Friday, August 28, 2009

U2 re-arranges sked for Yom Kippur

The fine lads in U2 have taken a mensch-like decision and re-scheduled their shows at Giant's Stadium in New Jersey to avoid a conflict with Yom Kippur.

The shows, initially slated to occur over Yom Kippur weekend, Sept 25-27, were bumped up to Sept 23 and 24 to allow Jewish fans to partake in U2's ongoing 360 Tour's North American leg.

It also allows Jewish New York Jets fans to get home in time for the chag. Read more here.

OK, I like U2. I admit it. I'm a rock dinosaur. Though I've felt pretty "m'eh" about their last two albums. That said, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby and Live at Red Rocks are more than enough currency to keep me as a U2 lifer.

Kol hakavod to them for considering the Jewish community on this one.

Read the full JTA story here.

Oh and in case you want to play the "are they Jewish or not" game, here's some food for thought about U2, courtesy that authoritative news source, the Internets, on WikiAnswers:

Bono, 48, stated in the 2006 group autobiography "U2 By U2" that the family of his late mother, Iris Rankin Hewson, might have been Jewish before they moved to Ireland from Scotland (and that he sincerely hopes it's true).


U2 guitarist the Edge celebrated his marriage to longtime girlfriend Morleigh Steinberg in a Jewish ceremony over the weekend. The wedding, held in the south of France in the village of Eze-sur-Mer, was the culmination of a bond that was sealed at a private ceremony at a Dublin registry on June 18.

I have no idea if any of the above is even close to truth. Anyone know?

And now, the most Jewish U2 video you'll ever see. No clue who posted this to Youtube, but a much belated Mazal Tov to you on your wedding day.

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