Also, here are some of my favorite quotes from an interview given to the band by CNN. Some are funny, some are serious, but all of them just give you a sense of what an awesome band they are! Did I mention that I like U2 (but not to the obsessive point)?
Bono: It's very hard to imagine anyone else being in the Beatles. It's very hard to imagine anyone else being in U2. People tell me that if you go to a U2 show, when we walk out on stage, everybody has the hairs going up in the back of their neck. What we don't tell everyone is that happens to us, too. And I don't know why that is. I think it's chemistry.
Bono: If we're going to make an album, it's very important to us that every song on the album is a "10." I think the reason people aren't buying albums is a lot of times they only get one or two good songs. For us, every song had to be extraordinary, and special, and unique, and the whole had to be better than the sum of its parts. You'll have to decide if we achieved that, but that's what we were attempting.
Edge: No album of ours is ever made in a vacuum. There's always a huge amount of what's going on in the culture that informs our work. But when it comes out in the end, it always sounds like U2.Clayton: We see each other a lot -- just to figure out what music we're listening to, what movies people are seeing, just to know where their heads are at. And if we don't have too much to talk about, we just swap knitting tips.
Mullen: It's not an easy record, and it's complex. "[Get on Your] Boots" is one of those things where our audience is kind of divided on whether they think it's a good or bad thing. I'm very pleased with it. I think it shakes it up a bit, and we need to do that. We've had two albums -- "All That You Can't Leave Behind" and "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" -- and they were very U2 as U2. This album is a lot more experimental.
But if you want to read the whole article yourself, go here (there's also a cool video link - and see if you notice Bono unconsciously flipping you off - pretty funny).
If you want to sample the music go here and click on "listen to samples."
Reagan's favorite sample is "Get Your Boots On" -- the song evoked clapping and dancing from the girl.
I know I'll be happy.
Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen and The Edge appeared on the southwest corner of 53rd Street and Broadway (yesterday) -- along with NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- to unveil the street sign "U2 Way."
West 53rd Street west of Broadway will keep the name for one week while the band is in town to appear each night on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman."