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"We realised that there's only a certain amount of Joshua trees you can chop down." — Larry, on recording All That You Can't Leave Behind

Week In Review: May 5, 2020


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Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday is underway

It’s the beginning of May already, and we all know what that means: it’s almost time for Bono’s birthday, so let’s build a well! This year, the African Well Fund is raising money to build a well in Nsiama, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. If you want to help (and send Bono a birthday message!), you can donate here.


“Let Your Love Be Known” featured in Salesforce fundraiser commercials

U2Songs reported that Bono’s impromptu song is featured in two Salesforce commercials highlighting their fundraiser for World Central Kitchen, an NGO that provides meals to people in need. Donations made by June 1 will be matched by the company up to $250,000. Anyone can donate through the online page, and those in the U.S. can also donate by texting MEALS to 80100. You can watch the short commercial hereand a longer version here.


Watch a hauntingly beautiful instrumental rendition of “With Or Without You”

These days, many artists are performing online instead of in stadiums and arenas. One “band” from Ireland joined them last week. The Symphonic Waves Youth Orchestra, an group encompassing all counties in the west of Ireland, recently released a video of a special performance of “With Or Without You”.

The group is an initiative to give students the opportunity to play in an orchestra while in school. Symphonic Waves was scheduled to play several concerts to celebrate Galway being the European Capital of Culture in 2020; however, due to the COVID-2019 pandemic, the concerts were postponed. So, they decided to do the next best thing: they released a video. It’s a beautiful instrumental version of U2’s “With Or Without You”, recorded earlier this year, arranged and produced by Glen Austin and conducted by James Cavanagh. The arrangement pays tribute to U2, as they helped fund the Music Generation Initiative, which manages the Symphonic Waves Orchestra.

You can watch the full video here or read more background info here.


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