...IS COMING TO TAKE YOU AWAY! WHEN JOE JACKSON WENT TO INTERVIEW BONO AT U2'S SECRET DUBLIN RECORDING BASE, HE HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT. WHAT HE GOT WAS A CRAZY ROLLERCOASTER RIDE THROUGH THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK-IN-PROGRESS WHICH WILL BECOME U2'S FOLLOW-UP TO THE ACCLAIMED "ACHTUNG BABY!", WITH BONO AT THE WHEEL AND AN UNSEEN PRESENCE WORKING THE ACCELERATOR LIKE A DEMON. "RECORDS SHOULD BE MORE OF A TRIP," SAYS THE MAN IN THE WRAPAROUND SHADES. FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS THEN. THIS WILL BE NO ORDINARY RECORD. AND THIS IS NO ORDINARY INTERVIEW.
'The music is more important than the musician"
The setting is a hospitality room in Dublin's Factory on early Tuesday afternoon where U2 are piecing together what will eventually be the as-yet-untitled follow up album to "Achtung Baby!" Bono, by his admission "totally wasted" having worked in the studio until 3am on a track titled "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car" , suddenly hauls out his Macintosh Powerbook and to the sound of the DAT tape playing a drum beat sampled from Leni Riefensthahl's 1936 movie "Triumph of the Will" begins to read a lyric which may be recited to the same music on the forthcoming tour.
Fifteen minutes later he's strapped on an acoustic guitar and is singing a classic U2 blues which turns out to be another track from the album - in its raw and unprocessed state. The juxtaposition of this image of Bono as the quintessential troubadour set against the still-lingering sound of his voice speaking of how he hopes to layer lines from his personal computer onto a stage cityscape which will also contain audio-visual samples from the work of Leni Riefenstahl - this is the history of rock music in a snapshot, its past and maybe even more importantly - it's future.
Likewise, U2. And the man himself. Indeed it is only the black dye in his hair and the specks of grey in his beard which make one aware that the Bono speaking with passionate conviction about his futuristic vision of music delivered through CD, CD-1, video discs and giant screens is fifteen years older than the Bono who first irritated some members of the band's audience when he spoke with self-serving glee about how great it was to be playing rock 'n' roll live as part of a new teenage band called Hype.
Then again Bono would probably prefer to argue that such moments make up not a photograph but "a Xerox copy", which is how he describes "Achtung Baby!" And this interview.
Originally scheduled to be a Q ... A exchange with a pre-determined structure it instead turned into "a jazz rap" to cull another quip from Bono - an improvised ramble through his own responses to more than half the songs on the new album, as well as and a fly-on-the-wall look at as much of his psyche as he wishes to reveal right now.
Following the natural flow of the conversation seemed to be the only way Bono could communicate on this particular afternoon, probably because, as he later suggested, he and the band are in a "mostly an improvisatory mode" on the new album, which is a rather radical departure from "Achtung Baby!" Near the end of our session he admitted: "I came in here today to cancel this interview, because I'm so tired. I was just going to play you a few tracks then split." However, as the music exercised its regenerative powers over his spirit one hour became two and a half. In the end he had to be reminded at least three times that U2 had less than forty eight to go before they leave Ireland to begin the tour and that, oh yes, they also "had an album to finish!".
Playing the new album's first track, tentatively titled "Babble-Zooropa" Bono shouts above the music: "A lot of what's in this album comes from reading the work of William Gibson." It's as accurate a clue as any as to what fans can expect from this particular soundstorm, the successor to one of the most acclaimed albums in the history of rock.
The song opens with a brace of suspended chords trembling as they chain down the sound of indecipherable human voices shifting from speaker to speaker, growing louder with each beat. It's Sci-fi in hi-fi, signifying that ZOO TV future shock is about to begin again.
"This is just a sketch", says Bono. "We've been working on the record in a beginning-middle-end way so there are different structures we want to begin with. We haven't yet decided how this one should open. But then even the album is still changing day to day. As it stands we have fourteen tracks which we'll probably cut down to ten, though it did start out as a mini-album, which we thought would have about four tracks. But over the last six weeks its taken its own shape and we've just gone with the flow."
As the cacophony of babbling voices rises like a choir of demented sirens from Dante's Inferno, Bono laughs and says "It'll probably go straight to the Radio One playlist, don't you think?" The tone of his voice is dripping with sarcasm. When the Edge rides in with a steely, angry, "Zoo Station" - like riff bolting together this amorphous musical maze, followed by Larry's steadying pulse on drums and on bass, Bono yells "It's a trip!".
Less flippantly he adds: "That's what I want it to be! Legal drugs. Why else would you buy an album these days?"
Cutting across his own recorded voice as it begins to sing the word "Zooropa" asks "Have you read anything at all by that cyber-punk writer, Gibson? It's a sort of fucked-up sci-fi. And this track shows you what I mean when I say the textures on this record were very much influenced by what he writes about the future."
Extending the discussion to the way in which the same song will be presented during the upcoming tour Bono continues: "Edge's guitar line there may be longer, but we have this brightly-lit, commercial city-scape that comes in now, as I sing (he recites with his own recorded voice): "I have no compass/And I have no map/And I have no reason, no reason/To get back."
The recitation gives way to Bono's suddenly alarmingly impassioned singing which, for a moment, threatens to shame the hi-fi into silence. Artifice gives way to art, the carefully-constructed rock star pose is fractured by a cry of truthful self-expression. The moral confusion that dominates "Acrobat", from "Achtung Baby!", is in evidence again.
"And I have no religion/ And I don't know what's what/Don't know the limits/Don't know the limits of what we got."
As the "Zooropa" chorus roars forth and Bono's set of recorded secondary vocal lines fade into the mix, he highlights each line by again reciting the lyric out loud:
"You 'll be alright/You got the right shoes/To get you through the night/It's cold outside/But it's brightly lit/ Skip the subway/ Let's go to the overground" .
Spoken words give way to words that are sung, wailed, spat forth in rage, shot through with a sense of revenge."Take your head out of the mud, baby/ No particular place, babe/ No particular song/I've been hiding, hiding/What am I hiding from ?"
Taking a deep breath while the song dissolves into a screeching white noise, Bono laughs, shakes his head and, as if suddenly remembering there is someone in the room, says: "We were going to call the album 'Squeaky' at one point!"
His self-conscious laugh is silenced as the Dat tape immediately delivers a second song, which begins with what seems like the sound of a child's toy in a soon-to-be subverted opening scene of a movie by David Lynch.
"This is called 'Baby Face'," says Bono. "And in this brightly-lit, fucked up commercial landscape we'll have on stage, we take the audience through a window and there's a guy watching somebody on a TV, a personality, a celebrity he's obsessed with. It's about how people play with images, believing you know somebody through an image and think that by manipulating a machine that, in fact, controls you, you can have some kind of power (sings, in a chillingly sweet voice): "Watching your bright-lit eyes/in the freeze frame/I've seen them so many times/I feel like I must be your best friend/ You're looking fine, so fine".
As Bono harmonises with his own voice the spirits of David Bowie and Lou Reed hover nearby. Right on cue he stops singing and just as you're thinking of the coloured girls going do-de-do-de-do-do-de-de-do-de-do, he smiles and says "There hasn't been a good do-de-do on the album yet - so here it comes!" Hamming it up and calling to mind some of his father's heroes he adds " But you have to admit that Dean Martin was great at that, wasn't he? And Bing Crosby. What I loved was the way they'd casually slip their hands in their pockets while singing. I can't do that at all - because all my jeans are too tight!"
That new fab four of Dean, Bing, Lou and Bowie give way to Iggy Pop as Bono explains that "Dirty Days", the next track "is exactly as it happened" A largely-instrumental sonic rumble, and ramble, made up mostly of improvised riffs and rhythms in the studio "it may or may not end up on the new record", he says.
"Iggy Pop was very much an influence in terms of the way he'd make up songs in performance", he explains. "So this is really U2 in its most raw state. At the moment I'm toying with the idea of something that keeps flashing up in front of me when I hear the music, an image of a father giving surrealist advice to his son. I also see Charles Bukowski in my head and the kind of advice he gives, like 'always give a false name!'. But whatever lyric I finally put to it the music strikes me as very sad. "What I'm saying there is 'Make it better, son.' The feeling I get is that the father has fucked off, or something like that. Then again it may end up being about Gorbachev! But what you're hearing there is the base of what probably will become a song and the creative process is obviously very much dictated by the atmosphere the band originally got while improvising. That's what will dictate the kind of lyrics the song finally has."
Continuing the father theme Bono laughs and says "And here's another cheery little U2 ditty we finished last night, 'Daddy's Gonna Pay for Yor Crashed Car'."
Needless to say the irony in his voice is again as heavy as it was in the deceptively light title of "Achtung Baby!" In this left-of-field frame of mind, highlighting a bar or three in the demonically driven opening of the new post-industrial, hip-hop influenced song he says "Doesn't that sound like the signature tune from The Late Late Show? " Sure it does, but only as it turns up in Annie Murphy's nightmares, followed by "The Fly". And by KC and the Sunshine Band, on a bad acid trip, singing "A ha, A ah, that's the way I like it."
Bono sings: "You're a precious stone/ You're out on your own/You know everyone in the world/But you feel alone."
"We use the reverb there to bring my voice in and out of focus, so it's RIGHT IN YOUR EAR one moment then lost in the mix the next. We want it to be disorientating, disturbing", he says, having effectively fractured my eardrum with his shout. As the tape winds into silence he picks up his guitar, saying: "That's a blues, an industrial blues. You could just as easily do it this way. He continues the above lyric but now singing it as a twelve bar blues. "Daddy won't let you weep/Daddy won't let you ache/Daddy gonna give you/As much as you can takes."
"Now even though it has been heavily processed," he explains "the point is it was written through that process, rather than written as a blues then put through the technological mix you hear. It was written back-to-front, as it were. Yet to me it's definitely a blues song for the 90s, as true to its roots as a song could be."
