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Old 04-03-2002, 01:37 PM   #1
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Producer Lanois gets The Edge
By JANE STEVENSON -- Toronto Sun

It's not every day that The Edge drops over to
your house to talk shop.

But then not everybody is acclaimed Canadian
producer Daniel Lanois, who worked on U2's All
That You Can't Leave Behind (2000), Zooropa
(1993), Achtung Baby (1991), The Joshua Tree
(1987), and The Unforgettable Fire (1984).

Speaking to The Sun -- leading up to his April
14 induction into the Canadian Music Hall Of
Fame during the Junos in St. John's, Nfld., --
Lanois said the U2 guitarist was swinging by his
L.A. home yesterday to talk about some songs
for an upcoming U2 "best-of" compilation.

"We're just going to yak and see what it's all
about," said Lanois.

"To my knowledge there's a 'best of the '90s'
that's going to come out before their next
official record. So they're probably looking to
pepper that with a new track or two."

JAM! Music reported yesterday that the
collection, featuring songs from 1991 to 2000,
was tentatively scheduled for an October
release with two new singles expected this year
and in early 2003.

"We'll see what The Edge has to say," said

"I have a vested interest here. We've already
done the work for this best-of. I want as good a
record as it can be."

The first instalment, U2: The Best Of
1980-1990, was released in 1998.

As for the next U2 studio album, Lanois said:
"They came off the road and decided to go
straight in and get some recording done. I
believe they set up in the south of France and
just shacked up in an old nightclub there and
knocked out a couple of weeks of recording."

U2 reportedly scrubbed a European summer
tour in favour of returning to the studio to work
on new material.

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Old 04-03-2002, 02:40 PM   #2
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Related to the new album rumours...this article from the upcoming Rolling Stone:

dam Clayton: The Bassman Speaks
Will there be a new U2 album this year? After four Grammys and eight months on the road, Clayton says they're in the studio and "playing much better now." By David Fricke

"I hate to make predictions," U2 bassist Adam Clayton says with a chuckle, as if he's afraid someone will hear him over the midday buzz in the lobby of his lower-Manhattan hotel. "If we get six tunes, maybe that will roll into a project." He pauses for emphasis. "Maybe."

As you read this, U2 are at work in their Dublin studio, where they plan to stay until June, jamming, writing and revisting outtakes from their latest album, the Grammy-winnning All That You Can't Leave Behind. Their intention: to start, and possibly finish, a new record this year. Clayton, singer Bono, guitarist the Edge and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. have already
been in the studio twice since their last U.S. show on December 2nd, 2001, and Clayton claims that, even after a year of touring, U2 are anything but toast.

"One advantage of playing arenas is that the band is playing much better now," he says cheerfully, dressed with quiet style in a dark red T-shirt, loose khaki slacks and a gray hooded jacket. "We can actually hear each other onstage. So the band sounds good." The same, he adds, goes for the feast of unissued songs from the sessions for Can't Leave Behind. "Everything we had left over was finished, which is unusual for us. There
are maybe another ten pieces that are more immediate, slightly poppier, tunes that I know will turn up." Clayton smiles. "Because they're good."

He then explains what happens behind those studio doors: "Nowdays, Edge tends to do his homework and discipline some chord sequences. Then, as a group, we find an interpretation, a unique way they fit together. Or a sound will get thrown out from a jam, and we figure out a melody to go with it." Clayton cites two examples from Can't Leave Behind: "'Elevation' came from a sound, that abrasive guitar: 'We've really got to do something with that.' 'Walk On' was two songs that both had great chords but weren't great
songs." He laughs. "We sewed them together."

Clayton - the oldest member of U2 (he turned fourty-two on March 13th) and, along with the Edge, part of the English-born half of the band -
remains amazed by the sustained power of Can't Leave Behind. It was a record written, he says, "about the journey we'd been through as a band, as men in relationships, as sons of mothers and fathers. It was about the baggage that you have to live with, the sense of loss, like the fact that Bono's father was terminally ill though that whole period."

September 11th changed that. "Suddenly, this happened to America as a whole," Clayton says with lingering shock, "which means people reassess your record and music in a totaly different way." When U2 pulled into New York's
Madison Square Garden in October, "it was like when we played Sarajevo [in 1997], where the act of the band being there was jast a rason for everybody to come out. At the Garden, everyone turned up because they knew the band would be onstage at nine o'clock. But as crazy as shose shows were, it was the audience taking us on a journey, not us taking them."

U2 are done with the road - for now. But even with another record looming, Clayton does not fret about Bono's manic communting between U2 and his twin crusades: third-world debt relief and the AIDS crisis in Africa. For instance, Bono spent most of his Super Bowl weekend, between rehearsals in New Orleans for U2's halftime show and the game itself, in New York at the World Economic Forum.

"We wouldn't get any more out of him if he wasn't doing this stuff," Clayton says, noting that it's great fun to watch Bono turn his acuity and Irish charm on politicians and CEOs. These guys don't expect him to have a grasp of the subject matter. He's able to go in with the facts and figures, thalk circles around them, and
suddenly, where they thought they were just going to get their picture taken with him, he's gotten something out of them before the picture."

"You can't deny the penetration he has achieved," Clayton says. "And it makes the rest of us realize that what we do is important to the group. We need to keep it going forward, to allow him to come in and out. Bono has a legitimate reason not to be around all the time. And we have a legitimate reason to make sure that the time we are all together is used wisely."

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Exactly! Thanks BEAL and Sula-

According to this there could be both a 'best of' and a new album out this year!!!

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Old 04-03-2002, 08:06 PM   #4
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*beats BEAL just for the fun of it (and because I know you can't post much from work).

Oh, and thanks for the article - mofo!
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Excellent! Thanks for the great reads.

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Cool articles, thanks for sharing.

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Originally posted by zooropa16:

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