Tuesday, December 3, 2013

U2’s The Joshua Tree enters 2014 Grammy Hall Of Fame

U2’s landmark 1987 album, “The Joshua Tree”, is among the new entrees into the 2014 Grammy Hall Of Fame.

The Irish rockers’ biggest album spawned three hit singles (“With Or Without You”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”) on its way to selling more than 25 million copies worldwide, including 10 million in the U.S. alone.

U2’s smash is among 27 recordings announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy for induction in 2014.

Rock albums joining U2 include Neil Young’s “After The Gold Rush”, George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass”, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Cosmo’s Factory” and the Woodstock soundtrack.

Rock singles entering the Hall include The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women”, CCR’s “Fortunate Son” and Run-D.M.C’s “Walk This Way” featuring Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.

The Grammy Hall Of Fame recognizes recording excellence and acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance.

Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. With 27 new titles, the list currently totals 960 and is on display at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live.

U2 have been working on a new album which is expected to be released in the spring of 2014.

The Irish group are among the acts featured on the new DVD release, “US Festival 1983: Days 1-3”.

Held on Memorial Day of 1983, the US Festival (US is an acronym for "Unite Us In Song") was a massive three-day celebration of music and culture sponsored by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple Computer. Wozniak financed the follow-up to the 1982 inaugural event himself, to the tune of approximately 10 million dollars.

“Us Festival 1983: Days 1 – 3” includes the 3 days of New Wave, Heavy Metal and Rock in 1983 with performances from U2, The Clash, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Stevie Nicks, INXS, Men At Work, Stray Cats, Triumph, Missing Persons and more.

Watch U2 perform “Sunday Bloody Sunday” from the new US Festival package here.

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