First off, happy U2esday everyone!! Do you have your new albums yet?!
Okay, so I just watched Letterman. They played "Magnificent" tonight.
It was already my favorite song on the album, and now it is even more. It's going to be so amazing live...it gives me goosebumps to hear it!
There's something about it that's so decidedly old U2 mixed with some of their new flavors...and I can't get enough of it. Did any of you watch the performance? Of course you did! What did you think of it?
Okay, normally I wouldn't put two thoughts or a single moment of my time to an article like this, but seeing as how I'm a San Francisco native, I had to at least check out what my local paper had to say. This negative review is quite shocking and by far the worst I've seen for the album. Just thought it was worth posting to hear people's reactions. I would respect this review if there were any logical arguments here, but it really just feels like long ranting from someone who has probably never liked the band and went in with nothing but prejudice. Okay, I've said my piece. Here it is:
When the album cover was revealed last month, a U.S. musician pointed out the similarities with an album he had released a few years ago. Both albums use the same Sugimoto photo.
McGrath also decided to put in the graphic artist's equivalent of a "hidden track." Somewhere in the liner notes, there is a reference to something famous in the fields of art and science. McGrath says that not even the band know it's there, but he expects it to be uncovered by a sharp-eyed fan "just hours after the album goes on release."
OK, so who else has the latest CD already? I got it the first day it came out. Well, technically, I didn't get it, someone else got it and GAVE it to me (well, my family), which is SO TOTALLY, FREAKIN' AMAZING, n'est-ce pas?
Well anyway, The first thing I noticed was that their style has changed a bit - and I kow what I'm talking about, because I've listened to every song they ever wrote, more often than not on CD and DVD and several versions of each. Plus I've read U2 by U2 cover-to-cover. So thier styles changed... They're somehow... harder. Grungier. Not altogether a bad thing (I quite like grunge rock myself), but I do reckon it's strange. The status quo was good.
But anyway, that's just my take on it. What does everyone else think?
I don't know if this has been posted yet, but I saw this on Yahoo! News, although I have not seen it confirmed on U2.com or any other reliable U2 fan site. Very interesting! Anyone know anything about this?
Now have to find what stations this show will be online for everyone to listen to. And record.
Shirley to present “U2 3 Nights Live”
Shirley will be presenting 2 of the 3 nights for a series of special shows for U2. The shows of the show are as follows;
9 March: live from Los Angeles, “An Inside Look At No Line On The Horizon”, hosted by Shirley Manson, the lead singer of Garbage. 10 March: live from Chicago, “Radio Takeover” featuring a DJ set by U2 and again hosted by Shirley Manson. 11 March: live from Boston, U2 will play live and answer audience questions. Host is yet to be announced.
U2 will be staying in the US to make three more special appearances from the 9th to the 11th of March. FMQB Productions and Interscope records are presenting a "radio extravaganza" called "U2 3 Nights Live" that will be broadcast via satellite on ABC Satellite Services and Westwood One. These three appearances will be:
9 March: live from Los Angeles, "An Inside Look At No Line On The Horizon", hosted by Shirley Manson, the lead singer of Garbage.
10 March: live from Chicago, "Radio Takeover" featuring a DJ set by U2 and again hosted by Shirley Manson.
11 March: live from Boston, U2 will play live and answer audience questions. Host is yet to be announced.
All three appearances will occur at 9-10pm US eastern time on their respective days. Chicago radio station 101.9 FM The Mix have announced a competition to see U2 live on the 10th - indicating U2's appearance may be more than just a DJ set. See here; opportunities to win tickets will be at 10:20am, 11:20am, and 1:20pm weekdays and this will apparently be the only way to see the band. Meanwhile, New York's 101.9 RXP has indicated listeners will have chances to see the gig on the 11th in Boston, while Boston radio stations are advising listeners to tune in on Monday for an announcement (e.g. 104.1 WBCN at 7:15am; 100.7 WZLX at 7:20am).
Exciting times are ahead. We will naturally bring you more news as soon as we have it. As an aside, the appearances on the 9th and 10th of March won't be the first time U2 have shared a stage with Shirley Manson. Garbage opened sone Elevation Tour concerts, and at the last show of the tour, Larry joined them during their set.