"We've always used the limitations of the band as a creative tool almost."
Column: off the record..., vol. 16-751
December 04, 2016
Rumors have been circulating over the past several weeks that U2 might play the Bonnaroo festival in 2017. Separately, we heard that U2 might have some kind of "big announcement" in the next few days. But tying those two things together doesn't fit well -- for the past couple years, the Bonnaroo lineup hasn't been announced until January. And before that, it wasn't announced until February. So, if there's some U2-related announcement coming this week -- and I'd be surprised if there is -- it's probably not a Bonnaroo appearance. News like that probably wouldn't come out until next month.
The holiday season is in full stride here at Casa McGee, and perhaps at your house, too. Decorations were put up this weekend, Christmas gift lists have been made and circulated, and shopping is underway.
Everything written above about Amazon applies to both eBay and craigslist. You can find all kinds of crazy and unique U2 stuff, much of which is used. I've noticed that craigslist items are recently showing up in my Google News Alerts for "U2," and there are some interesting collectibles to be found there.
Etsy is a great site where small business owners and hobbyists -- many in the arts and crafts industry -- have setup their own shops, and a lot of them are selling U2 goods that you literally won't find anywhere else. Just do a search for "U2" on the home page and you'll find sub-sections for Prints, Collectibles, Paintings and more. I'm kinda partial to things like this Unforgettable Fire vinyl wall clock and this framed "Beautiful Day" song lyrics poster. You'll find a lot of stuff like that.
Imagekind.com: Kelly Eddington
Beyond the above, there are some other obvious places to find U2 stuff online. The U2.com shop is one. The (RED) website sells some apparel and other stuff. If you look to the right of this page, there are several links in the SHOP box where you can find U2-related posters, sheet music and more. Most of those are affiliate links and any purchase from them help support @U2.
And for those of you who live outside the US, your country/continent probably has some interesting places where you can find unique U2 gift ideas ... like Redbubble, which is based in Australia and has a cool bunch of U2-related shirts. And actually, it looks like that site ships worldwide, so I should've mentioned it above.
In any case, if you're looking for U2-related gifts, I hope the above is helpful and I hope you find/get what you're looking for!
And finally, a reminder that Christmas and the holidays are about much more than gifts that we get or gifts that we give. Props to Bono for giving us a reminder of this by taking part in the Grafton Street busking sessions that Glen Hansard organizes each year. Bono's been there six of the past seven years, and there's no reason to think he won't be there again this year.
This'll likely be my final OTR column of 2016, so on behalf of my McGee family and my @U2 family, here's wishing you and yours a peaceful, healthy and happy holiday season!
Any opinions expressed in this column are those of the individual author and do not necessarily represent the views of @U2 as a whole.
(c) @U2, 2016.