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Column: off the record..., vol. 12-539
November 04, 2012
I have a folder in my email software called "Mailbag," and it's where I save things that might be worth including in OTR columns. Sure, it's 2012 and there are better ways to bookmark/save interesting links and info, but gimme a break -- this is how I've been doing it since the column began in 2001 (when there weren't a lot of better ways to save info) and it's a habit that's hard to break.
Right now, there are 42 emails in that folder dating back to 2002. Seriously! And in going through those messages right now, I noticed that there are a handful of links to various U2 videos that I think were interesting/rare/unseen over the years.
So, with U2 news being so slow these days, welcome to an all-video edition of OTR! Here are the videos that I've bookmarked or possible mentions in OTR -- hopefully some of these are as new to you as they were to me.
2001: Bono and Andrea Bocelli "L'Incontro"
The video below is in Italian, and seems to be something like a "making of" documentary for the song, "L'Incontro," from Andrea Bocelli's 2001 album, Cieli di Toscana. Bono contributed a poem recital, which you can see from 2:20 to 3:15. I'd never seen video of his recital until I saw this video. I don't speak a bit of Italian, but it's a beautiful song -- and Bono's contribution at the beginning is perfect.
2001: Bono and Mick Jagger, "Joy"
Here's another "making of" video, also from 2001: This one's about Mick Jagger's song, "Joy," which featured guest vocals from Bono. If you watch, you'll see that Bono recorded his part's the day after a U2 concert in Cologne and his voice shows it. Also features footage of Bono eating salad.
1998: North And South Of The River (live)
Here's the only time U2 performed this song live. It's from November 20, 1998, when the band appeared on a special edition of The Late Show that paid tribute to victims of the Omagh bombing earlier that year.
1997: "Last Night On Earth" video shoot
About 40 seconds of the "Last Night On Earth" video shoot, highlighted no doubt by Adam and Larry scurrying away as William S. Burroughs starts to brandish a sword.
2012: Bono in Wax
And finally ... a more recent video from just a couple months ago. This one was sent in by @U2 reader Jeff E. and features a commissioned, 12-inch wax sculpture of Bono on a lighted base.
See you next time!
(c) @U2, 2012.