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Column: off the record..., vol. 14-623

@U2, June 15, 2014
By: Tassoula E. Kokkoris


off the record, from @U2

Every creative person knows that, at times, the ideas just don’t flow.

Lately I’ve endured writers’ block on a host of projects I’ve been mulling over for months. There’s a screenplay without an ending; a novel without a middle; and 16 or 17 blog entries that are merely random paragraphs. But I refuse to force it.

I’m not the type who enjoys a workshop with other writers or someone who’s naturally inspired by group conversations; in fact, I’m just the opposite. Alone is where I’m comfortable and most productive. So the film and the book and the essays will have to wait until I’m in a better creative place to finish them, and I’m OK with that. I’d rather do them right than do them fast.

I’m at the same point in my hope for the new U2 album.

Of course I wish desperately that it was available now. I crave fresh material from our Irish heroes and I miss my U2 tribe friends something awful (we’ve had “road reunions” every few years for over a decade now). But I don’t want the band to create that music unless they’re in that intangible space where the magic happens. I’m sure I’ll be crucified for saying this, but I don’t want another Pop. I want another Achtung Baby.

I want them to dream it all up again, I want God to walk through the room, I want Edge’s guitar to be on fire.

I’m willing to wait as long as it takes to get that.

As our community waits to see what Bono and the boys have up their sleeve, I’m curious to know how everyone manages “U2 withdrawals?”

I personally spend time re-watching some of my favorite videos (Zoo TV and Elevation: Live from Boston typically get the most play) and of course I work for @U2, but I wondered about everyone else, so I posted a topic in the @U2 forum that posed the question.

Here’s just a sampling of what fans are saying so far:

“I'm getting my U2 fix with heavy, continuous revisits to their best bootlegs, from the Boy tour to 360.” - Meximofo

“I'm taking the time to dig further into the discographies of other artists.” - Thunder Peel

“I've never had U2 withdrawals. Always new music to either write or listen to.” - Imaginary Friend

See the rest of the responses and add your own by going here.

We also have a related poll question, which you can vote on via the home page.

One thing many of us forget as fans is that the members of U2 are all family men. Each one of them has a life partner or spouse and at least one child to parent.

Though I realize Father’s Day is an American-celebrated holiday, I do hope the U2 offspring take some time today to celebrate their dads as parents vs. rock stars. No matter what their money or fame, raising children is never easy.

On a related note, I want to give a quick shout-out to all of the fathers I’m blessed to work with here on @U2. I salute you all! Cheers to Matt, Scott, JT, Phil, Chris, Aaron, Kenny, Tom and Brian.

Sadly, this last week we lost one of our extended @U2 family members: Bunny Eddington.

Bunny, or “Bun” as most fans knew her, became a regular guest of Achtoon Baby, appearing in her first cartoon in 2004 and surprising us every now and then with more hilarious commentary. My personal all-time favorite was an Achtoon featuring her frustration over the U2 Fan Club Ticket Fiasco of 2005.

She had been enduring health problems in recent years and unfortunately passed away just a few days ago. Her mom Kelly wrote this beautiful tribute to her life.

Rest in peace, Bun.

(c) @U2/Kokkoris, 2014.

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