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  1. Hi everyone. Does anyone know if we get another presale code if additional dates are announced?
  2. Members of Australian band Weddings Parties Anything talk about what it was like touring with U2. Everything from U2's work ethic to playing pool with David Bowie. It's all here: https://u2australia.net/2016/11/26/exclusive-on-tour-with-u2-weddings-parties-anything-members-take-us-behind-the-scenes/
  3. Hi everyone, Achtung Baby is turning 25. Here's my take on the release a quarter of a century on: https://u2australia.net/2016/11/17/u2s-creative-peak-achtung-baby-turns-25/
  4. Just like it happened 8 years ago, someone's been playing a new U2 song from Bono's house in Eze, France. It may be discussed here, but no links allowed. -mich
  5. The obvious date for the release of Songs of Experience would be September 25, the band's 40th anniversary. But is that just too obvious? Here's some thoughts: https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/should-we-expect-the-obvious-from-u2-this-time-round/
  6. The 6th in the Me & U2 series, Sandro Olivo catches up with Paul McNaught who can usually be seen wearing a U2 T-shirt outside of work hours. This is a fan in the true sense of the word. Hope you all enjoy these interviews as much as I do putting them together. Have always marvelled at the passion of U2 fans, and being able to do this just reaffirms what a great bunch we are. https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/me-u2-paul-mcnaught/
  7. U2 Australia's latest Me & U2 interview. Peter Nigido, probably the only U2 fan in grade 3. https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/me-u2-peter-nigido/
  8. Here's 10 things they can do when they arrive Down Under:https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/10-things-u2-can-do-in-australia/
  9. This interview includes the world-wide debut of Slow Dancing, which was still a work in progress at the time. This is a great record of U2 when they were in Australia in 1989. https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/u2-triple-m-full-interview-october-21-1989/
  10. My pleasure Malahide. U2 fans have some great stories to tell. I really love sharing them with other fans.
  11. U2 Australia interviews U2 fan Anissa Arthur about what it's like to be Bono's neighbour. Read the interview here: https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/me-u2-anissa-arthur/
  12. Aussie music institution gets the U2 treatment https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/u2-appear-at-melbournes-music-institution/
  13. Dom Puglisi watched a Zoo TV special on TV. A classic case of why you should WATCH MORE TV https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2015/11/22/me-u2-dom-puglisi/
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    Me & U2

    This is the 3rd in the Me & U2 series, where we catch up with Australian U2 fans. Next up, Dom Puglisi. https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2015/11/22/me-u2-dom-puglisi/
  15. One fan's memories of U2 in the 1980s, Live Aid and a rose for Bono. The 2nd installment of Me & U2 in my U2 Down Under blog http://wp.me/p6Nqvc-3y
  16. Bono paid tribute to Michael in Sydney just three months after his death. https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/when-bono-said-goodbye-to-his-mate-michael-hutchence/
  17. batigol

