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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Do you like U2?

Want to learn more about U2? Check out the lyrics to:

U2 songs that name check real people

U2 as lego blocks!

U2 songs that refer to real people

Here's a few songs where Bono was named checked real people in his song lyrics. There's also a few songs where the lyrics a talking about a real person but they are not directly named.

Angel of Harlem

A song about singer Billie Holiday, Bono was trying to throw the kitchen sink at this song, referencing all kinds of musical figures including John Coltrane and Miles Davis.

One Tree Hill

Bono name dropped Victor Jara in this song that is really popular in NZ for some reason.....

"And in our world a heart of darknessA firezone where poets speak their hearts
Then bleed for it Jara sang his song a weapon
In the hands of love
You know his blood still cries from the ground"

This verse is referring to how Victor Jara was executed for his political disssent and thus became a symbol of the struggle for human rights.

Elvis Ate America

This is possibly the U2 lyric that refers to the most people Lisa Marie Presley Chuck D, Johnny Cash all feature with shout outs to Hitler, Nixon, Christ, Mishima, Markus and Micheal Jackson. Bono would later refer to Jackson in Pop's The Playboy Mansion as well.

God Part II

This song was intended as a sequel to John Lennon's song called God. Lennon's song refers to things he didn't believe in such as war and The Beatles - Bono's version also refers to things that he also doesn't believe in but also goes on to refer to how angry he was at the author Albert Goldman who wrote an unflattering biography of Lennon (and also a controversial biography of Elvis, and given U2's love of Elvis, I'm not surprised Bono made the reference).


"For the Reverend Martin Luther King, sing". Pride was inspired the the civil rights activist - that particular line comes from the live version of Pride on Rattle and Hum.

Stand Up Comedy 

References the famous French soldier Napoleon and his wife Josephine...

Peace on Earth

Inspired by the Real IRA Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland on 15 August 1998. The song lists the names of people killed in the bombing. Similarly, inspiration for the lyric, "She never got to say goodbye / To see the colour in his eye / Now he's in the dirt" comes from the funeral of Barker, another victim of the bombing. Other bomb victims named were Sean, Julia, Gareth, Anne, and Brenda.

Dirty Day

Whilst not directly referenced but the liner notes of Zooropa showed the song was dedicated to Charles Bukowski.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Dave Grohl Fan Letter

Shortly before the Foo Fighters played their gig in Auckland, Dave Grohl wrote a fan letter... to his fans....

Dave here. It's been quite a while since I've sat down to write something for you guys, but as we're coming to the end of an amazing tour and an amazing year, I figured I'd take this opportunity to say thank you....

Where do I begin?

Thank you all for making "Wasting Light" the most incredible album experience of our band's 17 year history. For real. The fact that a rock and roll record, made in a garage, completely analog to tape with no help from computers, could be a #1 album around the world, AND get a Grammy nomination for "Album of the Year".....well....these days that's no small feat. It's truly inspiring, and it makes us feel like the luckiest band in the world. So thanks. It means everything to us.

And the shows......from the secret club gigs, to playing in peoples garages all over the country.....from the arenas to the festivals to the stadiums....we've had the best gigs of our lives. Thank you so much to each and every one of you who came out and spent those 2 hours and 45 minutes with us every night. It's been exhausting.....but it's been a blast.

Looking back at the past 18 months, I don't think we've ever worked so hard at making an album, and it ever being so easy. From day one, the idea for this record was to make something completely simple and honest, to capture that thing that happens when you put the 5 of us in a small room. No big production, just real rock and roll music: That's why we decided to do it in my garage. We wanted to retain that human element, keep all of those beautiful imperfections: That's why we went completely analog. And, most of all, we wanted it to sound huge: That's why we decided to use Butch Vig. His role in this whole experience is huge, and he deserves a great 'thanks', too. Not many producers would accept the challenge that we handed him. He's the best, for sure. Together, we made the album of a lifetime. Again.

And to all of you.....we're not finished yet. There are still more shows to play, more songs to write, more albums to record, for years to come. I mean.....If you would have told me 17 years ago that in 2012 I would be writing songs for our 8th studio album....well.....

If it weren't for you guys, we wouldn't be here. We owe you so much.

Take care of yourselves.

We'll see you out there, folks.


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Foo Fighters New Zealand Set List & Reviews

Foo Fighters Set List Auckland New Zealand

Wasting Light Tour

Western Springs

December 13 2011

This was the second show that the Foo Fighters have played in NZ this year after they generously played a benefit gig to support the people of Christchurch following the dreadful earthquake.

