Posted 3/6/09 5:25 pm EST by Sway in U2
Have you ever gone to church after not being there for a while, and you hear a really illuminating, all-knowing sermon, and you feel cleansed? You walk away from the church feeling 10 pounds lighter and like a giant weight has been lifted from your consciousness. Anyway, that's how I felt after interviewing U2. Interviewing them made me feel how I used to feel when I first got into the game.
They were excited about music culture. As big as they've become, they have more humility and hunger than rappers I've interviewed who've only had one hit in the past year. Music to them is not just plucking their strings; it's spiritual. Them boys live to play, and they love to create and they love to make an impact on those who listen, and they want to be as good as they can be. They care immensely about their fans.
By Kathleen Newman-Bremang
U2 can now add having their very own street (temporarily) to their stacked list of accomplishments. MTV News was there when the rockers christened U2 Way in New York City.
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By Melanie Wolfson
Sprinting down 10 city blocks to be within 10 feet of Bono and the rest of U2 was not what I was expecting for my Tuesday agenda. But this is MTV News, and my time as an intern here has continued to provide one surprise after the next!
The day started off normally (I had made about eight trips up and down the elevator running errands), and I was in the midst of deciding what to eat for lunch when the senior editor came running into the intern room, saying that the naming ceremony for "U2 Way" was under way, and that the band was there with Mayor Bloomberg. He asked for an intern to race there and snap a few pictures, and as the rock nerd of the crew, I was selected.
By Melanie Wolfson and Kathleen Newman-Bremang
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MTV News' gives 10 reasons Zack Snyder's "Watchmen" adaptation could be considered the riskiest movie ever. And Billy Crudup going full-frontal is only one of them.
Britney Spears gave fans an early look at what to expect on her Circus tour, which kicks off tonight in New Orleans, by posting a set list on her Web site. And by the way, we'll be in N'Awlins tonight, so check back for plenty of stories about the show.
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By Benjamin Wagner
The last time I interviewed Bono was at the Sundance premiere of his modest Irish quartet's modest little concert flick, "U2 3D," a rock doc so massive it required 250-pound cameras shooting 70mm film and was helmed by not one but two directors.
At the time, U2 were still fleshing out their then-untitled 12th album with the aid of Joshua Tree co-producers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno.
"Daniel is about the ancient," Bono explained. "And Brian is about the modern, the future, the things that haven't happened. Somewhere between that is our next album."
You were expecting perhaps a dissection of the impact of mosquito netting on the incidence of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa? A thoughtful rumination on the long-term impact of the global financial crisis on debt-relief schedules in the emerging world, perhaps?
Or a diary on boozy New Year's Eve revelry from the lead singer of a rock band? If you picked "C," then clearly you knew how high to aim for the Sunday debut of guest New York Times op-ed columnist Bono. The Irish bar(d) is, of course, a world-renowned philanthropist, a compassionate provoker of stubborn politicians and a deep, poetic thinker when it comes to delivering everything from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speeches to impassioned exhortations to world-governing bodies on the importance of bootstrapping the developing world.
But c'mon, the dude's also been one of the biggest rock stars on the planet for nearly 30 years. So when Bono's column began with the phrase "Once upon a couple of weeks ago" and continued with the scene-setting furniture, "I'm in a crush in a Dublin pub around New Year's. Glasses clinking clicking, clashing crashing in Gaelic revelry: swinging doors, sweethearts falling in and out of the season's blessings, family feuds subsumed or resumed. Malt joy and ginger despair are all in the queue to be served on this, the quarter-of-a-millennium mark since Arthur Guinness first put velvety blackness in a pint glass," I knew what I was in for.
U2, Jay-Z, Coldplay, John Legend and Death Cab for Cutie helped launch the new music service (RED)WIRE today with exclusive performances to help fight AIDS in Africa in celebration of World AIDS Day. The premiere of exclusive songs on MSN.com also included performances from Dixie Chicks, the Killers and Elton John, the Police and Elvis Costello, and Sheryl Crow.
The exclusives are part of the launch of (RED)WIRE, a digital magazine that will be delivered to members' desktops every Wednesday with music from artists from around the world, including exclusive weekly tunes from major acts as well as songs from up-and-coming acts and special content ranging from digital shorts to photographs or readings from artists or actors. Half of the $5 monthly subscription fee for the magazine will go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. If you join before December 10, you can become a "Founding Member" of (RED)WIRE and receive the premiere issue on that day, as well as a special bonus song from Jay-Z.
Content from (RED)WIRE will also be regularly posted on the iLike social-discovery service for streaming and sampling and syndicated to iLike's 30 million registered users.
Imagine this: You're in the South of France, walking past Bono's beach house, and all of a sudden you hear what have to be new U2 songs blasting from inside. So what do you do? Get yourself a recording device, record the tracks and post them on YouTube, of course!
Apparently, that's exactly what someone did last week (and the same thing reportedly happened two summers ago, as well). The sound quality of the leaked tracks — which reportedly have been removed under orders from the group's label — is almost comically low: You can hear people talking and all kinds of ambient noise while Bono emotes in the distance, although you can get a vague sense of what the band's next album might sound like.