Second part of our exclusive interview with Bono and Edge, where they talk about how the music scene is changing, give some hints about what is happening in the studio amazed at U2360 º recall and reflect on last play at Glastonbury.
"I will never forget walking to the sound of 'Space Oddity' by David Bowie every night in our space station ... and then take off!"
2011 also saw the death of Steve Jobs, was not a musician but someone who helped make the music for everyone.
EDGE: What was wonderful about what Steve has achieved that in a time when other media, the video game to YouTube, were beginning to take all your time and attention, the arrival of iTunes and the iPod meant transforming your computer into a music file. It was ubiquitous, the music was everywhere again. It was so important that the music not only became a thing of the 60, 70 and 80 which may be over as a major cultural force in 90 years. Today the music is as healthy as before.
BONO: Apple and continue to be the guide because of the reverence to the heart of what they do. The reverence for the design, make beautiful things at a time when it is rare, and reverence for the music, such as reverence for Beattles you see when you look at their website. This will continue with them.
I think we will see a complete revolution in art, photography and lyrics like metamorphosis of albums in the apps. The experience of listening to music will become a search experience, as a listener, as it was in year 70 with the inserts cover dulpa except that now the digital booklet will be on your iPad or plasma screen. I am excited about the future but unfortunately Steve is not around to see it.
Alterations in the digital music from iTunes to Spotify and Facebook, are indicating how the band is thinking about the next releases?
EDGE: There are a lot of pressure to start thinking in terms of just one song because that's the trend. Even in large recordings people tend to buy just one song. It is a throw back to the period before the LP, when it was 45. We have been a kind of conservatives against it because we love the album as a format, we grew up with it, so we continue thinking about an album for the future, for now.
BONO: But it better be good, we will not release an album unless we consider it vital to every song.
EDGE: And we're greedy! We need to make an impact at various levels. We want the impact of a collection of songs that people will go out and live with them, which get under your skin, but also want the impact of 45, the great single that reaches places and people who could not get an LP.
We talked about "England Shakes" PJ Harvey as one of the most important albums of the year showing that you can still make great albums, allowing the songs to go there and fight for his place in the culture. Finally, of course, is to have an album of songs that are so convincing that they not only fit in that people are enjoying it, but actually change what people are enjoying it - that's our ambition.
The last U2 studio albums have reached approximately every four years ... any clue when the next can get?
BONO: We do not know yet but we have three albums we're working on. Our good friend Chris Martin said, 'Well, why do not you join the three and throws it all at once? ". It makes perfect sense but it is not our way of working!
I would think that if things continue flowing as well as they have been with Brian Burton - known as Danger Mouse - then we will shock some people with new sounds and songs we have.
A few months later, you had a chance to stop and reflect on the phenomenon U2360?
EDGE: It was an amazing experience from beginning to end. I still remember the moment the first time I saw the stage where we would play, was jaw-dropping to see her standing in the stadium in Barcelona. He also became a dream to work this in stages because the sound was always better than we could achieve in the past. We do something different with the presentation of a live band and that's a great feeling.
BONO: I also remember the opening night and even when things were falling down from the stage and musicians, songs fell to the ground in front of us, mistakes on all sides, I just could not wipe the smile from his face. I knew it would work! We put our audience in the center of the show, what happened on 360, they were producing. After a while this mega-structure disappeared, we were like four giant musicians in this crowd with waves and waves of emotions swirling around us and within us. I will never forget walking to the sound of 'Space Oddity' by David Bowie every night in our space station ... and then take off! I do not know how we will overcome this, I think we'll have to head to indoor, make something smaller.
I'd like people to understand - and I think they understand - that much of the money that came in cash was spent on production and the people who provided it to us but we came back even more spoiled and overpriced. But I have heard conversations with fans of other bands and they say 'I went to see this other band and of course they did not need any of these tricks, they did not need any of these lights or production ...' But the tickets were the same price, I try to tell them ...
People understand the team and technology and passion that was set up and dismantle this tour every night, and U2 team really shined like never before. But those 7 million people who came to shows, is that really worked for them and as I said - and I say this every time - they give us this amazing life. At a time when many people are not having a great time because of this economic climate, here we are giving this amazing and successful tour. We have to thank people.
And finally the band played at Glastonbury?
BONO: On a day off during a U.S. tour that is memorable! But this was an audience that really let us in when the whole place was about to be flooded. People were very generous with us ... even those who protested. I admire people who are organized and are agitators, although in this case I'm not sure if they understood the issues that were involved: it seems that it was something about U2 being a tax haven, which is obviously not true. One of the centerpieces of the Irish economy is our tax competitiveness and the Irish are struggling to keep it that way, so do not think that an Irish degaria an Irish company to the many things we offer to international companies but you know that people do not deepen it.
Glastonbury was not a regular show of U2, was much more bold and daring and the stage was like an ice rink, so I could not really move me there. But it was a declaration of intention on our part, we still want to know a new audience and do not care to go into a muddy field in the rain to find them. We want to keep things fresh for our audiences finding the younger old. The one-hour special of the BBC's our show is something we are very proud.
How long does it take to re-enter the Earth's orbit after two years in a space station?
EDGE: I have no idea! Only our friends and family could say that. I thought it was absolutely normal by the time I got home, but everyone else around me could have a different story ...
BONO: When Edge came in beekeeping, so I thought it would be fine!
Maravilhoas Some bands were on tour with you over the years and sometimes longer mention the new 'conversation with U2.' What advice for bands that are starting now?
EDGE: What band had done while in the beginning was to try to get live shows and then attract a record deal. Now people throw their own recordings, so there is no emphasis on the same record labels as before, is a totally different world. But in the end are the songs that will be here after we leave.
BONO: A song. Jimmy Iovine told me once a great thing: "People want to go straight for 70 years without even having gone through 60 years. ' In 60 years there were composers 'craft' awesome - The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Hollies ... - With a focus on the type of music. Then in the 70s, when bands of hard rock and punk rock emerged, they were instructed by the discipline of great songs. But if you forget the 60's and early 70's, you lose that dimension. So my advice would be that a song can change your world, one song can change the world.
Outside of music, this was a remarkable year in the history ...
BONO: A memorable year, the millennium actually began in 2011 in Tahrir Square. The power model was reversed in the past, it was a pyramid with the power at the top and people at the base. This was turned upside down, ironically, in the land of the pyramids. Now the most powerful thing is the base and the top has to hear or can be ignored. This connectivity between people that social media can make the engine has been this: in the information age is very difficult to hide if you are a despot or dictator trying to deceive his people. Everything is open, transparency is the word activist year.
And activism and social change are always near the heart of U2, most recently with the (RED) Zone U2360. How does that work?
EDGE: Yes, at the beginning of the tour we decided to first get involved in the secondary market for tickets to the (RED) Zone. We have cleared a small batch of tickets each night to be auctioned with profits going to the (RED). In the end it generated $ 12mi to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It's something we are very proud.
BONO: We are proud - and this money will adjust vital health systems in developing countries. This will keep many people alive.