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U2 updates "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

Acoustic version, extra verse in live performance

By Mark C. Brown Jun 14, 2013 12:06PM
U2U2 has taken its classic "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and updated it in support of human rights activists in Iran. This live acoustic version, filmed on a New York City rooftop last week, features extra lyrics referring to the killing going on in the name of religion.

"The track is part of ONE's campaign to harness the power of protest songs to demand action against extreme poverty at the G8 summit," according to U2's website.


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Jun 17, 2013 8:19PM
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Looking forward to their next tour!!
Jun 17, 2013 3:57PM
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this makes me think of Fran Seal...oh how the years have passed my dear..hope youre well..
Jun 15, 2013 1:44PM
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 Bloody Sunday (Irish: Domhnach na Fola)—sometimes called the Bog side Massacre—was an incident on 30 January 1972 in the Bog side area of Derry, Northern Ireland, in which twenty-six unarmed civil rights protesters and bystanders were shot by members of the British Army. The incident occurred during a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march; the soldiers involved were the First Battalion of the Parachute Regiment (1 Para). Thirteen males, seven of whom were teenagers, died immediately or soon after, while the death of another man four and a half months later has been attributed to the injuries he received on that day. Two protesters were injured when they were run down by army vehicles. Five of those wounded were shot in the back.
Just some info for those who do not understand what motivates  some of what BONO sings about

he crusades against this violence because he has seen it first hand to speak down of him to say u2

hasn't got it anymore is a slap in the face to my Ireland and those of us that know ask your self this

what  did the us say to the British when the pope condemned the conditions and treatment of IRISH POLITICAL PRISONERS what  did they say as the men behind the wire died what did they say when BOBBY SANDS took his last breath. the answer is not one thing a US allies' a part of the Geneva convention committed human rights violation against the IRISH. So before you start ranting on something and putting down a humanitarian do so reading . to all  ERIN GO BAUGH

Jun 15, 2013 12:08PM
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Bloody Sunday pieced together this way didn't come out of the box like it originally did because for U2 the fight, musically speaking, was just beginning when they were younger.  This version plays and feels like it was just to be a reminder that the war is still happening.  The feelings and emotions still translated like a classic oil painting.  The instruments and tempo were chosen like proper oils and brushes for a master piece.
Jun 15, 2013 11:21AM
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U2 is out there making a positive difference in the world.

What have you done lately, godvox?

Jun 15, 2013 10:49AM
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As time moves on, I realize how really special this band is; how relevant their voice has been for the past 30 years - simply stated, "Meaningful!" 
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They must be applauded for their humanitarian efforts. They still care and haven't let fame blind them to the real world.

I just have one complaint as far as these guys go, and that is what their fans have to pay to see them live. I saw them on the Zoo TV tour and it was one of the best, if not the best concerts I've ever been to. They are amazing performers! I paid $25 for my ticket. I saw them a few years later, and the tickets had gone up to about $75, I think it was.  Now their tickets are well over $100. Only their wealthier fans can afford such prices! But at least I have memories of one of the greatest shows I will ever see!

Anyway, I prefer their older stuff. New Year's Day and I Will Follow still rock. That was U2 at their best!

 

Jun 15, 2013 9:39AM
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They've honestly tried to put a voice to the problems.  Still valid after all the years.

Jun 15, 2013 9:32AM
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Old enough to remember when U2 (and REM) were a cutting edge band that only the cool college students "got".  Like a lot of their stuff but not a huge fan.  That being said, I admire Bono for his independent thought.  Unlike most in the entertainment industries who thought it was heresy to say anything positive about Bush, Bono correctly praise The President  for his efforts to combat AIDS and Malaria in Africa.   Does not mean the two of them would agree on anything else but Bono is willing to credit where credit is due.

U2 also showed they have a sense of humor during their appearance on "The Simpson's". 

Jun 15, 2013 8:43AM
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Song just did not  make an impact on me the way the rock version did!
Jun 15, 2013 8:30AM
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awesome, love U2 and their commitment t Human Rights. Continue to stand for the rights of all people in any place no matter where and what people think. Need more super stars to be like them.
Jun 15, 2013 8:23AM
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always loved these guys...pure musical geniuses!!

Jun 15, 2013 8:17AM
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i  love these guys so commited to what is wrong and what hurts  they are the band

 

Jun 15, 2013 6:00AM
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They matter because they care. They care because they have a message and it's the message that means so much. The words are written and sung for a reason. And the reason is to try and make sense of the insane world that's spiraling down toward more unrest and even more war.

GODVOX doesn't get it. He's all about who smoked who therein he doesn't know the message or the lesson.

Jun 15, 2013 5:59AM
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just another pouge trying to down one of the greatest band around  ERIN GO BRAUGH U2

 

Jun 15, 2013 4:24AM
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After Blood Red Sky they CEASED to matter.... The Alarm and Big Country  smoked their asses musically and lyrically when it comes to politically themed bands ... Here endeth the lesson
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