How to Stay Fit and Healthy When Touring on the Road

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We are a U2 tribute band, and we are on the move for better part of the year. While the performance part looks glamorous, continuous touring does take a toll on the body and thus the performance.

Our body is a temple. And for us, this is of the utmost importance. To stay fit while moving is a difficult task. It is like an art which you need to master. Healthy food isn’t readily available, and we have to rely on those natural pre workout supplements quite a lot of time. And don’t forget the cruel roads. Not getting enough sleep is also something to worry about.

So, for your help (and the others) we are listing here the various ways we undertake to maintain a healthy body while trying to keep up with the calendar. And no, these do not require you to have a tree of money.

1) Drink water, lots of it

Drink water

Water is your best friend, and it deserves a place of honor. It (helps to) keep the oxygen levels of blood at par and also increases immunity. It keeps your kidneys clean and aids digestion too. Be sure to have it in plenty, each day. Water is needed to deliver your best performances, especially for the singer. It keeps you hydrated and keeps away nausea and headaches.

2) Get plenty of sleep

Although sleeping and touring do not go well together, there is just no substitute for rest. A bit of late night partying is fun, but not every night. To maintain good health, the body needs a good sleep. Instead of sleeping in your van, look for a bed whenever possible. Also, grab any chances of getting a nap. Even a short nap can refresh you enough.

3) Be smart while eating

healthy foodsEating well while on the move! Sounds quite an impossible task. But getting down for real food should be a priority instead of a drive-thru. The body, as well as mind, will get some nourishment and get you the energy. Skip fries, try a salad or get a grilled sandwich. Pack fresh fruits or grab some from the convenience store. The more healthy stuff you have, the less likely you require a “fast” food.

4) Maintain hygiene

Basic practices such as taking a shower or brushing your teeth should be given priority. You don’t need a hotel room always. Instead, you can try sink baths at the gas stations. They make you human.

5) Exercisestretching exercises

Not heavy workouts, but do some jogging during breaks. You are cramped in a van for a long time, so leg stretching exercises can be useful while you are at a gas station. Also, change shifts every few hours when driving for long. Meditating also takes away lots of stress.

6) Resist unhealthy habits

Touring sounds like a vacation or a party on-the-go. Well, it can be if you aren’t doing it on a regular basis. Go for celebrations but do remember you are leaving for another concert soon. Smoking and drinking can affect your performance and also the driving skills.

7) Stay connected

You may need “alone” time for practices or to enjoy some silence but getting connected too, is necessary. When feeling anxious, speak up to your band-mates. Getting connected to home every once in a while can ease up any situation you are dealing with.

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The Most Covered U2 Songs Ever

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U2 – the rock band from Ireland, no doubt, has been a success – commercially as well as in popularity. From its inception more than 30 years ago, it has come a long way; and on its own terms.

Artists and bands from time to time have tried to encash the success of U2 and a myriad of U2 cover bands that have emerged in the recent times is a proof.

i) Pride (In The Name of Love)The Unforgettable Fire

The second song of 1984 album, “The Unforgettable Fire”, took its inspiration from the leaders like Martin Luther King Jr, who sacrificed their lives. Released as the album’s first single, this is one of U2’s most important songs. The song has since been covered many times starting with Barbara Dickson’s “After Dark” in 1987 to the one done by David Archuleta in “Begin”, in the recent times.

ii) With or Without You

This number from the 1987 album, “The Joshua Tree”, has become the band’s one of the most popular songs. Portraying the struggles that exist within the relationships, it became the group’s first number one hit in America. It was first covered by Jawbreaker in 1991 in the album “Jawbreaker” and then numerous times until in 2015, by Amy Lee.

iii) I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

This is the second song from “The Joshua Tree” and was released as the album’s second single. Starting with The Chimes’ “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and Phil Coulter’s “Recollections” in 1990, this is the most covered U2 song with the recent cover done by Peter Hollens.

iv) I Will FollowI Will Follow

Featured in the debut album of U2 in 1980; this is the opening track written by Bono on the death of his mother. First covered by Breakfast with Amy in 1995, bands have made the cover of this song, quite some times.

v) Desire

The third track from the 1988 album, “Rattle and Hum”, has one of the most efficient song introductions by U2. It was covered a few times in 1999.

vi) Sunday Bloody Sunday

This opening track from the 1983 album, “War”, tried to educate the audience addressing the tragic Bloody Sunday incident. It was famous for its militaristic drumming; and from 1990 until 2012, many have made its cover version.

