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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 05:01 AM
The much-buzzed about U2 show will be happening tomorrow at the Somerville Theatre. How can we -- finally -- be so sure? Because roadies are loading the band's equipment into the hall right now, cops are posted around Davis Square, and Meacham Road, right behind the theater, is blocked off.

It has all been very last minute. Jeff Antonellis, who works for Capron Lighting and Sound, first heard about the show a week ago but said he only got a call confirming the Somerville Theatre location this morning at 8:30 a.m. "That shows you how under wraps they were trying to keep it," he said.

Production manager Jake Berry tells us that U2 will probably play four songs tomorrow and then take questions from the audience. MARK SHANAHAN

I hear it will be broadcast on the radio nationwide too.

http://u2.com/news/article/4625

U2 3 Nights Live: First Night

http://www.u2gigs.com/article408.html

Tonight, U2 held the first night of their U2 3 Nights Live promotional appearances in the US. This appearance took place in Los Angeles and is an "Inside Look" at No Line On The Horizon with the whole band, hosted by Shirley Manson of Garbage.

The interview was broadcast live on radio stations across North America. The band did not play anything live on air. Some studio songs were included in the broadcast; specifically, they were the first five songs from NLOTH.

Read on for a summary of some of the interview's key moments and interesting points.

The band spoke about bringing in other songwriters in the form of Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. The evolution and stylistic development from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb was discussed; Adam said that HTDAAB and All That You Can't Leave Behind gave the band more confidence and working with Eno and Lanois brought the band's musical sketches up to an even higher quality. Working in Fez provided a completely new atmosphere and took the album to a different place. Bono described the band as having two instincts, one to experiment and take themselves outside their comfort zone, and the other to basically reflect themselves and focus specifically on songwriting - and that U2's best work happens when these two seemingly opposing instincts are in balance. He then described the last two albums as losing some of the experimentation and that more balance was brought in on NLOTH.

Shirley Manson brought up a quote from Bono saying that Adam was the star of NLOTH. Adam had a tough time responding to this compliment, and explained that the album's recording method of jamming material and moving quickly played to his strengths. It suited him to make decisions quickly and support the others' creativity, rather than working at length in the studio with overdubbing, as lengthy studio time can muddy his musical vision. Bono added that the bass is a powerful presence in U2, and that Adam and Larry are the bedrock of the band. He said Adam has been looking for a more fluid, melodic style, and that the bass part in Magnificent is one of the greatest bass parts.

Bono spoke about how being a singer is still a mysterious subject for him, and that is why it keeps cropping up in his lyrics. He brought up an incident Edge mentioned on Letterman last week about how two female backing singers who were performing with U2 back in 1977 asked Edge to sing since Bono "just shouts", but sometime later on, Bono discovered he could in fact do more than "just shout" and could change the atmosphere in the room with his vocals. He spoke that he is still learning about singing to this day, and that the sufi singers he encountered in Fez were influential. The interview then moved on to Moment Of Surrender; when the song was created, the band realised the experiment of recording in Fez with Eno and Lanois had paid off. It validated taking risks and moving into new territory. Bono mentioned that he got "jumped on by some other voice", a kind of howl that just came out of him that reflected the desperation some of the band's acquiantances have reached with addiction.

Shirley Manson asked Bono about why he decided to write some lyrics on NLOTH in the third person. He responded that he was getting fed up with writing his own story and that he wanted to follow some more extreme characters. It freed him up, but the characters nonetheless became sides or parts of him; telling himself that they were "just" characters was self-trickery. Manson noted that Edge has some lyrical credits; in response, Edge described himself as a bit of a foil for Bono. He added that he knows Bono so well that he suggests lines Bono "almost" has in his head; the reverse happens with guitar lines. In essence, they finish each other's sentences. The interview moved onto Unknown Caller and how Manson finds it lyrically vague; Bono said it's about the same character from Moment Of Surrender, who checks into a motel amidst desperation and doesn't know what to do next, but starts receiving instructions via text messages from his mobile phone. Bono expressed hope that concert audiences will shout these chorus instructions when the band play the song live. Clearly, even though the song has not yet been played at any promotional appearance, the band have every intention of performing it on the 360 Tour.