The Herald's review said "While it's taken 17 or so years, the Foo Fighters are now a stadium-sized rock band and the near 45,000 people at Western Springs are testament to it. Not many bands have the pulling power to play the Springs these days."

"Tenacious D - the duo of actor and comedian Jack Black and guitarist Kyle Glass (who joined the Foo Fighters for the encore) - were the comedy show before the main event. And as Black joked, if Ten D are the thunder, the Foos were the lightning."

Stuff reported in their review "And around 50,000 fans did fill it, stretching up into the tops of the slippery banks, and belted the well-known songs back at the band. They weren't forgotten by Grohl who had the two sections of the crowd sing to each other towards the end of the show.

The crowd lit up further when Grohl announced the band was filming a live video at the concert to go with the new single These Days - dubbed by the singer his favourite he has written.

For two hours and 45 minutes the Foos were relentless.

Older tunes and new were received with equal enthusiasm, with the new album Wasting Light having been out long enough now to avoid the inevitable restlessness for their old hits that bands touring with new material often have to overcome."

Foos Auckland Set List:

All My Life


The Pretender

My Hero

Learn to Fly

White Limo



Cold Day in the Sun

Long Road to Ruin

Stacked Actors


Monkey Wrench

Let It Die

These Days

This is a Call

In the Flesh? (Pink Floyd cover)

Best of You

Foos Set List Encore:

Wheels (Acoustic - Dave solo)
Times Like These (Started acoustic, then full band)
 Tie Your Mother Down (Queen cover)
Everlong (with Tenacious D supporting)

Louder than Words lyrics by Pink Floyd

Metallica Fillmore 30th Anniversary Set List

Metallica The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, America

30th Anniversary Show Night Two

December 10, 2011

Metallica teamed up with a few special guests for their set at the Fillmore – highlight argulably being Dave Mustaine performing four songs with Metallica at the end of the show.

Set List

Through the Never
Ride the Lightning
The God That Failed
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Rebel of Babylon (Unreleased song. World Premiere)
Blackened  (with MetClubbers Dennis & Annette Diaz, preceded by Escape jam)
Dirty Window (with Bob Rock) (First performance since November 20, 2004)
Frantic (with Bob Rock) (Shortened; 2nd chorus leads to outro)
Sabbra Cadabra (Black Sabbath cover) (with Geezer Butler)
Iron Man (Black Sabbath cover) (with Ozzy Osbourne) (and Geezer Butler)
(Black Sabbath cover) (with Ozzy Osbourne) (and Geezer Butler, followed by War Pigs jam)
King Nothing (with Jason Newsted)
Whiplash (with Jason Newsted ex Metallica bassist
Motorbreath (with Hugh Tanner)
Phantom Lord (with Dave Mustaine) Jump in the Fire (with Dave Mustaine from Megadeath)
Metal Militia (with Dave Mustaine)
Hit the Lights  (With Dave Mustaine, Ron McGovney and Lloyd Grant)
Seek & Destroy (With D. Mustaine, R. McGovney, L. Grant, H. Tanner, J. Newsted, Mark Osegueda, Soul Rebels)

Check out the lyrics to Hardwired, Metallica's new song.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Coldplay Set List Scotland

simpsons coldplay appearance

Coldplay Concert Setlist at S.E.C.C., Glasgow, Scotland 

December 3 2012

Coldplay Scotland Set List

Mylo Xyloto

Hurts Like Heaven



Major Minus

In My Place

What If


Violet Hill

God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

The Scientist

Up in Flames

Til Kingdom Come


Viva La Vida

Charlie Brown


Coldplay Set List Encore:


Fix You

Foo Fighters Australia Set List / Review

Foo Fighters Set List from Australia

Dave and the boys played their concert at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia.

5th December 2011

Wasting Light Tour

Popular Aussie radio station Triple M gave the Foo's a fairly decent review "Dave Grohl gave pause 13 songs in to celebrate real music made by guitars, drums and bass, to thank the audience for coming out to a rock show – and said, 'if one of your favourite bands comes to town and they’ve got a computer behind them – tell them your friend Dave said this'... as the band launched into a full-on, rockin' "Monkey Wrench"."

FF Setlist:

All My Life
The Pretender
My Hero
Learn to Fly
White Limo
Cold Day in the Sun
Long Road to Ruin
Stacked Actors
Monkey Wrench
Let it Die
These Days
This is a Call
In the Flesh (Pink Floyd cover)
Best of You

Foo Fighters Set List Encore

Times Like These
Tie Your Mother Down (Queen cover)

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