If you missed Rolling Stone’s “Immortals” list of the 50 greatest artists of all time, written by other artists, it’s now available on their website. You can also taxi directly to the U2-related content: Start with Chris Martin on U2 themselves (#22), but don’t miss Bono on Elvis Presley (#3) and The Edge on The Clash (#30).
U2 and photographer Anton Corbijn are in Portugal, presumably for photoshoots, though some reports claim the band are shooting a video in Southern Europe. U2portugal.com claims the band arrived on Wednesday and are due to leave on Saturday.
Bono made an appearance via video message at last night’s Gospel Music Association Awards (aka the Dove Awards), which was staged in Nashville, Tennessee. After professing his love for both Nashville and gospel music, Bono introduced a performance by Jars of Clay, a Christian pop band who have been working to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Third World countries. The awards show will be broadcast on UPN on May 28 at 8 pm ET/PT.
You may read an edited version of the speech Bono delivered at the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS Awards and Dinner in Berlin last week at Allafrica.com.
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According to Billboard, Bono is among several celebrities who have contributed an autographed t-shirt for a silent auction honoring Joey Ramone. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Lymphoma Foundation (Ramone died of lymphoma in April 2001). Fans may preview and bid on the auction items at the Ramones’ official web site through May 21.
The saga of U2’s domination of Dublin continues. The Irish Independent reports that Bono, Edge, and their Clarence Hotel partner Harry Crosbie have submitted a request to the Dublin County Council for permission to expand the hotel. They reportedly seek to double the size of the hotel, adding a new wing and a courtyard, through the purchase and renovation of adjoining properties.
Bono made it onto Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world today. Bono is mentioned in the ‘Heroes and Icons’ category rather than ‘Artists and Entertainers’. Which probably means it’s high time for some music.
Bono shares the honour in this category with other luminaries such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson and David Beckham.
Time describes Bono as follows: “Bono is a hero … not because he’s a rock star, but because he is a rock star who is willing to spend time on things that are tedious and boring – like long sessions with Senators and administration officials and meetings with the World Bank.”
One of the chapters covers U2’s PopMart and Elevation tours, based on interviews with Joe O’Herlihy, U2’s sound man since 1978.
Besides U2, 33 different bands’ tours are profiled in the book, ranging from The Rolling Stones to Tool, Beyonce to the Dixie Chicks and the Sex Pistols.
‘Crank it up’ can be ordered through the author’s website, Amazon and other web based sellers and your local bookstore (ISBN 087930-778-1, Order Code 0879307781, $19.95)