Oh yeah, we almost forgot — it’s the 4th Of July. A relevant excerpt from Niall Stokes’ Into The Heart (buy, buy, buy):

“I started playing along with Adam, totally unaware that Brian (Eno) was listening in the other room,” The Edge recalled. “He happened to have some treatments set up for the vocal Bono was doing and he applied those to the guitar. He thought it was really nice, so without bothering to put it on multi-track, which is the 24-track tape machine, he just recorded it straight down to stereo tape. It was very much a live performance. There was no way we could mix it or re-do any of the instruments.” There was probably a temptation to get Bono to stick a vocal on top, but the singer must have been relieved when that option was dismissed. One less lyric to write. Whew! … In no way an attempt to celebrate Independence Day, it should be taken rather as a kind of musical diary-entry. This is how we were feeling on 4 July.


In the July issue of Computer Arts Magazine, Carl Grinter, MD of Red Post Production talks about making the U2’s Stuck in a Moment video. It was a piece of work the company had to produce in only a couple of days. ‘We had a very short amount of time to do this one. We had to put in the light effects, put in the layers, and we worked 48 hours solid on it.’

‘There tends to be a lot of money in promos. It’s only really bigger artists that attract bigger budgets. So U2 was okay, but it couldn’t run a post production facility for even one day.’ Why do it? ‘If you are working in this industry for along time there are a few things you think would be nice to work on. We were really lucky to work on the U2 promo. People that are milestones in music.

Bono was filmed on a rig a few feet above the ground, creating some weird camera perspectives. Tim Rudgard painted out the rigs and shadows and added post-production moves to enhance the orginals. Paul Dixon used ‘flame’ to carry out the time lapse shots, comping together three separate passes.


The July issue of Record Collector Magazine: “Universal/Island have given the go-ahead for a box set of U2 rarities, according to the band’s
guitarist, the Edge. It will cover the band’s entire career, taking in two or three out-takes from each of their albums, along with work-in-progress
and B-sides.”

We believe the magazine may be misinterpreting The Edge’s interview with Jam! in which he says: “It has been mentioned to us by our record company, about doing something like (a box set). I think at the right time, we will.”

U2’s BIG APPLE AD Here’s

Here’s what U2 could look like in an Apple Macintosh advert, courtesy of Andre Braun, Ultraviolet Brazil. ‘The people who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world, are the people that do.’ This ad was made by longtime fan Henry Wagner.
(This avi won’t play on a Mac…)


Here are some pictures taken at the Frock and Roll evening. Click on noticias. (thanks to Francesc.)

Lanu reports from Barcelona: “Only Bono and Wyclef Jean performed, all the other artists on the bill cancelled. After a speech by Nelson Mandela, who appeared to the stage accompanied by Bono and Naomi Campbell, there was some modelling. Then Wyclef Jean came up to the stage to play 4 or 5 songs. Then some more modelling, and then Bono.

Our man started his set on his own, playing Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” on accoustic guitar, followed at the end of the song by Wyclef’s band, consisting of a bassist, a keyboardist and a drummer. Wyclef played the electric guitar and did some vocals. After Dylan’s song, they continued with “One”. I’m not sure the musicians had rehearsed much, the whole set sounded. After “One”, the drummer started playing the beat of “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. I don’t think Bono expected it, because of his reaction. It seemed to me that there was a lot of ‘improvisation’ during the whole set. Bono told the guys to play “Get Up, Stand Up” during “Sunday”, as U2 have been doing in the Elevation Tour.

After that, they left the stage. More models, really beautiful, obviously. Then, at the end, Wyclef Jean went back to the stage to end the show. All the models, or a lot of them, appeared on the stage to sing “Guantanamera”. Wyclef was asking for his “friend Bono” to join, but he did not appear. When he finally did come , he performed a cover of another Bob Marley’s tune with Wyclef: “Redemption Song”, leaving the stage shortly after. This is only my point of view, but I think Bono was a bit upset. Very few people attended the show. There were only about 5,000 people and the Palau St. Jordi capacity was 16,000.

Everybody who was there came to see Bono. Anyway, I think the show didn’t work (the low attendance) because it wasn’t very well organised.”