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By Ronald Quinlan, Independent.ie

The musical history of the original Dublin docklands location of Windmill Lane Recording Studios has been recognised with the unveiling yesterday, by Moya Brennan of Clannad, of an installation featuring the sleeves of 21 of the most famous albums for which recording work was done at the studio. The sleeves have been embedded into the pavement of Hibernia Reit's redeveloped Windmill Lane, in Dublin's South Docks, to create a 'Vinyl Walkway'.

As well as being where U2's first three albums - Boy, October, and War - were recorded in full, the band also did much of the work on The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby in the original studio on Windmill Lane. It also served as the recording location for albums by international best-selling artists, including Clannad, Van Morrison, The Waterboys and Kate Bush.

Two special installations were made public: one dedicated to the six U2 albums; the other to 15 albums that were picked to reflect the breadth of material created there, over the studio's 14 years at the location. The selection of album covers are embedded beneath perspex glass, set into the pavement, and will be lit so they can be viewed at night.

During the construction of the Windmill Quarter, Hibernia Reit took steps to preserve large portions of the graffiti wall on Windmill Lane. Part of the wall is now installed in the museum at the Teeling Distillery in Dublin 8, whilst men's health charity Movember has raised funds through selling pieces of the wall, some of which can be seen as part of the EPIC exhibition in CHQ.

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Original article: https://www.independent.ie/business/commercial-property/u2-takes-pride-of-place-at-windmill-quarter-installation-37861567.html

We have assembled a collection of videos you can watch of Bono at 2019's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Davos 2019: Bono, Kagame, Lagarde on causes for optimism (CNN)

Davos 2019: Bono on inclusive and sustainable development (LIVE) (The Sun)

Bono at Davos 2019: 'Capitalism is a wild beast' (The Sun)

Bono: Public and private funds need to fight poverty - Davos 2019 (with Bill McGlashan) (CNBC)

U2's Bono on the role of capitalism in combating poverty (with Bill McGlashan) (CNBC)

U2's Bono on the role of capitalism in combating poverty from CNBC.


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Musician and campaigner says pressure to cut aid funding is hampering efforts to stamp out Aids

By Larry Elliott (in Davos)
Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

The world is at risk of losing the battle against HIV due to a backlash against aid triggered by a sense that western governments need to solve problems in their own countries, the musician and development campaigner Bono has said.

Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the U2 singer said populism in the rich north was the result of people being chewed up by capitalism.

Bono said 7,000 women a week were being infected by HIV/Aids and called for fresh funding for global health initiatives.

"We could lose this thing," he said. "We were winning. We have been somewhat put on the back foot by the understandable concern in northern economies that we have problems in our own cities. If there are people on the streets in our own cities, why should we care about what's going on over there?

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By Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, U2Station.com

In support of Dublin's homeless population and The Simon Community, Bono returned to his annual Christmas tradition of busking on the streets of Dublin for the first time since 2015.

Bono invited the Edge for the very first time and together they performed "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way" as well as the traditional Christmas Carols "O Holy Night" and "O Night Divine".

Afterwards, organizer Glen Hansard, singer Imelda May, and musician Damien Rice, all performed "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", a Darlene Love song.

Since 2009, Bono has collaborated with Glen Hansard and other singers, however, Bono missed the last two Christmas busking events in 2016 and 2017.

A makeshift stage was set up and crowds started gathering around it after 4 PM on Grafton Street.

The Dublin charity, Inner City Helping Homeless, reported that over 100 homeless people were discovered sleeping on the streets of Dublin this past Sunday night. There are over 10,000 homeless people (including 4,000 homeless children) living throughout Ireland. Donations can be sent to The Simon Community.

Watch the videos of the performances below:

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by Jim Ryan, Contributor, Forbes Magazine

"I used to torture him. I really did," recalled U2 frontman Bono of his treatment of George H.W. Bush, only six days removed from the former President's death at the age of 94 on November 30.

He was referring of course to his antics during U2's early 90s Zoo TV tour, when he'd call the White House switchboard from the stage during each concert and ask to speak to the President, ultimately leaving him a message each night of the tour.

Bono went on to tell the story of a personal encounter he had with Bush in 2007, when the 41st President presented him with the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, an opportunity he took to further harass the former Director of Central Intelligence. "I probably went a little far for the occasion," said Bono.

But Bush took the moment in stride.

"Grace and humor could get us out of a lot of trouble these days," said the singer in hindsight, looking back at the interaction.

It came at the end of an hour long conversation with Ariel Investments president and Economic Club of Chicago Chair, Mellody Hobson last Thursday at the Hilton Chicago. In conversation at the ECC dinner, Bono was asked what he's learned from a number of people and things including his fans, children, America and the former President.

For the third year in a row, Bono appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in support of the (RED) Shopathon.

As co-founder of (RED) in the fight against AIDS, Bono shared a duet of the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" with Pharrell Williams and finished the show with an all-star singalong of "We're Going to Hell" with Jimmy, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Brad Paisley, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Rock.

Bono also revealed in an interview with Kimmel that he will be writing a song with Lady Gaga for the winner of the (RED) fundraising contest.

Watch all of the video clips below.

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U2 singer records Simon & Garfunkel track with Saint Sister and others for McVerry Trust

by Ed Power, The Irish Times

Bono took time out from preparing for U2's 3Arena show last Friday to contribute to a charity cover of Simon & Garfunkel's Homeward Bound that is now storming the Irish charts.

The Street Lights version of the 1966 single, in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust, Simon Community Ireland and Focus Ireland, was released at 9am today. By lunchtime it had soared to number two on iTunes.

Alongside the U2 singer it features Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, Conor O'Brien of Villagers, Cathy Davey, Saint Sister and David Geraghty of Bell X1, with arrangements by Colm Mac Con Iomaire, formerly of The Frames, and backing vocals by the High Hopes Choir (whose members are former homeless people). The song was assembled at Camden Studios in Dublin by the producer the arranger Cian Boylan.

Bono delivered his line from his home in Dalkey, several hours before he took to the stage for the third of U2's four homecoming gigs.

"Musicians love Simon & Garfunkel,' says the Other Voices music producer Aoife Woodlock, who co-ordinated the project. "Gary Lightbody was one of the first people to say yes. He was on tour, so he did it remotely. Every one else did it in Dublin."

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October the 7th, 2018. It's been only 14 months since U2 played in Amsterdam as part of their Joshua Tree tour. Their studio reputation, damaged by 2014's Songs of Innocence, was fully repaired in The Netherlands with a great new album that was well received by Dutch critics. Yet, in terms of live performances, the band never lost their credibility as the Dutch press has always been praising U2 for their live shows. Last night, U2 blew away their audience with a stunning first night in Amsterdam.

The Blackout kicks in together with overwhelming video content presented on the big screen in the middle of the arena. Directly following the beautiful Lights of Home, "There is more": I Will Follow, Gloria, Beautiful Day.

The first thing Bono said after the opening songs of the show was: "The sun is shining. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. The sun is shining in Amsterdam!".

Bono had clearly recovered from his loss of voice in Berlin a few weeks earlier. He also looked fresh and energized. The frontman talked about their innocence when they started their career here in Amsterdam at the Melkweg:

"Tonight we return as men daring to believe that at the far end of experience with some wisdom and good company we can again recover that innocence that we had when we came here to the Melkweg in the port of Amsterdam".

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