"I think this record is just as innovative as Pop, it's just that the thing we're pushing to the forefront is the chemistry of the band playing together, and I think that is why people are referring back to earlier projects."
-- Edge, on All That You Can't Leave Behind
Column: off the record..., vol. 14-607
February 23, 2014
Who else was floating in music heaven throughout the debut episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon?
Speaking of the Oscars, you may remember that in my last column I mentioned the Twitter campaign I’d launched to ask Ellen DeGeneres for a press pass to cover the show.
For those who have retweeted or favorited or sent their own tweets to Ellen in support of me, I’m humbled by your kindness. Thank you so much.
In movie news, Larry Mullen Jr.’s next film, A Thousand Times Good Night, is set for a summer release in the U.S., with a few stops for festivals before then (hint: Cleveland is next).
I was a big fan of his last film, The Man On The Train, and was glad to see his quote in The Hollywood Reporter about his desire to continue acting. I think it’s the perfect second career for him, and would love to see him tackle comedies as well as dramas.
It seems like U2 are becoming a favorite of film festivals these days -- they will pick up another honor for “Ordinary Love” at the Los Angeles, Italia Film Festival later tonight.
Dare I ask when you all think the new U2 album will actually hit? Dallas said April; The Edge said “summer”; and now fans are all over the map with their predictions. It was a hot topic during our most recent Twitter chat, which brought our “tribe” members together from all over the globe.
In addition to album talk, we debated whether or not U2 will win the Academy Award (the response was split); provided letter grades for the Fallon performances (B- to A+); and even discussed the return of the steering wheel prop (more dislike it than favor it).
It was a lot of fun and we’ll keep varying the days/times of future chats to allow more folks to participate.
Until then, follow @atu2 on Twitter for regular updates, articles and breaking news.
(c) @U2, 2014.