U2 joined Senegalese artist Baaba Maal on stage tonight as part of London's celebrations for Island 50. Baaba and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) were sharing the bill at Shepherd's Bush Empire. The band joined Baaba Maal for a version of U2's 0ne to the surprise of the sold out crowd.
It's less than fifty days to Barcelona and the opening night of the tour. With the new stage being built and forty four shows coming up between June and October, it got us thinking about the last tour - Vertigo 05/06. Were you there ?
'The world of music is rapidly changing, and new business models are developing fast, but all of this progress is threatened in a world where 95% of music downloads see no reward going to the creator. '
For No Line On The Horizon the band asked longtime photographic collaborator Anton Corbijn not just to take the pictures but also to make a film. The result is 'Linear': not a music video but a companion piece that takes themes from the songs and turns them into a mesmerising road trip. We caught up with Anton to ask him what 'Linear' is all about.
The shows in Chicago, Boston and New York were instantaneous sell-outs this morning, setting records for single day attendance in each city. Second and final shows have now been announced and presales for U2.com subscribers open tomorrow.