vii) One

The third song from the 1991 album, “Achtung Baby,” remains one of the band’s most popular compositions ever. It came out amidst tensions when the band was on the verge of break-up. One is one of the favorites of the cover artists and a lot of covers have been created, the first being in 1995 by Automatic Baby.

viii) Beautiful DayAll That You Can’t Leave Behind

The first release from the 2000’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind,” urged the audience to appreciate what they still have when everything else has been lost. One of the biggest hits of U2, this was covered multiple times in 2004 and the later years.

ix) Mysterious Ways

The addictive way used in this track from “Achtung Baby” keeps this song still fresh even after years. The artists have covered it a few times in the recent years.

x) Bad

Although not popular among the artists, this seventh track of “The Unforgettable Fire” is a fan favorite and is frequently played in concerts. It was first covered by Dream Theater in 1998, and the last work was done on the 2004 album “The Marcus Satellite Tribute to U2”.

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U2 – A Brief History of the Greatest Band Ever

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The band that we all know and love! And if you don’t you are not only in the right place but also in for a pleasant surprise! U2 was founded in Dublin in the fall of 1976. All thanks to the young drummer Larry Mullen Jr. At age 14 he posted in his school bulletin board seeking band members.

U2 band historyLater that day the “Feedbacks” was formed which later was changed to “The Hype” soon! With the faithful band members, Adam Clayton as the bass guitarist. Dave Evans was better known as “The Edge” who played bass guitar as well. Dave brother also played before retiring early to play for “The Virgin Prunes” another Dublin band. And Paul Hewson who we all love and adore, A.K.A “Bono”!

U2 3rd albumSoon after they had their big break. In March of 1978 after countless hours of practicing and b, ending they played their first “big” gig! A talent show in Limerick, Ireland. They would be performing in front of Jackie Hayden from CBS records. The upcoming group won the contest earning the grand prize of £500 and studio time to record their first demo.

With the new found boost of confidence, they become fully committed to making a name for themselves. They hiredU2 Three album Paul McGuinness as their manager and quickly started touring Dublin to raise their local fan base. In 1979 they released their first hit single “U2:3” which hit the tops of the national charts!

In 1980-1982 they had been trying to go international. Their first international single “11’ O’Clock Tick Tock” on their debut Island Record was not able to make the top charts. With a new perspective of sounds, they directed towards, a spiritual, death, and faith.
A year later in 1883, they had their first big break with becoming international. With the release of ‘War” their 3rd album. Not only was this band new album fantastic but the U2 album covers was becoming renowned!

Fast forward almost 30 years the band has continued to amaze people! Playing with legends like B.B King. Performing on rolling stones. Hitting the top charts countless times. Touring the world and releasing 16 albums.

This band ceases to awe us. With U2 songs of innocence songs taking the world by storm. It was published on September 9th, 2014. Not only was this one of the best albums ever made. They also made it free on the Itunes store while partnering with organizations like “Bank of America” and “Partner Red” to help fight AIDS.

U2 ConcertNot only have this ironic band been making a real impact on us and the world as a whole! They have inspired many U2 Tribute bands that the fans are in love with. This may leave you to ask “how old is Bono U2”? He is only the ripe age of 57 born May 10, 1960. With many of the band’s members close by!

The rest is history!

U2 greatest bandFrom a band that was formed in the late 70’s all thanks to the school bulletin boards. It just goes to show what can happen when people come together! Despite playing for more than 30 years, the bands is still pressing on full force and full of energy! We can expect much more to come from this group of men shortly!

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The Best U2 Cover Bands in America

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U2 tribute band has certainly been taking the world by storm. As I see them rattle and hum u2 tribute band makes you feel like they are the original band. The experience is an unforgettable one indeed.

I have never felt so moved by a U2 cover band like this before. Their electrifying and enthralling performance is like none other before. This is the best cover band in America.

The Best U2 Cover Bands in AmericaImagine a show so memorizing you almost go through a sensory overload! They are so identical and realistic as the real thing it is breathtaking! The moves, style, and sound are uncannily similar to the iconic band we all know and love. This group is as close as it gets to the real thing!

Based out of L.A. California they are making a name for themselves as more than a cover band. The greatest band is the one to have ever performed live with the actual Bono. They have been endorsed by some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. They have been covered by news and the media alike. Ranging from the Rolling Stones, NY Times, The daily news, LA Times, and many others!

They have performed in front of an audience over 20,000 thousand people and counting! They have all of the props down. They had memorized everything the U2 band does to a T! The only way get a closer concert to the band is to hire the real thing themselves!

U2 tribute bandPerformances they have done are for the Playboy mansion, Rolling stones La. The celebrity cruise, Facebook. And PC Mall, Royal Caribbean Cruise line, plus so much more! While they have traveled all across America. They have also played in places like the Middle East, South America, Africa. They have played in Europe many times! And the Caribbean! The list goes on and on.

