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Column: off the record..., vol. 16-730

@U2, July 03, 2016
By: Matt McGee


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Happy Independence Day to all of our readers celebrating Monday's holiday here in the U.S. and anywhere around the world!

A couple quick notes to pass along before a series of videos to share:

  • Bono and The Edge sang "Your Blue Room" on Friday during the Starmus Festival on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Well, they didn't actually sing it Friday and they weren't actually on Tenerife. It was a pre-recorded video, and they sang an abbreviated version of the song over the music from the album version. We have full details of the short performance on @U2 Tours, and there's a Periscope video that captured it live.
  • Zucchero is going to receive a humanitarian award later this month for the song that Bono wrote for him, "Streets Of Surrender - SOS."
  • Our #U240 celebration continued this past week with episode #34 of our podcast -- the first in a series where we're going to revisit all of U2's albums. We're going in chronological order and began with Boy and feedback has been really cool. If you haven't listened yet, hope you'll carve out some time this week.
  • We're still working hard to get at least 1-2 events scheduled for the weekend of September 24-25 to celebrate #U240, but nothing firm to announce yet. Hopefully soon. One will be in Dublin and one (maybe more) in the U.S.

Okay, with all of that taken care of, I'd like to take the rest of the holiday weekend off. :-) It's Sunday night. One holiday barbecue is in the books and another one is coming tomorrow. Fireworks are already underway outside as I type this. Tomorrow's a day off from work and ... well ... you get the picture. So enough writing and news sharing and commentary for the weekend, how about some U2 videos that you may have never seen before?

Let's start with a 1987 MTV year-in-review segment on U2. Pretty good recap of the year; I'd like to have one of these for every year of U2's career.

Thanks to Chris W. for letting me know about this one: It's Run Wrake's original animation for the PopMart tour version of "One," posted to YouTube by his wife, Lisa. No embedding allowed, but watch it here.

Here's some interesting behind-the-scenes footage from 2005 as U2 was preparing to perform during the band's own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (If you want to see some other cool videos, just search YouTube for "U2 rehearsal.")

Speaking of the Rock Hall, the Museum put together this 2-minute clip on U2's early days that seems to also serve as a introduction of sorts to some of the items on display in Cleveland.

Here's a 25-minute long documentary from Spain going behind the scenes on how the Zoo TV tour was put together. Thanks to Sean F. for sending this one in ages ago.

And finally, in honor of Independence Day, here's an incomplete video of U2's Werchter Festival performance on July 4, 1982 -- one of only two shows the band has ever played on this date. (1987 is the other.)

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.

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