U2 dublin calling - first demos

“I’ve realised recently that I am mortal so I am approaching life differently and I’m searching for things to do that are of more sound mind.

In 1999, Neeson starred as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace . Director George Lucas cast Neeson in the role because he considered the actor to have great skills and presence, describing him as a "master actor, who the other actors will look up to, who has got the qualities of strength that the character demands." [25] As the first Star Wars film to be released in sixteen years, it was surrounded by a large amount of media anticipation. Neeson's connection to Star Wars started in the Crown Bar , Belfast . Neeson stated to Ricki Lake , "I probably wouldn't have taken the role if it wasn't for the advice of Peter King in the Crown during a Lyric reunion." [ clarification needed ] Despite mixed reviews from critics and fans, [26] The Phantom Menace was an enormous box-office success and remained the most financially successful Star Wars film unadjusted for inflation, until Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). [27] Neeson's performance as Qui-Gon received several positive reviews, [28] [29] and a Saturn Award nomination. A stock recording of Neeson's voice from The Phantom Menace can be heard during a scene in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). [30] Neeson was later reported to be making an appearance in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) portraying Qui-Gon again, [31] but ultimately did not. In the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–14), Neeson reprised the role of Qui-Gon once again by voicing the character in two episodes of the third season and one episode of the sixth season. [30]

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I was chasing down the days of fear
Chasing down a dream before it disappeared
I was aching to be somewhere near
Your voice was all I heard
I was shaking from a storm in me
Haunted by the spectres that we had to see
Yeah, I wanted to be the melody
Above the noise, above the hurt

And it is a salvation, U2 believe, that keeps on giving. "Every breaking wave on the shore/Tells the next one that there will be one more," Bono promises in the tidal sun-kissed electronica of "Every Breaking Wave." And "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" comes with a pledge to every stranded dreamer who now hears Rocket to Russia , Give 'Em Enough Rope or some U2 for the first time and is somehow, permanently, changed. "We can hear you," Bono swears. "Your voices will be heard."

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Lyrically, here and elsewhere, hints emerge that these reminiscences of the past are not quite as innocent as they first appear, and that this is an album laced with guilt, working towards self-forgiveness and redemption. “I’m a long way from where I was and where I need to be,” Bono croons on Song For Someone, suggesting that there is perhaps more experience at work in this album than there is innocence.

Whitney Houston was remembered on both sides of the Atlantic on Sunday night at both the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and the Baftas in London.  Jennifer Hudson performed a fitting tribute with the track ‘I Will Always Love You’, the Dolly Parton song that Houston made famous on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard in which Whitney starred.

It’s easy to forget Songs of Experience is music made by one-percenters who grew up as 99-percenters. Larry, Bono, Edge, and Adam, as we, are but a tiny handful of the seven billion stars on earth; the majority of us are guilty of overconsumption with even the modest wealth we hoard and misuse. Can the songs on the album represent the throngs of humanity U2 assumes to know and care about —including a middle-class mom like me, an uneducated girl in a developing country thousands of miles away, and the band’s associates in the upper echelons of class and influence? U2's sound is increasingly filled with the cries of four men calling out from the belly of the behemoth machine they’ve built. They are living and dying to stay human, and Songs of Experience forces us to call back to U2. In 2015, when the band disappeared into the world’s largest video screen, the audience, like the sailors in the Old Testament book of Jonah, was left to ask, “What have you done? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” (Watch “Invisible” from the band’s Paris show , which was rescheduled after the Bataclan terrorist attacks.) Like Jonah or Houdini, U2 emerged from the whale apparatus unscathed and to thunderous applause, and now here we are in 2017.

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