Moving to another Dat tape Bono reveals that much of the music created for the new album was done in Dublin over the past six weeks. One song, titled *Numb*, however, has its roots in Berlin, and in the recording sessions for *Achtung Baby!* It opens with a no-shit dialogue between Larry's sticks rapping against the skin of a snare drum and Edge's guitar spitting out vengeful licks. The vocal, delivered through gritted teeth, is a litany of commands made all the more powerful because they are almost whispered.
"Edge has just got a list of things there, one following the other", says Bono. "Don't cry/Don't eat/Don't drink/ Don't sleep. It's kind of arcade music, but at base it's a dark energy we're tapping into, like a lot of the stuff on 'Achtung baby!' And, here, I use my Fat-Lady voice that I used on 'The Fly'. There's a big fat mamma in all of us! But you need that high wail set against the bass voice because the song is about overload, all those forces that come at you from different angles and you have no way to respond. It's us trying to get inside somebody's head. So in that mix you hear a football crowd, a line of don'ts, kitsch, soul singing and Larry singing for the first time in that context. So what we're trying to do is recreate that feeling of sensory overload."
*Numb* ends as it began, with a drum beat yet minus Edge's guitar lines. However this particular drumbeat is the one that has been sampled from Leifenstahl's movie "Triumph of the Will".
Changing the tape again Bono explains: "For us, it's a new way of working. We've been taking audio-visual loops and working with them. That drum loop comes from the scene where an eleven year old Nazi plays the drum at the 1936 Olympic Games. And we're going to be playing, and using that loop in the actual stadium where that boy played, in Berlin. That's going to be a very eerie moment, because that boy could still be alive, I suppose."
Again revealing how mercurial his moods can be Bono sits in silence for minute or so and doesn't try to deny the shadows that have suddenly done a death dance across his eyes. Silencing the DAT machine and switching on his Powerbook, he brings up his 'Lyrics' file, and says "I wrote this piece, called 'In Cold Blood' and although I don't know if it will go on the record or not, I probably will recite it during the show. But this is as I wrote it, I haven't rewritten anything". He recites the following:
I read a book once, called In Cold Blood
Pages of facts did me no good.
I read it like a blind man, In Cold Blood.
So the story of a three year old child
Raped by soldiers, though she'd already died.
Made the mother watch as they fucked her in the mud
I'm reading the story now, In Cold Blood
More now coming off the wire
City surrounded, funeral pyre
Life is cheaper than talking about it
People choke on their politicians vomit.
On cable television I saw a woman weep
Live, by satellite, from a flood-ridden street
Boy mistaken for a wastepaper bin
Body that a child used to live in.
I saw plastic explosives and an alarm clock
And the wrong men sitting in the dock
Karma is a word I never understood
How God could take a four year old In Cold Blood.
I live by a beach, but it feels like New York
I hear about ten murders before I get to work.
What's it going to be, Lord, fire or flood?
An act of mercy or In Cold Blood?
Pausing after reading the lyric, Bono sips from his coffee and then, in a voice so cold it seems to have scurried from the emotions called forth by the poem, he says "Sometimes, in the middle of all the kitsch you have to stick the boot in. But that lyric too is about overload and I want to use it as part of 'Numb' live, though it may only be samples or lines I like. But it's not so much about the cold blood involved in the various acts I describe, it's about the way we respond to those things. Maybe I'll just do parts of that to the drum loop. And if I read it on stage I will be standing in front of a 12 foot by 12 foot televison image of the child playing that drum in 1936 in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin."
Bono uses this example to highlight how deeply committed he is to rock as an audio-visual form of expression, as painting with sound, poetry of far more than merely words, performance as theatre-cinema.
"We've been working with a group out of Providence, Rhode Island called E.B.N - Emergency Broadcast Network. And they work all the time with audio-visual samples. It's not like an audio sample, as in, say, the way a rap group works by taking a guitar line or melodic line and repeating it. They use an audio-visual image. We worked with them on the ZOO TV tour, using that George Bush television clip but with his own words re-ordered. From them we've drawn on that idea. And coming out of this project I don't think there's going to be any singles. There might be a video single, which will be less like a 'rock song' and more just audio-visual soundbites collided together over a rhythm."
At the time of this interview Bono was not aware that Todd Rundgren has plans to unveil the home entertainment industry's first concurrent release of a conventional CD and its "interactive" CD-1 counterpart. The latter, when used in conjunction with a TV will enable users to "manipulate and recombine thousands of musical modules in an infinite variety" which, according to Rundgren will mean that listeners "would have to play the CD-1 disc for 24 hours a day, seven days a week well into the next millennium in order to hear the same song in the same way twice." As with any other form of Virtual Reality it also makes users of the technology more of an intrinsic part of the process. It is this which clearly sets Bono's creative juices flowing full force.
"All that is something U2 will wholeheartedly embrace", he says. "The way we feel about it is that rock 'n' roll - whatever that is these days - is mutating and that it's always technology that spurs these mutations. It's the fuzzbox that gave us the electric guitar, the sampler that gave us rap music and so on. And while I have respect for people who wish to ignore that 'filthy modern tide' I don't want to, I couldn't. And even if you go back to the birth of electric blues, many musicians didn't want to leave their acoustic guitars behind.
"If some hadn't, where would the blues be now, where would rock 'n' roll be? Would we even have something called rock 'n' roll? And it was the bluesmen who also used electronic distortion in its most basic sense. They'd attach bits of metal to their drums so that they'd buzz and distort. And that's what was happening right in there at the beginning of the blues"
The same, of course, applied to the birth of rock 'n' roll, when Sam Phillips at Sun deliberately busted a speaker cone to get distortion on "Rocket 88", the track widely described as the first rock 'n' roll recording.
"That's what the whole thing's all about," says Bono. "Doing anything you can to feel the ground going from under your feet and enjoying the sensation! And that's exactly where where we're at in ZOO TV, though we do a little more than busting a speaker or an amp! But the whole idea is as it's always been during the best moments in rock, pushing things to see what might happen rather than just sitting there and simply recreating, say, the 70s, which is so fashionable now. Or any other period in rock. If we're committed to the art of rock 'n' roll at all we have to move forward to see what we can make of the beast by pushing everything to its limits. And, to me, that's what is most interesting about rock 'n' roll and popular music, this ever-flowing state of flux."
As Bono leans forward in his chair and gestures with his hands as if grappling to pin the most accurate words to the ideas speeding through his brain one realises that the person who was initially totally wasted and later made almost catatonic by being momentarily connected to his darker emotions, is now buzzing with vitality, kicked into high gear as much by the music itself, as by contemplation of the possibilities of where music can go. If ever one needed evidence of Bono's spiritual addiction to music this is it.
"And this is where popular music, and rock is at right now," he asserts. "People are buying video games more than they are buying records. And I have to ask why would people buy albums now? That's why I think records should be more of a trip, literally. If it's just about songs then make collections of songs, taking the great songs from all over the place, but for me it's got to be more than that. For me great records are, and have always been, like books and movies. They're another place. And I'm not talking about concept albums! Certainly our new record isn't a concept album. But the music of the Sex Pistols was 'concept' music, a 'concept album' all told. It was a world you entered into at 16, a sonic experience hauling you in by throwing images at you. And you disappeared into it when you were 16 or 36, or whenever.
*So, again, what we're doing is not so far removed from that, particularly when, on the new album, the influence is so obviously someone like William Gibson. And all his concepts about the future involve the use of interactive means of communication. For all these reasons it makes great sense to me to use all that in our music. And that, to me, is where music has to go."
One track on the new album highlights to an immaculate degree the ways in which U2, probably moreso than any other band in the world, are intent on kicking rock into the 21st century while refusing to deny its equally important links to the past. That track features Johnny Cash who was originally discovered by one of rock's founding fathers, Sam Phillips, and who first recorded for Sun Records in Memphis in 1955. Back then his base was country-pop heavily influenced by the r'n' b and gospel rhythms he heard in new songs like "Mystery Train" by his close friend Elvis Presley.
In his trio Luther Perkins played lead guitar, Marshall Grant played double bass and Cash himself played rhythm guitar. Nearly forty years later Johnny Cash is still playing rhythm guitar but on this recording Bono plays lead while Adam Clayton, Edge and Larry Mullen Jnr. become the new Tennessee Trio. Likewise, Sam Phillips and 'Cowboy' Jack Clement have been replaced by Eno and Flood.
"Johnny Cash is a very smart man and he's definitely someone who had no problem coming along with us for the ride, for the trip," says Bono, laughing as he changes the tape. "He came in from day one and started singing over what we described as this 'Holiday Inn band - from hell!' And yet, seriously, this song is definitely the antidote to the Zooropa manifesto of uncertainty.
Even if it begins with, '"I don't have a compass/I don't have a map" - in other words, I don't know, I don't know, but I accept, even like, this state of uncertainty - this track gives one possible solution. But overall on the album the key is learning to live with uncertainty, even allowing uncertainty to be your guide."
Pausing, rolling the cassette tape around in his palm Bono looks out the Factory window at the sunlight masking all the shit and slime beneath the surface of the water in a Dublin canal. Smiling, he says "Because this song is an antidote to all those other demented voices on the album I'd really like to call it 'The Preacher'. Mostly because Cash also comes from that gospel tradition of songs. At the moment it's called 'Johnny Cash on the Moon!', but you tell me what you think".
