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Nice-Matin: U2 Shooting Video at Riviera Studios

Posted: August 14, 2014
By: Matt McGee

The French newspaper Nice-Matin has a report out today with details from a visit to Rivera Studios in Nice, where it says U2 has been shooting a video since Tuesday.

Here's the original article in French, and here's a link to the Google translation. I'll highlight some of the English phrases from that translation:

  • "dozens of trucks filled with music equipment and spotlights"
  • "huge platform raised in the heart of Studio 1"
  • "surreal deployment of security personnel [with] British accents"
  • "they [U2] arrived here around 11am on Tuesday"

The article also mentions restrictions about using mobile phones and one studio employee comparing the scene to a visit by President Obama for the G20 (in 2011). It also says that a caterer is due to be on site through August 18.

As a reminder, a French video company tweeted earlier this week that it was in Nice for a video shoot with U2. So I think we can say this is definitely happening. (Thx to @q2be__ for the tip on Twitter.)

 

Bono to Appear on Michael W. Smith's Upcoming Christmas Album

Posted: August 13, 2014
By: Matt McGee

Bono will make a guest appearance on Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, an upcoming Christmas album from Christian music legend Michael W. Smith.

Today's announcement lists Bono as giving a spoken word intro to a song called "The Darkest Midnight," but there's no other information available yet.

The album features appearances by a number of other popular musicians -- primarily from Country music -- such as Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles and Vince Gill. It's due to be released on September 30th.

 

The Edge talks about the next step of Music Generation

Posted: August 13, 2014
By: Fernanda Bottini

Music Generation, a music education program, is set to become a long-term and lasting part of Irish education.

The project, funded by U2 and Ireland Funds, provides children and young people access to high-quality music education -- vocal and instrumental -- in their local area. Together U2 and Ireland Funds will continue to co-fund it until the end of 2015 as The Department of Education and Skills funding is phased in.

The Edge talked to some students about music ideas and encouraged their creativity and artistic ability. He also talked about this next step of the project.

"I believe it's a documented fact that exposure to music makes a better society. We're still practicing but we were lucky enough to attend a school with great music programme and that is why Music Generation is so important to us. We are very proud of its success and the fact that it will continue into the future."

Some photos of Edge were shared on Facebook.

 

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