Oprah: So when do you really have a good time?
Bono: When I’m playing with the band.
Bono is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in the April issue of O magazine. In the interview, which was conducted in South Africa after the 46664 concert, Bono discusses music making (It’s much easier to be successful than it is to be relevant…I don’t know how U2 will stay relevant), performing with U2 (As a soloist, I’m average at best. But with the band? There’s nothing better…), life with Ali (why I have the life I have…is because of my wife Ali. She is just really so cool), and the source of his creative talents (The truth is at the root of every piece of creativity).
Paul McGuinness received the Strat Award at the Music Week Awards last week in London. The award, which is named in memory of Tony Stratton-Smith (the founder of Charisma Records), is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the UK music industry.
Among those who provided tributes to McGuinness at the ceremony were Steve Lillywhite, who shared a story about coming to Dublin in 1979 “to see this great new band called U2”; PJ Harvey; Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris; and, of course, U2, who sent a video message featuring the entire band (yes, Adam lives).
Bono appeared in a video message at the NAACP Image Awards, which aired last night on FOX. The message was sent to honor and congratulate Beyonc頋nowles, who was named Entertainer of the Year.
In the video message, Bono spoke of his travels with Beyonc頩n Africa and how impressed he was with her desire to learn and do something about the AIDS pandemic there. He ended his gushing praise of the 22-year-old performer by humbly proclaiming, “Beyonc鬠I am your fan!”
The N.M.E. is reporting that Nancy Sinatra will release her version of “Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad” on her new album, To Nancy, With Love, for the relaunched Attack label (now piloted by Morrissey — Moz also appears on the album’s likely first single, “Let Me Kiss You”). You may recall that the song has been the subject of much speculation in the press, after rumors surfaced that Bono was unhappy with Nancy recording a song intended for her father — however, those rumors were quashed back in October. Jarvis Cocker (from Pulp) and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are also reported to appear on the album, which doesn’t have a release date as of yet.
A double DVD and three CDs of the 46664 concert will be released on April 5th. Some time ago German website U2tour.de published a backstage report of the concert which by popular demand has now been translated into English. The report was written by Horst Zwipp, manager of Chris Thompson.
The right to release the 16 hour concert will be auctioned off. All proceeds will go into the Band Aid trust, still functional after almost 20 years. The Live Aid organiser took action after bootleg DVDs turned up for sale online.
In the first half of the Live Aid telecast U2 played a beautiful set in London’s Wembley Stadium. It catapulted the band into rock stratosphere, despite Bono’s firm belief his performance was a complete disaster.
U2 provided a video tribute and performance of The Kinks’ “David Watts” at the Meteor Music Awards Monday night to honor 2FM’s Dave Fanning, who received a music industry award. Changing the title and lyrics to “Dave Fanning,” the band paid kudos to the DJ who helped them early in their career (and continues to do so today).
1. working on a U2 book, to appear this Christmas. The book, which may well be the one mentioned in our previous post, will contain previously unseen photographs of the band.
2. working on a DVD of his work, which will appear in the same series that covered the work of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry.
U2 is shopping for a publisher to produce a book about the band’s career. According to MTV, the proposed title of the U2 retrospective is In the Name of Love: U2 by U2 and its author might be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum curator Jim Henke. The possible title by the possible author might possibly be published in 2005. Perhaps by then, we’ll have completed reading all the other U2-related titles in our libraries.