"I'm a minimalist at heart. If a song doesn't need a solo, I'm not going to force one into it."
Column: off the record..., vol. 13-563
April 21, 2013
Only 5 years old when Mount St. Helens erupted, I grew up in an Oregon household that paid attention to small earthquakes. When we would feel a little tremor here and there, the discussion would quickly go to, "Maybe the mountain's about to erupt!" Any residents of the Pacific Northwest that remember May 18, 1980 as vividly as I do can understand that worry.
As a writer, I use earthquakes as a metaphor all the time.
Thinking this column should be no exception, I offer you this: I believe U2 is really going to release an album this year based on the tremors that have been surfacing recently.
Tremor #1: An increase in the always-present rumors.
Let's face it, the day after a U2 tour concludes, there are rumors that another album will happen in a matter of months. But when said rumors come in from Spain and Ireland in the same week, it's hard not to take notice.
Tremor #2: Everyone is talking about it.
Well, maybe not everyone, but the bass player and the wife of the lead singer are typically credible sources when it comes to such topics. I doubt they'd bring it up if it weren't somewhat top-of-mind for them.
Tremor #3: Bono is everywhere.
Seriously. Does this guy ever sleep?
Bono is scheduled to appear at a Robin Hood Foundation event in May, but in the meantime he's been seen singing at Coachella and at the Power of Love Charity Gala in Vegas. Seems like someone is putting his performance pants back on in anticipation of an upcoming tour.
Whenever the new album comes out, I'll be thrilled, but I do confess that I'd love to have it in hand around Thanksgiving of this year if a tour in 2014 is imminent.
I sincerely hope that those of you reading this column aren't tired of hearing about the U2 Conference, because I'm about to gush.
When news of the Boston terror attack reached me on Monday, I immediately texted my family there to make sure they were OK. Thankfully, they were fine, but my heart still broke for all those who were impacted by the tragedy.