1. Ok, so I wanted to post this here, and couldn't find a suitable topic in my searches. Hopefully this can be a place where we can collate and discuss anything pertaining to U2 in the press / media rather than starting a new topic for each new story. (Unless it's a new album / tour etc lol....)

    Edge discusses plans for The Clarence Hotel

    Link to RTE news video HERE

    Originally posted by TheThe revamp of one of Dublin's landmark hotels by a world-class architect would be an incredible coup for the Irish capital, U2's the Edge has said.

    Speaking outside a planning board hearing into the controversial redevelopment of the Clarence Hotel, owned by Bono and the Edge, the rock star said the scheme would bring life back into the city's quays.

    The 150 million euro (about £100 million) proposal by Lord (Norman) Foster would see the construction of a new building topped with a massive glass dome.

    It has faced strong criticism from heritage groups who have accused the superstars of presiding over the destruction of an historic area of the city along the River Liffey.

    But the Edge hit back, branding the period buildings around the hotel "ordinary."

    "We feel that while it's very important to preserve the fabric of the period parts of the city, you've got to weigh up the benefits of what would be an incredible coup for Dublin City, a Norman Foster building," he said. "I feel that that outweighs the sacrifice of parts of what are relatively ordinary period buildings."

    He claimed conservation just for the sake of conservation was of little value.

    "If it is something that is not being used, if it's something that is lying dormant that's basically a dead building, a missing tooth if you want in the smile of the Liffey frontage, we want to bring that back.

    "We want to reconstitute and bring life back to the city along that quay front and I think that's the best way to do it," he said.

    The hotel on Dublin's south quays was bought by Bono and the Edge in 1996 and has 49 rooms. The redevelopment would increase the capacity to 140 rooms, with 26 suites.


    © Press Association Ltd., 2008.
  2. great idea!!
  3. Bono in Belfast last week. He kept his appearance very quiet. If i'd have know he was in my hometown i'd have had myself a stake out :

    http://www.u2exit.com/
  4. Sly bugger...
  5. Originally posted by germcevoyBono in Belfast last week. He kept his appearance very quiet. If i'd have know he was in my hometown i'd have had myself a stake out :

    http://www.u2exit.com/


    He never visits my hometown...(no reason to though, lol)
  6. This and the "When the Next Tour Starts" topic is heightening my excitement. Bring on the new music boys!

    According to the frenzy over at Interference, the band is still at Hanover Quay as of yesterday, meeting and greeting with fans almost every night when they're through in the studio.
  7. Originally posted by MWSAH[..]

    He never visits my hometown...(no reason to though, lol)


    he doesn't visit mine either...I wonder why
  8. This is a rare photo of the mysterious, shy, reticent, committed solely to his art, famously anti-commerce, punk rock guy known as bono. hair today, more or less hair tomorrow. poor bono's hair. seriously.

    (This may change...)


  9. I seen larry and edge arrive at the studio last thursday (got a thumbs up off edge) and my mate spotted bono drinking coffee on on a bench near h.q. this morning , was just sitting there chillin' like a villian , . The band normally arrives at the studio at 2.00p.m.
  10. Originally posted by gerryhickeyI seen larry and edge arrive at the studio last thursday and my mate spotted bono drinking coffee on on a bence near h.q. this morning , was just titting there chillin' like a villian , . The band normally arrives at the studio at 2.00p.m.


    Excellent stuff
  11. Originally posted by gerryhickeyI seen larry and edge arrive at the studio last thursday (got a thumbs up off edge) and my mate spotted bono drinking coffee on on a bench near h.q. this morning , was just sitting there chillin' like a villian , . The band normally arrives at the studio at 2.00p.m.


    I need to go to Dublin....
  12. Originally posted by Ali709[..]

    he doesn't visit mine either...I wonder why


    I doubt he can remember where Norwich is lol...

    They played a gig at the UEA MANY MANY MANY MANY years ago...I always dream that one day they'll come back for a gig at either UEA or Carrow Road, but somehow I doubt whether they'd play at either a small Uni. venue or a 26,000 capacity stadium lol...
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