Friday, March 6, 2009

U2 Can't Leave Behind Beautiful Day on Letterman

U2 turned back to their blockbuster hit from All That You Can’t Leave Behind Thursday night on David Letterman with their performance of Beautiful Day. Beautiful Day is undoubtedly one of the band’s most successful singles but I would have loved to see the band perform another song off of No Line on the Horizon instead. Word is that the band performed Vertigo after the show went off the air. The interesting part of this performance of Beautiful Day was Bono’s impromptu reference of Joey Ramone and The Beatles throughout the song. The Beatles turned in one of the most historic television performances in the same Ed Sullivan Studio that U2 was performing in and The home-grown Ramones connection to the city of New York is very strong as is U2’s—the band performed In a Little While to Joey Ramone on one of Joey Ramon’s last days in the hospital before his premature death.

U2 also turned in a performance Friday morning at Fordham University live on Good Morning America. We’ll hope to have a link to video of the performance soon.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Dave Matthews Band Set to Rock Fenway Again

Live Nation confirmed today that the Dave Matthews Band will return to play Fenway Park in Boston this May 29 and 30. The return engagement makes the Dave Matthews Band the first artist to return for a second head-lining gig at Boston’s historical ballpark. Willie Nelson has been announced as the opener for both Fenway Concerts.

Not Fully Crazy About U2's Wednesday Night Letterman Appearance

U2’s third appearance on David Letterman Wednesday night was, in my opinion, a bit of a drop-off intensity-wise from the first two nights but their performance of I'll Go Crazy If I don't Go Crazy Tonight all-and-all wasn’t a bad showing as TV appearances go. The band has two more appearances left on Letterman Thursday and Friday and will be appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America this Friday starting sometime after 7:00 AM. The Good Morning America appearance will take place live from Fordham University.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Phoenix Reports U2's "Secret Show" to be at Somerville Theater

The Boston Phoenix is now reporting that the Somerville Theater will be the host for U2’s “secret show” taking place next Wednesday March 11. The Boston airways and papers had been buzzing over which venue would host the concert and The Phoenix is now the first to confirm a venue for the Irish rockers. The Boston Phoenix just posted that their sources report the Irish rockers will take over the Somerville Theater next Wednesday March 11 for a nation-wide radio broadcast. Several radio stations have been giving out tickets for the past two days and until now no media outlet would confirm a venue.

Another Taylor Headed to the Patriots?

Jason Taylor’s official release from the Washington Redskins is resurfacing NBC Sports rumor from earlier this week that Taylor may be making his way north to Foxboro. Taylor who is well known from his years as a dominant pass rusher in Miami and his stint on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is known for having a strong personality that has in the past rubbed both teammates and team officials alike, the wrong way.

A Rockin' Debate

With our nation’s current financial crisis there have been many contentious debates both in Washington and in the many state legislatures. But recently, Oklahoma’s State legislature took a few minutes away from arguing the merits of bailouts and budgets and turned their focus to the state’s official rock song. The winner of the debate was a 2002 song by the band The Flaming Lips entitled “Do you realize.” This got me to thinking, if Massachusetts had to name an official rock song for the commonwealth what would they choose—“Dirty Water,” “Shipping up to Boston,” or perhaps something by hometown rockers Aerosmith or Jay Giles? This issue clearly merits a robust and complete debate.

U2's Hype Machine Rolls On

The unprecedented hype machine that has become U2’s promotion of their new album, No Line on the Horizon, saw the band turn in another excellent performance on David Letterman Tuesday night with their performance of Magnificent, another song off the new album. The performance followed the band’s Monday performance where they played Breathe and will be followed by performances on Letterman each night this week.

Here in Boston, U2 has seemingly taken over the airways of Boston’s FM radio with WBCN, WAAF, WBMX, WZLX, WFNX, and WBOS all running contests to grant winners entry to U2’s “secret” performance next Wednesday March 11, at a yet to be announced venue. The performance is expected to include a short performance by the band and a question and answer session led by Garbage lead singer, Shirley Manson.