July 8th, 2005

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Song Of The Day

Today's Selection is...

“Some Days Are Better Than Others” from Zooropa.

When I first purchased Zooropa, I hated this song. (Okay, I hated all of Zooropa, but gradually, it grew on me.)

Yesterday I was letting the album play, and SDABTO came on. I let it play, and was surprised at how much I actually liked it. Adam’s bass is, once again, turned up way too loud, but it works. I also like the ringing bit of guitar work by the Edge.

And, erm, favourite part of the song: The “whoo-hoo!”s after the chorus.

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    U2 - Elevation (Slane Castle)

Geldof, Bono Praise G-8 for Africa Aid

Geldof, Bono Praise G-8 for Africa Aid

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) - Rockers Bob Geldof and Bono, two of the world's best known Africa fund-raisers, declared victory Friday in their campaign to push leaders at the G-8 summit to double aid to the continent.

"We've pulled this off," said U2 frontman Bono.

He and Geldof praised the Group of Eight summit for pledging to double aid to Africa to $50 billion, saying the move will save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who would have died of poverty, malaria or AIDS.

"The world spoke and the politicians listened," Bono said.

He said the Live 8 concerts and pro-Africa protest marches near the G-8 summit helped persuade the leaders of the wealthy countries to try to help end poverty in Africa.

"It's not the end; it's the beginning of the end," Bono said. "A mountain has been climbed here only to reveal higher peaks behind it."

The new funds "mean the financing is in place to halve deaths from malaria by 2010," Bono said. He added that 600,000 people "will be alive to remember this G-8 in Gleneagles who would have lost their lives to" malaria.

Geldof, creator of the Live 8 concerts, said: "The summit in Gleneagles is a qualified triumph." Appearing alongside Bono at a news conference held at the close of the summit, he said: "A great justice has been done."

Bono warned G-8 leaders that they will be held to account on their promises.

"If these people let us down ... they will feel it when they go to the ballot," he said.
U2 is love

Live 8

MTV, VH1 To Air Live 8 Performances Uninterrupted

Ten hours will be broadcast commercial-free on Saturday.

Your parents might not listen, your teachers might not listen, but MTV, apparently, listens.

Responding to viewers and critics, MTV Networks has announced that it will broadcast 10 hours of Live 8 performance footage — including sets from Jay-Z, U2, Paul McCartney and others — commercial-free on MTV and VH1.

MTV and VH1 will each offer five hours of uninterrupted performance footage with differing artist lineups on Saturday. VH1 will air its Live 8 highlights from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, while MTV's batch of highlights will roll out from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"At MTV and VH1, we're in a constant and candid dialogue with our audience, and in the wake of the live events last Saturday, our viewers have resoundingly told us online they want to see full-set performances from their favorite artists," MTV Networks Music Group President Van Toffler said of the move. "As a result of viewer demand and thanks to the Live 8 organizers and performers, MTV and VH1 will air 10 consecutive hours from one of the most important musical events of our time."

MTV has also announced plans to roll out a half-hour special on the issues behind the Live 8 event on Friday at 9 p.m. ET. "Live 8: Next Steps" will re-air at 8 p.m. on Saturday immediately following the Live 8 highlights.

Both MTV and VH1 will air performances by U2, Pink Floyd, Orchestra Baobab, Coldplay and Sir Paul McCartney. MTV's coverage will also include performances by Linkin Park, Jay-Z, the Killers, Kanye West and Green Day, while VH1's coverage will add Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews Band, Sting and Maroon 5 to the mix. Viewers can also expect to see performances by Destiny's Child, Madonna, Dido, R.E.M., Shakira, Snoop Dogg, Good Charlotte, Audioslave, Mariah Carey, Robbie Williams and the Who, among others.
summer reading

My Joshua Tree memoir

Awhile back a local paper published what I've come to think of as "U2 memoirs".  It was an article wherein the author described where he was in his life when the various albums came out, what the music meant to him, etc.  For a long time I've been meaning to copy that idea, but I've never done it.

I was inspired, though, to do something on The Joshua Tree today that I decided to share in the hopes that it would inspire other fans to do the same.  I really enjoy hearing people's personal stories of what the various albums, songs and concert experiences have meant for them.

I'm semi-new to LJ so I can only hope I'm doing this right.  So without further ado, here's my JT story: