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The Edge on New U2 Music -- We're Tryin'

11/22/2010 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
U2's The Edge tells us he and the band are still hard at work ... but insists it's "hard to tell" when the band is set to drop their long-awaited, super-hyped up new album.

New U2 Album

For months, U2 fans have been waiting for the release of a new album reportedly produced by Danger Mouse.

But this weekend in NY, we asked the always friendly rocker when the band would be dropping some new stuff -- and dude didn't sound too optimistic.

Tiger Woods -- Distracted Husband

12/18/2009 8:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
So we've gotten to the bottom of the picture we posted earlier today -- showing Tiger Woods with a woman at a U2 concert in October. The good news -- Tiger was with wife, Elin Nordegren. The bad news, while she was smiling away, he was texting someone.

Tiger Woods -- Distracted Husband

Wonder who was on the receiving end?

Tiger Woods All Up In Tony Romo's Box

12/17/2009 2:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Super secret party guy Tiger Woods didn't just sneak away to hang out with cocktail waitresses -- he also came out of his cave to watch one of the biggest bands in the world ... from the vantage point of an NFL superstar's box seats.

TMZ has obtained photos of Tiger and Tony Romo hanging out in the quarterback's box at Cowboys Stadium during a U2 concert back in October.

The blonde woman next to Tiger doesn't appear to be his wife, Elin Nordegren -- which begs the question, do you think she knew where he was that night?


Bono Removes His Shades, Shirt Too

9/2/2009 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
While vacationing in St. Barts on Wednesday, Bono did the unthinkable and took off ... his shades!!!!


With his eyes and moobs exposed, the 49-year-old is almost unrecognizable.

Eddie Vedder

Can't Find a Better

Karaoke Man

2/6/2009 7:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
When most people sing karaoke, it sounds worse than a Jessica Simpson concert -- but Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam doing it to "Where the Streets Have No Name" in an Arizona bar ain't half bad.


Criss Angel's New Friend


11/1/2007 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's already allegebedded Cameron Diaz and Britney Spears, but Criss Angel's got a new wingman in the most unlikely of people -- U2 frontman Bono!

The magician and the rocker were caught partying together at PURE Nightclub at a pre-Halloween costume bash, though neither of them wore anything out of the ordinary ... well, not for them.

UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was hanging with Angel as well.

Why U2

Hasn't Made a New Album In Years

10/1/2007 4:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ caught up with half of U2 over the weekend, and we may have gotten the scoop as to why the band hasn't produced a new album since 2004's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb." Bono's terse but perfectly rational answer: "Edge has got to restring his guitars."

Judging from the rather giddy laughter that followed his answer, it's also possible that Bono was just joking, or speaking some wink-winky language only understood by Irish musicians.

As ever, The Edge -- David Howell Evans himself -- who joined Bono at the Clinton Global Initiative event, had very little to say about the matter.

And the MTV Nominees Are...

8/7/2007 3:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
MTV AwardsAh, the Music Video Awards ... the one time each year when MTV actually bothers to play videos.

MTV just released its list of 2007 nominees, and there are few surprises. Proving that what goes around comes around, Justin Timberlake and bootylicious Beyonce lead the VMA pack with seven nominations each. Also up for multiple nominations: Kanye West, Rihanna and rehabbing whiner, Amy Winehouse.

U2 and Green Day were nominated for Best Collaboration for "The Saints Are Coming," to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. And Linkin Park -- remember them? -- picked up three nominations for Best Group, Director and Editing.

Biggest shocker? A Best Video nod for French electro duo Justice -- does the TRL tween set even know who the hell they are? Parlez vous Francais?

U2 and Green Day Take Shot At Bush Administration

11/3/2006 1:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

While Bono has received accolades from Republican (and Democrats, but that's expected) for his in depth knowledge of economics and world heath affairs, gained by first hand, on the ground experience as well as some obvious studying up on the issues. Politicians of all stripes are more than happy to get photo ops with a rock star, but it's easier for them when the rock star is informed to the level of St. Bono. And, there's no question that Bono's Bible approach to the poverty and AIDS issues made it easier to gain access to certain Republicans on Capitol Hill. Some say there is another reason Bono has been embraced by the White House and other national Republicans: his refusal to speak out on the Iraq war.

Green Day and U2

Indeed, Bono has had to address some behind the scenes sneers and snickering from the rock elite on his decision to stay silent on the issue. The singer has basically admitted to not talking about Iraq so he can continue to remain "non-partisan" in order to continue to lobby DC on behalf of "the world's poor." By any measure, he's been successful in the latter and for the most part, outside of a fund raising concert for Iraqi civilian refugees, has steered clear of the issue. He's had unprecedented access (for a rock star) to the President and gained quite a few fans in the White House. But, that cozy relationship may become a bit strained when the folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue see the video for U2's and Green Day's new take on the Skids' "The Saints Are Coming", which is part of a fund raising effort for the Gulf Coast region still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

During the video, now circulating on YouTube, the bands overlay images of both concert footage and scenes from New Orleans with some CNN-style news tickers announcing a imaginary headline saying "US Iraq Troops Redeployed to New Orleans." The obvious faux news ticker is being seen by some as a slam at not only the Administration's response to Katrina, but to the war in Iraq. Is there a suggestion here that had more of the troops been home they could have been used to rescue Katrina victims much sooner than they were?

