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.
Uncut Magazine released their third special ‘Legends’ issue this month, this time featuring U2. If you haven’t already picked up a copy from your newsagent, go do it now – it’s quite good value for money.
All U2’s albums are discussed and all members of the band have a chapter dedicated to them. A number of photographers pick their favourite U2 shots and journalists like Gavin Martin and Stuart Bailie chip in with features on ‘what makes U2 tick’.
Tons of pictures complement the words, and yes – there are even a couple you won’t have seen before. Gavin Friday earns the ‘bigmouth strikes again’ award for the best quote in the magazine: “I don’t think Bono decided to be ambitious, he just is. But if this country ever ran out of electricity, just shove a plug up his hole and it would run for a week.”
Unfortunately, the issue is not without its flaws. Irish journalist Bill Graham is mentioned a number of times in the magazine, but the pictures that go with the quotes are of of the American concert promotor of the same name.
Straight from lalaland, that is. This month’s magazine (the dead trees version) reviews U2 sites and this is what they write about us:
If it’s U2 news and gossip you’re after, then U2log is an essential destination. Run by a team eagle-eyed fans in Holland, the UK and the USA, the site is updated two or three times a day with the latest rumours and information. There are quotes from newspapers, reprinted articles and links to the best U2 content on the web (the band even let them upload a couple of tracks from the new album). A simple site, but well worth visiting.
1. We’re mainly from Holland/Australia/Ireland. None of our editors are from the UK.
2. We do not reprint articles. We write our own material. This is in fact the strength of U2log.com
3. We were never given permission by the band to upload their material. Please believe us when we tell you everything we do is WRONG and we’ll go straight to hell for it.
4. Simple? Yeah, we k.i.s.s. you.
But we’re well worth visiting. They got that right.