Posted in music on March 3, 2009

U2 on a London roof (BBC)
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They've sung about a place "Where the Streets Have No Name," but Irish rockers U2 will have a street named for them in Times Square Tuesday.

Mayor Bloomberg is expected to rename part of W.53rd St. at Broadway "U2 Way."

The temporary street renaming coincides with the release of the band's new CD, "No Line on the Horizon," and the kickoff last night of their five-night gig on "Late Show With David Letterman."

Besides winning Grammys and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bono and his bandmates are known worldwide for fighting for human rights and social justice. [Daily News]

U2 are really good at getting attention when they have a new album coming out. On Friday they played on a London roof. You can watch the whole thing at BBC's site. The first of five Letterman episodes aired last night. Today they get the street named after them. This coming Friday they'll be on Good Morning America (Bryant Park?), and then they'll play a show at Fordham University. Today is also U2 day on RXP.

Then next week: "U2 3 Nights Live"

Monday, March 9 - LIVE from Los Angeles An Inside Look At No Line On The Horizon
Time: 9-10pm Eastern, 8-9pm Central, 7-8pm Mountain, 6-7pm Pacific -- Hosted by Shirley Manson

Tuesday, March 10 - LIVE from Chicago Radio Takeover featuring a deejay set by U2
Time: 9-10pm Eastern, 8-9pm Central, 7-8pm Mountain, 6-7pm Pacific -- Hosted by Shirley Manson

Wednesday, March 11 - LIVE from Boston Featuring live performance and audience Q&A with U2
Time: 9-10m Eastern, 8-9pm Central, 7-8pm Mountain, 6-7pm Pacific -- Hosted by TBA

U2 3 Nights Live will be delivered via satellite on ABC Satellite Services and Westwood One in the United States.

Each of those cities will also get a small club show.

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Comments (43)

I was going to complain. Then again it's 53rd at. So who cares they may as well rename the whole neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:06 AM

u2 makes me want to throw up all over myself

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:10 AM

Why is the New York City government helping U2 promote it's new album? Is the city getting paid for this?

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:13 AM

Just another reason to avoid Times Square like the Plague.

Posted by Monacle | March 3, 2009 9:33 AM

U2uesday on RXP!

Posted by wembley | March 3, 2009 9:33 AM

Get on your boots

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:34 AM

they're paying them back in potatos.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:34 AM

Bono - Go hang up you're Louise Vuitton slippers, you old hag.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:37 AM

why.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:39 AM

Where the streets have names.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:42 AM

Bloomberg is a whore and will sell anything of value of meaning in this city to the highest bidder.

Posted by sellout | March 3, 2009 9:44 AM

w 53rd st has meaning?

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:56 AM

My girlfriend told me they're also playing a show @ Fordham University for Good Morning America on Friday. You need a Fordham ID card to get onto campus and into the show, so if you go to Fordham you should put your ID card up on Craig's List! She said random people are contacting students through their Fordham University emails and offering them cash to "rent" their ID cards. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by Tom | March 3, 2009 10:03 AM

East 53rd street has already been taken by Rock n Roll history.

53rd & 3rd

Dee Dee: Male hustler

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:04 AM

EX-CA-VA-TION

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:09 AM

Your girlfriend told me the same thing

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:09 AM

They were pretty good on Letterman last night. I was surprised.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:10 AM

Your girlfriend must have also told BrooklynVegan like, 4 days ago.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:13 AM

Too bad they didn't do all this stuff when they were good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:17 AM

why wasn't it christopher street being renamed?

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:36 AM

You can pick up the new album at Amazon MP3 store for $3.99 - can't beat that...

For all the losers on BV who do nothing but criticize successful bands, get a life

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:44 AM

Hey Anon@10:44, U2 doesn't need you sticking up for them on message boards. They'll be OK, promise.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:48 AM

@ 10:04 am - you could not be more correct. 53rd & 3rd should be named Ramones corner. That's real rock'n'roll.

Posted by drewo | March 3, 2009 10:54 AM

respect - 1048. 1044 are you angry at the world - dont be its sunny out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:54 AM

"Just another reason to avoid Times Square like the Plague."

