U2 – Berlin Inspired Masterpiece ‘ACHTUNG BABY’ Turns 30 Today

Back in time

18 November 2021

Band: U2
Active: Since 1976 / 14 studio LPs (so far)

Anniversary album: ACHTUNG BABY – 7th LP
Released: 18 November 1991- 30 years ago today

Pitchfork said: “Achtung Baby is rightly known as one of rock’s greatest reinventions
because it was so complete. Sure, U2 changed their sound from chiming melodics to lurching, distorted rhythm. But they also changed their attitude, their demeanor, their look, their ideas on how to deal with celebrity.

All of a sudden, they were funny, sexy, a bit dangerous– three things few would’ve associated with U2 in the 80s. And yet, at their core, the band’s values remained constant. They were still ethically minded and interested in the real-life connection between living beings. But the way they went about projecting those core tenets flipped. In TV-news parlance, their attitude switched from “60 Minutes” to “The Colbert Report”. Score: 9.5/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Big bands make big records filled
with big songs like U2 with this big masterpiece.

Singles/clips: The Fly / Mysterious Ways / Zoo Station / One

– THE FLY –

– MYSTERIOUS WAYS –

– ZOO STATION –

– ONE –

Full album on Spotify…

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U2: Facebook – All Albums

All info about the 30th-Anniversary Edition here

Happy 60 To U2’s Guitar Wizard THE EDGE

8 August 2021

David Howell Evans – better know as The Edge – was born
on 8 August 1961 in London, UK. Happy 60 to the brilliant
guitarist who defined the electrifying sound of mega stars U2 .
He moved with his family to Dublin, Ireland at the age of 2.

During his triumphant career, he also played with big
shots like Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Tina Turner en Ron Wood.

Anecdote: he’s the proud owner of 200 guitars.

The Edge: “By referencing our past, by allowing ourselves to sound
like the ‘old U2’—the Eighties U2—we’re not in a box anymore. Now
we’re free to sound any way we please. It’s very liberating.”

Three big EDGE moments…

– PRIDE (In The Name Of Love) –

– WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME –

– OUT OF CONTROL –

U2: Facebook


(Brussels 2017 – Photo by Turn Up The Volume)

On The Roof In Los Angeles With U2 This Day In 1987

27 March 2021

Band: U2

Single: WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME (1987)
Score: #1 in Ireland and New-Zealand, #4 in the UK
and #13 in the US

Album: The Joshua Three

The clip for the song, unquestionably inspired by The Beatles‘ legendary roof
performance in London in 1969, was shot on the roof of a store in downtown
Los Angeles
(no idea why they didn’t go to New York, that’s THE city where the
streets have no names) on 27 March 1987. The shoot was ended by the police
when the traffic got stuck as hundreds of enthusiastic passers-by blocked the
streets. Rock ‘n’ roll!!

Let’s hit the roof

U2: Facebook

Back In Time With ALICE COOPER – U2 – KURT VILE

Great albums from the past celebrating a birthday…

LOVE IT TO DEATHALICE COOPER – third LP

Released: 9 March 1971 – 50 years ago today
Key track: I’m Eighteen

Full album…

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THE JOSHUA THREEU2 – 5th LP

Released: 9 March 1987 – 34 years ago today
Key tracks: Where the Streets Have No Name / I Still Haven’t
Found What I’m Looking For / With or Without You

Full album…

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SMOKE RING FOR MY HALOKURT VILE – 4th LP

Released: 8 March 2011 – 10 years ago yesterday
Key track: Baby’s Arms

Full album…

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To Hell With Blue Mondays – Here’s… THE EDGE

4 January 2021

OMG! I miss live music so much. For years a great and important piece of my life took/takes place in concert venues, small and big, enjoying the ecstatic, buzzing,
boosting, mind-boggling and out-of-control experience of a gig. In the past years,
I saw a yearly average of 200 artists doing their thing on a stage. In 2020 I was at
3 concerts, yes, just 3 !!! And we all know why. Fuck that awful coronavirus.

And so far, 2021 doesn’t look hopeful yet.
Fingers crossed. Bring on the vaccine!
I need my shots of live adrenaline.
I want to go out-of-control again!

Capice?

Here comes… THE EDGE