U2 close first day of Glastonbury

The Irish band thrilled a thoroughly soaked festival crowd with a set comprised of hits spanning their career from ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ to ‘Get on Your Boots’.

The biggest crowd of the day gathered by the Pyramid stage to see the group – Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton ‘ deliver ‘One’, ‘Where the Streets Have no Name’, ‘(Pride) In the Name of Love’, ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Elevation’, among other hits.

The Edge changed guitar between every song, while lead singer Bono wore his trademark sunglasses throughout.

The group were making their first ever Glastonbury appearance, after originally being booked to perform last year, but having to drop out due to Bono needing an urgent operation after sustaining a back injury.

At the end of their first encore track, ‘With or Without You’, Bono sang the words to ‘Love Will Tear us Apart’ by Joy Division, before leading an acapella version of Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ along with the crowd, which led into ‘Moment of Surrender’.

Afterwards, Bono said: “One more, just because, one more? Because it’s been a while?” Before the band launched into final track ‘Out of Control’.

A BANG operative who witnessed the show said: “They lived up to it tonight ‘ the hype, the biggest band in the world, without a doubt. It was hit after hit after hit for so long.

“It was cold, man, it was wet out there, but they rocked everybody, everybody had a smile on their face. People say all sorts about Bono, but no matter what you think, you can’t argue with that show.”

Bono begged The Pixies to write some new songs



The band split in 1993 but reunited in 2004 for a series on concerts, and while they have been playing live ever since, their last album studio LP ‘Trompe le Monde’ was released 20 years ago and they have been bombarded by people wanting them to pen new tracks including the U2 frontman.

Guitarist Joey Santiago said: “Bono even asked. He’s like, ‘Please make a record!’

“Goddamn, we can’t leave that unturned. That would frustrate me. It would. I think we should do it. But it’s up to everybody.”

While Santiago has suggested writing new songs may cause “friction” between the band members, he believes the group – also made up of Black Francis, David Lovering and Kim Deal – are ready to work on new material and put all their problems behind them.

He added to website “That talk about making a record will be in the forefront next because it’ll be time, you know. It’ll be time. We’ve definitely gelled as a unit and hopefully when we can all bury the hatchet – and we have – maybe we’ll go in there and hope for the best.”

U2 confirm they will headline this year’s Glastonbury festival

U2 confirm they will headline this year's Glastonbury festival

U2 confirm they will headline this year's Glastonbury festival

Guitarist The Edge revealed the Irish group will top the main stage on the Friday night of the iconic event in June, a year after they were forced to pull out due to a back injury to lead singer Bono.

In a video speech played at the Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony in London shortly after Glastonbury was named Best Festival last night (23.02.11) he said: “Congratulations to [organisers] Michael and Emily Eavis and the rest of the team for the continued success of Glastonbury. It’s more a way of life than a festival.

“U2 will be playing on June 24. And we’re so excited to get to play in front of the world’s greatest festival audience. We’ll see you there!”

The guitarist also talked about his special guest appearance with rockers Muse at the festival last year, where he joined the band on the main Pyramid stage, saying: “I have to say there is something really special and iconic about that stage. So, we’re all looking forward to coming back to pick up where I left off.”

2011 will be U2′s first ever time performing at the festival, and the group are expected to play the track ‘Glastonbury’, which they had written especially for their performance last year.

Coldplay and Beyonce have already been confirmed as the other headliners of the event.

Tickets for the festival, which runs from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 June, have sold out.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs. Linkin Park have worked out an innovative way to give their fans a digital encore. WENN reports that the ranty rockers will hook up with a group for ‘official’ bootlegs of their concerts so that fans can get a copy of the show they just saw. for free. There will reportedly be a short code displayed at their forthcoming shows, which fans can text to a numbers, and they will receive a link to a live recording of the concert after the show. Linkin Park’s bassist, Dave Farrell said to WENN, ‘The energy we get from our fans is what makes a great show. We wanted to show our appreciation by giving that experience back to them.’ The company that are handling the live recordings are called Basecamp Productions. Other bands that have worked with Basecamp include Pearl Jam, Jay Z, Bono, Kings of Leon, Chris Cornell, Tori Amos, Ben Harper, My Morning Jacket, Sonic Youth, Wolfmother and Disturbed.

Stars Lined Up For George Clooney’s Haiti Telethon Special

George Clooney

George Clooney

Stars lined up for George Clooney’s Haiti fund-raising telethon have been named. From New York, Los Angeles, and London, star wattage will be abundant as Wyclef Jean, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Bono, and Jay-Z join the roster of celebrities who will help raise funds to help the Haitian earthquake victims. Clooney will be hosting a two-hour telethon special on all MTV networks on January 22 to benefit the victims of the catastrophe in the Caribbean country.  While details are still being worked out, has obtained the line-up of celebrities for the show.  Wonder, Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift will make appearances from Los Angeles, while Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow are slated to perform together.

Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting will be coming from New York, while Coldplay, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna will perform together from London.

Their performances will be available online on iTunes at $0.99 per song starting January 22. All proceeds will benefit the Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities.

