Nelson Mandela Dies – U2 Pays Tribute With ‘Ordinary Love’

Nelson Mandela. “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” I thought of this Nelson Mandela quote a couple of days ago when New Zealand politician John Banks was once again trying to tell all who’d listen that anyone who knows him knows he’s an…

When Songs Come On Your iPod Just When You Need Them

Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver. Life is full of ups and downs and I had cause to remember in the last couple of days a time when I’d been hit with several downs in a row too many. I was living in Vancouver at the time and took a walk to clear my mind and unusually…

The Edge Turns 50 – U2’s Best Soul Song

The vitriol against U2 fascinates me. A recent article here in New Zealand about Bono being the biggest prat in music attracted pages and pages of comments, most of them agreeing. Here is¬†arguably the most dominant band of the last 30 years, a musical outfit capable of rock, pop, soul, electronica, dance, rock ‘n’ roll,…

When U2 Teamed Up With Johnny Cash

U2. With news U2 have just beaten the Rolling Stones for the highest grossing concert tour of all time, (tipped to pass US $700 million) I felt compelled to go for a stroll around the Lindeman Island golf-course with my iPod set to nothing but Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry. And Johnny. I’ve always…