U2 on Conan O’Brien

I stayed up until the wee hours to see a most bizarre spectacle... U2 on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. While it was far from a total success, the bumpy and embarrassing moments were worth it for the highs, which included performances of "All Because of You," "Original of the Species," "Stuck in a Moment," and "Vertigo" (which was cut off by the network as the show ran out of time... a painful severance indeed.) More here. And much, much more here. If you saw it, what'd you think? Did … [Read more...]

U2 – Live in Seattle last night: A great show, slightly "dismantled" halfway through

I've seen U2 perform live four times now, and I've seen the film "Rattle and Hum" almost ten times on the big screen, along with countless DVD viewings, so I know what they're capable of. Thus, I had high hopes about what would take place in KeyArena last night for the "Vertigo" tour. And when the band took the stage with a searing, blistering, blow-out-the-back-wall version of "Love and Peace Or Else," I was once again swept up on waves of energy and light. It was a euphoric experience as … [Read more...]

How to Dismantle a Misconceived Review

After a false start, I have posted my full review of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. … [Read more...]

Second Impression: U2′s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

I've deleted my post from yesterday about the U2 album. Last night, I went home and put the CD on the BIG stereo and really let the thing breathe. I heard a whole different album. … [Read more...]

“This is about who do you love, how do you love, why do you love.”

Each member of U2 interviewed in USA Today: "This is a gigantic and preposterous analogy," [Bono] warns. "In the days after Hiroshima, people were never so close to their families and never so hedonistic. The world was a much more fragile place when they saw what the splitting of the atom could do. Suddenly, the world had a sell-by date, perhaps. This album was no time for philosophizing. This is about who do you love, how do you love, why do you love." … [Read more...]

U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

U2 begins their fourteenth album by counting to fourteen in Spanish: Uno, Dos, Tres, Catorce!! The numbers correspond to the U2 albums on which Steve Lillywhite worked as a producer. And that's only one of the ways in which How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb symbolizes the completion of U2's stylistic adventures and Bono's prodigal-son journey from innocence into darkness and back again. Granted, for the counting-theory to make sense, you have to count U2's Best-Of collections in the … [Read more...]

U2 in The New York Times

U2 wins raves in The New York Times today, and look great in the photo that accompanies the article. (That photo's sure a lot more interesting than the album cover, which is the most unremarkable in the band's history.) … [Read more...]

Mojo on U2′s Atomic Bomb

from Mojo: In defiance of the burdensome weight of their own history and the lifespan of the average rock band, U2 in 2004 are rock’s only remaining superpower. Other long-lived bands continue to impress, but none come even close to matching U2’s astonishing global commercial dominance in the rock field. Of the 12 tracks here (the UK and Japanese releases have an additional track, Fast Cars) over half are instant U2 classics and the remainder are never less than very good. … [Read more...]

Four guys sitting on a bench.

This may be the cover of U2's new album... I'm looking for confirmation of that. … [Read more...]

Was This Always His “Secret Ambition”?

U2's new keyboardist may be... … [Read more...]


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