Bono & The Edge: U2 3D

January 20th, 2008

Benjamin Wagner: What do you notice in yourselves and each other in 3D that you didn't before?

The Edge: I was struck by the separateness really yunno we're up there quite individual and quite separate something about the 3D the depth of field you really feel that

Bono: Are you saying you felt lonely up there, The Edge?

The Edge: Nah, I felt lonely for Larry.

Bono: He likes being by himself.

The Edge: I was moved.

Bono: Did you go and bring him a bottle of water?

The Edge: ...

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Sundance 2008: Faraway (So Close)

January 20th, 2008

resizedThere was nothing between The Edge, Bono and me except Jerry Penacoli.

Incidentally, the Xtra correspondent is not a small man. I'm gonna' wager 6' 4", 225. Nor was he very happy with me at the moment.

The "U23D" red carpet was the single most crowded press line I've seen in the last four years of an ever-escalating Sundance Film Festival. And not surprisingly: The World's Best Band was running it through. This place (heck, this planet) craves celebrity, but this was something else. It was the most-talked about event of the weekend. The ...

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You Miss Too Much These Days If You Stop To Think

December 14th, 2007

resized What a beautiful way to start a strange day.

It began at the Dolby screening room on the corner of 55th Street and Sixth Avenue (there behind the big LOVE statue) where 3ality Digital, National Geographic Films and Murphy PR were screening "U23D."

The 90-minute concert film (which dispenses with the behind-the-scenes and verite elements that made "Rattle & Hum" creak and groan) captures Bono et all at Vertigo tour stops in Mexico City and Buenos Aires. And I'll be honest: I found myself choked up more than once during the ...

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Head In Heaven / Fingers In The Mire

July 10th, 2007

What would you do if, in the middle of a perfectly normal day, your hero walked into the room?

I've read some 1182 pages about the man in the last three months alone.

I watched "Live From Sydney," "Live From Chicago," "Rattle & Hum," "Classic Albums: Joshua Tree," and "Under Review: Achtung Baby," all in the last three weeks.

I've listened to his music since I was a teenager. In the last few months, though, I've listened to little else.

His band is undisputedly the biggest and best of my generation.

And just last week, I was ...

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That God Shaped Hole

April 21st, 2007

I am staring out the window, watching the city pass me by, when I tell her that I feel old and irrelevant.

Abbi and I are in the back of a yellow cab. The clock is creeping towards one o'clock. We're on our way back uptown from Jeff Jacobson's CD release show at Rockwood.

We arrived late, waylayed by an errant M train. Jeff was already on stage. The room was packed. Casey was -- for once -- playing the role of Jeff's sidekick. Both were beaming brightly. We wedged ourself into a corner by the door, ordered a drink, and did our


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When I Look At The Stars

April 1st, 2006

We look a little drunk, don't we? We're not. We're on ecstacy.

Nils G. Holm's "Ecstasy Research In The 20th Century" describes the experience thusly:

Ecstasy is derived from a Greek word, with the original meaning of removing oneself from a given place. By an extended sense of the word, this implies that the ego is no longer in the physical frame. In Latin it can be translated by "alienatio". In research it has come to signify different states of consciousness that are characterized by unusual achievements, peculiar experiences and


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The Edge: I’m Your Man

January 23rd, 2006

resized I was in Park City Executive Producing MTV News’ extensive coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. I interviewed The Edge on his involvement in the forthcoming film, "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man." This interview occurred at the Motorola Lounge on Monday morning, January 23, for a program on MTV’s broadband channel, Overdrive, called "Sundance Rock Docs." The interview is reprinted here for the completist.

BW: Tell me about your introduction to Leonard Cohen.

The Edge: I first ...

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I Must Be An Acrobat

September 28th, 2005

A few weeks ago at the "Elizabethtown" premiere party, a woman from UPI asked me, "So, are you a critic?" I answered quickly enough to offend every critic within ear shot, "Oh no, no, no, no. I'd never be a critic."

True, I was on the job for MTV News, so she's to be forgiven for asking. But being a rock or movie critic was never something I aspired to. What do critics know? What has a critic made? At the end of their days, what do they have to show for themselves?

Frank Zappa famously said, "Most rock journalism is people who


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All I Want Is You & God, Part II – MP3

December 19th, 2004

I, like the rest of the world, have been unable to escape the recent U2 deluge. Which I'm ok with. Hey, it's a great iTunes ad. And I'm happy to walk outside the office and see Bono riding by on a flatbed truck. Just as I'm happy to dig back into their catalogue, as Apple's "Ultimate U2 Collection" has enabled me to do. After all, I came of age during most of it.

True, I caught on a little late. I was more into their later, more anthemic and symphonic work than their earlier punky stuff. I've gone through at least four copies of "The Joshua ...

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