The U2start Podcast brings you insights into the world of U2 and U2 fans. We talk with passionate and dedicated fans. And most importantly, we make a lot of fun! Your podcast hosts are U2 fans Remy and Joeri. The podcast music is created by LikeASong.
Ashley Judd is known as an American actress and political activist but she has also been a longtime U2 fan and a friend of the band. In honour of Bono's 60th birthday Ashley shares with us how she became a fan, how Bono's friendship inspired her in her political activism and what birthday present she will give Bono for his 60th birthday. A lifetime of memories and anecdotes spanning more than 30 years of fandom and friendship.
Jake Berry has been working with U2 as the production director since the Elevation tour and we got the opportunity to talk with him. Times are tough for the concert industry and Jake tells us what's happening and what the future might look like (spoiler: hopeful). Working with U2 for so long means many great memories and stories and Jake shares some of those with us for this special podcast episode.
While a third of the world is in lockdown we get together remotely with friend of the show Jaime from Florida. We talk about the things that keep us sane in insane times: the U2 Experience film and how this film ranks against other U2 live releases, what are highlights from these olders films worth watching again? We also talk about U2start's Original on Bad, for which Remy listened to more than 500 versions of Bad. Why would anyone ever do that?
This episode is all about music. We talk about playing U2's music at home and U2's musical evolution. Longtime U2start crew member Sergio is our guest, Sergio has been singing and playing U2's music since he was a little boy and can tell you everything about chords, notes and guitars. Does Edge actually need as many guitars as he uses on stage? What goes on in the underworld on stage? And what song does U2 initiate when Edge holds his finger on the D minor? Whut?! Listen and find out!
High Flying Bird member Jessica Greenfield takes us through her career with focus on her role in Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and being part of U2's support act on The Joshua Tree tour. We talk about Jessica's musical inspiration, touring, The Joshua Tree tour, working with Noel Gallagher and about The Kondoors, the musical duo she forms with her husband. We also hear a great story from Brisbane last year, when Jessica and others were invited to see a movie in the cinema together with U2.
The last 3 shows of The Joshua Tree 2019 tour are the focus of this episode and we talk about it with those who were there. We talk setlists, local fan experiences and share anecdotes from Seoul, Manila and Mumbai. We also answer questions from fans and discuss in length what’s next for U2, reviewing the status of the upcoming concerts films, new albums and what a future tour could look like. We thank you for a great 2019 and look forward to a new year of podcasts in 2020!
In between the two shows in Japan we meet up with Aaron from U2Songs. We talk about the U2 experience in Japan from all aspects, including the unique experience Aaron had attending an event hosted by Larry the day before the show. We discuss the role and future of U2 fan sites and of course we get to know Aaron and U2Songs more. How do tour rumours show up and evolve? What has it been like to collect and catalogue U2 for decades? We also get a glimpse of Aaron's incredible U2 collection full of uncommon U2 memorabilia.
It is showday in Perth and we are joined by Nicole, a fan from Melbourne who led the way in bringing fans together in Australia organising fan events across the country. We talk about these events, how they came together and we look back she looks back on the Australian tour. We discuss the shows in Adelaide and Sydney in length and look ahead to the final Australian show in Perth.
A day before the show in Adelaide we are joined in the city by Anita from The Netherlands, a fan who had quite a special experience with Bono back in 2015. We talk about the shows in Melbourne and Brisbane and have a look at what the local media is saying about The Joshua Tree shows. We go back in time to review the history of "The Drifting Cowboys" and try to make sense of what Edge and Larry are talking about during the shows.
A day before the show in Brisbane we are joined in the city by Scott from Canada. Scott has been collecting U2 memorabilia for over 30 years and has build up quite the collection. We talk about his favourite items, how items are valued, what his collection looks like and how to find more rare items. We also look back on the first two shows of the tour in Auckland and share an update from the ground in Brisbane.
We are joined by GA Joe in Auckland, New Zealand a few days before U2's opening night of the Joshua Tree 2019 tour. And he's not our only guest as also Bono himself makes a brief appearance! We talk about the rehearsals and about everything else that is happening Down Under. Joe is famous for maintaining a guide to U2 General Admission, which we discuss in length. We talk about what the best spot is, how to get there, how queuing works and how to best take it on. We also answer the many questions sent in by fans.
We talk everything setlists in this last episode before departing to New Zealand. We are joined by Ali, a fan from Iran and talk about what it is being a fan in Iran and U2's connections with the country. We also share the results of fan votes for the ultimate Joshua Tree setlist, and tell the story of U2's historic "backwards setlist" show.
Ethan from South Australia is our guest for this second episode. Ethan, a singer/songwriter himself, has seen all Australian U2 tours since Zoo TV and takes us with him on U2's journey across Australia. We start in 1984 and end in 2019, looking back as well as ahead to what we can expect of U2's 2019 tour and what it will be like for those who will attend these shows.
We are joined in this first episode by Jaime, a fan since U2's Super Bowl performance. Jaime works for Guinness World Records, a record list full of U2. We talk about those records, discussing the ones which U2 holds and which they don't. And what do these records mean when it comes to "relevance"? And which fan holds the world record of the largest collection of U2 memorabilia?