Having met Johnny Cash within hours of his finishing the recording session during a recent visit to Dublin and heard him "sing to high heavens", as his manager said, a wonderful song he recorded with U2, called 'The Wanderer', wouldn't Bono consider keeping that as its title? It clearly contains enough echoes of that seemingly endless spiritual quest undertaken by the man, and the band who once sang: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
"I guess it does", laughs Bono "But I didn't want to cut across Dion's vibe, who also has his own song called 'The Wanderer'. So maybe I'll call it 'The Wanderer 2'! Yet whatever about the title, and the context, Johnny Cash is so right for what we wanted to do with this song. We originally put him in the centre of the album sleeve picture on 'Rattle and Hum' because he is that link between the past and the present. And though he reckons he's Scottish we were having none of that! As far as we're concerned Johnny Cash comes from good travelling people stock, and is Irish, one of us! And on a personal level he's been really good to me and opened up a circle that can be closed to rock 'n roll musicians. Jack Clement did too, as he told you in Hot Press. He may have spoken warmly of me in that interview, but the feeling is definitely mutual. I love that man. And Johnny Cash. "
Cue music. Rising at about the same slow, steady pace a camera would use zooming in on Monument Valley during the opening scene of a John Ford movie, Cash glides into the frame as if striding along the bass lines provided by Adam Clayton.
"I went out walking/ Through streets paved with gold/Lifted some stones for the skin and bones/Of a city without a soul/ I went out walking/Under an atomic sky/ Where the ground won't turn/And the rain it burns/ Like the tears when I said goodbye/ Yeah I went with nothing/Nothing but the thought of you/I went wandering".
"There used to be a "wa-wa-wandering" I sang at that point, behind Cash's voice but we cut that out", says Bono.
"I went wandering/Through the capitals of tin/Where men can't walk/or dream they talk/where sons turn their fathers in/ I stopped outside a churchhouse/Where the citizens like to sit/ They say they want the kingdom/But they don't want God in it/ I went out with nothing/Nothing but the thought of you/I went wandering."
Clearly moved by Johnny Cash's earth-shuddering singing Bono shivers and says: "That's voice! It's not a subload! I don't know how he lives, carrying that voice around with him, it's so heavy."
"I went out walking/Down that winding road/Where no one's trusting no one/And conscience's a too heavy load/I went out riding/Down that old eight lane/I passed by a thousand signs/Looking for my own name/I went with nothing/But the thought you'd be there too/I went looking/Looking for you."
Half-jokingly Bono says "Have you read Ecclessiates yourself?". Smiling at the sound of a country guitar lick in the song he points his thumb at his own chest, nods his head and in a boy-like manner says " that's me!" As Cash begins to recite the next verse Bono, echoes the words. This spoken duet is not on the record. He recites:
"I went out there/Looking for experience/To taste and touch/And to feel as much/As a man can before he repents"
Then Cash on the record, and Bono in the room, sing: "I went out walking/With a bible and a gun/ The word of God lay heavy on my heart/ I was sure I was the one/ Now Jesus don't you wait up/Jesus I'll be home soon/ Yeah I went out for the papers/ Told her I'd be back by noon/Yeah I left with nothing/But the thought you'd be there too/I went looking/Looking for you/ Yeah I left with nothing/Nothing but the thought of you/I went wandering".
As this quite perfect and undeniably historic song fades, Bono improvises a gospel cry as a counterpoint to the muted choir of voices disappearing into the distance. Southern blues and gospel have indeed become "Liffey soul and gospel" - the phrase Bono once used to describe "The Fly". It's an extraordinary moment, offering an insight into precisely what Bono means when, cryptically referring to my own passion for Presley and Sun and maybe even my scepticism about the deification of U2, he says of their new album and the tour: "It may be a long way from Memphis but it's the same mud."
He's right. And only a fool would deny that if Memphis was the spiritual birthplace of rock 'n' roll during the early 50s then forty years later it's spiritual home has to be Dublin or, more specifically, wherever U2 choose to record.
Reflecting on Sam Phillips' recent suggestion on his 70th birthday, that the rhythms of prayer rather than merely the rhythms of sex, sit at the heart of rock 'n' roll as he helped create it, Bono concedes that maybe the song with Johnny Cash should finally be called "The Wanderer", thus effectively subverting the codes of cock-rock evident in Dion's original song and in rock 'n' roll in general.
However, erotic love is also something Bono wanted to celebrate in all its fleshy glory in "Achtung Baby!" - as he reveals in the next issue of Hot Press.
Bringing it all back home, indeed.
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It was a very special sort of homecoming...Read More
Following the tragic events in the French capital 10 days ago, the band were forced to cancel two shows on their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour; now, they've announced the new dates for the gigsRead More
The announcement by U2 that €2million from their Irish concerts would be donated to the educational intuitive Music Generation has been followed with a €1million commitment from The Ireland Funds.Read More
While the countdown to their 3Arena shows is in full swing, we occasionally like to look back at where our fantastic four came from - and some never-seen-before shots in the current issue of Hot Press bring the memories flooding backRead More
At the SSE Arena in Belfast tonight, Bono, Adam, Larry and the Edge were in scintillating form, mixing classic U2 hits with tracks from the acclaimed Songs of Innocence. But the ultimate show-stopping moment was their performance of ‘Raise By Wolves’. And relax: there was no riot... Report: Edwin McFeeRead More
A brilliant opening bow in SSE Arena.Read More
U2 Live in BelfastRead More
Barney blew with all its might, but nothing could compare to the hurricane that stormed through Belfast’s SSE Arena tonight. For the first time in almost two decades, U2 were back in town.Read More
The U2 man has spoken of the "direct hit on music" following the mass shootings at the Eagles Of Death Metal gigRead More
The band say they're "devastated by the loss of life"Read More
As the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour finally approaches Irish shores, it's time to once again celebrate U2 - not just the best of Irish, but the greatest rock band in the world.Read More
In our U2 Special Collectors’ Issue, long-time sound whizz for the quartet reveals some of the secrets of their state-of-the-art show, and explains the challenges of breaking down barriers to create something never seen beforeRead More
In today's Hot Press we speak to Edge before the Irish shows and he confirms that work on Songs Of Experience is gathering apaceRead More
The new Hot Press (out now) is a Special Collectors’ Edition looking forward to the touchdown of U2’s Songs Of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour in Belfast and Dublin.Read More
Former Lord Mayor of Belfast Jim Rodgers had wanted them to drop the song from the SSE Arena setRead More
Ahead of the band's glorious Irish homecoming, we're celebrating our Fab Four in the new issue of Hot Press, where Olaf Tyaransen talks to Edge and a galaxy of stars celebrate our very own rock godsRead More
In his now-traditional interview with Larry Gogan.Read More
There have been big changes in the show between the opening date of U2’s Innocence + Experience tour in Vancouver, and last night’s show in London.Read More
Their "Experience Bus" at a recent London show allowed you to immerse yourself in 'Song For Someone'.Read More
Fans were treated to double-handed versions of 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' & 'All You Need Is Love'Read More
Bono's thrilled with recent live reviews, while The Edge promises that immortality will be invented in 27 years...Read More
The band are performing two songs this week on the Chris Evans rebootRead More
The band’s Swedish appearances may have been disrupted by a security alert, but they turned in four blistering performances in Stockholm, which underlined their status as the greatest rock ’n' roll band on the planet. PHOTO: J. LundgrenRead More
It was back to rock 'n' roll business last night in The GlobenRead More
Fans had to be evacuated from the packed Globen arena last nightRead More
Tickets appear on online reselling sites with an eye-watering mark-upRead More
They're coming to Belfast and Dublin this November.Read More
No cash will be accepted for general admission tickets for U2’s upcoming shows in 3Arena, Dublin and the SSE Arena, Belfast...Read More
Olaf Tyaransen looks forward to the appearance of U2 at 3Arena in Dublin and SSE Arena in Belfast.Read More
They're bringing it all back home in NovemberRead More
Looking at the various schedules, we're reckoning on a November 22 kick-off in the 3ArenaRead More
Adam, Bono, Edge and Larry have done New York! Rowan Stokes was there the night they were joined by Lady Gaga, in what was a triumphant run of shows, in the heart of the Big Apple...Read More
It really was a beautiful meeting of musical minds!Read More
Two new films this November.Read More
Last night Lady Gaga teamed up with U2 for their Madison Square Gardens residency show to perform a duet of their song 'Ordinary Love'Read More
First shows of Madison Square Garden residency wows Big AppleRead More
"Just go if you have the cash," implores the Boston HeraldRead More
The 'Song For Someone' promo seriously tugs at the heartstrings!Read More
Woody Harrelson features in 'Song For Someone'.Read More
At U2's Chicago show on Sunday...Read More
Long-time tour manager was found dead hours before LA Forum performanceRead More
The death of the former Led Zeppelin tour manager has rocked the music world. "He was a legend," said Bono...Read More
The U2 singer declared on Saturday: "On this very day we have true equality in Ireland."Read More
It was the beginning of a long year’s journey into night. Here, Olaf Tyaransen reflects on what U2 mean to him – and how the portents are increasingly positive for the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tourRead More
...But the U2 guitarist has shown the world his nasty bruise.Read More
With the performance "tight" and the production "stunning", the world's biggest band get off to a terrific start in Vancouver.Read More
U2 kick off world tour in Rogers Arena, VancouverRead More
We've some early shots and the setlist from the recent action in Rogers Arena.Read More
The band will also be using three stages, to ensure that all ticket-holders can participate fully in the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE. From Olaf Tyaransen, in Vancouver…Read More
And on Same Sex Marriage Referendum, Bono says: “As far as I know, Jesus was never married."Read More
The U2 singer speaks out on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum.Read More
Larry Mullen Sr. was aged 92Read More
The band were in top form last night as they returned to US network TVRead More
Unsuspecting New York commuters stumbled up Bono, The Edge, Larry, Adam and Jimmy at the start of their work week.Read More
