Collect: U2 Three – The Holy Grail

July 26, 2003

By Joel Tanner – Chief ‘Elvis’

Limited to only 1000 copies, this hand numbered record sports an orange CBS cover, and Limited Edition sticker.

This item may as well be considered the Holy Grail in the world of U2. Seeing as though few of these ever seem to be for sale, we’ve decided to showcase this particular Ebay auction.

Apparently some U2 fans are such avid collectors that they are willing to spend $1700 USD (at time this was written) to prove it. In the past. We’ve seen other copies sell for a third of this price, or even less.

I’ll be sitting this one out. Are you willing to slap’em down for the Original U2 – Three?

If your startup just went IPO this is the U2 item for you!

Record Details:
U2 – Three Catalog#12-7951 Label:CBS Country:Ireland

Auction Link (July 2003):…tem=2547272124

Note: has nothing to do with this auction, nor do we know the seller. Bid at your own risk.

Cause : DATA Update *

July 22, 2003

By Devlin Smith

On January 28th, US Pres. George W. Bush stepped up to the podium to deliver his State of the Union address and unveiled a five-year, $15 billion plan to fight global AIDS. This was one of many milestones, struggles and triumphs faced by DATA in the first half of 2003, some of which are broken down below.

Bush Funding Plan

On the heels of his State of the Union announcement, Pres. Bush had planned to visit several African nations but postponed the trip because of the conflict in Iraq. Nearly six months later, the president is set to tour Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda and Nigeria from July 7 to July 12, promoting economic development and the fight against HIV/AIDS, including the $15 funding plan.
As the president packs his bags, his plan is being amended and scrutinized in Congress, $1.7 billion in cuts possible.

Experience : Meeting Bono at the Studio *

July 22, 2003

By Lauren Neff

What a day June 11th was. I can

About U2 : American David – Elvis and U2 *

July 19, 2003

By Kimberly "hippy" Egolf
July 2003

"Elvis is alive!" – Bono

Elvis has long been one of those supremely attractive personalities. From his earliest days as a performer, people sensed something about him. Not only did he possess charm and good looks that could sweep girls off their feet and cause the guys to emulate him, he was also the hallowed bringer of the raucous music we now revere as rock n’ roll. Before Elvis there were artists performing rock n’ roll, but none of them had the irresistible appeal that made Elvis the "King" of rock n’ roll. He not only paved the way for all rock n’ roll music since the early 1950s, he indeed blazed the trail. Elvis became the first of the modern-day celebrities, the first mass-produced icon of American culture. His was a life lived in the spotlight, a life that ended tragically and too soon. But for most fans, Elvis lives on: his legacy is modern celebrity; his gift is his music that continues to inspire and innovate – long after the he had left the building.

In Elvis, U2 found an icon from whom to take instruction about their own lives. The "King" is a continuous presence for the band, as much of a fixture in their lives as music itself. For us, it is difficult to imagine a world without the presence of U2. In turn, it’s difficult to imagine U2 without the presence of Elvis.

The U2-Elvis connection began even before the members of U2 were officially making music together. In Rattle and Hum, Larry speaks of watching Elvis’s movies as a boy and "really relating" to the films. He says that Elvis wasn’t just a workingman in those movies, he was a man who also loved to play guitar. Larry shared with Elvis that same passion for music, which quickly became a role model for the young drummer.

Although U2 seemed to derive its early sound mainly from the punk tradition, they quickly made it clear that they were not limited to playing one kind of music. The hyperactive rock n’ roll-meets-punk sound of their three earliest records was quickly taken in new directions by all four band members, who did not want to fit into a category or be saddled with a label.

They stunned fans and critics with their fourth studio album, The Unforgettable Fire: an ambient record that explored the deeper musical talents of all of the band members. Instead of the "three chords and the truth" attitude of Boy, October, and War, The Unforgettable Fire employed synthesizers, multi-layered tracking, softer vocals, and generally softer songs. One of those songs is a 6-minute ode to the King of rock n’ roll. The song, though composed almost twenty years ago, continues to confound U2 fans. Though the band members haven’t spoken at length about this particular song, it has been reported by most sources that "Elvis Presley and America" was a one-off take constructed by Unforgettable Fire producer Brian Eno in order to get the band thinking outside of their normal sound. The story goes that Eno slowed down the riff from "A Sort of Homecoming" and then encouraged Bono to improvise lyrics. This style of song writing helps to explain the occasionally unintelligible murmuring and stream-of-consciousness delivery that characterizes the song.

Even through these technical difficulties, the song reveals a young band beginning to struggle with the larger questions and ideas of fame. Though U2 had been critically acclaimed for years and had built a steady fan base across the world, it was 1983′s War tour that really began their ascent to international recognition. No longer were they allowed to be anonymous; they were forced to begin the difficult transition of small rock band from Dublin to international superstars. It is easy to forget that the band became wildly successful in a fairly short amount of time. In a way, this parallels the ride that Elvis himself had taken years before.

The song "Elvis Presley and America" is largely about that ride to fame and beyond. The song sees Elvis at both his highest and lowest points. There was a time when Elvis had conquered the world; he recorded albums, appeared on television, played the leading man in numerous movies, and toured constantly. But eventually all this began to wear on him and the pressure became too much. It does not shock us as much today because it has become clich

Review : Album : All That You Can

July 16, 2003

By Matthew Anderson

Serving up healthy portions of hot soul food, U2′s All That You Can’t Leave Behind is the epitome of what Roddy Doyle’s fictional band, The Commitments, would refer to as "Dublin soul." At times channeling the likes of James Brown and Wilson Pickett, Bono proves himself to be a soul brother and in the best shape of his career. Whether you consider ATYCLB as the album wherein U2 return to their roots, or to take Bono’s view – in which the band was merely "advancing toward simplicity," it’s a solid collection of meaningful music.

In some ways, ATYCLB is an album of destiny, featuring a power and resonance that has grown since its release in the midst of a world taking a turn down a dark and dangerous path. Most significant would be the events of September 11, after which the album would gain even greater gravity and relevance. Particularly poignant is

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