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From The Daily Fix: Saturday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Saturday

In your bank holiday Saturday Fix: Strike looms at Aer Lingus; the high-price of government advice; U2′s controversial Glastonbury appearance; a hair-raising announcement from Wayne Rooney; and the accidental Facebook party.

U2's Glastonbury appearance targeted by tax avoidance protests

The Irish band’s appearance will be targeted by demonstrators complaining about the band’s Dutch tax status.

From The42 Ice hockey star picks up unusual hitchhiker - Bono On Song

Ice hockey star picks up unusual hitchhiker - Bono

The U2 star was wandering the highways of West Vancouver before a Edmonton Oliers player made his girlfriend turn the car around.

From Bono 'played key role' in getting Google to move to Dublin Businessman Bono

Bono 'played key role' in getting Google to move to Dublin

The U2 frontman has said that he worked “very hard” to get Google to choose Ireland for its international headquarters.

One loves a good chooooon - A soundtrack for the Queen's visit

The Queen has been entertained by Riverdance, Westlife and Mary Byrne at the Convention Centre in Dublin, but what songs might President McAleese have put on an iPod playlist for her visit?

From Confirmed: Obama to hold public event at Dublin's College Green Obama Visit

Confirmed: Obama to hold public event at Dublin's College Green

The President and First Lady will join Enda Kenny at a free-entry public event next Monday, the government confirms.

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Bono backs ballot on billion-bucks bailout

The U2 frontman says the Irish should be given a vote on the EU-IMF package – and complains about being snubbed by Obama.

From Obama to hold an outdoor rally at College Green Obama Visit

Obama to hold an outdoor rally at College Green

Plans for the visit of the US President are beginning to take shape – he’s expected to speak for 15 or 20 minutes to a crowd at College Green on Monday evening.

Justin Bieber and U2 agree to charity album for Japan

Justin Bieber, U2 and Rihanna have all agreed to contribute to a charity album in aid of the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.

Spider-Man Broadway show postponed, as director bows out

Producers have postponed the troubles show’s official opening to summer, after director Julie Taymor says other work commitments mean has to give up her role.

From Talks begin over future of Spider-Man director Broadway

Talks begin over future of Spider-Man director

Controversial Broadway show has had a record 98 previews so far and its opening night has been delayed five times.

From Family at Slane Castle are not opposed to bypass of the village Slane

Family at Slane Castle are not opposed to bypass of the village

The family are in favour of one proposed bypass of the village in County Meath but fear another version would compromise the rock concert venue.

From U2 show brought to life in 5billion pixels pic Tag Yourself

U2 show brought to life in 5billion pixels pic

Fans invited to tag themselves in 360degree photograph.

From U2 assistant appears in court on €3million theft charges U2

U2 assistant appears in court on €3million theft charges

The former personal assistant of Adam Clayton has been accused of embezzling the money from the bassist over a period of three years.

Bono in South African rebel song row

The U2 frontman has sparked anger among white interest groups after appearing to support the singing of a controversial song called ‘Shoot the Boer’.

From Bono leads drive to rid world of “dreadful little virus” World Aids Day This post contains images

Bono leads drive to rid world of “dreadful little virus”

U2 singer launches World Aids Day as 80 world landmarks bathed in red to mark campaign.

From Bono feared Spider-Man musical wouldn't "get out the gate" Spider-man

Bono feared Spider-Man musical wouldn't "get out the gate"

Delays, technical hitches and cast changes make it the “most expensive Broadway show” ever made but CBS’s 60 Minutes is giving Bono and Edge project a primetime TV boost this weekend.

U2 producer says last album was a failure Ambience This post contains videos

U2 producer says last album was a failure

Steve Lillywhites says No Line on the Horizon “did not recreate the North African ambience it had intended to”. Sorry, what?

Back to Dublin? U2′s 360° could come full circle

“Advanced discussions” are being held about having U2′s world tour return to Dublin in two months.

U2 FRONTMAN Bono is back in action after his recent back surgery. In May, the band had to cancel their North American tour when Bono suffered a back injury. A video on the band’s site shows Bono’s bandmates joking about finding a replacement singer, before the main man says, “I’m ready.”  The tour has been rescheduled to start in three weeks.