In a wide-ranging, engaging interview, the U2 frontman told Tony Fenton about his hopes for Dublin shows: "Let's do something we're not going to do anywhere else in the world."Read More
Bono speaks about his desire to play Dublin in a pre-recorded interview with the late Tony Fenton aired today, but nothing concrete has been put in place.Read More
You could be heading to Vancouver to catch the Dublin band kick off their tour in Vancouver.Read More
U2 are releasing a 2 x 12", 6,000 limited-edition Deluxe version of Age Of Innocence as their contribution to Record Store Day 2015 on April 18.Read More
What our team of critics made of the records in the running for Irish Album Of The Year 2014.Read More
A hacksaw was apparently taken to one of the tree's limbs.Read More
New video features footage from Irish filmmaker Aoife McArdle's short film of the same name, depicting a love story set in Northern Ireland during The TroublesRead More
Minister Jan O'Sullivan announces four new ventures to receive fundingRead More
Bill Clinton, Daniel Day Lewis, Neil Jordan and Gabriel Byrne are also involved with the Bono-inspired Sons+Fathers.Read More
As part of the Feedback Kitchen series...Read More
Choice cut from Songs of Innocence grabs top spot in our end-of-year poll The release of Songs of Innocence may have caused a storm at the time, but now that the dust has settled, the quality of U2’s newest LP is clear for all to see.Read More
New dates added in North America and Europe...but Irish fans left waitingRead More
And those U2 Films Of Innocence vids just keep on coming!Read More
The videos from U2's Films Of Innocence have been hitting the 'net, and fab looking they are too!Read More
Guitarist compares the singer's injuries to those following a car crash, but says "he's doing OK"Read More
Special Dublin shows are also being planned for the end of next year...Read More
Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Kanye West were in the supporting cast in World AIDS Day celebration...Read More
Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. will be joined by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin at a special gig to celebrate World AIDS Day in Times Square in New York - live from 12.20 am Irish Time.Read More
“This year is a World AIDS Day like no other,” says Bono. But his injuries will prevent the singer from performing at U2’s planned celebration in New York, that will also star Chris Martin, as well as Kanye West and Carrie Underwood...Read More
Artists have been commissioned to create 11 films inspired by Songs Of Innocence.Read More
The Roots accompany talkshow host on 'Desire'Read More
U2's Tonight Show appearances have been cancelled.Read More
U2 frontman narrowly avoids fatal accident on private jet...Read More
When U2 released their latest album Songs of Innocence free on iTunes, it sparked a furious and often heated debate. But after 30 million downloads and close to 100 million listens, the attention is finally shifting to the music. On the way to a TV show in Germany, Hot Press caught up with Adam, Bono, Edge and Larry...Read More
Anti-corruption legislation, that forces oil companies to declare how much was paid for mining rights, required Irish government support to get through...Read More
Adam Clayton's former PA Carol Hawkins has seen her appeal against the severity of her prison sentence rejected by the Court of Criminal Appeal this morning.Read More
U2 are to join house band The Roots for a week of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon appearances, kicking off on Monday November 17.Read More
Our trip down memory lane continues, we find our current cover stars revitalised at the turn of the century.Read More
The U2 singer says he is unfazed by the controversy over Songs of Innocence.Read More
When U2 released their latest album Songs of Innocence, it was the subject of heated controversy. While the arguments aren't over yet, the attention is gradually turning to the music...Read More
We go back in time to 1981 and find our current cover stars ready to storm America.Read More
Bono, Larry, Adam and The Edge open up from a private jet, and that's just the start...Read More
When Songs of Innocence – and its unorthodox release – became the biggest story in music, it served as reminder that U2 remain the biggest band on planet rock.Read More
“The idea that we trousered 100 million is ridiculous,” the guitarist tells Olaf TyaransenRead More
High entries for Slipknot and Ben Howard, but they haven't outsold the Irish.Read More
If you weren’t glued to your telly screen last night, here’s U2 tearing it up on Later… With Jools Holland.Read More
The Irish band got top billing tonight, in a stellar cast that also included Sam Smith and Interpol.Read More
Following their comprehensive nailing of ‘The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)’ and ‘Song For Someone’ last weekend on the Graham Norton Show, U2 join Interpol, Zola Jesus, Dave & Phil Alvin and Sam Smith tonight at 11.35am on Later… With Jools Holland.Read More
It's a colourfully saturated, retro, VHS-style offering from the Irish rock icons.Read More
The U2 frontman admits to "a drop of megalomania" in giving away Songs Of Innocence to every iTunes user.Read More
To celebrate the physical release today in Ireland of U2's Songs Of Innocence, we're giving away four copies of the extremely sexy looking 2 x 12" white vinyl limited-edition that we unwrapped this morning on hotpress.com...Read More
Apple have revealed that in addition to it automatically appearing in libraries, 26 million iTunes users have actively downloaded Songs Of Innocence with 81 million ‘experiencing’ the album through iTunes, iTunes Radio and Beats Music.Read More
Hot Press' Stuart Clark unwraps the stunning vinyl album of 'Songs of Innocence' by U2.Read More
U2 are being lined-up for the October 21 and 24 editions of Later… With Jools Holland.Read More
Collaboration with Lykke Li soundtracks teaser for Season 5Read More
Songs of Experience is already nearing completionRead More
Bono confirms the band will be scaling back for their live dates next year.Read More
Well known Dublin band are back with a crash, bang and wallop...Read More
The U2 frontman says that the blogosphere is enough to put you off democracy, in an exclusive interview with the renowned RTE presenter.Read More
Likely to be a new digital music format.Read More
"Joey would have been honoured," drummer Marky Ramone says of lead single 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)'.Read More
The two Irish superstars have been throwing around ideas for some years now.Read More
iTunes users now have the option to delete Songs Of Innocence from their accounts.Read More
U2 manager Gus Oseary has spoken to American trade magazine Billboard about their $100 million deal with Apple.Read More
There’s been an avalanche of reaction to U2 taking us all unawares, with the release of their Songs Of Innocence album.Read More
Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness has spoken to Irish national radio station Newstalk about the surprise unleashing yesterday of Songs Of Innocence.Read More
There may have been rumours, but U2 still took the world by surprise with what is one of rock’s biggest ever coups...Read More
Rumours of music video shoots in Dublin that were really iPhone commercials have been dispelled.Read More
There is also speculation that the band will participate in the iTunes music festival in London.Read More
Times aren’t too hard for U2 with the Sunday Times Rich List suggesting that the chaps are collectively worth £428 million.Read More
U2 have officially denied reports that they’ve pushed back the release of their new album to 2015 and claims that surfaced in certain tabloids that they’re on the verge of splitting.Read More
The one you were waiting for.Read More
Top of the Rock, the band were on hand to welcome Jimmy Fallon to The Tonight Show.Read More
Full video released onlineRead More
U2’s ‘Invisible’ managed to notch up over three million downloads during the 24-hour period it was available for free, which the Bank of America matched by donating over $3 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.Read More
The U2 frontman on Ramones and Kraftwerk influences on their new album, working with Danger Mouse and how he fears his band are "on the verge of irrelevance".Read More
You have up until 5am on Tuesday to get yourself a free iTunes download copy of U2’s ‘Invisible’, which was teaser trailered during this morning’s Superbowl half-time ad break.Read More
We'll get our first taste of 'Invisible' during an ad break, after which free iTunes downloads of the single will raise money for charity.Read More
There was excitement – then much head scratching last night among the U2 community when Dave Fanning announced on his 2fm show “I’m going to give you something now, a brand new, first time play which is from U2. This song here, will it be on the album? Just a blast! Brand new, ‘Invisible.’”Read More
'Ordinary Love' leads the pack in this year's Oscars race...Read More
Last night turned out to be an extremely good one for U2 with the chaps picking up a Best Original Song Golden Globe with ‘Ordinary Love’.Read More
The Hot Press Yearbook has also landed...Read More
Here the Grammy-winning producer's take on 'Ordinary Love'.Read More
'Original Love', penned for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, is up for Best Original Song.Read More
The four members of U2 have signed a statement which formalises the beginning of their new deal with Live NationRead More
With the country understandably gripped by sick rugby-related parotdom, we thought we’d try and cheer you up with the world’s finest karaoke ensemble – Chic plus BonoRead More
The song is taken from the band’s recent sessions with Danger Mouse and will feature in the upcoming film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.Read More
Team Hot Press is proud to announce North Side Story, a limited-edition book we’ve produced for the good folk at U2.com...Read More
We are loving Jenny & Tyler’s gorgeous cover of U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, which also features Sara Gloves.Read More
'Ordinary Love' has been penned for a new biopic on the inspiring South African statesman.Read More
Check out a hint of 'Ordinary Love'...Read More
Amnesty International has announced the early November release of a 2-CD, 6-DVD box-set celebrating 25-years of their Human Rights Now benefit gigs.Read More
U2 bassist marries in low-key fashion...Read More
The Irish stars join Amnesty International in calling for the two jailed members to be released...Read More
Bono and Co. will perform Aslan's 'This Is' for audiences worldwide on Friday June 21Read More
It’s in aid of the agit8 campaign, which is calling on western leaders to help end extreme poverty by 2030.Read More
Toronto Globe & Mail music journalist Brad Wheeler has been tweeting about the interview he’s just conducted with Daniel Lanois.Read More
You can also catch David Gray, Gabriella Cilmi and The Magic Numbers going acoustic for Africa.Read More
The Department of Education are to start helping fund the Music Generation project, which U2 and The Ireland Funds have bankrolled to the tune of €7 million since 2007.Read More
It will feature extensive snaps of the Dublin band.Read More
Carol Hawkins, the former personal assistant to Adam Clayton of U2, has been found guilty of stealing almost €3 million from him.Read More
Running until the autumn...Read More
A stripped down 'Original Of The Species' appears on thew new Every Mother Counts 2012 compilation.Read More
The Dublin band is the focus of I'm A Fan.Read More
