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Column: off the record..., vol. 14-607

@U2, February 23, 2014
By: Tassoula E. Kokkoris


off the record, from @U2

Who else was floating in music heaven throughout the debut episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon?

First, the band soars in the sky with their drum-infused rendition of “Invisible,” then they bring their landmark charm to Fallon’s couch for hilarious conversation and a gorgeous acoustic arrangement of “Ordinary Love.”

Never mind that Bono said the performance of that song at the Oscars would be the one and only, I’ll forgive them. I’m certain on Oscar night, they’ll play a more traditional version, so I’m grateful I got to hear the unplugged rendering.

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.

I’m pleased to say I’ve had a lot of fun coming up with reasons why she should grant me a pass, and enjoyed the interactions I’ve had with fellow fans on social media as a result. Unfortunately, Ms. DeGeneres hasn’t responded to any of my tweets thus far, but there is still one week left until the show, so I’m not giving up hope just yet.

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.

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