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Column: off the record..., vol. 14-632

@U2, August 17, 2014
By: Tassoula E. Kokkoris


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Those who subscribe to the premium TV channel Cinemax might have already seen the buzzworthy new show, The Knick. The Steven Soderbergh-directed, Clive Owen-starring drama centers around New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900. Inspired by a real doctor from that period, the main character, Dr. Thackeray (played by Owen), is a cutting-edge surgeon with a personal drug problem. One of the most important people in his world is a naïve young nurse named Lucy from West Virginia. She’s played by Eve Hewson, the youngest daughter of Bono and Ali.

Trained in theater at NYU, Hewson has been acting since 2008, most notably appearing in last year’s critically acclaimed independent film Enough Said, where she played the late James Gandolfini’s daughter.

In various media interviews about the new show, Hewson confirmed her parents are supportive (though they were first hesitant) about her acting career; danced on stage with Jimmy Fallon; confessed to prank-calling Justin Timberlake when she was 11; and identified “Discotheque” as her favorite U2 song.

After viewing the first two episodes of The Knick, I think it’s safe to assume that Hewson has a bright career ahead of her, and it’s great to see her following her own path to stardom.

Seems like just yesterday we were watching her dance with her daddy at Slane Castle.


Speaking of her daddy, it seems he, along with the rest of the band, has been hard at work, making what could be the first video for their upcoming album.

A French media outlet cited Rivera Studios in Nice as the location, where they’ll apparently remain until tomorrow when they wrap up.

U2 has filmed other videos, such as “Beautiful Day” and “Electrical Storm,” in France.

They also famously lost an early version of their How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb album during a photo shoot in Nice 10 years ago. Let’s hope everything confidential is behind lock and key this time.


With confirmation of the new album’s 2014 release, and the band filming a video, I’m already getting excited about a concert tour next year.

I ordered special camera lenses for my iPhone and started making lists of everything I’ll need to take on the road with me, such as adapters for my gadgets and sturdy shoes.

Then I started wondering if there were any products (or projects in the works) that could help a U2 fan have an easier time following the band from show to show, and I found all sorts of cool things:

And for the ladies who just don’t want to wait in the Honey Bucket line:


Last week brought the sad news of Robin Williams passing. Williams will be remembered for his Oscar-winning acting career, legendary stand-up routines and charity work, which spanned four decades.

U2 fans might also remember him as Bono’s most famous twin. The two were often cited as look-alikes, as Williams noted in a 2011 interview. He also had fun with one of Bono’s concert habits from the past in this comedy clip.

Rest in peace, Robin.

And, if you’re suffering from depression, please get help. There are resources out there to assist you. Here are just a few websites to visit (telephone hotlines are listed within):

If you live in a country not listed here, please search for resources in your area. There are professionals worldwide that care about you and want to help.

© @U2/Kokkoris, 2014.

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