Let’s Dance

Bono and Edge join Nile Rodgers for a version of Bowie’s Let’s Dance. Love this:

This took place on November 23 at the after party for the (RED) charity auction for reaally rich people that Bono hosted at Sotheby’s. They raised 26.2 million dollars for the Global Fund by selling cool stuff to people who can’t get enough of having cool stuff. And Bono sang a few songs with Chris Martin and then Bono and Edge played a few songs with Nile Rodgers and his band. More info and videos here and here.

Related article: Vanity Fair – Inside Bono and Jony Ives’ Star-Studded Charity Design Auction

All in all, it was not your typical charity auction—a long way from those evenings where people auction off some Yankee tickets for the benefit of the local pre-school. Bono introduced the event by describing it as an exercise in “the fine art of separating people from their money,” and this was clearly an entertainment designed to amuse the rich sufficiently to lure them into spending money to help the poor. Nobody needs to spend $380,000 on a Range Rover to which Marc Newson and Jony Ive have given a bit of red trim, and it’s impossible to say whether it will be worth any more than that after it’s been driven like a normal car, which in every other way it is. But the winning bid was also another $380,000 to serve the victims of AIDS in Africa, and maybe no other justification is needed.

The sale brought a total of $13.1 million. After introducing Ive and Newson as two designers who “have wild, bloody fights over how many holes should be in the cheese grater but are really talking about how design can improve the quality of life,” Bono said that an organization with no ties to Apple, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, had offered to match everything the auction raised. “Now that’s real bipartisanship,” he said.

And .. here’s Chris Martin and Bono covering Perfect Day:

 

- peace

 

U2 – This Is (Aslan Cover) audio and video

Video of U2 performing the Aslan song “This Is” as part of a benefit concert for Christy Dignam. The concert took place in Dublin on June 21, but U2’s “beamed in” performance took place in NYC at Electric Lady Studios.

I like this. (Hey, 3:50 – 3:57, I’m talking to you.)

You may also be able to find an mp3 of the audio from the above video here.

Here is video of Christy Dignam and Aslan performing this same song (in 1999):

Related:

U2.com: This Is

Irish Independent: Big-Screen Bono Supports Christy

RTE: U2 Sing This Is at Special Concert

Aslan.ie

MacPhisto (4 easter egg clips)

Friday Flashback: MacPhisto Mashup. Four different “hidden” clips of Mr. MacPhisto from the Achtung Baby reissue box set (super and uber editions).

Starts with 1. phone call to Alessandra Mussolini (Bologna); 2. band introductions (Madrid), highlighted by Larry giving Bono the finger; 3. the best of these clips is the phone call to KLM Airlines (Rotterdam); and 4. is a phone call to Helmet Kohl (Munich).

RELATED: Macphisto Transcripts

UNRELATEDLY RELATED: Bono  Egg Man (Rattle and Humpty) 

 

 

Flashback: “Bono, Do You Shave Your Chest?”

This earth-shatteringly important video flashback is from 1998. The very important “chest shaving” question was posed to Bono, apparently, after the “U2 Massive Heeds” (as TFI Friday’s Chris Evans called them), had appeared on one TFI Friday episode where the massive headed Bono had chest hair and then appeared on another episode where the massive headed Bono did not have chest hair. Of course, a viewer wrote in to ask about this fake massive headed Bono chest hair drama. So, real Bono answered the question. (Or did he?)

Related:
What the heck are you talking about, what are the “U2 Massive Heads/Heeds”?

More interesting (some history from the creators of the Big U2 Heads): Macnas.com – Macnas & Zooropa

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Bono welcomes Aung San Suu Kyi to Dublin (RTE video)

RTE video: Bono is interviewed prior to Aung San Suu Kyi being honored in Dublin on June 18.

Related:
Irish Times – Suu Kyi honoured in Dublin during ‘unforgettable day’

Bono also performed during the Electric Burma concert in Dublin held in honor of Aung San Suu Kyi. With Damien Rice accompanying on an acoustic guitar, Bono sang “Walk On” and told the audience that Rice was filling in for The Edge. They then sang “One” and Bono dedicated it to The Edge, who lost his mom last week. The full lineup of performers from the concert then came on stage to sing “I Shall Be Released” and “Get Up Stand Up.” (via atu2)

And on U2.com: here’s the full text of Bono’s speech (and Aung San Suu Kyi’s remarks) as Bono presented her with Amnesty International’s ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ Award during the events in Dublin.

Update:
Here are clips of Bono and Damien Rice performing Walk On and One…


And…update to the update: Different/better videos of above tunes, via EskimoFriends.com:

Bono’s hair is experimenting with some new ideas.

Bono’s hair appeared on two separate pre-taped TV appearances during the past few days. Based on the video evidence, the hair appears to be experimenting with some new ideas.

Video recaps:

Bono introduces Dierks Bentley on Academy of Country Music Awards

Bono briefly appears in Damien Hirst-The First Look presented by Channel 4 (Bono’s hair appears at the 6:58 mark)

You might have questions about this new direction Bono’s hair is taking. Maybe you love it. Maybe you don’t. (Even though you should! It’s taking a chance people. It refuses to stagnate!) Or maybe you’re like, “this hair appears to be just like the last hair to me.” Um, No. But whatever, maybe you’re just not sure which way you’re leaning. May we suggest you lean to the right, like Bono’s hair is doing?

The cold truth is, since we don’t know when these appearances were actually taped, we can’t even be sure THIS HAIR EVEN EXISTS ANYMORE. Though it does cause one to wonder if there is any truth to the rumor that this is one of three separate hairstyles Bono is working on at the same time.

Where will the hair go from here? We wait. with. anticipation.





xo