Manson asked Larry about how he drums with a "violent" posture. Larry responded that "some people learn to create art in a particular way, and some are drummers". He never saw himself as a drummer in U2, but that he is part of something greater; he is a better member of U2 than a pure drummer. Bono added that he and Larry are both better mentally for being in U2. This moved on to a discussion of how the band are still going so many years after beginning. Adam spoke personally about how punk rock liberated him as an awkward teenager and he has never lost that connection. He has realised he can only achieve to the fullest musically as part of the band. Edge said it is a mystery how the band have kept things going, but they are all aware of how special it is to keep U2 going, and to keep U2 going for as long as they can. He revisited the soundbite that every time they go into the studio to record an album, it feels like their first album. It has never been easy for U2, but very rewarding when they get somewhere great, and he would never find anything else as rewarding as being in U2. Manson asked if the band has a deadline and will be finite or if they will keep recording as long as possible; Bono responded "one crap album and you're out" (not two as in the past), but Edge said it would have to be a particularly crap album.

The topic of the tour came up. The idea of the tour was to "blow it out" and make it more accessible to more people, hence stadium shows that are essentially in-the-round. Sticking with arenas would have led to grossly inflated tour prices. The band struggled to remember the precise tour dates; when audience members yelled out the dates, Adam asked sarcastically "who knows the setlist?" Edge said they have no idea how to make use of the performance area in the 360 set-up in stadiums, but it is an exciting prospect to have this heightened openness and space.

Manson asked who makes the band jealous. Bono responded that it happened when Garbage came around - and Nirvana and Oasis. Recently, Kings Of Leon, Interpol, The Killers, The Secret Machines, and Fleet Foxes have either made them feel a bit jealous or changed the game. Furthermore, Manson asked if age bothers the band. Bono just responded "even when we were a boy band, we were a man band". After this, the interview concluded. Stay tuned for U2's second night live, this time in Chicago for a "radio takeover".

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 07:21 AM
Very cool, Sue!!! Hope you're going!

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 08:38 AM
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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 08:49 AM
I am going to the Gillette show on 9/20
 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 09:17 AM
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Very cool, Sue!!! Hope you're going!


No Deb, I won't be going to this.

Wonder why they would book Gillette on a Sunday. That stinks.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 10:05 AM
Somerville Theater, wow. Had heard it was going to be the Paradise. It's literally an old movie theater, get your popcorn on the way in....

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 10:07 AM
Hope the performance is better than the new album.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 10:11 AM
My Dad was born in Somerville. I wonder if that is the old theater he went to when he was a kid. He always spoke of a Uncle that worked there and would let him slide in the back door. I would like to see U2 one day.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 10:28 AM
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U2 will probably play four songs tomorrow


I don't get this? Why go to all the trouble to set this up only to play fewer songs than were on Letterman last week?

 

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U2 3 Nights Live: Second Night


Tonight, U2 held the second night of their "U2 3 Nights Live" promotional appearances in the US. The first night was an interview with Shirley Manson about No Line On The Horizon, held in Los Angeles. Tonight, the band were in Chicago for a "radio takeover" DJ set, playing songs they love or are interested in right now. Tomorrow is a small concert in Boston. All three appearances are being broadcast by numerous North American radio stations.

Like last night, Shirley Manson of Garbage was the host of tonight's appearance. The band's playlist was:

1. The Ramones: I Wanna Be Sedated (Larry's selection)
2. Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl (Edge)
3. The Airborne Toxic Event: Sometime Around Midnight (Adam)
4. Smashing Pumpkins: Bullet With Butterfly Wings (Bono)
5. Arcade Fire: Rebellion (Lies) (Larry)
6. The Waterboys: The Whole Of The Moon (Edge)
7. The Klaxons: Golden Skans (Adam)
8. Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah (Bono)

Read on for details about the set and interesting comments made by the band.



The show began with some technical difficulties with Adam's microphone. Larry chose the first song, and since The Ramones were a significant influence, he picked a song by them. He said he could have chosen any Ramones song, but selected I Wanna Be Sedated for present reasons, as "bits start to fall off" once you reach his age, and being in U2, "sometimes you need to be sedated". This is a song Bono has snippeted once live, during Out Of Control on 4 December 2006 in Saitama.