    Me & U2

    U2 Down Under catches up with Australian U2 fans. This is the first one in the series. Michael Cavallaro is the lead singer in The U2 Show -Achtung Baby tribute band.https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/me-u2-michael-cavallaro/
  18. Let's go back to 1993 to find out. https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/who-does-mr-macphisto-call-when-hes-having-girl-trouble/
  19. 26 years ago today, U2 play in Melbourne. Bono's rant during Bullet the Blue Sky centred around the most popular soap opera in Australia at the time, while a few days later, some nasty bugs invaded his throat. It's all here in this blog post - https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/neighbours-everybody-needs-good-neighbours-according-to-u2/ I started this blog a couple of weeks ago and there will be more to come, so if you like some of the topics, check out my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/U2australiaU2 (includes pics of old news clippings and memorabilia) or my twitter account @U2_australia https://twitter.com/U2_australia
  20. I reckon it was 3 years before he handed the reins over to Guy Oseary. Check out my blog post for the explanation. https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/when-former-u2-manager-paul-mcguinness-broke-away/
  21. Hi everyone, My name is Sandro Olivo, a journalist from Melbourne, Australia. I've started a blog about U2's links to Australia, starting with where songwriting for Achtung Baby began, and how the band probably knew Paul McGuinness was quitting three years before it happened. I'll be writing more as time goes on. Would love to hear from anyone out there, particularly if you have a story to share. Anything from seeing a show in Australia to meeting band members or anything else. The blog is at https://u2downunder.wordpress.com/ Or join me on Twitter @U2downunder Or Facebook https://m.facebook.com/U2downunder Thanks to anyone who takes the time to have a look.
  22. It's been eight months since the release of Songs of Innocence. Since then, Song for Someone was, for me, one of those tracks to skip on the way to something better. U2 decided to play it on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday, May 8. It took a few days to reach our screens in Australia, but I was mesmerised by the performance. The band sounded quite incredible, and Bono's singing hasn't been this good for a very long time. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 is going to find them in full flight. It's overwhelmingly exciting. Bono has consistently said it's one of the most personal albums they've written. After watching them perform on Jimmy Fallon, Song for Someone would not get out of my head. Bono was right in the moment. Watch him sing the final verse and you can hear his voice almost break. And then the way he looks at the camera at the very end. He's in the zone, lost in the moment and meaning of the song, even for that brief moment. And line by line, the meaning of the song began revealing itself to me. I could be wrong, but over the course of three days, the revelations were crystal clear. Does Song for Someone revisit the themes of An Cat Dubh on Boy? Bono had a brief fling with someone after a breakup with Ali during their high school days, which was the story behind An Cat Dubh. I believe he's gone back to that episode here, looking back on it through the heart and mind of a mature man (An Cat Dubh = iNNOCENCE, Song for Someone = eXPERIENCE). And it obviously still tears at him after all these years. Takes courage to put it out there in a song and then sing it in front of an audience. Reckon you could do it? I know I couldn't. Suffice to say that I now love this song and won't skip it again. To those of you who will see them live on the first legs of the tour, I hope you enjoy it. I hope with all my might they come to Australia. And my sympathies to Larry and his family after the recent death of his father. I'm sure we all feel like we lost one of our own on Sunday. *Lyrics copied from U2.com lyrics page You got a face not spoiled by beauty I have some scars from where I’ve been Ok, so here we are, Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Dublin, mid 1970s. A teenage Paul Hewson sets eyes on Alison Stewart and is completely besotted by her. He's got some baggage, even at that young age. The tragic death of his mother is still a very fresh wound, his house is not a home, politics shaken and stirred with religion is a matter of life and death, and fear is worn under the sleeve when walking on the street. Some pretty big scars, some of which he carries today. You’ve got eyes that can see right through me You’re not afraid of anything they’ve seen He knows he can't get anything past Ali. She's too wise to not realise something is up.He's also amazed by her strength. Dublin in those days sounds like it was a scary place, but nothing can shake her, not even this unfortunate episode. I was told that I would feel nothing the first time Did the 'other' girl tell Bono he'd feel nothing the first time, to make it seem okay to him? He's using that as an excuse, but now realises the magnitude of his mistake. I don’t know how these cuts heal Again, a reference to Ali's strength. He can't fathom how she's able to overcome the hurt he's put her through. But in you I found a rhyme For a songwriter, a rhyme is the most precious thing on earth. He found his muse with Ali. If there is a light you can’t always see And there is a world we can’t always be If there is a dark that we shouldn’t doubt And there is a light, don’t let it go out The light you can't always see is the solution to a big problem in a relationship. All those negative emotions can cloud the mind and it's impossible to see a way out. We all would love to live in a perfect world, but we hurt each other. We wage wars where killing is accepted, we cheat on each other, we abuse each other. No, we can't always live in a perfect world. The dark that "we shouldn't doubt" I think refers again to the negativity, but here Bono is making sure Ali is aware that he acknowledges he's 'fooked' up. It's not something that either will forget. But yes, there's a light in there somewhere, ever so faint, and he wants it to get brighter. He pleads with her not to give up on what they had. And this is a song, song for someone This is a song, song for someone Does this give us a sense of his shame, where Bono can't even bring himself to mention Ali's name? In the past, Bono has also spoken about how in some facets of religion the Lord's name could not be spoken, but it could be sung (remember the song Yaweh?) There's a reference later in this song where he reveres Ali as much as the Lord. You let me in to a conversation A conversation only we could make You break and enter my imagination Whatever’s in there it’s yours to take Things seem to be on the mend. They are back on speaking terms. Ali is totally blowing his mind, he's fallen deep in love with her again. Here, I'm all yours, take whatever you want. I was told I’d feel nothing the first time You were slow to heal but this could be the night Listen to the way he sings this part. "How could I have cheated on you?" While the relationship is on the mend, this fling still lingers in the air. He can't believe he did this to her, and he realises how long it took her to get over it. But this could be the night - something most blokes say when they start dating a girl. In this case, this could be the night they are intimate again for the first time since the ordeal, which would seal the bond they had previously. If there is a light you can’t always see And there is a world we can’t always be If there is a dark within and without And there is a light, don’t let it go out And this is a song, song for someone This is a song, a song for someone And I’m a long long way from your Hill of Calvary Bono's mistake crucified Ali, but she sacrificed her pain to forgive his sins so they could be together again. And still, he really can't fully comprehend the amount of hurt he put her through, hence why he's so far away from her Hill of Calvary. And I’m a long way from where I was and where I need to be While he's very far from being that person who cheated on Ali, Bono is still not he partner he needs to be. In other words, he's still working on it. If there is a light you can’t always see And there is a world we can’t always be If there is a kiss I stole from your mouth And there is a light, don’t let it go out
  23. MJG3, no need to apologise. Yours is a very moving story and I think anyone who reads it will be grateful you shared it. I think we all agree that music can soothe the soul. All the best to you and your son.
  24. You guys are giving me goosebumps. I don't know what the pain of losing a mother is like yet. It will happen one day no doubt, and this song will speak to me in another way perhaps. My wife lost her mother when she was just 18. I gave her the lyrics to this song the day the album came out and put the song on....she cried and cried and cried. This band touches me like no other. MJG3, really sorry to hear about your loss. Sometimes music can help you through the dark days. I know it can never take away that ache, but I've always believed that when you lose someone, it is better to feel pain than feel nothing at all.
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