It is the 35th anniversary of U2’s Grammy Award Album of the Year “The Joshua Tree”. Following the release of March 1987’s “The Joshua Tree” and subsequent world tour, U2 became recognized as the most popular band in the world then. In the Studio Bono and The Edge scan the horizon from their often precarious perch atop rock history.
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The indomitable Dublin quartet U2 has been a force on the live music stage for so long that I have witnessed it go from playing on cafeteria tables in a little club in Memphis to the world’s largest stadiums. But at some point during every show in more than four decades of witnessing them, U2 and their audience transcend the rock concert sturm und drang and it more closely resembles a big tent revival, as it did that night in Boston June 2001 during this medley of “Bad” into “Where the Streets Have No Name”.
U2 drummer Larry Mullen jr blurted out in my In The Studio classic rock interview regarding “Achtung Baby” that thirty years ago the Dublin-based quartet nearly broke up in the Berlin recording studio after reconvening following “Rattle and Hum”…
The violent terrorist attack in Paris in November 2015 at an Eagles of Death Metal concert dealt a shocking sucker punch to the residents of one of the world’s truly great cities, postponing a scheduled U2 Paris concert. But the members of U2 did not stay away long. Turn up this blazing performance of “Vertigo” by U2 at the make-up Paris concert barely three weeks after the carnage.
U2’s “Until the End of the World”, it is imperative that the listener understand that the singers’ (plural) perspectives change every time the stanzas do. The singer in the first stanza is Jesus Christ; the singer in the second stanza is Judas; and in the final stanza, it’s you and me.
U2’s “Rattle and Hum” saw the gauzy media perceptions of American culture by my guests Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen jr jammed up against a Reagan-era reality that did not always ring true.
Maybe one of the reasons why U2‘s Rattle and Hum film and soundtrack album did not receive quite the same critical worship that their preceding album The Joshua Tree had is because all five U2 studio efforts to date had been conceived with the band’s uniquely Irish perspective. Rattle and Hum saw the gauzy […]
With the rousing martial rhythms from Larry Mullen jr’s drums on the opening to “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, the tortured passion evident in Bono’s voice over The Edge’s stiletto guitar stabs on “New Year’s Day”, and Adam Clayton’s rolling bass on “Surrender” as well as “Two Heats Beat as One”, War by U2 was a musical proclamation of a serious contender on the unfolding Eighties rock vista. Hear the classic rock interview.
The 35th anniversary of U2‘s breakthrough album War is looming next month, so to celebrate Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen jr returning In the Studio to recall the times, here is a live version of “New Year’s Day” from the 1987 tour. –Redbeard
“Mysterious Ways” in New York City’s original Yankee Stadium in August 1992 on the U2 Achtung Baby tour