, The Guardian

For two decades his insistence on wearing sunglasses, even when indoors, has been seen simply as part of his rockstar image.

But Bono, 54, has revealed that his trademark shades are instead there to alleviate difficulties caused by a chronic eye condition.

Speaking on BBC1's Graham Norton show, the U2 frontman explained that for the past 20 years he has had glaucoma, a condition that can make eyes more sensitive to light.

Asked by Norton whether he ever removes his shades, Bono replied: "This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years. I have good treatments and I am going to be fine."

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Bono and Ali Hewson at George Clooney's
wedding in Venice, Italy, Sept. 27, 2014

by Independent.ie

The U2 frontman has been married to Ali Hewson for 32 years and they have four children together. But the 54-year-old musician admits she still keeps him on his toes.

"When we're leaving for tour, my family is in very good humour which is a real worry because I'm thinking, 'Can't you cry?' My missus has been playing hard to get for quite a while now and she's an elusive character," he revealed to British newspaper The Sun.

"She's not easy to get to know and other people's praise holds not much sway for her. She's a very independent, smart kind of girl, who, I think, sees me as a figure of amusement. Most of the time, I enjoy her company."

Bono and his bandmates - The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. - are used to travelling the world to perform their hits for fans. Amid this, the Beautiful Day singer keeps himself grounded by making sure he's in regular contact with his inner circle.

By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times

So you were upset that Apple sent you the new U2 album to your iTunes, even though you didn't ask for it. Now what?

On Thursday night's "Conan," Conan O'Brien aired a possible new solution for Apple to utilize against the surprising backlash to the giveaway.

As the fake Apple executive "Marcus Pratt" says in the bit, "Apparently, to today's youth, giving away a free album from one of the best bands of all time is like going to their house and taking a gigantic crap on their doorstep."

Dave Urbanski, The Blaze

For the last several Christmas Eves, U2′s Bono has appeared on the streets of Dublin to "busk" (i.e., sing/perform in exchange for donations) on behalf of a charity that helps the homeless.

This Christmas Eve was no different, as a wild crowd gathered around Bono and Irish songwriter Glen Hansard -- who plays for The Frames and The Swell Season and starred in the 2007 film "Once," winning an Oscar for Best Original Song ("Falling Slowly") -- while the pair prepared to sing and play without amplification.

No worries. The rowdy group erupted, drowning out Bono's voice on the chorus to "Merry Xmas Everybody," a 1973 song by the English group Slade. The mood was electric.

'A great, great poet who changed my life' - Bono

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by the Irish Independent

Bono described Seamus Heaney as "a great, great poet" who "changed my life".

"In so many things he was a gentle genius, whose words challenged us with the grit and beauty of life as much as they gave us solace. He wrote with a brevity that strangely spilled to the brim," he said.

"We all envied how he made that most complicated of things, the balancing of work and family, appear so simple. In Marie he found his other whole. And it is a joy to be around his kids. . . Michael, Chris and Catherine Ann. They have all of his humility in their sharpness."

And Bono revealed he carried Heaney's poetry with him, including on a recent trip to Liberia. "I'm bewildered to think Seamus is no longer with us. Because his words will be around forever, it seemed so would he."

Actor Liam Neeson also said: "He crafted, through his poetry, who we are as a species. By doing so, he defined our place in the universe. May he rest in peace."

© Independent.ie

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