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LISTEN: @U2 Podcast #42 - I Know We're Not Talking About the Film (A Discussion of Rattle And Hum)

Posted: October 20, 2016
By: Matt McGee


It's a musical journey! Our #U240 album series continues in episode #42 of the @U2 podcast as we talk about Rattle And Hum ... the album, not the film! Sherry Lawrence, Aaron Govern, Kenny Irwin and host Chris Enns go song-by-song through the album sharing stories, memories and what the songs mean to them. They also recap the #U240 events in both Dublin and Cleveland, and more!

This week's show runs 84 minutes. If you've subscribed to the podcast via iTunes or your favorite RSS reader, you'll get the download automatically. You can also listen on the web:

@U2 Podcast #42: I Know We're Not Talking About the Film (A Discussion of Rattle And Hum)

We have a couple hashtags you can use to contribute to the podcast going forward:

  • #askatu2 -- if you have a response to something you hear on the podcast, or just want to ask a question or suggest future topics
  • #atu2podcast -- send a photo of yourself listening to the podcast

Thanks again for listening!


U2 at Dreamfest: Videos & Photos (and #U240Cleveland, too)

Posted: October 20, 2016
By: Matt McGee

We're catching up on posting videos and photos from both #U240 weekend and U2's Dreamfest concert. Here's the latest batch that we've uploaded, starting with videos and photos from Dreamfest.

"Beautiful Day"


"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"


And a few dozen photos taken by @U2 staff and friends who were able to attend.

U2 at #Dreamfest


We've already posted some videos from #U240 weekend in both Dublin and Cleveland, and we now have a photoset from the latter event to share. If you were at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, you might see yourself in this photo album.

#U240Cleveland at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

We should have one more #U240Cleveland video still to come.


BLITZ agency shows off its prototype U2 digital app

Posted: October 15, 2016
By: Matt McGee

UPDATE, October 19: BLITZ has now removed all mentions of U2 from the web page linked to below, and has also removed both of the demo videos from its Vimeo channel. The original version of our story is below, although links no longer work and the embedded video is missing.

Blitz digital app

Think back about four years and you might remember us reporting on a Los Angeles agency called BLITZ, whose work on a digital app for U2 was mentioned briefly in a Los Angeles Times article.

That agency, as first reported by @U2Songs, has gone public with a pair of videos and several screenshots of its work that are displayed on the company's website. (Scroll about halfway down the page to the "Official U2 iOS App" section.) Blitz' description of its work with U2 is as follows:

U2 asked BLITZ to create a flagship tablet experience for fans that was powerful enough to bring over three decades of music to life. BLITZ worked with an extensive assemblage of archivists, tour managers, designers, band managers, management, publishers, labels, creative collaborators, and even the band itself to develop a music-driven community of fans with exclusive access to a comprehensive history of the biggest rock band of its generation. The app drives paid subscription revenue streams as well as iTunes sales via "complete my album" and exclusive volt content features.

The company has also uploaded two demo videos to its Vimeo account (here and here). One was posted on Thursday and the other back on September 19. The videos are similar in nature, both showing in-progress versions of a U2 app on an iPad. Here's the version just posted this week.

It looks like a really cool app, but it also looks very unfinished. Many screens have "Lorem Ipsum" filler text, and there are numerous "mistakes" like every U2 album being listed with a 1991 release date; that's not really a mistake, just an indication that these are demo photos and videos of something that's not finished.

And that's the really interesting thing: If it's not finished after several years of work, why would BLITZ go public on its website and Vimeo account now? Some language on the website is in past tense, too -- U2 "asked" and BLITZ "worked." It's late Friday night/early Saturday morning as I type this, so there's no chance right now to get more information, but I can't help but wonder if this project is over and the app won't be finished. Hope not, because it looks really cool.


U2 nominated for Q Awards 2016

Posted: October 13, 2016
By: Fernanda Bottini

It was announced today the nominees for Q Awards 2016. U2 have been nominated in two categories: Best Live Act and Best Act In The World Today.

The nominees for Best Live Act are U2, Coldplay, Muse, Savages, Wolf Alice. Vote.

The nominees for Best Act In The World Today are U2, The 1975, Biffy Clyro, Coldplay, Muse. Vote.

You can cast your vote until Oct. 31 and you can also leave your email to try to win tickets for the ceremony, which will take place in London on Nov. 2.


Adam: New U2 Album 'Maybe March-April'

Posted: October 11, 2016
By: Matt McGee


Amongst all of Adam Clayton's media appearances Monday for the Walk In My Shoes campaign was an interview with RTE's Shay Byrne, and that conversation included a little bit of talk about U2's album plans. The main takeaway is that Adam said the current plan for a new album is "maybe March/April." Here's the pertinent part of the interview:

Adam: We've been working on a record and we've been humming and hawing on whether it's finished or not. We've decided it's not finished -- we're going to work up until Christmas.

Shay Byrne: That's the beauty of being successful. You can go, You know what, record company? We own it. We're not finished. We're gonna keep going.

Adam: I wish we were a little bit more definite about our scheduling because people have been expecting it. But it'll be out next year -- maybe March/April. That's the plan, but I'm not confirming it.

That fits in line with what Adam said during his surprise #U240Cleveland appearance a couple weeks ago (and we hope to have a transcript of that available soon).

You can hear the full RTE radio interview online; Adam begins at about the 1:08 mark. (Thx to @U2tour. Photo by @ShayByrneRadio.)


WATCH: Ivan McCormick, Dave Fanning & Adam Clayton at #U240

Posted: October 11, 2016
By: Matt McGee

Now that the dust has settled on #U240 weekend, and the Dreamfest gig is in the books, we've finally started to post our photos and videos from both events for all to enjoy. Let's start with three videos from the #U240 parties that we've posted on our YouTube channel (recommend you subscribe/follow us there since more videos will be coming soon).

First up is Ivan McCormick's special appearance at our #U240Dublin event on September 24th. In the video below, you'll see McCormick in conversation with @U2's Aaron Govern, talking about that first day when the boys gathered in Larry Mullen Jr.'s kitchen, his thoughts on what U2 has become, and what happened in his life after his short stint as part of the group.

Next up are two videos from our #U240Cleveland event. We were fortunate to have two separate conversations with Irish radio legend Dave Fanning; on Saturday (September 24th), we interviewed him for the 40th episode of our podcast -- and the first one that we've recorded in front of a live audience. Here's that full video.

We visited with Fanning again on Sunday, September 25th -- the actual 40th anniversary of the band's first gathering. And this is the conversation where Fanning did a surprise interview of Adam Clayton, who appeared via Skype. If you missed that the first time around, you can enjoy it below.

Great thanks to Yiannis Georgioudakis for providing the Ivan McCormick video, and to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for providing their official videos of both Dave Fanning conversations.

We still have more videos and photos to sort through from both #U240 weekend and U2's Dreamfest performance, so stay tuned for that in the coming days.


Adam Clayton appears on Irish TV for Walk In My Shoes

Posted: October 10, 2016
By: Matt McGee

Adam Clayton made an appearance today on Ireland's TV3 to talk about mental health issues and his support of the Walk In My Shoes charity. He was one of several supporters to show up at St. Patrick's Hospital in Dublin, where the Mental Health Services department leads the campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues, especially in kids.

While at the hospital, Adam also sat down with other media outlets including RTE's 2FM. They've posted a brief clip of their conversation with Adam on YouTube.

There's a second clip on YouTube where Adam talks about Donald Trump and U2's recent performances using video clips of the presidential candidate.


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