"No one's blaming them," the drummer says. "Apple has done great things, but it has also contributed to the devaluation process [of music]"
by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason thinks that Apple "got off scot-free" following the mixed response to the way the tech giant distributed U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence. Speaking with the British edition of GQ, Mason noted how U2 bore the brunt of the negativity, apologizing to iTunes users for "forcing" the album on them.
Although Mason said that he, too, would have taken Apple up on an offer to release one of his albums in exchange for £50 million, the fallout from the release has "made everyone think again about how they want their music delivered, given or sold.
"Look, U2 are a great band, and Bono's an extraordinary individual, so this isn't an anti-U2 tirade," he continued. "But it highlights a vital aspect to the whole idea of music in the 21st century. What's also interesting is that Apple seem to have got off scot-free. No one's blaming them. Apple has done great things, but it has also contributed to the devaluation process."
The U2 singer's 6,218-word screed is an A to Z of 2014, including the Apple debacle, his bike crash, and a veiled cry for help to his band's former manager, Paul McGuinness
by Jim Carroll, Irish Times
We have a winner. The new year may still be yawning to life, but there won't be another blog post in 2015 on a par with the 6,218-word screed delivered by U2's Bono on New Year's Day.
Laid up since his bike accident and unable to resume his rightful place in front of microphones and cameras for another long six months, U2's frontman instead went online to review his annus horribilis from A to Z.
There was much to talk about. We got the irony bypass of the singer using a blog post to fume about nasty bloggers not liking his band's new album. We got another bizarre defence ("bottle of milk" and "bowl of cereal") of the U2/Apple distribution snafu. We got plenty of references to his friends and family.
But there was one entry that stood out. In between O for the Oscars and Q for Quincy Jones, Bono wrote with fondness, affection and generosity about the band's former manager Paul McGuinness.
U2 frontman Bono says he fears that he may never play guitar again following a bike accident last November.
He made the comment in his A to Z of 2014, published on the band's website.
Bono broke his arm in six places and fractured his eye socket, hand and shoulder blade in what he called a "freak accident" in New York.
In the letter to his fans, he said he was unable to move around physically and would have to "concentrate hard" to be fit for U2's next tour.
At the time, the hospital where Bono was being treated said he had been involved in "a high-energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider".
The Irish rocker spoke this week about being on painkillers for weeks and said he had a "massive injury, I can't blame on anyone but myself".
Bono, who has been recovering from a serious bicycle accident, did not attend the annual Christmas eve busking on Dublin's Grafton street this year, but was spotted with Shane MacGowan outside The Cliff Townhouse on St Stephens Green. Bono's wife Ali Hewson as well as bandmate Larry Mullen were accompanying him. Bono's left arm was in a heavy cast. Check out a photo here and here.
Filming takes place in Olympia Drive in Village area of south Belfast yesterday for U2 video
by Amanda Ferguson, Belfast Telegraph
It seems Bono is capable of annoying people even when he's not there.
Belfast residents have complained about the disruption caused by filming for a U2 video in the Village area of the city and there have been accusations the Irish rockers are "cashing in" on the Troubles.
A number of people living in Olympia Drive raised concerns about the shoot, which took place over several hours yesterday.
One man claimed cars on set had stopped social care workers parking next to the home of an elderly couple and a business owner said it was stopping people from parking at her premises.
Footage was also shot in the New Lodge area of north Belfast on Wednesday afternoon. None of the band were in Belfast for the shoot and body doubles were used.
By Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner
Accumulated losses at U2's main Irish firm increased by over €2m last year to nearly €10.5m.
New figures for the band's Not Us Ltd show that the firm plunged further into the red, with accumulated losses going from €8.35m to €10.49m in the 12 months to the end of December last.
The firm is being supported by Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr, and Adam Clayton, who provided a directors' loan of €2.25m last year. A note attached to the accounts states that the directors' loan attracts an annual interest rate of 3% per annum.
The figures, recently lodged with the Companies Office, show that the cash pile at the band's firm last year dropped from €545,706 to €160,196.
'A TRIUMPH IN TICKET SALES'
'Due to overwhelming demand - additional dates confirmed in New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris.'
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 9, 2014) - A triumph in ticket sales, U2's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 is sold out in multiple cities throughout Europe and North America it was announced by Live Nation.
Following overwhelming fan demand, including a record-setting 118,000 fans queuing online to purchase tickets in New York, two new shows have been confirmed in New York, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin & Paris.
Tickets for the new dates will go on sale Monday, Dec. 15. Additional Dates below.
Below is the official press release from Live Nation who is sponsoring U2's forthcoming iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour starting in 2015.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --- The dates for U2's upcoming iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 have been announced today by Live Nation. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour, which begins in 2015, will see U2 play indoor arenas for the first time in a decade and will visit 19 cities worldwide during its first year with pairs of shows in each city. A complete tour itinerary is below. Tickets for all shows will go on general sale on Monday, Dec. 8. In addition, special shows are being planned for Dublin for the end of next year - to benefit the U2-initiated Music Generation project - details of which will be announced as soon as they are finalised.
The tour follows the recent release of U2's thirteenth studio album Songs Of Innocence by Island Records, which was given to U2.com subscribers and gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide. To date, Songs of Innocence has been streamed 81 million times and has been downloaded by 30 million fans.
"We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two," said Bono , "and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!"
By Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com
As U2 announces a sizable North American tour for 2015, guitarist The Edge is confirming that Bono, who recently injured himself in a bicycle accident and has been out of commission since, is going to be just fine by then--even though he may have to miss some appearances in the process, including KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas later this month.
The rocker called in to CBS Radio station KROQ's Kevin & Bean Show this morning (Dec. 3) to discuss the incident, as well as the tour.
"He managed to come out of it with what you could only describe as injuries from a car crash, literally, multiple fractures of bones in his elbow and in his back," The Edge said. "But he's doing OK."
Don't worry--though his injuries, which included multiple fractures (chiefly a facial fracture affecting the orbit of his eye and a humerus bone fracture in his left arm that tore through the skin), may have been severe, at least he was wearing a helmet.