When it was announced that Bono and The Edge would perform on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for Canada Day, people lost their marbles.
But why do we have to pay for Irish rockers! It’s not fair! Boo hoo! You’re wasting my money!
Calm down, Canada.
Official word is that we’re not paying them for the duo’s one song on Saturday.
Natalie Huneault told CBC News that the government isn’t paying U2 for their Canada Day performance. The rockers are donating their time as a birthday present for Canada 150.
(Although it isn’t known if Canada is covering any expenses for the duo).
Many people questioned why the two U2 rockers were approved to play Canada Day when so many Canadian legends are not taking the stage.
Justine Lafond of the Prime Minister’s office said U2 and Canada are like poutine and beer – great together.
“Given Canada’s role on the international stage, celebrating this key year for Canada wouldn’t be complete without including someone from abroad to speak on how our country is viewed elsewhere in the world. It is fitting that these guests participate in this special Canada Day celebration as they hold dear many of the same humanitarian values that Canadians do.”
With U2 down to the last shows on their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour, Rolling Stone magazine compiled the list of the Top 50 U2 songs. The final show is Saturday in Cleveland. Check out the full list HERE.
- “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
- “Beautiful Day”
- “Sunday Bloody Sunday“
- “Where the Streets Have No Name”
- “With or Without You”
- “Moment of Surrender”
- “I Will Follow”
- “Even Better Than the Real Thing”
And the last 10:
- 41: “Volcano”
- 42: “In a Little While”
- 43: “Lemon”
- 44: “No Line on the Horizon”
- 45: “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”
- 46: “Sweetest Thing”
- 47: “North and South of the River”
- 48: “Acrobat”
- 49: “Numb”
- 50″ “40”
You’ll be able to catch the festivities on Global News and Q’s sister station News Talk 770 with a special live broadcast from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. MST. The special 25-camera broadcast centres on the official birthday celebration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and will also showcase festivities at other venues across Canada, as well as at the Canada Day party in London England’s busy Trafalgar Square.
Do you think we can get Bono and The Edge to bring us a Tim Hortons Poutine Doughnut back from the U.S.? – Sarah