Wednesday, October 05, 2011

'Achtung Baby' at 20, Coldplay 'Unstaged' and Cowboy Junkies 'Sing in my Meadow'

It truly is hard to believe that U2's epic 'Achtung Baby' was released 20 years ago. Now U2 is set to celebrate the masterpiece in grand style. Also big news concerning Coldplay and Cowboy Junkies. Read on...

Achtung Baby At 20 - Formats & Tracklistings

Twenty years after its 1991 release, an anniversary edition of Achtung Baby arrives on November 1, 2011.

Recorded at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin, Achtung Baby was U2’s seventh studio album and went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, becoming one of the most significant records of the 1990s.

A raft of unreleased material including video, remixes, b-sides and documentary footage features in the anniversary edition - scroll down for complete tracklistings of the five physical formats.

Click here to see and pre-order the various versions set for release.



One-of-a-Kind Performance Marks First-Ever International "American Express Unstaged" Live VEVO Event on YouTube

Directed by Anton Corbijn and Live-Streamed Globally on October 26

American Express, in partnership with VEVO and YouTube, have announced that Grammy® award-winning rock band Coldplay will be the latest performer in its popular livestream music series, "American Express Unstaged." The performance will be livestreamed globally from one of Spain's most famous arenas, Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid,at 4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT on Wednesday, October 26 at and will be available on mobile devices via VEVO and YouTube apps for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android. The global event will come just two days after Coldplay's critically-acclaimed fifth studio album, MYLO XYLOTO (Capitol Records), hits stores.

"American Express Unstaged" brings together popular and iconic musical artists with renowned film directors. Coldplay will be paired with award-winning filmmaker and celebrated photographer Anton Corbijn (The American, Control). Known for his masterful use of black and white and striking imagery, Corbijn has been tapped to provide fans with a visually stunning digital viewing and in-venue experience. This will be the sixth installment within the "American Express Unstaged" music series and the first performance from a venue outside of the United States. The program has featured such recognized musicians as Arcade Fire, John Legend & The Roots, Sugarland, Duran Duran and My Morning Jacket.

Speaking from South Africa where the band is preparing for the "American Express Unstaged" performance with sold-out stadium shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg, lead singer Chris Martin said: "Anton Corbijn has been a big hero to us for a long long time so we're thrilled to be beaming this concert out to the world through his cinematic lens. We can't wait to share this experience with him and with all of our fans watching 'American Express Unstaged' around the world. It's going to be special."

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, American Express Cardmembers and music enthusiasts can find pre-show digital features and one-of-a-kind content that further blurs the line between an at-home and in-concert experience at, including the exclusive "American Express Unstaged" trailer. Tickets for the October 26 performance at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid are available for American Express Cardmembers during an exclusive presale window beginning October 7th, at 9:00 AM CEST at Tickets will also be available to the general public beginning October 10, at 10 AM CEST at

Coldplay fans will be able to enjoy a special looped rebroadcast of the "American Express Unstaged" performance throughout the night, immediately following the livestream at Following this rebroadcast, the full-length concert will also be available during a limited 48 hour window, via on-demand.


With the October, 18, 2011 release of Sing In My Meadow, Cowboy Junkies continue an ambitious schedule of four releases over an 18 month period, collectively titled "The Nomad Series." The latest collection of songs, follows the critically acclaimed Renmin Park (2010) and Demons (2011). Renmin Park was inspired by Timmins' two-month stay in China and was called “their most ambitious yet” by The Boston Herald. Demons is a collection of songs by the late Vic Chesnutt which NPR called “…a loving tribute.”

Sing In My Meadow was recorded over a four- day period in 2011. The band's Michael Timmins describes it as "an album that references an aspect of our live performances that we don't dig into very much in our studio recordings. We wanted the album to revolve around those psychedelic, blues-inspired forays we are so fond of exploring on stage. We approached the songs all live-off-the-floor: nasty and dirty and disturbing the cold winter's nights' peace. We tried to channel Miles at the Isle of Wight, deep in his Bitches Brew phase; Captain Beefheart and his Mirror Man psychoses; The Birthday Party live at the Electric Ballroom circa 1981 (Margo, Al and I were in that audience); Neil and Crazy Horse in the back room at SIR….overdriven and thick with electricity.”

After all four volumes are released, plans call for a book that will delve into the character, nature, and inspiration behind each of the albums. It will be published by Whale and Star, the publishing house of the band's friend Enrique Martinez Celaya, a Cuban-American artist whose "Nomad" paintings helped inspire the series.

Timmins sums up the band's motivation for taking on such a massive project quite simply. "The main reason for wanting to do it," he says, "is that, as we steam through our twenty-fifth year, we feel that we have the energy and inspiration to pull it off!"

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