Posts Tagged ‘U2’

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Happy Birthday, Bono

May 10, 2010

Today is as good a day as any for me to get back to work and post to this blog. Life sort of got in the way there for a couple of months, but I’m back. So, happy 50th birthday, Bono. Thank you for your compassion and hard work on behalf of those with no voice. See you next month!

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Happy Birthday

March 13, 2010

We send heartfelt happy birthday greetings to Adam Clayton. The U2 bassist turns 50 years old today! Thank you for all of the joy you and the rest of the band have given us over the years. We look forward to seeing you in June.

We also send happy birthday greetings to our dearly departed mother. Always in our thoughts.

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U2 Will Play Salt Lake City first, then Anaheim

February 17, 2010

U2 fans who thought they would catch the first show of the band’s return to North America in Anaheim might be disappointed to learn they will see the second show of U2 360’s third leg, according to U2.com. We think it’s a chance to satiate fans in Utah and fine-tune the show before it hits California.

Current U2.com paid subscribers who still possess an active presale code can use it beginning Thursday, Feb. 18.

Here ‘s a taste of the show in case you missed them last year:

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We Beg to Differ….

February 15, 2010

Oh, Lord. According to Billboard magazine the sexiest song ever is …….. Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.” As reported by Reuters, Billboard came up with a list of the 50 most popular songs about sex just in time for Valentine’s Day. Each song earned points according to how well it performed on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart from 1958 until January of this year. Because “Physical” spent 10 weeks at No. 1, it earned the honor of the sexiest song ever.

To which we say ….. really?

Here’s the Top 10 songs, according to Billboard:

1. “Physical” – Olivia Newton-John

2. “Tonight’s The Night” – Rod Stewart

3. “I’ll Make Love To You” – Boyz II Men

4. “Too Close” – Next

5. “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye

6. “Hot Stuff” – Donna Summer

7. “Do That To Me One More Time” – Captain and Tennille

8. “Like A Virgin” – Madonna

9. “Kiss You All Over” – Exile

10. “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” – Rod Stewart

Now, some might say, what about this song or that song? According to the Billboard release the songs selected were chosen because the subject matter of each song is directly related to sex. If we ignore the obvious requirements of  Billboard’s list (and some of the lyrics)  here’s a list of songs, both romantic and sexy, we’d put on our list, in no particular order:

“All I Want Is You” – U2

“Yellow” – Coldplay

“Crash Into Me” – Dave Matthews Band

“Bolero” – Maurice Ravel

“Claire de Lune” – Claude Debussy

“Your Body is a Wonderland” – John Mayer

“Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” – Sergei Rachmaninoff

“The Secret Marriage” – Sting

“In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel

“Born To Run” – Bruce Springsteen

“Unchained Melody” – U2’s cover version

“Dancing Barefoot” – Patti Smith

“Wicked Game” – Chris Isaak

“Fallin'” – Alicia Keys

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Who Are You?

February 7, 2010

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend, otherwise known as The Who, are on stage performing their halftime set for Super Bowl XLIV. Gotta say, they sound a little flat. Here’s the setlist: “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Who Are You,” “See Me, Feel Me,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

They sounded good on “Baba O’Riley” but, in all honesty, if you have seen Pearl Jam perform this song live, you might get a feeling of what it was like in The Who’s heyday.  Not now. We didn’t like all of the segues, some of them were awkward.

LOVE the stage. It’s like the anti-Claw. That isn’t a slam against U2. (We love The Claw. Believe us. We’ve seen it many, many times.) This is a beautiful set for a stadium show. We love the way it reacted to the music, sort like a screensaver we use called “geiss.”

By the way, we’ve heard “Wake Up” at least three five times before the start of the third quarter during the broadcast. Good to know it’s going to good use. We love the clip played because it reminds us of the intro to U2’s Vertigo Tour before the band came onstage. Good times.

Way to go, Brett. We love his sense of humor and the occasional wink at his critics:

Best Ad: Hyundai’s commercial with Brett Favre. Google’s long-distance relationship via search.  Hand’s down.  Best Super Bowl ad since the Apple Macintosh.  Way to go, Google! (We realize the ad has been on YouTube for a few months but that doesn’t make it any less compelling. This is the first time we’ve seen it.)

Great storytelling in 60 seconds or less. People have done far worse with 10 times as much time.

We also liked the brief ad for the “Late Show With David Letterman” with David, Oprah and Jay Leno. Very funny, lots of subtext.

These E-Trade commercials are laugh-out-loud hilarious.

This one is a little older but still funny. I think they had to retire the original baby because he got too old. Hollywood sure is a tough town.

Vote for your favorite commercial on USA Today’s Ad Meter.