Times Square is the Plague.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:58 AM

So sad how everyone just hates on U2. If you dont like them u just move on. They are a "historic" band that will be played for generations. Sorry to say it but Fleet Foxes, MGMT, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and MIA will long be forgotten in 5-10 years from now.
Now I am fans of all these artists...but lets be real here. U2 have achieved this fame over 30 years of solid recording and touring...u cant knock that. And if you are not from NYC please do not chime in on what we do with our streets.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 11:02 AM

When you turn on to 53rd Street from Broadway you have a genuine energy and a sense of purpose and the feeling that maybe you can absorb and express hope and pain in a simple way that brings people together and fires them up.

By the time you get to 8th Avenue, you're walking around with your thumb up your ass thinking you're Jesus Christ.

Staten Island Chuck knew what he was doing.

Posted by J | March 3, 2009 11:45 AM

There's a part of Broadway by City Hall called "People with AIDS Plaza".

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 1:00 PM

what do you call corner of N 7th and Bedford?

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 1:15 PM

Fuck this. What the FUCK does U2 have to do with New York? Indianapolis didn't even give Letterman a street.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 1:57 PM

Anon 1:15 - Hipster Row?

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 2:06 PM

Dan Deacon Blvd

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 2:09 PM

Hey look at us, we only like shit indie noise, U2 are a big band we can't like them ever.

Give me Vivian Girls over talent any day.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 2:52 PM

in the town of broken dreams, the streets are filled with regret.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 3:09 PM

do the U2 defenders really believe that the band still has talent? if so, they're just as delusional as the indie worshipers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 5:14 PM

i am so sick of this fucking band. u2 needs to just go the fuck away. their are so fucking untalented. bono is an obnoxious, egotisitcal fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 5:51 PM

These postings are hilarious. I like Bono. I think he does his bit; uses his platform of publicity for other issues outside of his own ego. He doesn't have to; he can just swim in his millions like all the other big bands. And yea, he can play the media like a fiddle. He's had years of training. As for not liking U2 cos they're huge; that's too much. You have to admit that they do have talent. If you're supporting other acts simply because they're not big, that's nonsense. Listening to dirge that's not talented just because it's trendy is like listening to Britney because you're 12. But don't worry, you'll eventually grow out of it. If anyone has spare Letterman tix they're giving away, gimme a shout!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 7:15 PM

u2 have been a great band for many years, but bono's political "work" (read: his obnoxious fucking ego) has tainted their reputation -- the band has admitted this recently.

i try my best to remember the great music over the years, and not the fact that bono fucking broke bread with g.w. bush at the fucking white house. that was over the fucking line. unforgivable.

Posted by rush limbaugh | March 4, 2009 12:01 AM

Been listening to the new U2 album, No Line on the Horizon, and enjoying it. The best song is the first one, which is the title track, and several others sound pretty good, too. I especially like one called "Magnificent." There's a nice write-up in today's WSJ.

Which brings me to taxes. Apparently, U2 doesn't enjoy paying them—the band recently moved its publishing company from Ireland to the Netherlands, where the taxes on artist royalties are much lower. Who can blame them? Maybe Bono will now includes low taxes as a part of his global campaign against debt relief for poor countries. And maybe the next time U2 goes on tour, they can cover the classic Beatles song, "Taxman":

Should five per cent appear too small,
Be thankful I don't take it all.
'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2009 11:15 AM

Paying taxes blows chunks.

October is an amazing record. Everything else they've ever done is fucking horrendous.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | March 4, 2009 12:57 PM

guster, lol, :-(..... no seriously, you guys deserve U2....

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2009 3:56 PM

It's funny that people who don't like U2 have to come on this forum and write it down anonymously. Free therapy, anyone?

Denying U2 has talent and a tremendous impact on music is like denying the Holocaust. Get on your goosestepping boots!

Posted by Michael | March 4, 2009 5:43 PM

I am guessing that U2 is big because of gen x-ers? I was pretty surprised yesterday to learn that they are the "biggest band in the world" This is the first time I have seen them discussed in any of the media I consume in quite a while. They are old, but old is the new young.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2009 5:50 PM

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