“Some male and female singers have exactly the same voice, just shifted in pitch.” DJ Danny Baker coined the phrase the “Seven Percent Solution” for the phenomenon as described by Brunel University engineer and designer Dan Lockton.
What on earth are we on about? Check it out on Dan Lockton’s audio projects page which includes many U2 examples and audio of Danny Baker discussing the U2 tracks with Bob Geldof.
Continuing a family tradition, Bono took his wife and children to Leopardstown Racecourse on St. Stephen’s Day (Dec. 26) to enjoy the races and presumably place a few bets.
Among the books U2 fans can look forward to reading in the coming year is one that pokes fun of Bono’s accessibility and visibility to the public. Everyone’s Got a Bono Story, the debut novel from Irish journalist Anne Marie O’Connor, is a fictional comedy that centers on how everyone in Dublin has met Bono at one time or another. The book will be released on Gill & Macmillan’s new imprint Tivoli in spring 2004.
At the very bottom of our collective u2log.com Christmas stocking, we found this little excerpt of U2 performing Neon Lights, engineered by Richard Rainey. Another gift of love from us to you.
… but not the same. Kurt Nilsen represents Norway in the World Idol competition and he’s doing a bloody good job of it too, thanks very much. He picked ‘Beautiful Day’ for the finale, but has sung both ‘Stuck in a moment’ and ‘One’ in the local Norwegian competition. Here’s his interpretation of ‘One’. Cause it’s Christmas and we love you. Happy holidays from all of us at U2log.com.
Bono, Ali, Edge, and Guggi attended Justin Timberlake’s private concert at Vicar Street in Dublin Saturday night. According to The Mirror, Bono and Edge joined Timberlake for a pint of Guinness after the show. Photos at Getty Images and ShowBiz Ireland.
“Time Enough for Tears” has been nominated for a Golden Globe award in the category of Best Original Song. The awards ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on January 25, 2004.
“Time Enough for Tears” features on the “In America” score (Amazon.com).
“Time Enough For Tears”, written by Bono/Friday/Seezer and available on the In America soundtrack, has been nominated in the Best Song Category of the BFCA Critics’ Choice Awards.
One of Bono’s earliest influences was a book on cycling called “Merlyn the Magician and the Pacific Coast Highway” by journalist Tom Davies, he told Underworld’s Karl Hyde in Uncut magazine.
The Western Mail tracked down Davies, their former employee, who says:
“We met about 20 years ago when the book first came out.Bono invited me to one of his gigs in the Hammersmith Odeon and I went backstage afterwards and we both got quite tipsy drinking red wine and discussing St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
He likes to study the Bible regularly and at the time I had just left The Observer and was also studying at the London Bible College. But U2 weren’t quite as famous then, that meeting was before The Joshua Tree and Live Aid.”
Read the full quote at ic Wales.
Bono, The Edge and their wives Ali and Morleigh attended Luciano Pavarotti’s wedding to Nicoletta Mantovani in Modena on Saturday, December 13.
According to AFP, Bono sang “Stand By Me” with Zucchero, joined by Edge on guitar, at the end of the wedding ceremony. The Scotsman reports: “At one point during the reception, Bono took to the microphone and sang.”
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