Posts Tagged ‘U2’

“Don’t dream it’s over” becomes Alexei Navalny anthem

Monday, March 11th, 2024

In a stirring act of musical activism, rock superstars U2 united with a virtual Neil Finn for a special performance of the 1986 Crowded House hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over”. The artists were honouring the late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia’s continued fight against Vladimir Putin’s regime. Song of Freedom and Read more

U2’s Bono sings Pope Francis praise

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Pope Francis is an extraordinary man for extraordinary times, says Irish singer Bono. The U2 frontman told reporters he met privately with Francis on Wednesday to sign an agreement between his charity, ONE, and the Scholas Occurentes educational charity supported by Francis. “We haven’t figured out what we are going to do together,” Bono said, Read more

Why does U2 irk so many people? Their struggle for pop hits and social justice

Monday, July 24th, 2017

“They only want you to be the one thing,” Mick Jagger once told the novelist William Gibson. He was referring to his own acting career. It is odd to imagine a celebrity icon millionaire presumably so close to the heart of rock and roll speaking so wistfully of thwarted ambition, as if he once had Read more

U2 Front man tells Christian song writers to get real

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Bono, the U2 frontman offered some advice for Christian musicians. “I find in Christian art a lot of dishonesty, and I think it’s a shame,” Bono said. “I would love if this conversation would inspire people who are writing these beautiful… gospel songs, write a song about their bad marriage. Write a song about how they’re Read more

The church of U2

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

A few years ago, I was caught up in a big research project about contemporary hymns (or “hymnody,” as they say in the trade). I listened to hundreds of hymns on Spotify; I interviewed a bunch of hymn experts. What, I asked them, was the most successful contemporary hymn—the modern successor to “Morning Has Broken” Read more