Larry’s Fanlisting

There’s nothing officially official as in ‘U2-sanctioned-this-good-and-proper’ about ‘The Official Larry Mullen, Jnr. Fanlisting’.

Fan what?

Taken from the official Fanlistings Network F.A.Q.: “A fanlisting is a place for all fans of a particular show, movie, actor/actress, singer, etc. to come together and build the biggest listing of people from all around the world who are fans of that subject.”

Eh… O.K.

So what IS official about ‘The Official Larry Mullen, Jnr. Fanlisting’ if U2 aren’t involved in this at all? Well, the site’s officially registered with A site set up by fans. There are lots of rules a site must adhere to before they’re let in.

Anyway. If you’re into The Mullen it’s pretty easy to join the fanlisting. “You just have to love Larry!” It’s official.

New album title: “Solar”?

We received this (highly suspect) e-mail today:

Hi guys, i work in Universal from Colombia and i receive today a preview od promotional poster of new album of U2 direct from ireland
the new album name write n poster is SOLAR
the image of poster (preview) is the Sun with a 04 red rays of then, write U2 – Solar (in stores March 08, 2004 with limited cd rest of 80-00)
and is very possible this album launch in a “the rest of 1980-2000” extra cd (limited edition)
ps: this is a preview (beta poster maybe?)

(quoted verbatim)

2004 tour news

An employee of Redburn Transfers, hired to do logistics on the current Bruce Springsteen tour, says the company has been booked for U2 from May 2004 and onwards. (via WJ)

Respect Your Elders

Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien pays lip service to U2 in the current issue of Spin magazine. He especially enjoys discussing U2, who appear to be Radiohead’s third-biggest musical influence (the first two being the Smiths, whom all five members love unequivocally, and the Pixies, from whose records Jonny Greenwood learned how to play guitar). For the most part, the other four members don’t talk about mainstream rock.

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Deserving Praise

This week Bono received props from two of the most influential women in the United States: Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.

In the senator and former first lady’s much-talked-about book Living History, which was released to phenomenal sales in the United States this week, Mrs. Clinton describes when she first met Bono in Ireland in 1995 and comments on his humanitarian work.

Midweek on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the popular talk show host included a segment from Bono’s appearance on the show last September in a show that celebrated fatherhood. When Bono’s segment concluded, Oprah mentioned his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize and voiced her support, saying, “Deserve it…you do deserve it, Mr. Bono.”