Daniel Lanois on The View

Daniel Lanois will appear on a special of The View, this Tuesday May 27th, midnight on RTÉ One television (Ireland).

Lanois is currently working on U2’s new album in Dublin and the South of France,and will talk to presenter John Kelly about the influences that have shaped his influential musical career.

More on the RTE website. And you can view an earlier performance by Lanois on RTE’s Other Voices on the show’s website.

U2 go Holmes

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

Michael Stipe thanks Bono and The Edge

At the start of the first of five rehearsal shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe mentions various people among which Bono and The Edge. He thanks the pair for ‘keeping him grounded’. U2’s singer and guitarist both attended the show.

R.E.M. is currently recording a new album in Dublin. The band is using these shows to try out the new songs they have been writing. Fans report the new songs have an old school – Fables/Document era – feel.

Reported working titles: Horse to Water, Living Well ‘s the Best Revenge, Tomorrow, Staring down the barrel of the middle Distance, On the Fly, Until the Day is Done, Mr. Richards.

Visit www.remdublin.com.
Photos at REMHQ.

Bono reads Yeats at National Library

Bono, Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack read the poetry of Yeats for a select audience of around 100 people, at the National Library in Dublin on Wednesday evening. Bono read ‘The Host Of The Air‘, ‘When You Are Old‘ and ‘He Wishes For The Clothes For Heaven‘ and parts of ‘No Second Troy‘. The evening was hosted by author Josephine Hart.

It was a special birthday tribute to the Irish poet, who was born in Dublin on June 13, 1865.

Listen to the event on RTE Rado 1’s Eleventh Hour. The morning after, Bono talked about language and poetry (Real Audio, 20 mins in) to BBC Radio 4.

Read more.

The Edge parts with 1975 Gibson Les Paul

According to the BBC, the Edge has given his favourite guitar, the 1975 Gibson Les Paul, to the Music Rising organisation for the Icons of Music auction. The charity replaces instruments lost or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the US.

Says the man: “I wanted to give something really significant that would mean a lot for me to give,” says the U2 man. “It deserved something that I would miss.”

Why not read this study of The Edge’s Guitar Delay or buy the auction’s catalogue while you recover?

You can get a look of the guitar in question from April 3 to 6 when it goes on display in Dublin’s Clarence Hotel after which it will be auctioned off online at www.juliensauctions.com on April 21st. Starting bid is $60,000. Ask the wife before you remortgage your property.

Other items on auction are The Edge’s worn sneakers, his woolly hat, his necklace, as well as a signed Bill Clinton saxophone, Larry Mullen’s tom drum ($8,000), Bono’s Irish Falcon guitar ($80,000) and handwritten Bruce Springsteen lyrics ($2,000). Personally, we’ve always liked the look of that Hamilton Ventura watch Bono used to sport in the 90s. Would he care to part with that?

Bono’s Greatest Gig Ever

The Guardian have asked a panel of artists and writers to describe the concerts that changed their lives. Bono picks a gig by The Clash, at Trinity College in Dublin, 1977:

Can’t remember the set list, can’t remember much about the music, to be honest. I just know that everything changed that night, and I’m sure it was not just for me.

It wasn’t so much a musical event. It was more like the Red Army had arrived, on a cold October night, to force feed a new cultural revolution, punk rock. Marching boots and the smell of sulphur.

As I sat in the box room and stared out the window the next day, it was very clear. The world is more malleable than you think; reality is what you can get away with.

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Honorary Knighthood for Bono

Bono will receive an honorary knighthood. The British Ambassador to Ireland, Mr David Reddaway, announced the news on Saturday.

He will receive the honour, Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order, for “his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work.” The ceremony will take place in Dublin shortly after New Year’s Day. Bono will not be adding his name to the long list of people who have declined a British honour, like David Bowie, Francis Bacon and John Lennon, who eventually returned his MBE.

Knights and Dames Grand Cross and Knights and Dames Commander who are not not citizens of the United Kingdom or another country ruled by the Queen are not entitled to the prefix “Sir” or “Dame”, but may still use the post-nominal abbreviations: Paul Hewson, KBE.

A statement on U2.com reads:

We understand that Bono is ‘very flattered’ to be honoured, particularly if the honour – like its French counterpart – opens doors for his long standing campaigning work against extreme poverty in Africa.

The sainthood can’t be far off. Though maybe The Mrs has dibs.

U2 part with record label

Metro Ireland reports about the Island Records breakupGeesh! The U2log.com staff go on holiday to follow some of our other favorite bands, only to come back and find that U2 have left Island Records, they will be releasing another Best Of collection, and Bono attended the New York Film Festival. What else happened?! Did Edge grow a beard? We weren’t gone that long, were we?

Metro Ireland reported the gory details about the breakup with Island Records in its free Dublin newspaper (click image for bigger version). The image they used of the New York Film Festival visit was a lot more flattering than the Dirty Old Man shot The Sun used in its report.

Bono to introduce Geldof at Meteor Awards

U2log.com has learnt that Bono is likely to speak at the Meteor Awards at The Point in Dublin, on Thursday 2nd February 2006. The singer won’t be present physically, but he has recorded a speech introducing Bob Geldof.

The band have been nominated in several categories themselves. They are up against The Corrs, Hal and Bell X1 in the best band category. Geldof has not been shortlisted. The Pogues will receive the lifetime achievement award.

Other presenters include Gavin Friday, Stephen Rea, Liam Cunningham, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Keith Duffy and Kerry Katona. RTE will televise the event, hosted by comedian Patrick Kielty, on RTÉ Two at 9pm on Sunday, February 5.