U2’s April Fools

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U2 split up…April Fools. Being a teacher, you can only imagine how horrific a day this is. Snot nosed kids presenting their dumbest, weakest attempts at humor all day long, trying to pull one over on old Joe. Usually the joke’s on them because I can’t be beat….I won’t be beat….at least not by a 12 year old, but how about U2’s April Fools jokes this past year? They pulled the wool over the Irises on the unexpecting world (See what I did there) numerous times. It was as if we had 365 April firsts. Did Bono reinvent the calendar?...

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U2101: Iris (Hold Me Close)

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I think that one of the most tragic stories I’ve ever heard is the one about Bono’s mother, Iris, suffering an aneurysm at her own father’s funeral when Bono was fourteen, then dying a few days later. It’s so incredibly unlikely and filled with pathos that if I didn’t know it to be true, I’d think it was a story made up by a writer – it’s one of those cases of truth being stranger than fiction. Of course, this event had a long-lasting and palpable effect on Bono, and it’s one of most often written topics in all of...

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U2’s One Direction!

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One Direction fans, lend me your ears….em…wait, what? On 2nd thought. U2’s upcoming tour took a back seat this week in the music world due to the news of teeny bopper sensation, Zayn Malik (yes, I had to Google him) of One Direction leaving the band. Within minutes, 99 % of the world under the age of 20, began to cry its collective eyes out on social media, which would be a typical response, I mean it’s not as if the kids are in class or working a job. Even ISIS I think took a moment of silence. However, things...

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Know Your Bonoisms, Part 24: Bono the Broheim

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Bonoism, and it’s high time I did one about Bono just being a dude (or…bloak? Or is that just an English thing?) When he’s not lobbying for better retroviral drugs in Africa, gravely injuring himself or attending a seemingly endless string of weddings and funerals all over Europe, Bono is a guy, bottom line. A man’s man. A broheim. Sure he is – Bono, he’s just like us (well, like you if you’re a guy – since I’m a girl). Examples: He cringes at his daughter’s sex scenes! As does Melanie Griffith, who’s...

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No Dublin Dates Yet? Here’s Why

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Do you hold on to those precious pre-sale codes waiting for Dublin dates to be announced or do you use them before all shows announced are sold out? That is the $64,000 question. You want me to speculate why U2 hasn’t announced any dates for Dublin, the mecca of all thing U2? Ok, I will. It’s simple, U2 hates Dublin. Dublin is nothing but a constant reminder to U2 that life growing up in Dublin for them, sucked. That’s the constant theme throughout SOI, isn’t it? Iris dying, growing up on Cedarwood Road, which was a war zone in Bono’s...

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U2101 – Raised By Wolves

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Like a lot of great U2 songs, “Raised By Wolves” doesn’t explicitly spell out an exact meaning. Rather, it allows itself to be interpreted a variety of different ways, depending on the listener and what’s going on in their life at the time. According to the Songs of Innocence liner notes, the song was written about an experience that Bono had when he was young. Apparently he narrowly avoided being blown up in a heinous terrorist attack wherein three car bombs exploded simultaneously, destroying part of Dublin and killing 33 people and wounding an undisclosed number of others. One of...

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