Irish rock megastars U2 will headline the seventh annual Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals this Wednesday, October 5, at the Cow Palace in Daly City. However, unless you’ve got at least $1,000 on hand to donate, your odds of seeing Bono and the gang are very slim. Nevertheless, the concert, presented by Salesforce, is bound to make quite a bit of cash for the hospitals with that ticket asking price. Packages for the event range all the way up to $1,000,000, with the pricier options coming with perks like exclusive viewing areas and entrance to the event’s cocktail reception […]
Today is a special date in U2’s history. As you read this, the day will have passed, but as I write this it is the 25th of September, 2016, the fortieth anniversary of the first meeting of what would later on become U2, the biggest band in the world. I thought that to celebrate the occasion, it would be neat to take a look at the earliest known songs that U2 recorded in a studio. From a studio session that took place in April of 1978, I give you “Inside Out”, “Jack-In-The-Box”, and “Night Fright” (also known as “Tonight”).
As you know, U2 turns 40 today! There is so much awesomeness about this ironic birthday celebration U2 staged for social media today, I don’t know where to begin. Larry’s face…Bono and the balloon…the cake…the cheesy song…I could watch it all day. I think I will watch it all day. Like many of you, I’m thinking today about the reasons I love this band – and like many of you, I’m also reflecting on what U2 is really about. I don’t believe U2 is just about outstanding music, global philanthropy, or taking every opportunity to speak out on geopolitics. If […]
SEAN PENN did the honors for U2, bringing them on to the strains of the “2001: A Space Odyssey” “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” theme.as “four gangsters from IRELAND to crash a pop concert with rock ‘n’ roll.” BONO, THE EDGE, LARRY MULLIN JR. and ADAM CLAYTON hit the stage with the tom-tom beat of a fevered “Desire,” way back from the 1988 album, “Rattle and Hum.” “LAS VEGAS, are you ready to gamble the American Dream?” asked BONO of the crowd. “What do you have to lose? Everything!” Then it was time for the “uno, dos, tres” intro to the soaring […]
I have a confession to make. A confession possibly worthy of those cool ZooTV video confessional things. …Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it’s still a confession. Are you ready? If not, I’ll wait. Ready now? Okay, let’s do this! Here it goes: I’m a huge fan of professional wrestling. Was that what you were expecting? No? Me, either. I’m still not sure how I fell into this particularly odd obsession, but I can tell you that I blame my brother and my madre. But by now I’m sure you’re wondering what this has to do with U2. You may […]
U2’s 1997 album Pop has the unfortunate distinction of being one of those albums that doesn’t get a lot of love. I’m not necessarily even talking about love from the fans, either. Although there was a great outcry of public hate from U2 fandom when the album was initially released, nowadays it is nearly as fondly remembered as anything else that the band released during their experimental period of the 1990’s.
Last week, I wrote about “An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart” and how this song doesn’t really fit in with much of the other material on Boy, the album that it is from. Another song from that same record that feels separate from the rest of the album is the closer, “Shadows and Tall Trees”.
What’s U2 up to right now? Edge was in Sacramento on September 3, which must mean he plans to disrupt the California Senate race by announcing his last-minute candidacy (move over, Kamala Harris). No seriously, if you know of any other reason why Edge would be in my state capital, speak up! He never ceases to surprise us. As for everyone else: Adam was at the GQ Man of the Year Awards on September 5, which is basically the most Adam thing he could possibly be doing. Meanwhile, Bono was taking in Julian Lennon’s art show in LA…so once again, […]