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August 6th, 2004

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I'm currently feelin: satisfied satisfied

So I went to my local bookstore today to continue my search for the Uncut: Legends issue. But once again, they didn't have it. So instead, I bought the U2 bible, U2 At The End Of The World.

I'd read it before a few years back, and loved it. And for some reason, I especially liked the story at the end about young Bono and the bee.

Anyone else wanna share their favorite anecdotes from the book?
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Date:August 6th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh God, too many to name. The first that comes to mind though is when Bill got food for Larry and Larry found chicken in it and then Adam made the comment about how Larry should've had Adam check it first. Hee.
Date:August 6th, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)
oh. that's how the story went!!! lol.

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Date:August 6th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
Ah I love the story about the bee too! I've only read the book twice. I think I need to read it again! The only thing I can remember at the moment is Bono stumbling in his underwear and people coming and saying it's their house. But that's not entirely funny...
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Date:August 6th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
i love the story of how when they first played mexico a sheet got lit on fire, and none of the band members, aside larry, noticed it had gone up in flames.
actually i like the whole mexico chapter. hehe.
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Date:August 6th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
off the top of my head:

larry changing the channel of the tv in the limo discreetly while bono is making edge fix the wires, both of them thinking something is wrong with it.

the things that the rest of the band come up with to have done to edge at the numb shoot.

bono singing 'hey hey we're the monkees' in the middle of the road and nearly being hit by a car.

bono getting that waitress to go swimming in the sea with them in the middle of the night, then charming her boss into not firing her.

edge getting the love letter saying he was the best looking member of the band and placing it in larry's sight.

bono losing everything.

bono stealing a boat.


in the 'not funny but rather, fucking amazing' category:

the bit about jerry mele and the yellow and red smoke used for rtss.

the entire chapter about the berlin show.
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Date:August 6th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely, without question, my favourite book in the world. Off the top of my head: Maybe the bit in the car -- where Larry has the remote next to his leg and keeps clicking it back to the self-help programme whenever Bono or Edge tries to change it, so Edge has to get down and fiddle with the controls ["like Louis Pasteur at his Bunsen burner"] and then after Larry asks if anyone has ever seen the Fishing Channel and Bono mocks him and says that he prefers the "Rides bikes, likes boats, and lives with girlfriend for twelve years" channel, from the description of Larry in Vogue... or the bit where they're in Mexico and Larry asks Bill to taste the nachos for him since he's a vegetarian. Bill replies that it's all clear; Larry takes a bite and tells Bill off for making him eat chicken! Bill says "What, am I the royal food taster? There was no chicken in the piece I ate." The best line in the scene is definitely Adam's, though -- "I'm not jealous, Larry, but if you ever need someone to eat off your plate, you should always go to your bass player." Or when they're brainstorming for ideas for the Numb video and Edge has things like "Beautiful women kiss Edge" whilst the others have "Smash egg on Edge's head", "Edge gets punched in face" ... Bono stealing the boat and telling Ali's nephews that the lesson learned today was "It's good to steal"... the bit where they went Christmas shopping in Tokyo and Bill makes the observation that with the amount of fun Edge seems to be having with the laser guns makes him think he probably isn't buying them for his daughters... or the part when they're in the car and Bill talks about remembering the same scene happening in 1984 where Edge tells Bono to "stop waving to innocent bystanders!" or maybe when Bono and Rene Castro are out rowing and run out of beer so they go up to a French warship [but they think it's Americans!] and start banging on the side yelling "We want whiskey! We want whiskey!" ... or the entire scene with Clinton, or the bit where Bono asks the policeman's daughters for details about the red-light district... oh dear, it's my favourite book ever.

On a completely unrelated note, I do love your icon.
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Date:August 6th, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
Well, they've already been said, by my favorites were Bono singing "THe Monkies" theme in the middle of the road and Bono and gang going skinny dipping with a waitress. It's been a while since I read the book, but I remember those two.
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Date:August 6th, 2004 06:44 pm (UTC)
the bee story is priceless.
it's just impossible not to get sucked into the book. i adore it. :)
Date:August 6th, 2004 06:59 pm (UTC)
my favorite little piece of the book was when the boys were all out at dinner with some other people (i read it back in '98, my memory is quite fuzzy!). The author mentions that Larry has ordered cheese nachos and had Adam take the first bite, as his "taste-tester" to make sure there wasn't any meat in it.

i thought that was cute. ;)
Date:August 6th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
My favorite was when Bill Flannagan and Adam were on the bus just talking. No tape recorder, just chatting.
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Date:August 6th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I also love all of the ones already mentioned, but there are a couple more. I love the one where during the making of the "Numb" video, Larry sneaks up on Edge while he has his eyes closed and puts his foot in his face. Also, when the director is trying to get the little girl to smack Edge harder, Larry steps forward and says "I'll do it!" Also, the part where Larry is uncomfortable about leaving a certain scene in the Zoo TV video, and says
"I just don't feel right". Edge grabs his arms and says, "He's right, he doesn't feel right". There are more, but I'm tired and loopy at the moment, so that's all I have for now. That book is the best! :)
Date:August 6th, 2004 08:42 pm (UTC)
"Slow down, Bono! I don't want to die!"

I love the part where Bono is driving like a lunatic (or, like Bono, rather) and Bill predicts the newspaper article describing their car crash.
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Date:August 8th, 2004 03:11 am (UTC)
"slow down, bono - i don't want to die!" = BEST THING EVER.
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Date:August 7th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
YES, the "I'll do it!" part was what I was going to mention, only I couldn't remember the exact details and couldn't be bothered to look it up. That bit was hilarious!

The whole book is fantastic, there are so many anecdotes I could mention as favourites. :D  I particularly love the bit about the spaghetti... I think it was a young Bono having dinner at Adam's house or something, and he couldn't twirl his spaghetti so he was just cutting it up, and then Mrs Clayton called Adam's brother a baby for doing the same, totally humiliating Bono in the process. *g*
Date:August 6th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC)
The part with Edge, and the mushrooms, and the tape recorder. PRICELESS.
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Date:August 8th, 2004 07:37 am (UTC)
I love the scene where Edge has been out wandering around while the other 3 were at the studio, and when he does return, Bono greets him in the parking lot with: "Reg! Where have you been?"
Edge: *tells him he was out seeing Ronnie Wood play and haning out with the girl who's dating Ben Stiller, who does a mean impression of Bono on SNL*
Bono: "Tell him to stop making fun of me, Edge! Tell him glamorous people have feelings too!"
Which then cuts into Edge's joke about Larry not feeling right.

And the convo while the band's in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
Bill: "It makes you think that Hitler had real problems of overcompensation. Maybe he wouldn't have needed to conquer Europe if he'd just been a little taller and had both balls."
Bono: *pulls himself up to his full five-foot-eight and glances nervously at his zipper* "Um, Bill...there's been sometihng else about myself I've been meaning to tell you..."

Or when Larry plays that joke on what's-her-name on the microphone system during the concert complaining how he doesn't like the close up on Bono or whoever, and then makes her scream when he tells her who he really is.

And the way the boys make fun of Phil Collins over satellite at the Billboard awards.
Phil: "Bono, everybody always says you talk. I wonder where's Larry. Is Larry there? Let's give the drummer something."
Edge: "Larry isn't here, Phil. He's acting a bit funny these days. You know how drummers get weird when they start singing."
Adam: "Phil, Paddy's a very big fan of your music. And so are all our parents."
Paddy: "I'm not that old."

I could go on, but I'll spare you all. BEST BOOK EVAR.

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