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.

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 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.

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


That’s the back cover of the UK version of the Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own DVD single. I was going through some of my stuff and I saw it and it was Father’s Day, so I snapped a photo. That photo of the U2 dads makes me sad and happy at the same time.

Relatedly unrelated: The official video for the song Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own, for me, was a quintessential *almost awesome moment. (See below). It does convey genuine emotion, but I wish hoodie Bono wandering the streets had his shades off. I wonder if they tried a version of him without the sunglasses. I doubt it. But the fact that they shot that one part in his little boy Bono bedroom in his old house on Cedarwood Road, though? So amazing. Also, the beginning where he starts singing along live. And the Bono smirk at 2:13, 2:14 or so, hmmmm yeah. (Wait, I think I’m almost convincing myself this video is* awesome after all. Aaaah.)

(The video on the UK DVD single is the live one below, though, not the above one.)

Finally, for the record, let’s just enjoy the acoustic cowboy trying to play guitar on the couch version (below):

Hey ho. xo

Bono and Glen Hansard at The Living Room in NYC: The Auld Triangle

Update: Nice video on Vimeo by Patrick Glennon.

Glen Hansard w/ Bono “The Auld Triangle” from Patrick Glennon on Vimeo.

Alternate Video (above) via @threesunrises : Glen Hansard played an intimate acoustic show at the Living Room in New York City on May 8, 2012 and was joined by surprise guest, Bono, to perform The Auld Triangle.

Some photos via the twitterverse: Photo / Photo / Photo / Photo / Photo

No Line on the Horizon was not “Finished” ?

A little late on the uptake on this, I know, but I just read David Fricke’s excellent/interesting interview with Jimmy Iovine in the April 11, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone. It was good, and a portion was about his work with U2, but one question and response in particular made me sort of laugh. (Out loud. On a plane. Where everyone else was sleeping. But whatev.)

As the head of their record company, what was your opinion of U2’s last album, “No Line on the Horizon”?
Jimmy Iovine: It wasn’t finished. The way they record — they don’t go, “OK, we have eight songs. Now we’re up to the ninth.” Forget it. The end of one song is the hook in the next one. The Edge comes in upside down, at the last minute. Bono is in five studios. [Shrugs] They didn’t finish it.

The reason the above made me laugh is just because:
A) we’ve already used the “it was not finished” excuse for POP.
B) I thought Bono was going with the “we put out a really difficult record”, oh yeah we so art house baby, excuse.
and… C) how in the eff can these dudes not finish records in five-year time spans?
also… D) I guess it’s mostly funny because it’s maybe true. I ain’t gonna pretend I know more about U2 than Jimmy Iovine does.

But…. was the album really not finished? Or was it too finished? Hmmm.



A couple of other questions and answers from the Iovine article:

Did U2’s 360 Tour mark the end of something for them — or rock in general? How do you get any bigger than that?
It’s almost as if you can’t build certain types of bridges anymore, because that labor is gone and that kind of steel is not there. I don’t know how you build a U2 again, because of all of the things that came together then: punk, the club scene, CDs.
But those guys are the most resourceful in rock. U2 have an extraordinary future. They have been through everything and still want it more than most bands. They’re current, and they care. They’ll easily be doing this as long as the Stones. Mick and Keith created incredible stuff together, but the whole world knows their dynamic affected their writing. Bono and Edge’s dynamic has not fallen apart. They finish a three-year tour. They go on vacation, and their houses are next door to each other. I mean, you can barely do that with your wife.

Have you talked with them about the next U2 record?
That’s all we talk about.

What have you told them?
Don’t book a tour till the album’s done. I know that sounds simple, right? But there’s nothing else they’re missing.