November 29, 2004 |
The nation's music retailers are gleeful over the public's early response to new albums by Eminem, U2 and other high-profile acts, but is it going to be enough to reverse a recent downturn that's threatening to make 2004 a disappointing sales year? Until September, it looked as if this could be the year the record business turned around the slump it's been in for several years. Sales were up nearly 10% over 2003, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
October 23, 2004 |
A long-lost briefcase full of notes and lyrics that were intended for the 1981 U2 album "October" has been returned, 23 years after it was stolen at a Portland, Ore., concert. U2 frontman Bono made the announcement during an appearance before the World Affairs Council of Oregon this week, saying the returned notes were "an act of grace." Bono had to rewrite the "October" lyrics in the studio, and band members called it their worst recording experience.
July 17, 2004 |
An unfinished copy of U2's upcoming CD disappeared while the band was posing for the album cover, in a studio outside Nice, France, raising fears it will be pirated on the Internet ahead of its fall release date. About 20 people who were at Tuesday's photo shoot were questioned by police, who said later it was unclear whether the CD's disappearance was accidental or theft.
October 14, 2003 |
U2's follow-up to the Grammy-winning "All That You Can't Leave Behind" album three years ago is "nearly finished," singer Bono told a gathering in Dublin recently. "We're in the home straight.... It's filled with big tunes and it's driven by a guitar player who is sick of the sight of me shaking hands with dodgy politicians."
November 14, 2001 |
"Growing up in Ireland, I was not fond of flags," Bono said Monday during U2's emotionally charged concert at Staples Center. "Until a few weeks ago, I wouldn't have felt the way I do about that flag either." The singer was staring at a U.S. flag draped over a drum kit, adding that he has long been suspicious of patriotism because of Northern Ireland's history of killings in the name of God and country. But the terrorist attacks of Sept.
November 5, 1998 |
"This is just the end of something for U2," Bono announced at the final stop on the group's 1989 tour in Dublin. "It's no big deal, it's just that we have to go away and dream it all up again." As it turned out, going away did prove to be a big deal. When U2 resurfaced in late 1991, the quartet had a new sound and a new approach to live shows.
June 6, 1997 |
At a time of uncertainty and flux in pop music, nothing seemed more certain this year than an album and stadium tour by U2. The Irish quartet is one of the most respected rock groups of the last two decades--a Grammy-winning band with multiplatinum albums and two successful stadium tours behind it. U2, the industry thinking went, was immune to the cultural and market changes that left albums last year from such other top rock attractions as Pearl Jam and R.E.M.
April 28, 1997 |
As U2 fans from around the world descended on this town Saturday for the kickoff of the Irish band's massive PopMart tour, it became clear that the Internet is taking on yet another role these days--that of party organizer. For months, wired U2 fans from all over the U.S.--and from Canada and Germany and Italy and even Bulgaria--turned to the Net to exchange gossip, share poetry, scrounge tickets, and make appointments to meet one another on the big day.
March 2, 1997 |
Bono understands the confusion that "Discotheque," the first single from U2's new "Pop" album, has created with its infusion of electronic dance-club elements into the rock band's sound. Speaking by phone from Dublin on the eve of the album's release Tuesday, he outlined the band's aims in "Pop," the dance-culture connection and the album's most striking song, "Wake Up Dead Man." "We didn't set out to make a club culture record.
February 25, 1997 |
If it seems that U2 is "Pop"-ing up all over the place these days, that's good news to Island Records. Along with the Irish rock group's management team, the record company has been working behind the scenes for months trying to guarantee maximum media exposure in anticipation of the release next Tuesday of the band's new album, "Pop."