I don't think the message is quite that literal. My guess is that what the bands, via this video, are trying to say is that if we can spend billions in "rebuilding" Iraq, the U.S. could have found the money and resources to get those people out earlier and bulk up the rebuilding effort, which in places like the 9th Ward of New Orleans is amazingly still lacking. Either interpretation is certain to rankle Bush loyalists who no doubt would rather have these guys just shut up and sing. Of course, with the way things are going these days some issues kind of speak for themselves - so the politicos might be quite happy with changing to the subject from actual reality to the machinations of rock stars.

How Many "Best of" Records Can Artists Put Out?

10/10/2006 5:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

U2 and Aerosmith are two of my favorite bands. I've grown up listening to both and have some memorable concert experiences with both. So, I rarely say anything negative about either. But, with both of these bands coming out with yet another "Best of" compilation, I can't help to think how many times can you go to this well?

Aerosmith cd cover.Aerosmith put out their first greatest hits record in 1980. Yes, I know some of you were quite young or not even born then. That was a good record. The band came back with another compilation called "Big Ones" in 1988, and to their credit didn't repeat tracks from the first collection. But, they've done it two more times since and have issued two box sets on top of that. If that's not enough, next month we'll see yet another one. This one is titled "Devil's Got a New Disguise: The Very Best Of Aerosmith." Since, this "The Very Best," not simply "The Best," we may have to cut them some slack. And, there will be two new songs on the release. The devil may have a new disguise, but Aerosmith (or their various labels) needs a new trick. This one's getting old.

U2 and green day.The guys from U2 are also repeat offenders, granted, not as bad as Aerosmith. U2 did two tasteful "best ofs" in 1998 and 2002, with each set covering a different time period in band history. In 2004, they put out a "digital" box set called "The Complete U2" via iTunes, which although digital, was largely repetitive of the previous offerings. And, just like Aerosmith, they are are dipping back into this well again. The Irish lads will release "U218 Singles" just in time for Christmas. The good news is that it will reportedly contain two new tracks, including their collaboration with Green Day titled, "The Saints Are Coming." The bad news is that if you're a die hard U2 fan you may have to buy songs you already have in order to get the new stuff.

Of course, these bands have had long illustrious careers, so maybe two "best of" sets would be palatable. But, multiple is pushing it. Somehow, I suspect we'll see at least one more from each before all is said and done. I have no doubt these are more "label creations" than that of the bands. Over all, I'm a fan of the "Best Of" compilation concept. It allows you to basically get a pre-made mix tape on your favorite artist. Particularly, if it is done at the end of an artists' career as a retrospective. Of course, the real fun of mix tapes are making them yourself. So, maybe the best thing to do is skip all these pre-mades and hit up your favorite digital store and make your own mix. Maybe that would get record execs to layoff the overkill. Probably not, but at least you'll have control over what songs you're buying.


Irish Tower

10/6/2006 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bono and the boys are finally getting the ivory tower they deserve.

U2 Tower
The Irish rock band is teaming up with Dublin, Ireland's Docklands Development Authority to create the U2 Tower. The 450 foot twisting tower will be the tallest structure in the city. The majority of the tower will consist of two-bedroom apartments expected to fetch upwards of $3 million each depending on the view.

But its the reason for the namesake of the tower that makes it special. At the top of the twisting building will be a penthouse and recording studio for the band. With their own special elevator from the ground floor to their studio, the band will be able to record while looking out over the sea and city.

The tower will bring new meaning to the band's hit song "Vertigo."

U2's New Tune and Coffee Table Book?

9/19/2006 10:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

U2's new coffee table bookU2 has never been a band to rest on their laurels. In addition to spending lots of time with über-producer Rick Rubin working on their next record, the band has been busy with some other side projects. The most unexpected of which is their very own coffee table book. While it probably won't be as funny as Kramer's coffee table book about coffee tables from Seinfeld, the Edge at least thinks it'll be informative - even beyond learning he had a really big head during what he tells Time Magazine was his "awkward phase." The book will contain old photos and anecdotes from the band's evolution from local punk wannabees to international superstars.

In addition to promoting their book, the lads will play at the Superdome next Monday night to celebrate the New Orleans' return to the Superdome for their first game since Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. Teaming up with their pals in Green Day, they've redone a classic punk song from the Scottish band the Skids and beyond playing it live, will release it as a fund raising single for the Music Rising charity that aims to help out Gulf area musicians. I can't wait to see this collaboration! And, more importantly, there's much work to be done down in that area and helping revive the cultural contributions the area musicians make will go along way to lifting the spirits of those still rebuilding. Both the exclusive Music Rising charity track and select exclusive footage from the performance will be available for a limited time via Rhapsody music.

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