Other celeb names are expected to show up and lend their support by manning the phones during the telethon.

Clooney will host in L.A., while Jean will take the lead in N.Y. Anderson Cooper will be reporting from Haiti.

On Broadway, ‘Spider-Man’s’ greatest enemy is the budget

Spider-ManAs this Spider-Man tale opens, the audience sees New York City “on fire and in ruins” as “a section of the Brooklyn Bridge ascends with Mary Jane bound and dangling helplessly from the bridge.” Soon thereafter, a new villainess called Arachne flies into the picture spinning her own deadly trap, and as Spider-Man battles all kinds of criminals he’s swinging right over the audience. It sounds like the 3-D opening for the next “Spider-Man” sequel, and even though this superhero story is filled with Hollywood-style special effects, it is instead a glimpse from a Continue reading →

Lady Gaga, and More for Gavin Friday Benefit at Carnegie Hall

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

“We had all kinds of grand ideas,” Bono said onstage at Carnegie Hall, early in an October 4th concert honoring Irish singer-songwriter-provocateur Gavin Friday. Bono was recalling his teenage years in Dublin, running through the streets with Friday and the future members of their bands, U2 and Friday’s tribal punk surrealists the Virgin Prunes. “We invented these great events in our imagination,” Bono went on, noting that Friday, at one point actually had the temerity to say, “Why don’t we all play Carnegie Hall?” They had to wait awhile, until Friday’s 50th birthday (officially on October 8th), but it was worth it. Dubbed “An Evening With Gavin Friday and Friends” and curated with eclectic bravura by Hal Willner, the show — presented by the charitable foundation (RED), with proceeds going to fight AIDS in Africa — was a riotous three-hour party, with a to-hell-with-genre rollcall of the many friends Friday has made in his art-rock pop-art film-score and noir-theater travels. Rufus Wainwright, Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen joined Friday for the come-hither cartoon “Mr. Pussy,” from Friday’s 1995 album, Shag Tobacco. (Armisen came out dressed to the purple nines — as Prince.) Friday and falsetto-soul singer Antony duetted on a pair of ballads, including a Memphis-brass-soaked reading of “He Got What He Wanted” from Friday’s 1989 solo debut, Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves. Friday and Virgin Prunes devotee Courtney Love were just on the right side of out-of-control in a pounding version of Magazine’s “The Light Pours Out of Me.” Queen of the post-punk furies Lydia Lunch played the same half of the night as Lady Gaga (who came out in next to nothing — she made Love look demure). And a metal-machine-noise assault by Laurie Anderson (violin), John Zorn (saxophone) and Lou Reed (guitar distortion) eventually resolved into the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” with Friday, Bono and a cheerfully pickled Shane McGowan of the Pogues trading verses. Bono was not just passing through between stadiums. He, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. were on and off stage half a dozen times; U2’s Friday covers included “I Want to Live” (done with techno drive and Joshua Tree-like space) and the crusted-glam bomb “King of Trash.” Bono also took a solo spot, turning on his Irish Sinatra for the Shag Tobacco elegy “The Last Song I’ll Ever Sing.” The Edge’s brother, guitarist Richard Evans, joined Friday and singer Guggi in a mostly-intact Virgin Prunes reunion (the group broke up in 1987). Their overlapping vocal harangue in “Sweethome Under White Clouds,” with JG Thirwell of Foetus guesting as a third voice, sounded like the Beastie Boys at the End of Days. Other celebrants included Joel Grey, who reprised his most famous role — the emcee in Cabaret — to effortless-knockout effect (Friday is a German-cabaret obsessive), and Irish writer Patrick McCabe. A lover of women’s voices, Friday gave Martha Wainwright the spotlight for “You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart” (originally recorded by Sinead O’Connor for the soundtrack of 1994’s In the Name of the Father) and shared tender mercies and vocal mischief with Andrea Coor and Maria McKee (she and Friday were a saucy delight in “The Ballad of Immoral Earnings” from The Threepenny Opera). The silent star of the evening was composer Maurice Seezer, Friday’s longtime songwriting partner. He finally took a bow at the very end.

But Friday, who always thought he belonged in Carnegie Hall, sang and acted out his lyrics as if he owned the place, swaggering across the boards, gesturing at the stars and jabbing his forefinger at the front rows with a panache that was part opera star, part Dublin punk. “Do we really need these pop stars?/There’s not enough of me!” he crowed in “Caruso,” a dynamic pairing with singer Eric Mingus. It was a song about the power and pleasures of transformation, sung by a man who took on every role in reach tonight — friend, lover, heathen, glitter boy, Irish poet — and was indisputably himself and in control in every one.

Bono and the boys talk pop stardom U2 Tour Costs $750K a Day

bonou2 Rolling Stone goes behind the scenes—and tags along in a private jet—for its cover story on the U2360° Tour (aka “the biggest rock tour of all time”), which is comprised of a 170-ton stage carted around by 200 trucks, 250 speakers, almost 400 employees—and $750,000 a day in overhead costs. The band is eager to “engage and try and do something different,” says Edge.