They made history when continually being featured on T.V. for their replication of the real thing! Having played two 90 minutes how’s on television. Once in 2013 and the second time in 2015. They had also been voted the best yet in 2014.

Their fans are even more supportive! Many of them say that they prefer them to the real thing! And they are much easier to get into! Others are saying that they are “God’s gift to the world.”

The amount of love and testimonials for this band is out of the world and heartwarming! There is no doubt about it that they give all they got to be as good as we remembered from the past. Maybe even better many would agree!

This is the greatest cover band!U2 the best band

If you think it couldn’t get better, they touring in a city near you! You won’t want to miss out on such an exhilarating moment! This will be one that you would never forget! The kind of performance that you tell your kids, and grandkids about years from now! Life is meant to be lived while making memories and this will be one you have!

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Linear

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No Line on the Horizon – pack shot U2 – band promo shot
Linear Film Credits

An ANTON CORBIJN moving image/SEE-SAW FILMS PRODUCTION

Said Taghmaoui

Music by U2 with Brian Eno and Danny Lanois

Line ProducerRosa Romero EditorJames Rose Art DirectorMark Digby Make-Up & HairAaf Corbijn CinematographerMartin Ruhe Executive ProducersBono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr

Story by Anton Corbijn/Bono

Produced by Iain Canning, Emile Sherman
Directed by Anton Corbijn

01. UNKNOWN CALLER
02. BREATHE
03. WINTER
04. WHITE AS SNOW
05. NO LINE ON THE HORIZON
06. FEZ-Being Born
07. MAGNIFICENT
08. STAND UP COMEDY
09. GET ON YOUR BOOTS
10. MOMENT OF SURRENDER
11. CEDARS OF LEBANON

Titles written by U2/Brian Eno/Danny Lanois and published by Universal Music Publishing BV/Opal Music, except in North America by Upala Music Inc/BMI

* “Cedars of Lebanon” includes a sample of the recording “Against The Sky” performed by Harold Budd and Brian Eno from the album “The Pearl” (Virgin/EMI 1984 – ENOCD13). Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Limited.

The composition “Cedars of Lebanon” contains elements from “Against the Sky” written Harold Budd and Brian Eno and published by Universal Songs of Polygram International Inc / Toyon Music / Opal Music London. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2009 U2 Limited. The copyright in this film and artwork is owned by U2 Limited and is under exclusive licence to Mercury Records Limited in the UK, Interscope Records in the US, and Universal Music Group for the rest of the world.

“Late May 2008 – at a band meeting I was introduced to the new songs. The reason for letting me in so early on this sonically and lyrically different U2 record is that the band have this idea for me to make some kind of moving imagery to go with the record. The thinking is that as a lot of people buy music from the internet and are likely to hear this on a computer or mp3 player, their listening pleasure could be heightened by visuals. Instead of just seeing a pack shot of the record sleeve, or a still photograph of the band for 45 plus minutes, as is often the case now, why not have a moving image for the duration of the record? It is not essential to the record, you can either watch it or ignore it. Brilliant! As always, U2 are thinking ahead, not so much having one foot in tomorrow’s door, as having built the house to which that door is the entrance.

“Bono talked me through the songs and the record as a whole. For the first time he had created characters for this record, and wrote lyrics about their lives or from their perspectives. The record had an essence of time to it, most songs had a number or time references connected to them, as if going through a 24 hour period. Although I didn’t want to translate the lyrics visually, I felt that making use of one the characters Bono wrote about would be interesting. It became the Parisian motorcycle cop of northern African descent, who threw it all in to go back to see his girlfriend in Tripoli. I was going to make a silent movie, with a touch of a story to it. We prepped late June-early July, shot late July, edited in August and were ready for the record’s November release. Fantastic! However, it was at this point that the band decided to go back into the studio and work on the record a bit more. As U2 never do anything in half measures, the record that emerged from the studio in late December 2008 was a very different one than the one I’d made images for. Not only had the running order changed, now there were completely new songs on the record while another song had gone, new lyrics without the characters had emerged, and different sounds dominated the songs I had worked on. Disaster! Thankfully, we worked on a solution that saw LINEAR keeping its own running order and songs, whilst only changing edits for the 10 songs, those that are also on the new U2 record, to their newly created identities. Thus LINEAR is a very interesting hybrid version of No Line On The Horizon, partly how it was in May 2008 and partly how it is now. Tomorrow is always partly yesterday. Apparently.”

Anton Corbijn
January 2009

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