While their fans lapped up the “old” U2, the band members themselves were preparing to inaugurate the “new” band. After three albums recorded with producer Steve Lilywhite, they had already decided they needed a change, even before they realized that their musical ambitions, too, were shifting. Their choice of a new producer — and their persistence in recruiting him — astonished everybody.
How the Irish band’s first dalliance with Brian Eno yielded an album that became the template for everything U2 did after it.
An epic, shoot-for-the-moon band like U2 — with a lead singer who actually believes that rock ’n’ roll can, if not save the world, then at least change it for the better — deserves a book as dense with detail and insight as Matt McGee’s.
Four songs on acetate pressings by Elton John (Reg Dwight) from his early pre-fame years will be offered at Bonhams Entertainment Sale in Knightsbridge, U.K. A handful of other famed rock ‘n’ rollers also have items up for bid at this sale.