On November 11th, 1987, U2 played a free show at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco. During that show, Bono spray painted “Rock n roll stops the traffic” on the Vaillancourt fountain. This resulted in Bono receiving a rebuke from then San Francisco mayor Diane Feinstein, “I am disappointed that a rock star who is supposed to be a role model for young people chose to vandalise the work of another artist”. This short press conference is Bono’s response to the situation. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Recorded November 1987.
Edge sits down with Roger Scott for a short interview on BBC Radio One. Topics include; When Love Comes To Town, working with BB King, She’s A Mystery To Me, meeting Roy Orbison, recording cover versions, Dancing Barefoot, Fortunate Son, Warm and Tender Love, Everybody Loves A Winner, Unchained Melody, 1989 plans for U2, and Edge’s favorite music including S’Express, Living Colour, and The Neville Brothers. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. First broadcast April 15th, 1989.
During rehearsals for the Lovetown Tour, Edge sits down with Roger Scott for a short interview on BBC Radio One. Topics include; Everlasting Love, Unchained Melody, touring Australia and New Zealand, songs for the next album, and The Who touring. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. First broadcast June 24th, 1989.
Just after becoming a dad for the first time, Bono phones in to Simon Mayo‘s BBC Radio One show for a short interview. Topics include; the birth of Jordan, being a father, All I Want Is You single and video, Felini’s La Strada as the basis for the video, who dies at the end?, the Lovetown tour, U2 fanzines, and Everlasting Love. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. First broadcast June 7th, 1989.
Larry speaks! A week or so before The Joshua Tree is to be released on March 9th 1987, Larry drops by Dave Fanning‘s show to world premier four cuts from the album . Additionally, Larry has brought in “a bunch of records” to play, and Dave Fanning gets him to speak at length on a number of things. Topics includes; David Bowie, aging gracefully, The Joshua Tree, sounding like U2, the world tour, Joshua Tree as a double album, Bono’s lyrics, Regan’s America, drumming to serve the song, piano lessons and drum lessons, the Artane Boys Band, shoulder length hair, Mount Temple, the early days, The Sweet, Red Hill Mining Town, the U2 fan club, getting hassled by fans, living in and giving back to Dublin, the Red Hill Mining Town and With Or Without You video shoots, Larry’s hand problems, live drums, Paul Brady and Patty Smith sessions, t-shirts and ticket pricing, Exit, and Working Class Hero. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Originally broadcast on or about March 2nd, 1987.
On the eve of the Joshua Tree Cork Show, and just after The “Cork Mafia” interview the previous hour, Dave Fanning plays an hour of U2 interview highlights from 1987. Dave had members of the band on his RTE 2 FM show at least three times during that year. First, the entire band recorded U2 Talkie with Dave in February, then Larry dropped by to world premier tracks from The Joshua Tree in early March, and finally the entire band dropped by for the famous “Nude Interview” in June. This show includes brief highlights from each of these three interviews and was padded out with U2 songs and other music. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Originally broadcast 9:00pm, August 7th, 1987.
On the eve of the Joshua Tree Cork Show, five members of U2’s road crew drop by for an interview with Dave Fanning. The crew members are; Joe O’Herlihy, Steve Iredale, Tim Buckley, Tom Mullany, and Sam O’ Sullivan. Discussion centers on the early days with U2 and assorted bits related to being on the road. Topics include; what was so special about U2?, getting equipment, people jumping on stage, taking care of Larry, what happens at soundcheck?, the effect of climate on sound, indoor vs outdoor sound, Adam’s sub lows, covering the pitch, can you get Murphys in Edinborough?, the bus fire, flying vs. driving, tension within the crew, local crew, what happens when U2 is off the road?, Rory Gallagher, U2 playing the Lark by the Lee, what will U2 play in Cork tomorrow? Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Originally broadcast 8:00pm, August 7th, 1987.
Edge drops by for the final installment of the the BPFO (BP Fallon Orchestra) show, broadcast on RTE 2 shortwave radio. Topics include; Arizona Governor Evan Mecham and MLK, Stand By Me, the state of music 1987, Jimi Hendrix, Edge’s family life is suffering, lack of drug abuse in U2, traveling in America, televangelists, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Edge’s half-dozen country songs, Las Vegas, Steve Wickham drops by and plays violin, early U2 tours, meeting fans, Edge is a happy chap. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Recorded Saturday, May 23rd, 1987
Bono phones in to The Gay Byrne Show on RTE to discuss the 1989 Oscar winning film My Left Foot. The call is from Los Angeles on the night of the Oscars, and Bono is decidedly excited about My Left Foot having won major awards and traveling around America. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. First broadcast March 27th 1990.