[Ed. note: This is the 81st in a series of personal essays by the @U2 staff about songs and/or albums that have had great meaning or impact in our lives.] The day was Nov. 25, 1984. A young girl in Portland, Ore. had just opened a lavender bathrobe an…Read More
[Ed. note: This is the 81st in a series of personal essays by the @U2 staff about songs and/or albums that have had great meaning or impact in our lives.]
The day was Nov. 25, 1984. A young girl in Portland, Ore. had just opened a lavender bathrobe an…
Interviews, reviews, diaries. Sneak preview of North Side Story.Read More
‘He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made our first anti-apartheid effort’
Bono writes that he could charm the birds off the trees. As Bono remembered Mandela in such a way that friends and family often remember love ones that pass on. The deepest respect and love which extends beyond the work his done.
Bono has a deep respect for Mandela’s fight to bring freedom to South Africa’s people of color. Bono responded during a time when apartheid spoke loudest in a country that offered no hope or future for African people of color.
In 1985, U2 along with other bands responded to Steve Van Zandt’s call to lend a voice to speak up against apartheid. Sun City was born. Artists in years past performed at the casino earning massive paydays, before the awakening of the people to the issues within South Africa. Most bands stopped performing in South Africa others donated their pay to causes to fight apartheid.
Bono continues to be out spoken on human right issues some might say that a rocker has no place in such matters. Mandela like Bono believes in the human spirit that lives within each of us.
Mandela’s work lives on in each of us. Bono will continue to speak out against those issues that keep the human spirit down. This is not a time of sadness, we shall rejoice that within our life time we have seen that one man can make a difference and maybe that difference can inspire us to achieve that what seems impossible.Read More
Two quick media notes to share: First, Bono is in Johannesburg, South Africa, for Nelson Mandela’s funeral tomorrow. But he’ll be a guest tonight on CNN’s AC360 show at 8:00 and 10:00 pm ET. Anderson Cooper sent this tweet out earlier this morning:
U2 is in what you’d have to call a tricky situation. The band has a new single to promote as part of the marketing of a major motion picture that producers hope will earn both the film and the song several Oscar nominations.
But the subject of the fil…
The global celebration of the life and spirit of Nelson Mandela has already begun, and for the next fortnight much will be reported about this elder statesman’s courage, wisdom and strength. From his earliest days as a student of law to h…Read More
Speaking to today’s Observer newspaper, 70-year-old Jagger said: “It’s not your stage and it’s not your crowd per se – people have bought their tickets before any acts have been announced. I know U2 didn’t have the best of nights [in 2011], although the weather didn’t help.”
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