Bono finally made an appearance on the Daily Show, but it wasn’t to talk about the Achtung Baby rerelease. For World AIDS Day this year, we couldn’t turn on our television without seeing Bono on a variety of programs, on just about every channel. Collaborating with celebrities, corporate leaders, and the last three US presidents under the umbrellas of the ONE and (Red) campaigns, Bono announced what he’s calling the beginning of the end of AIDS.
Bono explained the moment to CNN, “Thirty years, 30 million funerals later, on the 30th anniversary, we just have the end in sight if people – if people want to go next leg.”
The singer-activist celebrated what he sees as the United States’ role in ushering us closer to an AIDS-free generation. He remarked, “The United States has saved five million lives by getting them these drugs that were once thought impossible to get to rural areas in far-away places.”
And he recognized that the roots of AIDS activism began here decades ago: “And it’s worth, on World AIDS Day, to remember heroes of the domestic AIDS fights. You know, from – both from the gay community and the straight community, from regular folks to people like sports stars like Magic Johnson. Where would we be without Magic Johnson?”
Any mention of U2 on this day only touched on how our fan community has been outspoken and integral to the overlapping movements to end poverty and disease.
As he has done since the 1990s when he got involved in the Jubilee 2000 efforts, Bono connected his activism to themes central to his spirituality, to how he was willing to reach out to conservatives like George Bush:
“Christ only speaks of judgment once and it is not about your sexuality, it is not about your bad behavior. It’s about how you treat the poor, Matthew: 25. I spoke to him [Bush] and as a person of faith – it might be a bad example of it – to him who was a believer and he was moved by that because we’re so judgmental. This is what happens. This started in the United States in the gay community. People didn’t want to go there, and the gay community had to be bold and they showed incredible leadership and said this is not just about us, you know.”
Quotes from CNN.com. Photos from various newswires. Please check out joinred.com and one.org for more information.
Editor’s Note: In addition to making its rounds on DVD, online, and on pay-per-view TV, the new film Killing Bono, based in part on the writing of Neil McCormick, is enjoying a limited US theatrical release. You can check your local listings for more details.
Don’t talk about Rattle and Hum. Don’t talk about your Spidey sense and SciFi musicals. The history of our Bono and clear success at movie or theatre box offices are a mixed bag.
Unrivaled at selling out rock concerts? Yes. Concert DVDs doing well in the 2000s? Yes. But this doesn’t mean that a movie that frames you as a minor character will be a big hit.
Killing Bono bases itself on the frustrated truth of growing up in the shadow of giants. From a plot made with a jolt of rockstar-caliber jealousy, Killing Bono tries to be many things to different people, but a typically nerdy rock biopic for the hardcore U2 fans it’s not. Even though the work of Neil McCormick as journalist and tweeter are well-loved among U2 fans, many of us are not sure what to make of Killing Bono.
The early parts of the flick feature all the members of U2 as characters, with some choice footage from their roots at school, complete with (formerly known as) The Hype’s first gig and a hilarious scene when when Paul and Dave adopt their stage names at the same time they drop “The Hype” for the hype-yet-to -come in U2. But does this film work as an Irish Almost Famous? Is this movie a faithful rendering of McCormick’s prose?
The American drop of Killing Bono coincides with the epic onslaught of Achtung Baby rerelease options. Was this intentional? Surely, this saturated market manages to appease the post-360-tour blues among fans willing to pay to stay engaged with their favorite band.
But pit the mixed-up comedy mostly-about-the-band’s-mates against the garden harvest of DVDs and documentaries, and most U2 fans are going to be perfectly pleased to dig deeper into their new Uber and Super box sets and may end up ignoring Killing Bono. Maybe we prefer Bono admiration to Bono envy. –Andrew William Smith, Editor
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
U2UK is set to bring its awesome multimedia stage show, that honours 30 years of the Grammy award winning rock legends U2, to Seaton.
