U2 To Release ‘From The Sky Down’ On January 24th

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U2 are set to release the documentary ‘From The Sky Down’ on DVD, Blu-Ray and video download on January 24th, featuring bonus performances and interviews. The film documents the making of the band’s landmark 1991 album ‘Achtung Baby’.

Early in 2011, the band returned to Hansa Studio in Berlin to discuss the making of ‘Achtung Baby’ with Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim. Originally screened as part of BBC’s Imagine Series across the UK last October, the film was also the first ever documentary to open the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.

Twenty Years after the release of U2’s Achtung Baby, Guggenheim charts the path toward this groundbreaking album. Guggenheim uses animation and unseen footage from Berlin and Dublin alongside conversation to reveal what is now a key chapter in U2’s career.

“In the terrain of rock bands – implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction…this band has endured and thrived. From The Sky Down asks the question why,” says Guggenheim.

U2 To Release ‘Achtung Baby’ 20th Anniversary Edition On November 1st

U2 'Achtung Baby' album cover

Twenty years ago, Bono described ‘Achtung Baby’ as “the sound of four men chopping down ‘The Joshua Tree’.” The album won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most significant records of the nineties and of U2’s career. To mark twenty years since its 1991 release, an anniversary edition of U2’s ‘Achtung Baby’ is due on November 1, 2011, in the United States (internationally, October 31, 2011).

Recorded over six months at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin, ‘Achtung Baby’ is U2’s seventh studio album. Produced by longtime U2 collaborators, Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno with Steve Lillywhite, Achtung Baby was engineered by Flood and led by ‘The Fly’. The album spawned four other singles, including ‘Mysterious Ways’, ‘One’, ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ and ‘Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses’.

The ‘Achtung Baby’ archives have unearthed some previously unreleased songs from the recording sessions. With a raft of unreleased material, video, remixes, b-sides and documentary footage discovered, a full album of demo and early versions of the final 1991 tracklisting has also been revealed. Five physical editions including vinyl, CD, DVD and digital options will be made available. Full details of all formats are at achtungbaby.u2.com.

Earlier this year U2 returned to Hansa Studio in Berlin to discuss ‘Achtung Baby’ in ‘From The Sky Down’, directed by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim. The film was selected to open the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8 and will be included in the anniversary edition. A trailer for the film can be see below.

Reeve Carney ‘Rise Above 1’ Video Ft. Bono, The Edge

Reeve Carney 'Rise Above 1'

Reeve Carney, who appears in the Broadway musical ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ as the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, is out with the music video to his new single ‘Rise Above 1’, featuring Bono and The Edge of U2. The song appears on ‘Music From Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’, out now on Interscope Records. Watch it below.

U2 Tribute To New Zealand Pike River Miners

U2 played their first date in Auckland and made special mention of the killed coal miners on New Zealand’s South Island. The band performed the song ‘One Tree Hill’, a song written in tribute to a Kiwi crew member who died in a bike accident on an earlier tour. Watch a ‘Sunrise’ report with a clip from the show via YouTube below.

Bono And The Edge Talk About Scoring Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’

Bono and The Edge of U2 are scoring Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’, writing songs for the Julie Taymor directed musical production. The musicians and Julie spoke with ‘Good Morning America’ co-host George Stephanopoulos about the project, Bono’s recovery after back surgery, what drew Bono to the production, and sets the theatergoers can expect from the big budget musical. “It’s a really quintessential New York story, and we’re all kinda wannabe New Yorkers,” Bono said. “It’s not so serious, but this post 9-11 idea of everyone being capable of being a hero kind of caught our imaginations and we didn’t want to go about it in any earnest way, but it’s a mythological character. A New Yorker old Peter Parker.” Watch the interview via ABC.com below.

Bono Meets Dmitry Medvedev

Bono met the Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, ahead of the band’s first gig in the country. The U2 singer at one point joked about Medvedev’s devotion to Deep Purple. “I come here to cross the great divide between me, a Led Zeppelin fan and you, the Deep Purple fan,” Bono said. Watch a report from ITN below.

Bono’s Back Heals And U2 Return To Touring

It was a beautiful day for Bono and U2 fans as the band got back to business and back to touring after the singer’s back operation. “I’m a bit nervous but I’ve been working three, four hours a day doing rehab, trying to get ready for tonight,” Bono said before the show. “It’s about 10 weeks ago since I had surgery, and look there’s worse things that could happen to you, but it was a bit scary and you don’t like letting people down, especially this band. I don’t let them down. It’s a big night for our band.” Watch the report, including highlights from the show, via DailyMotion below.

Bono Reacts To David Cameron’s Bloody Sunday Apology

U2 singer Bono shared his thoughts on British Prime Minister David Cameron apologizing for the “unjustified and unjustifiable” killing of 14 civil rights marchers by British soldiers in Derry 38 years ago, in what has since been dubbed ‘Bloody Sunday’ and was what spurred the Irish rock band to write ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ for their 1983 album ‘War’. Bono writes:

It was inconceivable to many that a Tory prime minister could manage to get these words out of his mouth. It was also inconceivable — before he uttered the carefully minted phrasing — that he would be listened to by a hushed crowd gathered in Guildhall Square in Derry, a place not famous for its love of British leaders of any stripe, and that he would be cheered while speaking on specially erected screens that earlier had been used to relay images from the World Cup.

Thirty-eight years did not disappear in an 11-minute speech — how could they, no matter how eloquent or heartfelt the words? But they changed and morphed, as did David Cameron, who suddenly looked like the leader he believed he would be. From prime minister to statesman.

Check out the entire story at nytimes.com.

U2 ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’ Live DVD Video

U2’s Live DVD, ‘U2360° At The Rose Bowl’, filmed last year to a crowd of over 97,000 and streamed live across seven countries on YouTube, has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 3rd. Fans can catch a glimpse of the DVD in this newly released clip on VEVO. The clip, ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’, as a taste of what’s on DVD below.

U2 Preferred By Wealthy & Republican Music Fans

U2 360 At The Rose Bowl

In an online Harris poll conducted in March with 2,230 adults participating, U2 was named the favorite band of Republicans, while Celine Dion took the top spot for Democrats, and independents went for The Beatles. U2 were also the top choice of wealthy people, with the Irish band topping the list for those with a household income of greater than $75,000. Amongst those making less than $35,000, The Beatles were the top pick. Celine was the favorite for the middle income respondents.

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