Bono: “Maybe the rock will have to go…”

Can we have a hallelujah on that? Oh, there’s more to it: “Maybe the rock has to get a lot harder.” Hmm.

Rock. Hard place. Stuck? Bono’s talked to Jo Whiley on BBC 1 over Christmas, the audio of which you can listen to on the BBC website. Well, you could, if the damn link to the mp3 was working. Luckily’s transcribed the most newsworthy bits of the hour-long show. (update: BBC download is now working.)

“[…] our band has certainly reached the end of where we’ve been at for the last couple of albums. I want to see what else we can do with it, take it to the next level; I think that’s what we’ve got to do.”

We’re pretty sure the next level will sound just like U2.

U2 announces rescheduled Vertigo tour dates

We’ve waited, we’ve fretted, we’ve grumbled, we’ve bitten our tongues… but hallelujah, here they come! U2 has published the rescheduled Vertigo ’06 Tour dates on

Supports acts will be the awesome Kanye West in Australia and New Zealand while all you rock fans are in for a treat as Pearl Jam will join Rocco and the Devils for the tour closing December 9th show in Honolulu.

These are the dates:

Australia / New Zealand

  • Auckland – Ericsson Stadium – Was: Friday, March 17th/06
    – New date: Friday, November 24/06
  • Auckland – Ericsson Stadium – Was: Saturday, March 18th/06
    – New date: Saturday, November 25/06
  • Brisbane – QSAC Stadium – Was: Tuesday, March 21st/06
    – New date: Tuesday, November 7/06
  • Melbourne – Telstra Dome – Was: Friday, March 24th/06
    – New date: Saturday, November 18/06
  • Melbourne – Telstra Dome – Was: Saturday, March 25th/06
    – New date: Sunday, November 19/06
  • Adelaide – AAMI Stadium – Was: Tuesday, March 28th/06
    – New date: Thursday, November 16/06
  • Sydney – Telstra Stadium – Was: Friday, March 31st/06
    – New date: Friday, November 10/06
  • Sydney – Telstra Stadium – Was: Saturday, April 1st/06
    – New date: Saturday, November 11/06
  • Special information for ticket holders


  • Tokyo – Saitama Super Arena – Wednesday, November 29th/06
  • Tokyo – Saitama Super Arena – Thursday, November 30th/06
  • Tokyo – Saitama Super Arena – Monday, December 4th/06
  • Special information for ticket holders


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