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The Month in U2 : June 2003 *

By Carrie Alison - Chief Editor

6/4 - Amnesty International asks radio stations to play U2’s “Walk On” in tribute to
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi who was placed in “protective custody” after violence ravaged a vehicle she was traveling in. For more information, visit:

Rumors abound on the Internet than an Italian radio station played snippets of several new U2 songs from their forthcoming album. No other information was found about the songs, and they have not been aired since.

6/5 - Longtime U2 producer Daniel Lanois speaks to VH1 in an exclusive interview where he says the following about working with Bono:
That’s a man who has the ability to rechannel energy, including bad energy. If you think of it like electricity and you get a shock from it, he says, “Let’s redo the wiring and cook a very nice meal.” I’ve learned to rechannel energy from him. The bully in the class might become the leader of the pack if you just extend the invitation.

For more from that interview, visit:

In Los Angeles, The Edge joins Lanois on stage at the Henry Fonda Theater to perform "Falling at Your Feet," "Still Water" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.”

(Photo: Andi/

For more information about the concert, including a review by EXIT’s Captive, visit:

6/6 - Bono ventures to Seattle, Washington to speak with the editorial board of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about DATA.

(Photo: Scott Eklund / P-I)

For more about Bono’s visit to Seattle, visit:

6/7 - Bono and wife Ali Hewson attend the wedding of longtime friend and former supermodel Christy Turlington as she exchanges vows with actor/director Edward Burns. The wedding took place at SS Peter and Paul's Church in North Beach in San Francisco, and the reception was held at the Asian Art Museum.

(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

6/8 - U2 sound engineer Joe O'Herlihy states that the new U2 Album is due for release in February 2004. The new songs are said to be similar to All That You Can't Leave Behind, but with harder guitar sounds.

As for the new U2 tour, the planned start date will be either May or September 2004, if the release of the album shifts, according O'Herlihy. It is not yet known if the tour will be in closed arenas or in open-air stadiums. The very successful Elevation Tour played to smaller, closed arenas in most cities.

6/9 - Bono is a guest speaker at the World Association of Newspapers annual conference in Dublin, Ireland where he spoke on the importance of doing more to fight the AIDS pandemic.

(AP Photo/John Cogill)

For more information on Bono’s speech, visit:

6/10 - Two of U2's most famous and beloved lovelorn anthems are dubbed "Great" on a list compiled by VH1, marking the "100 Greatest Songs From The Past 25 Years." "One" placed high at #5, while "With Or Without You" came in at #21.

6/11 - U2’s manager Paul McGuinness speaks to about the band’s participation with Apple’s iTunes music service, and the new studio album. Within the interview, McGuinness offered the following about the new album:
I have heard a lot of new stuff, they seem to have about twenty tunes on board at moment. I always say I'm no judge in the early stages. I'm better at hearing it when it's nearly finished. That said, it sounds very exciting to me, very rock and roll, very direct as you would expect with Chris Thomas producing. The band keep making him tell them Beatle stories!

To read the entire interview, visit:

6/14 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum holds its first U2 Fan Celebration to mark the unveiling of the Four5One graphic design portion of the exhibit. Curator Jim Henke took to the airwaves at the Rock Hall's Allen Freed radio studio to talk with college radio station WBWC to talk about the U2 exhibit, the Fan Celebration and U2's imminent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Henke indicated that U2 would be eligible in the Spring of 2005 for serious consideration to be inducted.. and that the person who inducts/introduces the band will most likely be a younger musician who was greatly influenced by the band, and that the Induction could possibly happen in Cleveland!

For more on the Four5One presentation at the Celebration, visit:

6/16 - The William Jefferson Clinton Library Foundation in Arkansas announces Bono’s recipe submission to its cookbook.