But it’s not all about the tour: Bono also discusses rock stardom in 2009, calling Jay-Z “a pioneer” who is helping to create a “porous culture, where there’s much more crosstown traffic.” He goes on to speculate, “In this age of celebrity and pop stardom, maybe it’s a sensible thing to question the values of being a pop star. Radiohead, Pearl Jam, a lot of people, who maybe had more sense than us, rejected it.”

Beyonce announces North American dates

beyonce22Pop culture superstar Beyonce is bringing her 2009 “I AM…” World Tour to North America this summer with a series of full-length concerts launching at New York’s Madison Square Garden in June and winding down with a four-night residence at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas July 30-August 2 (please see full itinerary following).  The most heavily-anticipated concert event of 2009, Beyonce’s “I AM…” world tour occasions the artist’s first full-length concerts since 2007′s sold-out “The Beyonce Experience” shows. Beyonce’s current tour premieres live performances of songs from I AM…SASHA FIERCE, her latest international #1 chart-topping album.  The “I AM…” world tour production showcases the music and film superstar like you’ve never seen her before. Beyonce’s extraordinary all-female band will join her again to perform musical hits, classics, and surprises in a newly-created high-tech state-of-the-art concert environment. Winners of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” Video Dance contest will see themselves on-screen during one of the centerpiece sections of the “I AM…” extravaganza.


Sun/Jun-21 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
Wed/Jun-24 Washington DC Verizon Center
Fri/Jun-26 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center**
Sat/Jun-27 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Mon/Jun-29 Ft Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center
Wed/Jul-1 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Fri/Jul-3 New Orleans, LA Superdome (Essence Music Festival)
Sat/Jul-4 Houston, TX Toyota Center**
Sun/Jul-5 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Tue/Jul-7 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
Thu/Jul-9 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
Fri/Jul-10 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Sat/Jul-11 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Mon/Jul-13 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Thu/Jul-16 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Fri/Jul-17 Chicago, IL United Center
Sat/Jul-18 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
Thu/Jul-23 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Thu/Jul-30 Las Vegas, NV Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
Fri/Jul-31 Las Vegas, NV Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
Sat/Aug-1 Las Vegas, NV Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
Sun/Aug-2 Las Vegas, NV Encore Theatre, Wynn Las Vegas
*Future dates may be added.

British singer Natasha Bedingfield weds in Malibu

natasha_bedingfield_2British singer Natasha Bedingfield has gotten married in Malibu. People Magazine reports the pop songstress wed California businessman Matthew Robinson in a 30-minute outdoor ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Saturday.  About 150 guests watched Bedingfield walk down the aisle in a Vera Wang dress beside the chateau at the Church Estates Vineyards. Bedingfield’s albums include “Unwritten,” “N.B.” and “Pocketful of Sunshine.”

Natasha took the US by storm last year with the first British chart topping hit by a female in almost twenty years. Vanity Fair singled her out as the spearhead of a new Britpop invasion; she became one of the faces of Gap (alongside Mia Farrow and Common); she was invited by her hero Prince to jam with him at a private party; Bono enlisted her for his (RED) campaign; and her song Unwritten proved to be the most played song on mainstream American radio in 2006.

She  blasted her way up the British charts in 2004 with her typically outspoken take on the lifestyles of independent young women. So her return to action this year may come as something of a surprise…

“I want to make music that matches who I am. My first album was about independence and opportunism. I’m still very independent and I find it hard to let go of that freedom, but I’m in a different place now.  Natasha Bedingfield’s sophomore album N.B. is very much reflective of this ‘different place’ that she is in now, proving that affairs of the heart, although difficult, make for excellent song-writing material. Each track on the album explores a varying stage of the ‘relationship’ story, and the issues, experiences, and processes that come with these stages: from the lonely place of never feeling like you will fit with anyone (Soulmate), through the flirting, dancing stage where you feel you might (How Do You Do?), to the moment at which the game playing ends and open honesty prevails (Say It Again). Never one to mouth empty platitudes or re-hash well-worn clichés, Natasha’s gift for creating pop music that does not sacrifice intelligence on the altar of universal appeal prevails throughout.

Recorded in Los Angeles, Natasha Bedingfield has co-written and co-produced N.B., working with a stellar team of talent including Mike Elizondo of Eminem/Dre/50 Cent fame, Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Greg Kurstin (Beck, Lily Allen), previous collaborators Steve Kipner, Andrew Frampton, Wayne Wilkins, Danielle Brisebois and Wayne Rodrigues and long time Madonna collaborator Pat Leonard.

The first cut to be taken from N.B. is forthcoming single I Wanna Have Your Babies, due to be accompanied by a colourful and entertaining video from Dave Meyers (Pink, Missy Elliot, Outkast). Lyrically I Wanna have Your Babies touches on a female’s fight to reign in their natural disposition to ‘rush into things’ in an effort to find that elusive ‘one’, that potential father to their children. Musically it is distinctly ‘Natasha Bedingfield’ – the voice to melt radios, the beats that drop either side of the Atlantic, the arrangements that are undeniably quirky, but still, somehow, work.

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