It’s possible that in the near future, maybe even as close as later this year, U2 will release another album, according to MTV News.
The band is said to have material they compiled in the original “No Line” recording with Rick Rubin nearly three years ago. However, after recording with Rubin in 2006, they decided to move into a new direction, leaving enough songs for another LP.
U2 are ready to hit the road in support of “No Line on the Horizon.”
The Irish rockers, whose 12th studio album hit stores Tuesday, will kick off their “U2360″ world tour on June 30 in Barcelona, according to Billboard magazine.
The first North American leg of the tour will launch on Sept. 12 in Chicago, the magazine said. Altogether, Bono and co. plan to play up to 100 shows before wrapping up in fall 2010.
U2 frontman Bono appears to be getting a tad bit jealous of Coldplay’s new label as “the new U2 of our generation”. According to E! online, in a radio interview promoting U2’s new CD, No Line on the Horizon, which drops this week, Bono also “dropped a couple of verbal bombs on Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.”
The interview was held by BBC Radio 1 deejay Jo Whiley, who asked Bono if Martin was as talented as Paul McCartney. This question appeared to rub Bono the wrong way, as he replied “I think he’s a good melodist, but he’s a wanker”.
He went on to elaborate that Martin was “obviously a completely dysfunctional character and a cretin, but he happens to be a great melodist and up there with Ray Davies, Noel Gallagher and Paul McCartney.”
Whiley asked Bono for an apology, but Bono was insistent on his original opinion, E! online reports. He responded with “I’m a reformed character, I don’t any more.”
Bono must have realized the negative consequences his comment could have, as he tried to smooth over his earlier comment later in the interview. His version of an apology was, “I think [Coldplay] are a great band, and actually, it turns out [Martin’s] a great soul as well. Sorry about that. I was joking entirely.”
Several of the world’s top music acts are helping to launch the digital music magazine RED(WIRE), an extension of the activist organization (RED) that was co-founded by Bono.
U2, Coldplay, the Killers, the Dixie Chicks and John Legend are among those contributing exclusive songs to the initiative
Proceeds from subscriptions will benefit HIV-infected people in Africa. Appropriately enough, the magazine will kick off on Dec. 1, the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day.
Subscribers will pay $5 a month for a new issue of RED(WIRE) every Wednesday. Besides an exclusive song from a major artist, each issue will include a spotlight track from a lesser-known musician, a non-music feature that may include video or photography, and an update on how their donations are being used.
Among the featured tracks are Legend’s take on Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” and the Killers’ collaboration with Elton John and the Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant on the Christmas song “Joseph, Better You Than Me.”
Subscribers can also send two free issues to friends, with the promise of a reward if they join RED(WIRE).
“Artists are already saying, ‘I want to give you a track for those people who brought friends in,’” (RED)WIRE founder Don MacKinnon told Billboard. “That’s the biggest idea: using social networking to actually change the world in a unique way.”
Bono is trading in his guitar for the almighty pen with his latest gig.
According to Billboard, the U2 frontman has been invited to write a column for the New York Times next year.
The unpaid position will see him contribute six to 10 pieces for the newspaper on a range of subjects, including Africa, poverty and Frank Sinatra.
A Times spokesperson said the paper is still finalizing the details.
Chris Martin, Bob Geldof and Brian May are among the musicians who have written for the Times in the past.
Bono himself has dabbled in journalism before. Besides acting as a guest editor for Vanity Fair last year, he recently blogged for the Financial Times.
U2 is expected to release a new album, the followup to 2004′s “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” next year.
Country musician Glen Campbell is going over to the rock side on his new album, which features the 72-year-old singer/guitarist covering hits from the likes of the Foo Fighters, U2, Green Day and Travis.
“Meet Glen Campbell,” due in stores August 19, will see the country legend reaching out to a new generation of fans by putting his own spin on both older and contemporary tunes.
“I really like all of the songs and I had a great time recording them,” Campbell said in a statement. “While I didn’t write these songs, this sounds like a Glen Campbell album, which is important to me.”
Among the songs Campbell covers are the Foos’ “Times Like These,” U2′s “All I Want Is You,” Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” and Travis’ “Sing.”
Campbell’s career spans more than five decades and boasts five Grammy wins. He also hosted a TV variety show called “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” which aired on CBS from 1969 to 1972.
Here are the songs that will be on the album:
1. Jesus (Velvet Underground)
2. All I Want Is You (U2)
3. Times Like These (Foo Fighters)
4. Grow Old With Me (John Lennon)
5. Angel Dream (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
6. Sadly Beautiful (The Replacements)
7. Sing (Travis)
8. These Days (Jackson Browne)
9. Walls (Circus) (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
10. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) (Green Day)
Irish rockers The Edge and Bono shocked a crowd of 250 lucky concertgoers Friday in London by showing up unannounced to a charity gig.
The concert in north London was held to benefit Mencap, which helps people with learning disabilities and their families.
While the audience was told there would be some “very special guests” before the headlining act Scottish rock group Biffy Clyro, they weren’t expecting the world famous musicians.
“Don’t tell Larry [Mullen] and Adam [Clayton] we’ve done this,” Bono joked about his two missing U2 bandmates, CBC reports.
The duo started off the set with Stay, followed with Desire, Angel of Harlem and a song inspired by Bono’s 1985 trip to Ethiopia entitled Wave of Sorrow.
The stunned crowd gave the pair a standing ovation after the four-song performance.
“I’ve used all the battery on my phone taking pictures of them,” said fan Simon Dowling to BBC News as reported by CBC.
U2 front-man and political activist Bono has received an honorary British knighthood for his work both as a musician and humanitarian.
According to Reuters, the announcement was made on Saturday by the British embassy in Dublin, Ireland, Bono’s native country.
Honorary knighthoods are awarded to recognize the outstanding achievements of non-British nationals.
A statement on his band’s website said that Bono is “very flattered to be honored, particularly if the honor … opens doors for his long standing campaigning work against extreme poverty in Africa.”
The award will be given to Bono by the British ambassador to Ireland, in a ceremony set to take place in Dublin in early January.
Unlike Brits offered a full knighthood, the honorary award does not bring with it the title of “Sir.”
He?s a rock star and a voice for the world?s poor. Bono can now add something new to his resume ? journalist.
Bono was a guest editor of the U.K. newspaper The Guardian on Tuesday. He used the space as a way to bring more attention to Africa.
The front page of the paper yesterday had block letters saying ?NO NEWS TODAY,? and then underneath it, “Just 6,500 Africans died today as a result of a preventable, treatable disease.”
The front page was on a red background, which was to support Bono?s red campaign, which launched in January and urges corporations to sell their products with a red label with one per cent of profits going to aid in Africa.
Bono also wrote an editorial for the paper addressing issues in Africa.
U2 singer Bono said he is “crushed” by Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin’s failure to commit 0.7 per cent of GDP to eliminating poverty.
“I’m mystified actually by the man at this point … I just think it’s a huge opportunity that he’s missing out on,” Bono said at a press conference on Parliament Hill on Friday, according to CTV.com.
“I’m not just disappointed, I’m crushed actually,” he said.
When asked whether he thought Martin should be punished come election day, Bono said the PM should expect to pay a political price, reported CTV.com.
“I think he will hear about it and feel it in the election, I’m absolutely sure of that — this is not to be underestimated,” he said, adding that he would raise the issue with every political leader he could while in Ottawa.