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Old 01-12-2009, 02:42 PM   #1
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U2 performing at inauguration! (rehearsal video posted)

According to this article anyway (Thanks Tony!):

Initial Talent Line-up Released for Lincoln Memorial Event | The Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden

(I didn't see any mention of it in inauguration thread so thought I would add this separately since it's pretty official and that thread is purely speculation)

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Some working streams:
video HBO Canal en Vivo
audio We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration : NPR Music

In U.S. check your HBO channel for a free broadcast


"Set list" so far
Denzel Washington - Speech
Bruce Springsteen and Choir - The Rising
Laura Linney and Martin Luther King III - Speech
Mary J. Blige - Lean On Me
Jamie Foxx and Steve Carrell - Speech
Betty LaVette and Jon Bon Jovi - A Change Is Gonna Come
Tom Hanks and Aaron Copland - Speech with Orchestra
Marisa Tomei
James Taylor and John Legend and Jennifer Nettles - Shower The People
Joe Biden
John Mellencamp - Pink Houses
Queen Latifah
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Goddammit so much is happening!!!
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The other thread wasn't speculation.

It was "wild speculation".
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he's ready to suck up to another world leader, looking for $$
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I was just going to post this!!! From the PIC official website!!!
I knew it I knew it!!!!
I bet he sings ONE since it's called we are one!!
I AM GOING !!!! I am so excited!!
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he's ready to suck up to another world leader, looking for $$
Yeah, 'cause we have a lot of spare money to throw around right now
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he's ready to suck up to another world leader, looking for $$
Although this one he probably actually likes...
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I thought Bono likes to be bipartisan? he is really just a liberal suck ass
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You didn't know he was a liberal suck ass?
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he's ready to suck up to another world leader, looking for $$
Try to understand though that the money is looking for is not for himself, it's to help save and improve the lives of the poorest and must vulnerable of our brothers and sisters, most especially children, who are the greatest victims of extreme poverty.

Also, U2 being a band with a political activism history steeped for decades in issues of racism, civil rights, equality, as well as with an optimistic perspective, it would be quite astonishing if they weren't moved by the election of Obama. Of course, I do completely understand if you disagree with his policies, etc. I'm just saying that how Bono/U2 relates with Obama, and many other politicians, is I think more complex than many people perceive it.
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Who performed at Bush's inauguration? Just curious.

This is bad news for U2 "conservatives" like myself. I wish rock bands would stay away from politics.
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Why is it bad news? OMG, get a grip.

I was able to grin and bear his picture taking with Bush the last 8 years. Deal with it.
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Why is it bad news? OMG, get a grip.

I was able to grin and bear his picture taking with Bush the last 8 years. Deal with it.
I have a grip.
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I thought Bono likes to be bipartisan? he is really just a liberal suck ass
Also, I just wanted to add that I think it's abundantly clear that Bono's own worldview is quite liberal, and thus he deserves a dear amount of credit for the level of non-partisanship that he has maintained for the last few years. For someone like Bono, keeping your mouth shut on anything must be excruciating. But it is necessary in his line of work, and he has really done it. That is, in my opinion, a pretty selfless thing to do; and thank god, because the field of development activism would be what it is today if not for him.
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How long have you been following U2? You don't know where they stand?

Bono, recently has become "bipartisan" in the respect that he talks to all sides and he realizes he'll get more done by talking to them rather than just slamming them on stage.

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This is bad news for U2 "conservatives" like myself. I wish rock bands would stay away from politics.
Why is this bad news?

And I think some people should stay away from politics...
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Also, I just wanted to add that I think it's abundantly clear that Bono's own worldview is quite liberal, and thus he deserves a dear amount of credit for the level of non-partisanship that he has maintained for the last few years. For someone like Bono, keeping your mouth shut on anything must be excruciating. But it is necessary in his line of work, and he has really done it. That is, in my opinion, a pretty selfless thing to do; and thank god, because the field of development activism would be what it is today if not for him.
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Who performed at Bush's inauguration? Just curious.

This is bad news for U2 "conservatives" like myself. I wish rock bands would stay away from politics.
A lot of country musicians, plus Jessica Simpson, Ricky Martin, a few others.
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Is he asking for money for himself?

Alright.

Bono is not the only one performing there. I don't think anyone should be surprised about his and the band's political orientation. They have been close to the Clintons for many years.
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Has anyone ever heard the version of One from the special olympics where Bono changes the lyrics to welcome Nelson Mandela?

Worst. Performance. Ever.

If he pulls this at the inauguration, I'm going to puke.
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Has anyone ever heard the version of One from the special olympics where Bono changes the lyrics to welcome Nelson Mandela?

Worst. Performance. Ever.

If he pulls this at the inauguration, I'm going to puke.

I puked when Obama was elected, never mind the inauguration. That boob is more over hyped than Apple's products. All talk and big promises and I expect no action.
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