So this is it, our last ever U2 cover is out tomorrow. It’ll appear in all digital stores and our video will follow soon. It’s the end of a journey that started 4 years ago when we released Alison Stewart. We were trying to think what to say – here’s a blog post we put out on the one year anniversary. Since then we’ve been a few other places thanks to the kindness of people we hardly knew then but now count as friends. But the post still holds good. Thanks folks.
From October 2015:
(So last year we started a crazy but totally life affirming journey in which we set out to say a few words of thanks. What do you give the band who have everything? We offered a song, a video and a few covers. It might not seem much but it was our very best.
The ensuing journey took us to the Clarence and Claridges (did the concierge ever pass that DVD on Bono?), to No 10 Cedarwood Road, Rosemount Avenue, Ard na Mara and St Margaret’s Park, Slane Castle, Grogans Castle Lounge, the Hydro in Glasgow, London’s O2 and the 3 Arena in Dublin (always the Point depot to you we suspect). Dublin became a bit of a second home.
We met your people along the way. And you know what? Turns out they are pretty much like how we imagine you to be: gracious and passionate, truth tellers and kind, open-hearted and generous.
We even got to look into the eyes of your front row. They helped us look up. Never tried to take the feet from under us. They encouraged us and helped us in the task we gave ourselves: to spread the word that you have made our lives better and we are grateful. It’s important to say these things while you can.
Admittedly we went a bit mad on twitter as you hit Glasgow last year. On the second night we all stood with tears in our eyes as the spirit came with you into the house. ‘Barrowlands, shadowlands.’
We played a celebration event for your 40th anniversary in Dublin and got to hear A Sort Of Homecoming being sung back at us.
So it started as a charity tribute single and ended up being a kind of thank you year where we tried to express love and appreciation through some songs and videos.
Today, Monday 24th October is the one year anniversary of the day we filmed the video for Alison Stewart in Dublin. We will mark it this evening with a version of a beautiful song of yours called I fall down from an album of spiritual pilgrimage called October. Part of your story of course is that you wouldn’t let each other fall.
The song we wrote about you led to an album. To us renewing our own bonds of friendship with each other.
It was important to us to say the things we needed to say.
Some final thank yous:
Bono, thank you for not kicking our arses for writing a song named after Ali.
Ali, ditto. It’s really you we are fans of by the way.
Larry, Edge, Adam, Bono – thanks for a lifetime of inspiration and example.
You’ve left a few legacies along the way guys but we have seen your people up close and they are full of grace and truth. We feel sure you’re as proud of them as they are of you. Thank you for the way you make us feel.
Can’t wait for what you’ll do next. You’ve a few fights left in you yet.
With love and appreciation always.