The tracklisting for the U2360° CD was picked by the fans.Read More
They’ll be recreating the infamous Achtung Baby cover design with sixteen winning entries…Read More
The sound of four men chopping down the joshua tree - over then discs!Read More
It's part of a 20th Anniversary Achtung Baby tribute compilation.Read More
From The Sky Down will be shown on BBC One this Sunday, October 9.Read More
Check out a sneak peak of From The Sky documentary which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last week.Read More
According to a statement made to The Mirror Bono is in good health, despite recent press stories to the contrary.Read More
Contrary to reports in the Irish Independent this morning Bono says he did not suffer a heart scare while in the South of France.Read More
The investment vehicle involving Bono has seen the value of their Facebook stake increase dramatically.Read More
Plus your chance to finally see the world through Bono's eyes.Read More
A further big screen outing for Bono and the boys is in store.Read More
The alien-like works of art are set to live on!Read More
Broadway musical triumphs over adversityRead More
Meanwhile, there's the small matter of tonight's Glasto headliner!Read More
Louth, Mayo and Sligo set to receive up to €1.6 million in funding over three years from U2 and Ireland Funds supported ventureRead More
The record was beaten last night in Brazil.Read More
As they hit the road on a major stateside tour, U2 had left the memories of those first rehearsals in Larry Mullen’s kitchen far behind. Here we present an intoxicating trip down memory lane. By Bill Graham, April 5, 1981Read More
They're playing the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night.Read More
Over 98,000 people watched their gig last night in the FNB Stadium.Read More
The U2360° Tour has cleaned up in Vegas.Read More
U2 brought their high octane show to Brussels for two nights to make amends for skipping them the last time aroundRead More
According to Paul McGuinness, it's likely to land in early 2011.Read More
The Gnarls Barkley man has produced the new U2 albumRead More
Bono and the boys rocked the foundations of the famous city and our man was there to catch the best bitsRead More
The band went on to play a blinder in the Luzhniki stadium.Read More
Paul McGuinness talks to Hot Press after U2’s triumphant Turin show.Read More
That new album mightn't be too far away!Read More
Hot Press talks to Paul McGuinness minutes after their Turin show.Read More
Hopefully it'll be second time lucky for the band.Read More
Injured backs aside, it's been a pretty good year for the boys!Read More
The Claw comes out of mothballs on August 6 in Turin.Read More
The penultimate gig from the groundbreaking tour last year saw U2 making history on a number of frontsRead More
U2 have however been forced to cancel their Glastonbury headliner & postpone 16 US dates.Read More
Only one of them will be happening before June!Read More
U2360°At The Rose Bowl is due in June and features a host of extras.Read More
Bono has also contributed to an Afrobeat version of 'Move On Up'.Read More
Through ten years of extraordinary turbulence, other contenders have squared up to U2 – but the Irish four-piece have seen them all off to retain their crown as the biggest, and millions would agree the best, band in the world.Read More
The band's trans-Atlantic exploits earned them $108 million in 2009.Read More
The band have issued not one, but two denials.Read More
There are also gongs for their crew.Read More
‘Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)’ will be available soon for iTunes download.Read More
U2, Jay-Z & Rihanna are collaborating on a tie-in single.Read More
It Might Get Loud, the movie featuring Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White, got its first Irish airing last night at the IFC in Dublin – to a hugely positive reaction.Read More
U2 have yet again claimed first place in Fanning’s Fab 50 on RTÉ 2fm, with the extraordinary 'One' – which first appeared on the Achtung Baby album, and has since gone on to become U2's most popular and enduring song.Read More
No Line On The Horizon and ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’ are both up for awards!Read More
With the crowd having waited patiently through snow, rain and wind on a bitterly cold Berlin night, U2’s arrival on stage was greeted with joy and jubilation.Read More
U2 will headline the Pyramid Stage on Friday night (June 25) at Glastonbury 2010.Read More
U2 played an electrifying mini-set to an audience of 10,000 at Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) this evening, to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.Read More
U2 will perform a free show at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to mark the 20th anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in 1989.Read More
It's taking place in the early hours of Monday morning.Read More
They've also announced more European tour dates.Read More
The economy may be swirling down the plughole, but Ireland has a rich history of entrepreneurship. We need to build on this.Read More
US university to host a conference on 'U2:The Hype and The Feedback'Read More
They're also hoping to find post-360 Tour homes for The Claw.Read More
It Might Get Loud also stars Jack White and Jimmy Page.Read More
They've grossed over $40 million from five shows.Read More
In rock terms, that's what U2 are, having successfully defended their crown against all-comers since The Joshua Tree crashed to No.1 in the US in 1987.Read More
They came from the four corners to see U2 at Croke Park. Our reviewer caught the opening night of the 360º tour’s Irish leg.Read More
U2 pitch up to Croke Park for the final night of their Dublin jaunt with a little help from fellow locals The Script and Bell X1Read More
Bono and the lads are back in Croke Park for the second night of their 360 Tour visit to DublinRead More
Bono and co play the first of three nights on the banks of the Royal Canal...Read More
Some of the many faces that travelled from all corners of the globe to see U2 play a triumphant hometown gigRead More
They came, they saw, they comprehensively rocked the gaff!Read More
The chaps are on at 8.45pm.Read More
The party's taking place in New York in October.Read More
Online postcards from The Edge!Read More
Millions are to be spent on nurturing young talent.Read More
The current issue of Hot Press includes an exclusive interview with The Edge in which he talks about meeting Michael Jackson, the singer's death, criticism of U2 in Ireland, blogging and the controversy over U2’s carbon footprint. He also gives a unique insider’s view of how U2’s 360º Tour works.Read More
The opening night of a U2 tour can be fraught with peril. But in the Camp Nou in Barcelona tonight they exorcised the demons of previous tours and started on a winning note. Report: Olaf TyaransenRead More
The band turned up last night in London.Read More
They have just been confirmed to play on Kenny's last showRead More
It's available exclusively to U2.com members.Read More
Already all over the Irish airwaves, U2's 'Magnificent' track will be the second single from their recent No.1 album.Read More
Bell X1 and The Script have both got the Croker call.Read More
As predicted by Hot Press, U2 have confirmed a third date in Croke Park this July.Read More
The band sold 650,000 tickets in under seven hours.Read More
They're also going back to Fez.Read More
As U2 gear up for the release of No Line On The Horizon, they meet HP to talk about the creation of their latest masterwork, meeting world leaders, the way they’re perceived in Ireland, the current state of the music business and their future plans.Read More
Part two of our U2 interview...Read More
...so says School of Seven Bells frontman Benjamin Curtis, as he recounts how he was given a sneak listen to the No Line On The Horizon by his mates Edge and Bono.Read More
As their album reaches the No.1 spot in the UK and Ireland, U2 have announced details of their 360° Tour, which is being sponsored by Blackberry.Read More
Kiss The Future is on its way!Read More
They're outselling the rest of the top 20 combined.Read More
Paul McGuinness has been talking to Hot Press about the imminent announcement of U2’s world tour, which is likely to include three Croke Park stop-offs in July.Read More
RTÉ 2FM's Larry Gogan will play his recent interview with U2 drummer Larry Mullen this Sunday.Read More
The first batch of dates will be announced on March 9Read More
It's a taxing life being a rock star – as The Edge talks to Hot Press about the controversy over U2's tax situation.Read More
Keep on Moroccan in the free worldRead More
HMV's social networking site getcloser.com are asking U2 fans to vote online for what they think is the band's best song.Read More
Hot Press was granted unique access to U2, interviewing all four members as they rehearsed for their recent Brit Awards appearance. They talk about No Line On The Horizon, how they're viewed in Ireland, the current state of the music business and more...Read More
Fans will be able to get hold of No Line On The Horizon within minutes of its Irish release.Read More
The boys are playing a five-night residency on the Letterman show.Read More
The No Line On The Horizon title-track gets its world premiere on the rock station on Thursday.Read More
The video for U2’s new single, 'Get On Your Boots', will be premiered today on U2.com, with a television premiere on RTÉ’s Six One News.Read More
U2's new single 'Get On Your Boots' has shot straight to No.1 in the Irish airplay charts.Read More
U2 have confirmed the cover artwork & track-listing of their No Line On The Horizon album.Read More
The Garda Fraud Squad investigate online ticket scamRead More
There's plenty of exciting Irish releases to look forward to in the coming months, including new records from U2, The Answer, Laura Izibor and more...Read More
The new U2 album is to be called No Line On The Horizon, and is due for release next March.Read More
U2, The Clash and Elbow have joined War Child's Heroes project to raise money for children living in the world's most dangerous war zones.Read More
Hot Press is delighted to bring you this peek at U2 applying the finishing touches to their new album in London.Read More
The group took part in the effort to raise £500,000 on Monday at a fundraiser in London for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and the BRIT School.Read More
U2 are to receive 1.56 million shares worth around $18.5 million in American concert promoters Live Nation Inc.Read More
U2’s tour manager Dennis Sheehan has been selected for this year's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Parnelli Awards Board of Directors.Read More
Following on from Bono's comments that 2009 will be their year, it's confirmed: there will definitely be no new U2 album this year.Read More
Bono has been talking up the new U2 album, which appears to have been pushed back to early 2009.Read More
Hot Press understands that there’s absolutely no concern in the U2 camp over four tracks from the band’s new album which leaked onto YouTube over the weekend.Read More
U2's Live At Red Rocks DVD and the Under A Blood Red Sky album will now get the re-release treatment on September 26.Read More
The U2 reissue onslaught continues with a digitally overhauled version of their 1983 live album, Under A Blood Red Sky, out here on September 20.Read More
Coldplay's Viva La Vida is likely to see the end of its current reign at the top of the Irish charts as U2 release re-mastered versions of their classic albums Boy, October and War.Read More