Edge picked the second song, and he quipped that when he first heard of Van Morrison, he thought Van was Dutch thanks to the name. He described Van as where Irish rock and roll began, and Brown Eyed Girl as one of the great rock and roll songs of all time. Adam got to choose the third song and consciously took the DJ set in a more recent direction by picking a new song that he has been enjoying this year: Sometime Around Midnight by The Airborne Toxic Event.

Bono was the last of the four to make a pick. He picked Bullet With Butterfly Wings by the Smashing Pumpkins. This song was sometimes snippeted by Bono during The Electric Co. on the Vertigo Tour. He said that the Smashing Pumpkins occupied a "special moment" in music, and that what Bono wants from rock and roll is life force, such as the rage in this song. He managed to lead this into a discussion of the band's next album, describing melancholy and sombre tendencies as not being exactly rock and roll, but that U2 "have a gentle, more reflective side that you'll hear about next year". Technical errors persisted throughout the set - during the songs, the band were talking to Manson and the crowd, and this was audible on air, especially during Bullet With Butterfly Wings. Furthermore, the end of Bullet With Butterfly Wings was actually cut off.

Larry then got to make another pick - Arcade Fire's Rebellion (Lies). He remarked that music rarely grabs him and takes him somewhere else, but when he heard Arcade Fire's album Funeral, it gave him hope that people were still out there making challenging music. Arcade Fire had made him jealous, as he felt they were doing something U2 never thought they would be able to do. Yet again, discussion at the venue was broadcast during this song. Before it began, Manson mentioned that she actually had no idea if she was on air - she nonetheless kept going, and luckily for those listening, she was actually on air and Larry's comments on the Arcade Fire were broadcast.

Edge's second pick of the night was The Waterboys' The Whole Of The Moon. He elaborated about being a fan of the Waterboys. The first time he heard them was when he was in the car travelling back from recording The Unforgettable Fire at Slane Castle, and it was very inspiring. He got their album as soon as he could and followed the Waterboys throughout their career. He believes Whole Of The Moon is the song that sums them up, and that three concerts have changed his life; one was The Clash in Dublin in 1978, another was Bruce Springsteen in London, and the third was a Waterboys gig in a small theatre. After the song finished, Manson apologised to radio listeners for the technical difficulties and remarked that the techs were looking somewhat alarmed.

Adam's second pick of the night was Golden Skans by The Klaxons, since wanted to pick something that the band were listening to around the recording of No Line On The Horizon. He namechecked some songs, including tracks by MGMT and the Arctic Monkeys. This led to him mentioning that the Klaxons' album Myths Of The Near Future was one of his favourite albums at the time NLOTH's recording began.

Finally, Bono got the last pick of the night - Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. He returned to Edge's earlier discussion of best live shows. He said he could have named the Ramones, the Clash, and Bruce Springsteen, but the very best to him was Leonard Cohen last year in Dublin. He went on to urge people to see Leonard Cohen live, calling him a "sacred talent". Just before the song began, Bono added that Jeff Buckley's cover was also a "beautiful version", but that his own cover was not as beautiful.

 

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U2 3 Nights Live: Third Night

http://www.u2gigs.com/article411.html


First there was the interview in Los Angeles. Then there was the DJ set in Chicago. And now, the third night and arguably the most interesting - a live set at the Somerville Theatre in Boston. It was hosted by MTV VJ Sway and broadcast on radio stations across North America. Alan Cross posted live updates from the venue to his Twitter, as did LiveDaily to their Twitter.

Although the theatre only holds about 900 people, authorities expected approximately 10,000 people to descend on the area, trying to get in. These numbers reportedly did not materialise. Read more interesting details about the concert lead-up in this article. Speaking of the concert lead-up, the band did a soundcheck earlier that included Magnificent.

The band performed a total of five songs live and then conducted a Q&A session with the audience. Details of the questions and answers are later in this article. The setlist was:

1. Get On Your Boots
2. Magnificent
3. Breathe
4. Crazy Tonight / Come On Eileen (snippet)
5. Vertigo / She Loves You (snippet)

Our database listing for this show be found here.

