How risky is it to play a 30 year old record to those people? Because The Joshua Tree is no ordinary 30 year old record. It's a brand new album, full of songs that might have been written 6 months ago. People in U2 t-shirts, people in country music t-shirts, people in no t-shirts.The Edge was awarded the Les Paul Spirit Award a few hours back at a tent near the "Which" Stage. Bono has been singing the "maybe the time is right" bridge for New Year's Day on this tour. I'm having difficulty locating anyone in the crowd not singing or jumping along, from the inside of the pit, to the very back of the field, to the VIP hill area. As with every performance of Exit, I remember every millisecond of it, but have zero words to describe the state I find myself in. I kept getting high fives throughout the night from random strangers, you could just tell how everyone was in great spirits. Beautiful Day is the first post-JT song on the set list.I believe last time that was played, it was the pre-War Tour, in late 1982, early 1983. The end of Pride is a transition to the main part of the show. The massive screen behind them, showing short films by Anton Corbijn in 8K, is simply stunning, and sets the mood perfectly. If you were near me, I may have been speaking in tongues, and fighting off an exorcist. I bet this song would have made the cut for the original Joshua Tree Tour setlist.A passionate social activist, Bono prompted a historic billion package from the US government to help fight poverty and disease in the world’s poorest countries.Seen in his trademark wrap-around blue shades, he is an incongruous figure alongside such notables as Jesse Helms, Pope John Paul II, and world leaders George W. With impressive communication skills, he made quite an impact on audiences at the World Economic Summit in New York where he discussed the complexities of the global economy with the likes of Bill Gates, U. Secretary General Kofi Annan and Queen Noor of Jordan. In October 2005 he secured an interview with President George W. Bono was at ease in the interview as he always seems to be, reciting scripture, peeling off facts and figures, and soliciting commitment and funds to provide debt- and famine-relief for the world’s poorest nations.Extensive tours in the UK and US beginning in 1981 won acclaim and by early 1985, they were named the "Band of the '80s" by Rolling Stone magazine.
U2 hit Madison Square Garden for the first of eight shows at the New York City landmark on Saturday, July 18, drawing not only a sold-out crowd, but also fellow musicians (Jon Bon Jovi), stars of the film world (filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, actor Ed Burns with wife Christy Turlington), iconoclasts (Harry Belafonte, Salman Rushdie) in addition to extended family and friends. "Date night," is how a source described their attendance.Harry was at Bonaroo to catch U2 in a rare festival appearance - and sent us this review. Partly because history never teaches us anything, and has a funny way of repeating itself, making themes around Running To Stand Still, In God's Country, Red Hill Mining Town, Exit, relevant as ever.' The last time U2 played a festival in the US, it was 20 years ago, at the Tibetan Freedom Festival in NY. The diversity of the crowd spans music genres and age brackets. It's 11pm, and finally dark, and the temperature a little cooler.A well-informed lobbyist, in June 2001 he went on a fact-finding trip to Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Ethiopia with the U. Named Paul David Hewson at birth, he is the second son of a Dublin mixed-religion marriage.His Protestant mother died of a stroke in 1974 when the boy was just 14.
U2 have released a pro-shot video of Where The Streets Have No Name in Vancouver as part of this tours press kit.