U2 fans are going to have to do some serious shelling out over the next few weeks if they want to keep their collections up to date.Read More
U2 manager Paul McGuinness has been dropping hints about the release of the new U2 album, which is provisionally planned for October.Read More
U2 have announced details of the bonus tracks gracing the Deluxe format version of their Boy, October and War album, which is out in July.Read More
U2 soundman Joe O’Herlihy has revealed that following a stint in Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios, the band are set to do some warm weather recording overseas.Read More
U2 will re-release three albums in deluxe sets this summer.Read More
U2 sign long term deal with American company.Read More
U2 producer Daniel Lanois has been talking about the recording of the band's new album, which resumes this week in Dublin’s Windmill Lane studio.Read More
Well, some of the time! U2 3D has just hit the screens and it takes our appreciation of Bono and the boys into another dimension.Read More
U2 manager Paul McGuinness has expressed interest in the band playing in London's O2 Arena this autumn.Read More
1,200 people packed into Park City, Utah’s Eccles Theater last night for the world premiere of 'U23D'.Read More
Get out your calendars and mark these dates, as we give you the run-down of the key albums due to hit shelves in 2008.Read More
3D-equipped cinemas are to show the new U2 concert film 'U2 3D' beginning on February 22.Read More
U2 have set a date for the release of their 3D concert film 'U2 3D'.Read More
Paul McGuinness has revealed that there are more U2 remasters in the pipeline.Read More
U2's manager Paul McGuinness is to be interviewed on Dublin's Phantom 105.2 this Sunday as part of a special programme looking back at the band's Joshua Tree album.Read More
U2 have quashed rumours of a residency in London's O2 Arena next year.Read More
For many people it is U2's greatest album. Twenty years on, to mark it's re-release, Colm O'Hare talks to Daniel Lanois and reflects on the extraordinary background to a monumental album.Read More
Previously unreleased U2 track 'Wave Of Sorrow,' which will be included in the new re-issue of The Joshua Tree, is now available online through iLike.comRead More
U2 have discussed the details of never-before heard tracks to be included on the forthcoming deluxe edition re-release of their 'Joshua Tree' album.Read More
U2's classic album 'The Joshua Tree' is set for a re-release to mark its 20th anniversary.Read More
Legendary producer and musician Daniel Lanois has revealed that big strides are being taken in the recording of U2's new album.Read More
U2 are set to feature prominently in Here Is What Is, a new fly-on-the-studio-wall documentary that’s been put together by their long-time confidante Daniel Lanois.Read More
According to well-placed sources the world’s highest-paid supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, has agreed to star in the video for the next U2 single – whenever and whatever that is.Read More
There are plans to release U2’s Mexico PopMart concert from 1997 on DVD later this year.Read More
When fans were asked to choose a theme song for Hilary Clinton's Presidential campaign, it seems U2 didn't quite cut it.Read More
In time for our birthday issue, The Edge talks exclusively to Peter Murphy about 30 years of Ireland's premier music mag, and reveals that they're working on a "project" rather than a new album.Read More
U2 are back in Dublin following a songwriting sojourn in the medieval Moroccan city of Fez.Read More
Fans and festival folk heading to see the world premiere of U2 3D at Cannes Film Fest got more than expected when the world's most famous Irishmen played an impromptu set on the red carpet.Read More
Iconic memorabilia belonging to Bono and The Edge helped to raise €1.8 million in an auction to benefit musicians left with nothing after Hurricane Katrina.Read More
U2 stars Bono and The Edge are in negotiations to write the score for a new musical on Spiderman.Read More
Turning 30 has made Hot Press feel a bit geriatric, but we’re mere kids compared to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which celebrates its 40th birthday this year.Read More
Fans can get a close-up look at The Edge’s 1975 Gibson Les Paul from April 3 to 6 when it goes on display in Dublin’s Clarence Hotel.Read More
The much-anticipated results of the HOTPRESS Readers’ Poll are announced in the new issue published Thursday, January 25.Read More
A speech by Bono at a 2005 White House conference on extreme poverty and AIDS in Africa is to be published in book form.Read More
The world's biggest band finished their tour with a little help from their friends.Read More
U2, Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams and other notables have called for a change to extend the length that copyright laws apply.Read More
Niall Stokes draws on his best-selling book Into The Heart: The Stories Behind The Songs Of U2 to offer a unique insight into the way in which some of the greatest songs in the history of popular music came into being.Read More
Have a look at all the pictures sent in by U2 fans worldwide!Read More
U2 have won their legal battle against their former stylist, Lola Cashman.Read More
'The Saints Are Coming', the new single by U2 and Green Day, has debuted at No.1 in Ireland.Read More
The next issue of Hot Press, out on Thursday November 16, finds Ireland’s most fortnightly magazine celebrating the release of U2 18 Singles.Read More
Demons for new technology that they are, U2 are planning to release a 3-D Vertigo concert film, which will premiere next year.Read More
With the publication of U2 By U2, the band have finally got to tell the story of their success from their own perspective. It’s got some great pictures too.Read More
U2 have announced that after 26 years they're to part with Island Records, though they're now moving to another subsidiary of Universal.Read More
U2 manager Paul McGuinness has broken the band's silence about the decision to move their financial operations to the Netherlands. The decision inspired considerable criticism in Ireland, notably from the Labour spokesman on Finance, Joan Burton TD. In an interview that will appear in the new edition of Hot Press, McGuinness defends the band's position in a strongly worded statement of the underlying logic.Read More
U2 are set to follow in the Rolling Stones’ steps by transferring the music publishing wing of their operation to the Netherlands.Read More
Bono has revealed that U2 are planning to start work on a new album.Read More
America’s ESPN cable sports network has enlisted U2’s help to promote its live World Cup coverage.Read More
They've accomplished more than many other bands but until now there was still one field not yet tackled by U2- the western theme song.Read More
Those left disappointed with the postponment of the band's last dates for the Vertigo tour will be glad to know that they're busy rescheduling the concerts.Read More
U2 have been forced to pull out of the last shows of their Veritgo world tour.Read More
Irish rockers U2 cleaned up at the Grammys in Los Angeles last night, winning gongs in all five of the categories for which they were nominated.Read More
The Meteor Awards took place in Dublin last night and U2 were the clear winners, winning in all three categories they were nominated in.Read More
Bono was on hand today as a new initiative to fight HIV and AIDS was announced at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.Read More
The Brazilian contingent of U2's global following were left disgruntled after the allocation of tickets for their Sao Paolo show descended into chaos.Read More
The nominations for the 2006 Brit Awards have been announced, and it's no surprise that U2 are waving the Irish flag.Read More
The US's Billboard magazine have charted U2's as the highest grossing tour of 2005.Read More
U2 have been honoured with an accolade from campaign group Amnesty International.Read More
Monday night saw Bono paying tribute to Mo Mowlam at a remembrance event for the former Northern Ireland Secretary in London’s Drury Lane Theatre.Read More
Irish rock gods U2 have confirmed their first dates for next year's Vertigo 2006, now that Vertigo 2005 has nearly run its course.Read More
The Edge is spearheading an initiative to supply instruments to Gulf Coast musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina.Read More
It's official: their Vertigo tour was the best.Read More
Bono has given his blessing to a Mary J. Blige cover of ‘One’.Read More
Hot Press is delighted to bring you this sneak preview of the Vertigo 2005 – U2 Live From Chicago cover artwork.Read More
U2 have hit out at former first lady Hilary Clinton after it was revealed that she is using their Washington concert as an opportunity to fundraise for the Democrat Party.Read More
As if they didn't have enough achievements under their belt already, U2 are to be the first muscial guests to 'take over' the prestigious Late Show With Conan O'Brien in the US.Read More
U2 have confirmed ‘All Because Of You’ as the fourth single to be lifted from their Vertigo album.Read More
In one of the starriest line-ups we've seen since Live 8, celebs and artists led by U2 are rallying together to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. A special telethon will be aired on all six US networks as well as Sky One tonight.Read More
U2 are to be honoured by the Portugeuse government this weekend when the Vertigo tour stops off in Lisbon.Read More
Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has described U2 as “blighters” after the band rejected an offer to play at the 2005 festival.Read More
Costs have been awarded against U2’s former stylist Lola Cashman in a hearing at the Dublin Circuit Civil Court today.Read More
In what is almost certainly an all-time record, U2 currently have no less than eleven albums in the Irish Top 75, as compiled by IRMA.Read More
U2 have won their court battle with former stylist Lola Cashman over tour memorbilia and clothing they claim she stole while employed by the band during their Joshua Tree world tour in 1987. The verdict was announced this morning (Tuesday July 5) to a packed Dublin Circuit Civil Court by Mr Justice Matthew Deery. Neither Ms Cashman nor members of U2 were present to hear the verdict.Read More
"Tonight it’s impossible to resist the tune’s Spielbergian scale.House lights full on, Mr Hewson looks like he’s being borne up by 80,000 voices."Read More
The stage times for the three Dublin shows have been announcedRead More
Steve Lillywhite, who produced U2's first three albums – and has featured on the production team of almost all of their records – looks back over the band's career and recalls the highs... and the lowsRead More
There could be no better illustration of how U2 have become global icons. Kick-starting the European leg of their Vertigo tour in Brussels’ King Baudouin Stadium on June 10, the old anti-sectarian favourite ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ electrified the crowd like no other. Here, however, it had been transformed from its original intent as a plea to end bloodshed in Northern Ireland into a hymn for religious harmony among the ‘sons of Abraham’ – Christians, Jews and Muslims.Read More
Tickets for U2's concerts in London and Manchester are now available onlineRead More
U2 have been talking about revisiting their album Pop, which Bono says is "not what it was intended to be"Read More
U2 have confirmed that they will not be playing a fourth date in DublinRead More