25 YEARS AGO today, the world joined hands and sang to raise money for Ethiopia in what still remains one of the most-watched TV events of all time.

But for those your whose memories are hazy of the day – or, if you weren’t born – here’s some things you may not have realised.

1. America didn’t really know who U2 were

LOOKING AT THEM NOW, it’s odd to think that U2 were once considered an average-at-best live band – but such was their perception before playing to a worldwide audience of two billion people at Live Aid.

U2 – who were then perceived to have lost some of their rock background – arguably stole the show with a 14-minute performance of ‘Bad’, which was extended because Bono had left the stage to help a girl being crushed at the front of the crowd.

Initially the singer had left the stage and tried to signal to crowds to move back – but the crowd security staff couldn’t get the message, so he jumped off stage and rescued the girl himself.

Their set was so long, they had to cut their scheduled performance of Pride (In The Name Of Love), their first single to make the US top 40 – but Bono’s evident personal appeal carried them through and onto greater things.

2. The Irish were the world’s biggest per-capita donors

So proud were we of our gig organiser, Bob Geldof, and his mangled South Dublin accent, that we donated in vast numbers – enough to make us rank as the highest donors per head worldwide. And so proud was he of us, that he interrupted TV broadcasts to make a declaration to that effect. The fact that the Republic was in the throws of a crippling recession, the likes of which it hadn’t seen before, and was wracked with emigration, made this stat all the more remarkable.

Not, of course, that we were the biggest donors – the Dubai royal family called up, spoke to Geldof personally, and instantly gave £1m in cash.

Which brings us nicely to…

3. If you’re raising money, swearing really works

Aside from being a major musical spectacle, the whole point of Live Aid was to raise money for the poor of Ethiopia. So, of course, Geldof was regularly checking in on the fundraising total. The BBC, on the day, had been repeating a phone number every 20 minutes, soliciting credit card donations, and had also been giving a postal address where viewers could send cheques.

Geldof, frustrated at a reported total of £1.2m after seven hours of gigging, interrupted BBC presenter David Hepworth as he was giving out the address, shouting:

F**k the address, let’s give the numbers!

Shortly afterwards, bubbling with frustration that viewers were simply leaning back to enjoy the spectacle and not bothering to donate, Geldof simply bellowed:

Give us your f**king money!

As soon as he did so, the rate of donations grew to £300 a second. By the end of the day, between £40m and £50m had been raised.

In Philadelphia, Madonna – who had recently appeared nude in Playboy – decided to spite the 35 degree heat and declared, “I’m not taking s*** off today!”

4. It was an extraordinary technical feat

And not just because Phil Collins took a Concord between the two gigs and played at both of them, despite their being 3,500 miles apart.

(Noel Edmonds flew the chopper that took him to Heathrow. On the way to the US, Collins met Cher – who had no idea the gigs were happening, but who followed him to JFK and sang there. A weird day.)

The show was an exceptionally ambitious project. In both Wembley and JFK, enormous revolving stages were built, so that while one act was playing on stage, another two could get their gear in order backstage.

Even the transatlantic satellite broadcasting was a rare feat, though it often succumbed to small glitches (such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ being cut for some small time) in the travel.

While regular rock bands on tour would use mixing desks with two channels of 40 tracks each, the BBC’s outside broadcast unit had to make do with 12-channel desks. In a technological sense, Live Aid changed the world.

5. Geldof didn’t even want the gig recorded

So insistent was Bob that the gig be considered a one-off, he didn’t even want it to be recorded for future posterity. The gig, he felt, should be a one-off marvel that could live only in the memory.

The gig only survived because the BBC Radio 1 engineer on the day steadfastly refused to obey Geldof’s order that the gig not be recorded. Even ABC, the American broadcaster, deleted its tapes on Geldof’s request.

As a result, only about 10 hours of the 16 were saved and ultimately released on DVD. The rest of the gig, due to technical mishaps and ad breaks, remains lost to eternity.

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