Drama breaks out online as U2 fansites receive an email purportedly claiming to be from an individual working for Universal Records in Columbia who erroneously insist they have a promotional poster for the new U2 album, supposedly called “Solar.” The “poster” claimed a first single release date of January 2004, with the album release on March 8th, 2004. The employee also claimed the poster arrived in a package from Universal/Island Records in Europe. It is sad to think someone would go to such links to hoax thousands of U2 fans that just want to know when to expect new U2 material.

A week later, Irish music magazine Hot Press publishes an article debunking the poster. Check it out here:

6/17 - Larry Mullen Jnr designs a t-shirt to help raise funds for Down Syndrome Ireland. The limited edition shirts are only available through Brown Thomas Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway and BT2 Grafton Street and through mail order.


6/20 - MTV News announces that the previously canceled Concert for Nelson Mandela has been rescheduled for November 30th in Capetown, South Africa. U2 are confirmed to perform.

6/21 - U2 performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 11th Special Olympics World Summer Games held at Dublin's Croke Park. The band played "Pride" and "One."

(Photo: Interference's U2Kitten)

For MP3s of the performance, check out:

For video of the performance, visit:
U2 is on around the 3:38 mark.

For more pictures, visit:

6/22 - The Sunday Mirror, a British tabloid newspaper publishes an article claiming Bono has been receiving serious death threats lately, mainly related to his tireless campaigning to relieve Third World Debt.

To read the eerie article, visit:

6/23 - Virgin Radio finds U2’s hit tune “Beautiful Day” to be the perfect antidote to stressful driving experiences. The Top Ten in-car stress-busters were: U2 - Beautiful Day, Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody, Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge, Coldplay - Yellow, The Beatles -- Here Comes The Sun, Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger, David Gray - Babylon, Stereophonics - Have A Nice Day, REM - Losing My Religion and The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony.

In issue #926 of Rolling Stone magazine, featuring American Idol participant Clay Aiken on the cover, U2 is ranked Number One in the "Twenty Greatest Live Acts in the World" article. The following is said about U2 in the article:

Somewhere in the late Eighties, the E Street Band took a break, and U2 became the best live band in the world. They'll do whatever it takes to connect: jump into a stadium crowd and slow-dance with a fan, as Bono did at Live Aid in 1985; take a gospel choir on the road (Joshua Tree tour, 1987); overwhelm the audiences with multimedia (ZooTV Tour, 1992); or just play uplifiting rock & roll with a lot of feeling (every tour).

Last Tour: The Elevation Tour, 2001
Best Tour: The ZooTV Outside Broadcast, 1992-93 - a mind-altering stage setup, plus exceptional songs from Achtung Baby.
Best Live Album: 1984's explosive Under a Blood Red Sky EP. Bono's enthusiasm and emotion conquer America for the first time.

To view the The Rest of the Best, visit:

6/25 - Amnesty International announces a petition for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi who inspired U2's "Walk On.” To sign the petition, visit: For more information on Amnesty International, visit:

6/27 - The African Well Fund, a web-based charity formed by U2 fans launches a new feature on their official website - a journal written by an American living in Kenya, who is witnessing the AIDS pandemic and need for clean water first hand. For more information on how to donate or get involved, you can join the African Well Fund yahoo group at or visit the African Well Fund website at

6/29 - U2's hit song "Even Better Than the Real Thing" from 1991's Achtung Baby made an unexpected appearance on an episode of HBO's award-winning series Sex and the City. For those who wish to tune in, the episode title is "Great Sexpectations" and the song appears towards the end of the show and on through the closing credits.

6/30 - The U2 exhibit In the Name of Love: Two Decades of U2 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has been extended to the end of the year. For more information on the U2 exhibit and the Rock Hall itself, visit the website:

To see Interference's first-hand account of the exhibit's launch back in February, visit:

The Penguin Price Guide for Record & CD Collectors claims U2's 1998 Rattle and Hum promo set as the #3 most valuable record collector’s item in existence, worth a cool £750.

The American Ireland Fund honors Bono in their twice yearly magazine, Connect. For more information on the American Ireland Fund, please visit their official website:

To read the article on Bono from the magazine, visit:

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