Monthly Archives: November 2013

U2 manager Steps Down

The Edge/ Paul/ Bono

The Edge/ Paul/ Bono

Paul McGuinness long time manager of U2 will begin to take a less “hands on” role as Live Nation continues to negotiations to buy Principal Management as well as Madonna’s management company Maverick. 

McGuinness would become the chairmen of Principal. Live Nation is expected to pay 22 Million Euros for both firms. Paul has managed U2 from the start of the career. Even joked at times as the 5th member of U2.  Paul did make a statement that said “”It could be seen as slightly poor etiquette for a manager to consider retiring before his artist has split, quit or died, but U2 have never subscribed to the rock ‘n’ roll code of conduct.


“As I approach the musically relevant age of 64 I have resolved to take a less hands-on role as the band embark on the next cycle of their extraordinary career.”

Mr McGuinness added: “I have long regarded Guy Oseary as the best manager of his generation, and there is no one else I would have considered to take over the day-to-day running of our business.”


U2 Album Slated for Early 2014 Release

The musicians of U2 preserve their fresh rock style despite their veteran status in the music biz.

U2 is readying a new album for tentative release in April, Billboard has learned, and is shopping for brand partners to announce the new project via a Super Bowl commercial.

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U2 frontman Bono helped convince Facebook to pick Dublin for its European HQ

By Martin Bryant

One thing that comes up frequently whenever you talk to people in Ireland is the level of influence that U2 frontman Bono has. Indeed, it turns out that he played a pivotal role in Facebook choosing the country’s capital city as its HQ for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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(Lou Reed photograph by Man Alive! and used via Creative Commons licensing.)

By: Matt McGee

Bono has written an essay in remembrance of Lou Reed, who died on October 27th of liver disease at the age of 71. In the essay, Bono calls Reed “a still figure in the eye of a metallic hurricane” and “pop’s truly great poker face.” He also talks about times when U2’s path crossed with The Velvet Underground:

Lou was born out of two influences that can’t be underestimated. One: the talents of his bandmates in the Velvet Underground, who then influenced pretty much every group that had a foot in the Seventies. (Witness our own “Running to Stand Still” for red-handed proof.) U2 were beyond ourselves with delight when the Velvets re-formed to play some select dates in the early Nineties, including some with us.

The full essay is available on and will appear in the new issue of the print magazine, dated November 21, 2013.

“Turning pain into beauty is the mark of a great artist”

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Five things U2 needs to do to return to form

BY JANE STEVENSON There’s big news for U2 fans in the form of a new single, a ballad called Ordinary Love, for Idris Elba’s new film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, about South African president Nelson Mandela.

You can hear part of it in the trailer for the movie, but the song in its entirey will be actually be released to the public on Nov. 29 as part of Record Store Day’s Back to Black Friday event as a limited edition 10-inch vinyl with a b-side that’s a new version of Breathe, from U2’s last album, 2009’s No Line On The Horizon.

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