U2 played ‘Magnificent’ and talked to Pat Kenny on RTE’s Late Late Show on Friday evening. It was Kenny’s last time hosting the show. He hosted the show for ten years, having taken over from Gay Byrne in 1999. U2 brought some farewell gifts for the host: a rare ‘Music Rising’ Gibson Les Paul guitar and a pair of shades. Ten years earlier they had seen Gay Byrne off with a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Bono revealed that early on in their career the band had a meeting discussing the possible firing of their manager Paul McGuinness since he seemed unable to get the band a van for transportation. As they were debating this in Dublin’s ‘Captain America’s‘ restaurant a man sat next to them approached them. He said he couldn’t help overhearing their discussion and he thought they were making a big mistake. He knew McGuinness and thought highly of him. When Bono asked the man for his name, he said he was Louis Walsh, later manager of Westlife and now known as a judge on British television show The X-Factor.
Watch the video for ‘Magnificent’, the second single off U2’s album No Line on the Horizon. It was directed by Alex Courtes and shot in Fez, Morocco. Which is such a beautiful place they had to cover it up with sheets, like Christo. Um, that’s a wrap?
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The second single from No Line On The Horizon, Magnificent, will be released on May 4th. There will be a promo video for it, shot in Morocco. This is a live version, filmed at The Somerville Theatre in Boston.
You know, it would be nice if U2.com allowed embedding of their videos. This is the ’00’s, maaaan. Also, for the suits: embedding is a powerful branding tool. And we didn’t have to show this blurry rip.