DJ and producer David Holmes will DJ a set at U2’s after-show party for their U23D film premiere in Dublin, Holmes has told Irish music magazine Hot Press.
The band invited Holmes to DJ at their after-show party after the European launch of U23D at Cineworld in Dublin on February 20. The party will be held at the Jameson Distillery.
Read more at Hot Press.
As in years past we at U2log.com are excited to keep our tradition alive by bringing you some goodies to keep you company through the holiday season and into the new year.
This year we are pleased to share with you some rare gems from our vinyl vault. But before we open the vault we would like to present you with the following message.
It was 20 years ago today:
- Vicki Iovine introduces A Very Special Christmas, taken from a US cassette promo.
- An edited version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), taken from that same promo.
From the vinyl vault:
- I Will Follow (Special Edited DJ Version), from a UK 7″ promo.
- An edited version of Fire, from a UK 7″ promo.
- An edited version of Gloria, from a UK 7″ promo.
- An insanely rare edited version of Gloria, from an Argentine 7″ promo.
These downloads will be available for a limited time only. A big thank you goes out to our friend Rajiv Udani for providing some of these rarities!
RTE 2FM’s Gerry Ryan spoke to Bono, The Edge and Paul McGuinness shortly after the band got off stage in San Diego. U2’s manager was scheduled to speak to the Irish DJ, but Bono and The Edge weren’t. When they heard McGuinness was about to do the interview they told their manager ‘we want to talk to Gerry’.
RTE have put the entire interview online. Listen to it in Real Audio, or continue reading. (Unable to record we interpreted our notes taken during the interview.)
McGuinness took the call, said it was their ‘best ever opening night’ then started to laugh because ‘a half naked man’ had entered his room. Bono took the phone and said that for Gerry Ryan he would go fully ‘nekkid’.
Bono seemed high on energy, a bit delirious, said it had gone ‘fantastic’. He gave a report in a Jack Charlton accent, using football jargon as if he were reporting on an Irish team game, something like ‘the team gave 110%’.
Niall Stokes of Hot Press reviews U2’s BBC1 gig on the Hot Press website and quotes Bono telling Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley: “We fucked it up a couple of times, but I think we got away with it.”
Stokes also mentions a conversation with The Edge in which the guitarist explains to him he has as a new trick up his sleeve:
“Across the other side of the room, Edge is beaming – clearly satisfied that a good night’s work has been done. I compliment him on his slide playing. “We’ve had to invent a new thing,” he tells me, “so I can switch from normal chords to playing slide in the middle of a song. It’s tiny, and fits on the tip of the finger. I’ll show you…””
Unfortunately, Stokes does not elaborate on Edge’s thingie.
“Hitting things for a living, I couldn’t ask for anything more.” Irish 2FM DJ Larry Gogan interviews Larry Mullen who’s disappointed he’s not in Ireland so he can “see people lickin'” him. (real audio, via Cindy)