Chicago fans took a double-take recently when U2 played 'Vertigo' twice during their setRead More
‘City Of Blinding Lights’ is the next cab off the Vertigo rankRead More
U2 have added a third Dublin date to their Vertigo world tourRead More
Backcombed bouffants, mullets and white boy Afros. No, we’re not talking about The A – Z Of Really Bad Haircuts, but the new Anton Corbijn photo-book, U2 & I, which serves up a pictorial history of the band from February 1982 (New Orleans) to April 2004 (Portugal). Pictures supplied courtesy of Anton Corblin/ U2 & I published by Schirmmer/MoselRead More
Dateline San Diego, March 28th: with seven songs from their world-beating Vertigo album in the set, on the opening night of their world tour, it quickly became clear that – the occasional glitch notwithstanding – U2 have re-imagined their live set with remarkable success. Tara McCarthy asks: how do they do it?Read More
With band currently involved in rehearsals in Canada, U2 manager Paul McGuinness (and an eavesdropping fan with super hearing) has revealed some details of what's in store...Read More
HarperCollins have unveiled a microsite to prime U2 fans for their new book, U2 By U2Read More
U2 was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in a memorable ceremony held in New YorkRead More
As U2 get ready to launch their Vertigo World Tour in San Diego, a whole gaggle – or should that be whoop? – of Irish artists have covered their songs on the Today FM supported Even Better Than The Real Thing.Read More
A Bono aid says that the singer has no intention of taking over from James Wolfensohn as the leader of the World Bank.Read More
Next month sees U2 inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in New YorkRead More
U2 got their fair share of limelight at last night's Grammy Awards ceremony in Los AngelesRead More
Today FM listeners have voted U2's 'One' as the Best Irish Song From The Past 25 YearsRead More
Anton Corbijn's long-awaited photography book U2&I is now available for fans to purchaseRead More
U2.com has posted "An Open Letter From Larry Mullen" in which the drummer addresses both "long-time U2 fans" and "so-called U2 fans"...Read More
When presale tickets for the U2 tour went on sale, the demand far exceeded the supply – and the technology wasn’t up to it!Read More
hotpress.com looks at how U2's Vertigo tour has been selling so far, and confirms details of their two Irish dates, which go on sale FridayRead More
Tickets for U2's dates in the UK went on sale this morning and was, predictably, met with huge demandRead More
Having been forced to postpone the first batch of dates due to a family illness, U2 have confirmed that their 2005 Vertigo World Tour will kick off in San Diego on March 28.Read More
U2 have confirmed some details of their Vertigo world tour, including the much coveted support slotRead More
Uncertainty still surrounds U2's plans for their world tour, which had been due to kick off in March 2005.Read More
U2 manager Paul McGuinness has confirmed that details of their 2005 world tour have yet to be finalised.Read More
With How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb dominating the Christmas sales rush, U2 have firmly re-established their place at the top of the rock tree. Now comes further evidence of the expanding ambitions of Ireland's biggest ever showbiz export.Read More
There was much celebrating in the U2 camp this week as How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb sold its millionth copy in the UK.Read More
Not content with picking up two Grammy nominations for 'Vertigo', Bono will be a geust presenter in the forthcoming Christmas Today series on BBC RadioRead More
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb has finished up a week of global sales with results that are nothing short of phenomenalRead More
U2 are about to unleash their new album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. The world’s media are descending on Dublin. And Bono is back at the punch-bag, getting into fighting shape before the shit storm really explodes. The gloves are off. He’s got work to do. And he’s going to do it. Words Stuart Clark, additional reporting by Niall Stokes.Read More
hotpress.com reveals the tracklisting of the complete U2 digital download which, since going on sale last week, has been exceeding predicted sales figuresRead More
Look what's just come through OUR door - the special edition of U2's new album...Read More
Last night began a momentous chapter for the world’s biggest band. For U2, it was the first live airing and radio/internet broadcast of material from their eleventh studio album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. For those in attendance, it was an opportunity as rare as they come. The location: Dublin, Ireland. More specifically, at the album’s birthplace, in their Hanover Quay studios. Hot Press editor Niall Stokes was in attendance to feel the impact and capture the aftershock. [photos by John Dardis, courtesy of U2]Read More
With their album release only days away, U2 have been speaking to Hot Press about their upcoming world tour and the likely candidates for the prestigious support slotRead More
Exclusive! Our crime correspondent gets to the bottom of Bono’s briefcase.Read More
Atomic Bomb is positively Spector-esque in its ambition, although curiously enough, it’s not a showy record, the playing being mostly subservient to the songs.Read More
In what could prove to be one of the year's biggest marketing coups, Apple Computer Inc. have inked a deal with U2 which sees the band putting their name to a customised iPod. [pics courtesy of Apple]Read More
Glastonbury organisers have confirmed that U2 will not be headlining next year's festivalRead More
Inside the Terenure lair of the resident grand wizard of live sound engineering on Planet Earth.Read More
Paul McGuinness has spoken out against websites selling tickets for unconfirmed U2 dates in the UK and IrelandRead More
With first single 'Vertigo' now spinning high on radio playlists, U2 have announced details of their Dublin tour datesRead More
Irish audiences will hear U2's first single ahead of its worldwide releaseRead More
U2 fans can finally revel in some official news: the title and release date of the new albumRead More
As first revealed by hotpress.com "Vertigo" has been confirmed as the first single to be taken from the band's as yet untitled 11th studio album. Due to hit the racks on November 5th, 'Vertigo' is an epic U2 track laced with big guitars and soaring vocals.Read More
Top musicians Bono and Larry Mullen appear in film to celebrate Oscar Wildes 150th birthday.Read More
Anton Corbijn's collection of photographs has been given the U2 seal of approvalRead More
... And it's not called Vertigo! The man otherwise known as "Bono's doppelganger", Neil McCormick, talks sounds, songwriting and stadium-sized pressure in the most revealing U2 album preview yet.Read More
The new U2 photobook, U2 Show: The Art Of Touring, is being published by Riverhead on October 21.Read More
Bono was among the stars and prominent politicians paying tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy on Wednesday in Boston's Symphony Hall.Read More
French police have been alerted after a CD of new U2 songs went missing during a band photo shoot in Nice.Read More
Unless 2 Unlimited are thinking of reuniting, it would seem that Bono and co. are Glastonbury-bound next year...Read More
This year it's Silicon Valley, next year it's quite possibly Glastonbury and apparently we can expect a new single soon enoughRead More
U2 took everyone – including their Portuguese record company – unawares this week when they arrived in Lisbon to do a photo-shoot with official band snapper Anton CorbijnRead More
While 2004 has not been an especially spectacular year to date, there is good reason to believe that rocks big guns are likely to deliver the kind of records that will revive spirits in the industry. Chris Donovan previews some of the albums that are likely to top the sales – and the critical – charts before 2004 is out...Read More
While 2004 has not been an especially spectacular year to date, there is good reason to believe that rocks big guns are likely to deliver the kind of records that will revive spirits in the industry. Chris Donovan previews some of the albums that are likely to top the sales – and the critical – charts before 2004 is out...Read More
Garrett "Jacknife" Lee is the latest person to assist U2 with the recording of their somewhat overdue new albumRead More
Steve Lilywhite is “an additional producer not a replacement” on U2's new albumRead More
The CDs and DVD from the Nelson Mandela AIDS awareness show will be heavily Irish in their content; Plus more news from the U2 camp with a photo retrospective tipped for publicationRead More
Paul McGuinness has confirmed that it's full steam ahead, not back to the drawing board, for the next U2 recordRead More
Former producer Steve Lillywhite is in the studio with U2 but cannot reveal the expected finish date for the albumRead More
Bono’s plan to highlight the AIDs epidemic in Africa at this year’s Superbowl has sadly been scuppered.Read More
Russian cosmonauts, mexican desperadoes and cranky italian elephants – it’s all in a day’s work for solo too supremo Ned O’Hanlon, the man entrusted with documenting the multi-media extravaganza that is the U2 live experience.Read More
After 18 years with Principle, Managing Director Sheila Roche has decided to leave the U2 campRead More
Colm O’Gorman explains how U2 helped the abuse victims’ organisation one in four to surviveRead More
U2 have put out big money to secure the future of the Dublin-based sexual abuse support centreRead More
Reports that U2 are suing Nancy Sinatra are completely unfoundedRead More
U2 will take on the world for the release of their upcoming album, but not before a stop-over in Nashville...Read More
Get excited people - we bring you the track-listing of the U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle DVDRead More
Fans can relive U2's 2001 Slane spectacular with the release of the DVD in NovemberRead More
Extra, extra special: we're delighted to bring you a sneak peek at seminal new U2 graphic-design-retrospective collectors' book, Stealing Hearts At A Traveling Show: The Graphic Design Of U2Read More
U2 designers Four5One and label boss deny that leaked posters for the band's new album are officialRead More
Paul McGuinness spills the beans on U2's new albumRead More
Edge reports that the new U2 album is coming along swimmingly - and that it will be accompanied by a tour in 2004Read More
U2 have denied reports that they are to play a BBC Music Live gigRead More
U2 to be given a special tribute by a stellar cast of musicians at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards later this monthRead More
U2 scoop Golden Globe for Best Song From A Motion Picture with 'The Hands That Built America'. Next stop: the OscarsRead More
At the end of an exciting, painful and earthshaking year, Bono reflects on the political and the personal – from drop the debt, September 11, Afghanistan and Genoa to the death of his father Bob, the birth of his son John and the enduring friendship which underpins U2’s music and career. Interview: Niall Stokes [this interview originally appeared in the spectacular Hot Press Annual 2002 - used in the pictures below - a very limited number of this unique collectors item will shortly be on sale - email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a copy]Read More
