Introduction — Jan 15, 2017
Do the various “celebrities” who’ve been mouthing off about Trump really believe what they are saying? Or is this all for the benefit of the media?
It’s worth asking because I note Bono’s comments at the end of this piece. Bono you may remember is phenomenally rich, with estimates of his personnel wealth being at around U.S.$900 million. True, he’s one hundred million short of being a billionaire but in material terms he won’t want for anything. Apart from being awarded honorary knighthood, in recognition of his work as a campaigner for charity, he’s also big pals with George W. Bush.
So despite his rock star posturing, it’s no exaggeration to say that Bono is a pillar establishment. Leaving one to wonder: how sincere all these posturing and protesting celebrities really are about Trump? Ed.
U2 delayed new album because of Donald Trump’s victory
Ned Ehrbar — CBS News Jan 10, 2017
U2 has chosen to delay the release of their new album, “Songs of Experience,” because of Donald Trump’s election victory.
“The election [happened] and suddenly the world changed,” guitarist The Edge told Rolling Stone. “We just went, ‘Hold on a second, we’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.’”
It is unclear when the new album will be coming out.
“Eighty percent of it was started before 2016, but most of it was written in the early part of 2016, and now, as I think you’d agree, the world is a different place,” he explained. “It’s like a pendulum has suddenly just taken a huge swing in the other direction.”
Earlier this week, the group announced it would be touring this summer to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their “Joshua Tree” album, which was released during the Reagan and Thatcher administrations in the U.S. and U.K., respectively.
“It feels like we’re right back there in a way,” The Edge said. “I don’t think any of our work has ever come full circle to that extent. It just felt like, ‘Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn’t have three years ago, four years ago.’”
“We’re happy to take this moment to regroup and think about an album that’s so many years old, but still seems relevant,” the Edge said.
This is not the first time a member of U2 has spoken out about the US presidential election. The band’s lead singer, Bono called Trump potentially “the worst idea that ever happened to America” during an interview with Charlie Rose.