"John Lennon really did kind of write the rule book. As a tunesmith, as an irritant, as a willing taker of pratfalls. He was in the queue for the mud pies -- all of that stuff that I do, I got from his little red book."
Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
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The New York City surgeon that operated on Bono has detailed just how serious Bono's injuries were following a bicycle accident Sunday in Central Park.
Rolling Stone spoke with Dr. Dean Lorich, who performed the five-hour surgery on Bono Sunday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Lorich paints a pretty gruesome picture of Bono's condition, which includes broken bones around his eye and left arm/shoulder, not to mention bone breaking through his skin. Bono had a second surgery on Monday for a broken left pinky finger.
Dr. Lorich says Bono "will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected."
The full, official statement from Dr. Lorich as given to Rolling Stone is below.
On November 16th, Bono was involved in a high energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider. Presented as a Trauma Alert to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Emergency Department, his Trauma Work-up at that time included multiple X-rays and CAT scans showed injuries that include:
1. Left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye.
2. Left scapula (shoulder blade) fracture in three separate pieces.
3. Left compound distal humerus fracture where the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces. He was taken emergently to the operating room for a five-hour surgery Sunday evening where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws.
4. One day later, he had surgery to his left hand to repair a fracture of his 5th metacarpal.
He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected.
Dean Lorich, MD
Surprise, surprise: U2 is set to release a new long-form video next month called Films Of Innocence, featuring the work of 11 different artists/creatives making visuals out of U2's Songs Of Innocence album.
The film seems to only be listed right now on the iTunes Music Store, and it may be an exclusive there as part of U2's recent partnership with Apple. The release date is listed as December 9th, and the film can be pre-ordered now for $12.99 (USD) for HD, or $9.99 for standard. You can use that link to read about it and watch a 40-second trailer. The film is also currently featured in the gallery atop the Movies section of the iTunes store.
The description for Films Of Innocence is as follows:
11 of the world's most acclaimed urban artists unveil their work through a collection of art films, inspired by U2's Songs of Innocence. Taking the political murals of Northern Ireland as a reference point, U2 pioneered the project to celebrate the unique democratic power of urban art. Oliver Jeffers, Robin Rhode, D*Face, Mode 2, Chloe Early, Ganzeer, Vhils, Maser, ROA, DALeast, and Todd James make up this global multidisciplinary group project. Chosen for their undisputed ability to capture the imaginations of their audiences, the artists were given complete creative freedom to showcase their personal responses to U2's music, through a series of part-animated, part live action films. The result is an exhilarating display of diversity in approach, style and commentary. Powerful and cognizant, their works scale the globe, play with time, and weave between heightened reality and animated dreamscapes. United for the first time in film, the eleven international artists have taken their work from the streets to the screen. These original works of video art transpose their visions from the physical to the digital and are collected here together as a visual counter-point to the album, a set of unique and compelling Films of Innocence.
Jefferson Hack is credited as the film's director and Lois Newcombe as producer.
(Thanks to Chris Rotondo for the tip on Twitter.)
Bono is one of a couple dozen artists to gather this weekend in London to record as Band Aid 30 for an updated version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
This version of the song is a fund raiser to help fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa. The song should be available on iTunes and other online stores tomorrow/Tuesday, and a physical CD is due to be available in a few weeks.
The music video of this year's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" premiered Sunday night on the UK version of The X Factor.
As you can see, Bono sings two lines, but the original lyrics he sang 30 years ago have been changed.
The recording happened Saturday at London's Sarm Studios -- the same facility where the original song was recorded back in 1984. Here are some news clips from that.
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