The group has appeared on Netherlands TV, on the radio stations in Cyprus, Amsterdam and in the UK, and had a double-page feature in the internationally famous ‘Q’ magazine alongside U2 themselves.
Playing anywhere up to capacity crowds of 9,000 fans across the UK, Belgium, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Romania, Sweden and building interest in Italy, Portugal and India; it’s easy to see why U2UK are Europe’s Premiere U2 tribute band.
U2UK provide a trip down U2’s memory lane that is not to be missed, will have you singing, dancing, standing on your seats and screaming for more as you relive all those fantastic moments in the history of the world’s greatest rock band.
This show is a must for any lover of music and theatre!
The band will be performing at The Gateway at Seaton Town Hall on Saturday, September 24, with the doors opening at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £12 in advance or £15 on the door. This show is not to be missed by any fan of live rock music.
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Achtung! That’s German for “Attention!” Have I got yours? … Good, let’s blog it out.
In case you missed it, documentarian Davis Guggenheim’s It Might Get Loud is a film about guitars and the men that love them. In it, Guggenheim pulls an eHarmony on Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White — matching up the three famed but aesthetically and generationally contrasting guitar gods based on 29 dimensions of compatibility in their abilities to rock, scientifically proven to foster a conversation about how hard being talented, influential and, ultimately, successful fucking rules. “I plan to trick both of these guys into teaching me all their tricks,” the film captures White musing in anticipation of this meeting of the musical minds.
According to this recent news item, such arts of misdirection and slide of slowhand may have apparently paid off for White, who is slated to appear on a forthcoming tribute record to U2’s (that’s The Edge’s band, FYI) 1991 landmark LP Achtung Baby, which Q magazine is compiling in celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary.
White will put his spin on Achtung album-closer “Love Is Blindness,” which — if I’m to let the lifelong U2 fan in me out to editorialize a bit — boasts one of the greatest, most anguished, unrestrained, yet meticulously composed guitar solos in The Edge’s arsenal. Like, if he were Kirk Hammett, this shit would be his “Unforgiven.” Perhaps White’s trickery netted him some key pointers on how to play the solo, in case he intends on whipping up a shot-for-shot remake. Or perhaps he’s gonna adapt it in his own style. Either way, it might get good, not to mention loud. Check out the original (below) for reference. Solo starts around the 3:18 mark:
But … how much louder might the “Love Is Blindness” solo get were a certain Led Zeppelin guitarist to play it with a fuckin’ fiddle-bow, eh?
Appearing alongside J-Dub on this tribute to Achtung Baby — which is also set to get an epic reissue treatment by year’s end — is Depeche Mode, contributing their take on the so cruelly underrated “So Cruel,” Patti Smith, taking on U2 fan fave and concert-staple “Until the End of the World,” and Damien Rice, firming up his buffalo stance for a rendition of “One.” For all we know, with other artists on the tribute still TBA, Jimmy Page may very well have his name attached to a cut. Maybe he’ll reunite with David Coverdale on a cover of “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses?” — a song that need not remain the same as its original recording. Though I really, really (really) doubt it. It’s been a long time since Page rock and rolled. Maybe he didn’t get the call. Seems like it might get loud in Jimmy Page’s cry room, if you know what I mean.
Dazed, confused, and remembering the good times he had with The Edge in that movie, reconciling them with the bad times of this rejection — “Where did our communication break down,” he may inquisitively ramble on to himself, “Who will help me in my time of crying?”
Some dude once imparted some sage pearls, stating, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I think it might have been Killers singer Brandon Flowers — can’t recall at the moment. Anyway, not important. The point is, do we, as a musical community, want to hear The Edge’s reverb-laden, delayed licks played with a goddamn bow or not?
That’s why I’m starting the Coalition to Reunite Coverdale/Page (or The Firm, Subject to Availability) to Cover “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses?” Leave your name in the comments to have it added to the petition. Once this thread reaches a million comments, I’ll email the link to Bono.
Who’s with me?