U2 frontman speaks about "the biggest pandemic since the bubonic plague" and urges middle America to use their nation's huge financial power and get involved. "Our age will be remembered," he says, "for three things: the war against terror, the Internet, and how we let an entire continent burst into flames and stood around with water in cans"Read More
With a new 'best of' bringing the band's story up to date U2's guitar man steps forward to riff on good times and bad, the private life of a public figure, discovering the secrets of the universe on mushrooms and why, after all these years, few things match the high of being a member of U2. Special hotpress.com members edition: "director's cut" featuring interview sections unavailable anywhere else.Read More
With a new ‘Best Of’ bringing the band’s story up to date, U2’s guitar man steps forward to riff on good times and bad, the private life of a public figure, discovering the secrets of the universe on mushrooms, and why, after all these years, few things match the high of being a member of U2Read More
At its best, Zooropa is sky-funk, music from a band who, permanently or temporarily, have renounced the old folkways for the new airwaysRead More
Bill Graham reviews a new book by Boston D.J. Carter Alan, which sheds considerable light on U2's American breakthroughRead More
U2 announce details of the construction of a penthouse studio to be built at Britain QuayRead More
U2 are still determined to be better than the best in his class, and to produce music that is genuinely transcendentRead More
Edge waxes lyrical on the power of a "raw band sound"Read More
With the launch of a commemorative series of Irish postage stamps celebrating four of the nation's most important rock legends, we revisit some of the seminal moments in the careers of Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison and - first - U2Read More
hotpress.com is offering YOU the chance to snare a copy of the now-out-of-print The U2 File signed by each member of the bandRead More
The insomniacs at HMV Grafton St do another midnight-opener - on Sunday, November 3rd - for the release of U2's Best Of 1990-2000Read More
U2's Slane concert film receives its Irish premiereRead More
Edge talks about the new album, Bono scoops 'MusiCares' award and guests on Elvis tribute TV showRead More
Get a headful of this: a sneak preview of U2's Best Of 1990-2000 album artwork, featuring extra ram (guffaw)Read More
The planet's most famous lead singer continues his humanitarian campaign, contributes to fundraising book project and appears on Oprah. Oh, and a Frank Sinatra cover and landmark U2 memorabilia exhibition are also en routeRead More
U2 Live: A Concert Documentary - possibly the definitive book on U2's history as a live band - to be given an update and re-release following the tragic death of its compilerRead More
Well, look what we've got here: exclusive peeks at both the U2 single's sleeve artwork and the piccie from the new Samantha Mumba 45 as well. Don't thank us, we're just doing our jobRead More
Imminent new single 'Electrical Storm' can only mean one thing: the U2 Best Of 1990-2000 CD/DVD is here - and boy is it ever chocca with cool extras. Read on for detailsRead More
U2 to release new single 'Electrical Storm' in October - the leader track from this autumn's Greatest Hits 1990-2000Read More
U2 deny reports of an outdoor New York show with, eh, Bon JoviRead More
Hot Press readers worldwide want to know about Bono for president, Larry for lead singer, that mysterious tattoo, the greatest book, and more. Bono and Larry smoulder on the coals of the hp mixed grillRead More
In answer to a fan's question in the Hot Press Mixed Grill (see current edition of HP), Bono dismisses rumours that he will run for the Irish presidencyRead More
Put your questions to U2 in the Hot Press Mixed GrillRead More
Workaholics to a man and clearly unable to grasp the concept of time off, U2 already have much of their next album (due out in '03) in the bag - and apparently it's poppier and "more immediate" than All That You Can't Leave BehindRead More
What's Bono doing on the cover of international news magazine Time? Talking politics ("the art of the possible"), that's whatRead More
...quoth Drew Carey, master of ceremonies, when the glitterati gathered in Los Angeles last week to pay tribute to the many humanitarian endeavours of Bono, lead singer of popular Irish beat combo U2Read More
U2 and Oasis: together at last... The ultimate double-header stadium tour confirmed (but with no UK or Irish dates, mind)Read More
Hotpress.com investigate the rumours of U2 & The Phoenix Park ... (they just don't go away you know)...Read More
Will U2's studio homebase be demolished to make way for the neighbourhood's redevelopment (or more specifically, for a "two-million-Euro leisure complex")? The public hearing began this week...Read More
Via a petition that has gained signatures from round the world, U2 fans rally to save band headquarters Hanover Studios from mandatory demolition by the Dublin Docklands Authority: "What if Memphis tore down Sun Studios?"Read More
U2 - without even releasing an album last year - have walked away with the 2001 Hot Press Readers' Poll. Here's the scoop...Read More
U2 release new US-only rarities and B-sides collection. Yank one if you canRead More
U2 in talks with DDDA about possible alternative locations for studio headquartersRead More
U2’s studio headquarters may face demolition by compulsory public order from the Docklands authorityRead More
With eight nominations in the bag, U2 are set to steal the show at this year's Grammys... againRead More
Bono has talked exclusively to Hot Press about September 11th, Fatherhood, and the US's actions in Afghanistan.Read More
(Well, the Golden ones anyway)Read More
Although under constant review, the word from the U2 camp is that they are still planning to go ahead with the return visit of the Elevation tour to North America.Read More
The second Slane show was such a spirited and spiritual affair you couldn’t fail to be as uplifted (or should that be elevated?) by itRead More
U2, Slane August 24th 2001Read More
One from the heartRead More
STUART BAILIE recalls some of the social and political movements that have occupied U2's hearts and minds down through the years... not least, the Springfield Garbage Dump campaignRead More
It's plastic Adam dolls, Zooropa wallpaper and bootleg CDs a-go-go: STUART CLARK knows there's a little U2 cyber-nerd inside all of usRead More
On 25 August 2001 - twenty years after first appearing there in support to Thin Lizzy - U2 play Slane Castle. NIALL STOKES reflects on the extraordinary journey that has led up to this historic, and beautiful, dayRead More
Opening our U2 special, DERMOD MOORE catches up with ADAM CLAYTON during the UK leg of the Elevation tour, and delves deep into the physics of music celebrity, politics and, er, penisesRead More
They may sport one of the most original sounds in rock’n’roll – but along the way they’ve been influenced by some of the greats. STUART BAILIE identifies the ten (plus!) key influences on the music of U2Read More
With their biggest dates ever in Ireland looming, LIAM MACKEY dips into voluminous hotpress archives and selects a small sample of what the paper said about U2 over the yearsRead More
A Peter Frampton cover version, a flautist and female backing vocalists were all elements of FEEDBACK’s first ever live concert performance, yet this was th eoutfit that would eventually become U2. COLM O'HARE recalls the eventRead More
You get a continual sense from the entire band that they have rediscovered their love affair with live musicRead More
‘Beautiful Day’ is second out of the bag and the band’s, or specifically Bono’s, energy is palpable.Read More
The heart is a bloom, but you knew that already. Bono's lead line on 'Beautiful Day' effectively sets the tone for this new scheme. Great things can be nurtured, he tells us. Scepticism is out and old-fashioned hope is the greatest buzz around. So it's entirely fitting that the stage for the band's Elevation Tour should be framed by a massive, pulsating heart.Read More
When we last left U2, at the conclusion of 1997’s Pop, they were marooned on a spaghetti Golgotha, shouting, “Wake up dead man!” at a god who had apparently reneged on his promise to live forever. Well pilgrims, here’s the resurrection shuffle.Read More
U2 : “Melon, Remixes for Propaganda” (Island)Read More
Are Bono and the boys just a really good rock band or have they succeeded where the priests and politicians have failed and unlocked the neuroses of our colonial past? Joe Jackson indulges in a spot of cultural sparring with John Waters and finds the author of Race of Angels: Ireland and the Genesis of U2 well able to maintain his guard.Read More
U2: “Stay (Faraway, So Close)” (Island)Read More
U2: "Lemon" (Island)Read More
IN THE FIRST PART OF A WORLD EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW IN THE LAST ISSUE OF HOT PRESS, BONO UNVEILED THE NEW U2 ALBUM, SPOKE ABOUT ITS GENESIS IN CYBERPUNK LITERATURE AND THE BAND'S HUNGER TO PUSH ROCK'N'ROLL TO ITS LIMITS. HERE HE ELABORATES ON HOW U2 GO ABOUT WRITING THEIR SONGS AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF GLOBAL CHAOS, HIS ARTISTIC REFERENCE POINTS OUTSIDE MUSIC, THE SUBVERSIVE POWER OF HUMOUR, AND HOW HE ADMIRES THOSE WHO 'PARTICULARLY AGGRESSIVELY' DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD. AND THEN THERE'S THE STORY ABOUT JOHNNY CASH AND THE EMU. CAN THIS MAN BE FOR SURREAL? INTERVIEW:JOE JACKSON.Read More
There is no question about it. He may look as if he's been dipped in a bottle of red ink but it is Adam who stands there bollock naked before the camera and the world on the back sleeve of the latest, long playing opus from the band whose name begins with U and ends with 2. And is that Eve who hovers topless behind Bono on the front?Read More
When Adam Clayton was arrested in Dublin in August of 1989 and charged with possession of 19 grammes of cannabis with intent to supply, it placed U2's immediate future as a live band in jeopardy. Trial report: Liam Fay.Read More
Sprawling across four restless, angry and sometimes contradictory sides, "Rattle And Hum" is nothing less than U2's most ambitious album yet. Review by Bill GrahamRead More
As "With Or Without You" hits No. 1 in the US singles charts, Liam Mackey joins U2 on their biggest - and most successful - American tour to date.Read More
"The Joshua Tree" clarifies how U2's vocation has become the revival and renewal of rock and the recovery of its most romantic values. It also highlights the group's new commitment to the song. Review by Bill GrahamRead More
Amid rumours and press reports that his career could be at an end, Larry Mullen reveals the truth about the extent of an injury to his hand that is becoming a common problem for rock drummers. Interview: Niall StokesRead More
Carnival time at Croke Park with U2Read More
The inside story on the early years by Jackie Hayden.Read More
Niall Stokes sees U2 light up Madison Square Garden in New York.Read More
U2's decision to choose Brian Eno as producer for their new album was a bold move.Read More
Light a Big Fire Liam Mackey reviews "The Unforgettable Fire"Read More
Bill Graham reviews "Under A Blood Red Sky"Read More
Blood on the Tracks Liam Mackey reviews "War"Read More
This was more than a gig, but it wasn't a party. It was the mutual celebration of an audience and a group.Read More
"U2 make me think", it's been said. That criterion is used a lot these days, because as rock'n'roll gets older, its priorities and values change. It spreads itself out and becomes more adjustable, like a toy.Read More
A U2 miscellany from the pages of Hot Press 1978-85.Read More