Australian nurse inspired Bono

“As we went along Bono began chatting away, telling me he was a singer with a band called U2 and that he had only recently been in Adelaide. I had no idea who they were…”

The woman who hadn’t heard of U2 or Bono – to be fair, it was 1985 – is Australian nurse Sue Germein, who was part of the team Bono and Ali joined on their mission in Ethiopia. Bono now says she was the woman that got him fired up about the issues in Africa.

Read Sue’s story in the Sunday Herald Sun.

The Edge in Stipe’s Specs

Check out Michael Stipe’s new picture website, A keen photographer, he’s captured The Edge and his wife Morleigh (and other friends) wearing Stipe‘s blackrimmed glasses.

There’s a new picture every day, but once they are archived the high res version is no longer available. Unfortunately, we’re a day late for The Edge’s shot.

Please check their usage page for terms of use.

U2 in new Lanois documentary

Not to be outdone by Jacknife Lee, U2’s other collaborator Daniel Lanois has a documentary cooking.

This new film, ‘Here Is What Is’ contains footage of Lanois working with Eno and U2 in Morocco, as well as material shot with Emmylou Harris, Garth Hudson, Willie Nelson, Sinead O’Connor and Billy Bob Thornton.

‘Here Is What Is’ premieres at the Toronto Film Festival this September. A preview of the film can be seen on Daniel Lanois’ website.

Oh yes, he’s the great confuser

U2 and R.E.M. producer Jacknife Lee finds time to talk to Times Online about his work and upcoming fourth solo album.

“U2 called. I was brought in for the Eno-esque role of the Great Confuser, throwing out mad ideas.” He played on and partly produced How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Not everyone appreciates his approach. “I did a session with Rick Rubin, but he didn’t like to be confused…”

Read the full interview.