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Early in Boots, Bono called to the crew that there were "too many lights" and asked Willie Williams to turn them down. Before Magnificent, Bono said that Boston "is where it all started for us". Between Breathe and Magnificent, Bono introduced the band and remarked that "only one nation in the world says 'Bowno' and it's not this one". After Crazy Tonight, Bono remarked "wow it's hot in them club gigs", then he thanked everyone for sticking with the band over the years and the radio stations for playing U2's music. He then introduced Vertigo as the last song. Read on for details of the questions given to the band and their answers.

At the start of the Q&A session, Sway noted that No Line On The Horizon has gone #1 in the US with over 480,000 copies sold, and Bono added it has gone #1 in thirty other countries worldwide - but not Finland. The first question was "what is the funniest Spinal Tap moment you've had on tour?" Bono responded that it was when the Popmart lemon broke down before the encore at one concert, and opened only so far to reveal the band's feet. Bono thought it happened in Finland but it actually occurred on 6 August 1997 in Oslo, Norway. The second question was given to Adam, "do you ever get tired of carrying these guys?" He said that he has kind of adopted a different policy of doing what the band tells him and it works out fine.

Edge got the third question, referencing a remark last week that Sting has an uncool nickname: "has Sting called you about David Letterman?" Edge responded that he does actually love Sting, and Sting's only problem is that he's too cool to be cool. Larry was the final of the four to get a question, "is there a favourite fan on-stage moment for the band?" He responded that it was in the Paradise Theatre in Boston in the band's early years; a girl made her way on stage and handcuffed herself to Bono's legs. Bono quipped "that's how I met my missus!" Adam then got a second question before the first radio commercial break; he was asked what he would want to be if he changed careers tomorrow, and he said he would like something where he could meet lots of girls, such as being a fashion photographer. As a photographer, he said, you get to stand around looking cool and somebody carries boxes for you. Bono remarked that it sounds like what Adam does now.

After the break, the Q&A continued on air with a question to Bono. It was from a 16 year old who wanted to know "when did you lose your virginity?" Bono responded that he has been working up to it, and at moments like this, he is tempted to think of Madonna; he feels "like a virgin kissed for the very first time". Sway, who has a young daughter, proceeded to ask Bono how he approached "that" conversation about sex with his daughters, and after Bono asked in return "how do you get on with her mother?", he said that the mother should talk to the girls and the father to the boys.

Larry fielded the next question; "who are you in awe of in the music industry?" His response was simply "Bono". Edge was asked how he knows when a U2 album is complete; he said that a U2 album is never complete, just released. The band know it should be released when they stop arguing and start to really enjoy it. Then Adam was asked "having seen so much", what now impresses him? He said he is impressed by silence, since there is no much noise in the world. He is furthermore impressed by going on tour and taking U2's music around the world.

Another commercial break intervened, followed by a question from Sway to the band. Considering all that U2 have accomplished and the band's stature, Sway wanted to know what is inside them that won't let them take anything for granted at this stage of their career. Edge responded that he has realised the music business has stopped being driven by relationships; the digital revolution has made it about software. Thus, at this moment in time, U2 are driven by trying to re-engage on a one-on-one level. Bono said Adam whispered to him a different, one-word response to Sway's question: "fear". Bono was then asked what song by another artist he wished he'd written; he immediately mentioned Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, describing it as "extraordinary" before singing a brief snippet of it. He went on to describe Cohen's latest tour as the greatest show he has seen, and that Cohen and Bob Dylan are fighting it out for the title of greatest songwriter on earth. This was followed by a question to Larry; "what advice would you give to a young band starting out in today's music industry?" Larry said it is important to be with people who do not always agree with you, and you need to have a democracy where everybody has a stake in what you do - hired hands in bands do not work.

Time began to run out at this point. Adam was asked if he would pursue an acting career, to which he said he would not. Edge was asked what song he doesn't get tired of playing live, to which he said Where The Streets Have No Name. On the other hand, he said there are so many U2 songs he is quite happy not to play, since the band still want to rewrite some of them; he said they might re-record some of their early albums like how many of the great poets re-wrote their classic poems. Bono added that the band were often rushed out of the studio in the early years as they couldn't afford more studio time, and accordingly some "beautiful songs" from that period feel unfinished. He said he would especially like to sing Boy again. After this, Sway wrapped up the radio appearance.

 

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