October 27th, 2004

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I've been pretty hard on U2 here lately, so I figured it's time I wrote something positive, lest Paul McGuinness come to my house and take away my Propaganda collection. So without further ado, here are ten things I love about the present-day U2:
1. "Vertigo!" Brilliant fucking track. Has the balls I wasn't sure the boys still had, while still being fun and accessible on the very first listen.
2. The cover art for HTDAAB. OK, so it's yet another B&W picture of the four of them, but the text and the red graphics scream out at you, off balance and dangerous. And Bono's smirk is very Fly-esqe.
3. The fact that Bono is taking more and more time for activism. He even charmed his way onto that falafel-lovin' fascist Bill O'Reilly's show to advance his causes. Seems like politics and activism, which used to be such a huge part of pop music, are now quite taboo (and no, Chris Martin and Robbie Williams revisiting that ethnocentric nightmare "Do They Know It's Christmas?" doesn't count). Bono's not afraid to push up his sleeves and get the work done, and he does it brilliantly by actually infiltrating the system and working from within, instead of just railing at the gates. His speech at the Labour conference was a masterwork of political oratory.
4. I saw a picture of the band recently outside some premeire or gala event or something. Bono, The Edge, and Larry all had their women on their arms. Adam was flying solo. Good ol' Adam, still the swanky bachelor rebel. Or maybe spoon collecting just isn't as sexy as it used to be...
5. The fact that they'll soon be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they're still putting out fresh, interesting music. Not many acts in the HOF can say the same (in recent times I can only think of one: Prince). But who will induct them? After so many brilliant induction speeches by Bono (my favorite being the Bob Marley speech), the bar is pretty high.
6. Bono as family man. Ali Hewson is a very lucky lady indeed, and their kids have probably the coolest dad on the planet. But what really struck me recently was how Bono dealt with the recent passing of his father. I saved the pictures from the news services of Bob Hewson's funeral, not because I'm some sort of ghoul, but because they drove home for me the humanity of Bono and the closeness of the band. Seeing The Edge and Larry carrying that casket with Bono reminded me that U2 is a brotherhood first, a band second.
7. Edge's toque. Aside from a brief flirtation with a cowboy hat during the Pop era, the beanie's been with us for over a decade now.
8. The fact that Larry and Adam are getting better and better as a rhythm section. Listen to "Vertigo" again. That bassline is killer, and Larry throws a lot of subtle, interesting stuff into what could have been a pretty straightforward 4/4 rocker.
9. "Neon Lights." Kraftwerk covers are probably the closest thing to a Passengers-era redux that I'm likely to get out of the boys, so I'll take it and revel in it.
And finally... 10. The fact that they've been so brilliant for so long that all I can find to bitch about is a stupid commercial. Well done, lads. Here's to 25 more years.
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After reading some comments about the tour, and costs/availibility of tickets, i've found myself a little concerned.
Given that i'm a post Elevation tour U2 fan, I have no such experience of getting hold of U2 concert tickets.
So, some questions, if you'd be so kind.
1) How much did tickets for the last tour cost?
2) Could you buy tickets that promised a better view (ie, nearer the front), and if so, how much were they?
3) About how quickly did the Elevation tour sell out?
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Who Knew?

U2 rocker set to roll in €200,000 with carpet auction

By Ann O'Loughlin

27 October 2004
U2 star Adam Clayton is to sell off his collection of exotic carpets worth over €200,000 at a special auction at Christies in London.

The rugs, known as the Adam Clayton Collection, range from small kilims to intricate Persian rugs dating back to the 18th century.

Art dealers and antique hunters are more likely to be vying against each other rather than any rock band fans as the entire collection of 67 rugs is expected to make over €200,000 at the Country Furniture and Works of Art auction next month.

The carpets, which are from the U2 bass player's 20-room Rathfarnham home in Dublin are expected to make anything from €300 to over €12,000 each.

They furnished Danesmoate House, a Georgian mansion, which the star bought for €380,000 almost 20 years ago.

Many of the carpets were woven prior to the start of commercial production in Persia and many of the kilim rugs are from Anatolia, now part of Turkey.

The U2 star is known as a collector of fine arts.

A Christies spokeswoman said: "The strength of the collection is in dating from after the end of the Safavid dynasty in 1741 but before the beginning of commercial production under the Qajars in the second half of the nineteenth century."

The Clayton carpets are mainly from northwest Persia with motifs of animals.


Today, after my not so lovely French class as I was leaving from the building, there happened to be a book sale right outside the main doors. This book sale has been going on all week, and basically, it seems as if somebody decided to raid some poor used books store and then sell the stolen goods for a small profit. Yesterday, I bought Interview With a Vampire for a buck. Anyway, today as I walked by, I happened to glance at this large paperback book. It was partly covered up by other books, but I did see a picture that made me think, "Hmm...that looks like it could be a U2 picture." And this was the picture I was thinking of in my mind:

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So I went over to pick up this book to see if my brain was right, and it wasn't.

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And then I nearly screamed because I had found Niall Stokes' Three Chords and the Truth. And it was only a dollar.

Come everyone, rejoice with me. *beams*
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