The Truth Sets Bono Free

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).

McGuinness Honored at Music Week Awards

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).

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Bono is Crazy in Love for Beyonce

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!”

To Any Sinatra, Doesn’t Matter Which, With Love

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.

Live Aid DVD release

It’s like they know it’s Christmas all over again: Live Aid is to be released on DVD at long last.

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.

Bill Carter’s psycho-geographic hot point

US writer Bill Carter, who we all remember from the Zooropa Sarajevo link ups, is interviewed by Peter Murphy in Hot Press magazine. Carter is in Europe to promote his book ‘Fools rush in‘.

He reminisces about the late Bill Graham, talks about grief, altered states, the path that lead him into working with U2 and the role of comedy in the art of survival.

“There were 13 satellite links in all. U2 pulled the plug when the media backlash approached meltdown and it became difficult for them to resume playing a rock

Wish I Could Be Like Dave Fanning

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).

Larry Mullen (picture at had the honor of presenting Fanning with the award.

The Meteor Music Awards will be shown on Network 2 (RTE) at 9 pm this evening.

Corbijn working on book and DVD

Anton Corbijn, speaking to Dutch music site 3voor12, revealed he is:

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.

… both of which items we will be keen to collect.