Wednesday 6pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

June 7, 2017
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Coming up shortly on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” will be: David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks, Gloria Gaynor, Robert Winter & Fall, Process & the Doo Rags, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Linda Ronstadt, Major Harris, U2, the Ad-Libs and more. Join me at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Wednesday 8pm: Feature Artist – U2 @U2

May 10, 2017
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U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). Initially rooted in post-punk, U2’s sound grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music, yet has maintained an anthemic sound. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns. Popular for their live performances, the group has staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.

The band formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album Boy (1980). Subsequent work such as their first UK number-one album, War (1983), and the singles “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Pride (In the Name of Love)” helped establish U2’s reputation as a politically and socially conscious group. By the mid-1980s, they had become renowned globally for their live act, highlighted by their performance at Live Aid in 1985. The group’s fifth album, The Joshua Tree (1987), made them international superstars and was their greatest critical and commercial success. Topping music charts around the world, it produced their only number-one singles in the US, “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. Facing a backlash and creative stagnation, U2 reinvented themselves in the 1990s through a new musical direction and public image. Beginning with their acclaimed seventh album, Achtung Baby (1991), and the multimedia intensive Zoo TV Tour, the band integrated influences from alternative rock, electronic dance music, and industrial music into their sound, and embraced a more ironic, flippant image. This experimentation continued through their ninth album, Pop (1997), and the PopMart Tour, which were mixed successes. U2 regained critical and commercial favour with the records All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), which established a more conventional, mainstream sound for the group. Their U2 360° Tour of 2009–2011 is the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history. The group’s thirteenth album, Songs of Innocence (2014), was released at no cost through the iTunes Store, but received criticism for its automatic placement in users’ music libraries.

U2 have released 13 studio albums and are one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA. – Wikipedia

Tuesday 6pm: Dan Varroney Show

May 9, 2017
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I’m on air live at 6:00 pm ET for The Tuesday Night Maximum Music Mix.

We’re playing requests for Tim Singstock, Beth Gano Cattunar, Ian T. Lovejoy, Susan Twomey Collins, Paul M. Sebula, & Michael A. Butera. Tonight, we’re also celebrating important birthday’s: Billy Joel, Bono, and Ron Kovacs! Some of the artists we’ll feature tonight: Justin Timberlake, Ellie Goulding, Bob Welch, U2, Simple Minds, Rockwell, & Shawn Mendes. Plus, a special dedication to my beautiful Princess Jeanine Dunn Varroney. Thanks to Judy Beebe Zoeller, Heather Cassidy, Kathleen McCarten-Bricketto, & Christina Whirl for their requests last week. We’ll talk soon!

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s New Years Special with Bobby Jay

December 28, 2016
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2017 NYEToday is the last Hump Day of 2016 and we are just a few days away from a brand new year, so this evening let’s have some fun on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” with fabulous music from: Barry White, Boz Scaggs, Debbie Harry & Blondie, Major Harris, the Whispers, U2, the Beach Boys with Little Richard, Grandmaster Flash, George Duke, Diana Ross, Spoonie Gee, Gladys Knight & the Pips and many, many more hits. The songfest starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Hump Day music on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening here with me and RadioMaxMusic.Com. Happy New Year.

Sunday 12pm: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B

October 9, 2016
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vrpOn this edition of the Vinyl Resting Place, we feature U2 as we play every track from two of the top albums of the last 35 years – both by a band out of Ireland! They first hit the music scene in 1980 – and are still selling to sold out crowds, In addition to every track from both The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree, we play some of the songs recorded in concert, several remixes and 2 of their charted songs from THIS century.

Feature LP: U2 – Songs of Innocence 8pm ET

October 14, 2014
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U2 -SOISongs of Innocence is the thirteenth studio album by Irish rock band U2. Released on 9 September 2014, it was produced by Danger Mouse, with additional production from Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood. The album was announced at an Apple Inc. product launch event and released the same day to all iTunes Store customers at no cost. It will be exclusive to iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music until 13 October 2014, when it will receive a physical release by Island Records. The digital release made the record available to over 500 million iTunes customers, for what Apple CEO Tim Cook marketed as “the largest album release of all time”.

Songs of Innocence was U2’s first album since No Line on the Horizon (2009), marking the longest gap between studio albums of their career. After the latter’s relatively lukewarm commercial performance, lead singer Bono expressed uncertainty over how the band could remain musically relevant. During the album’s five-and-a-half-year gestation period, they reportedly worked on three separate projects with multiple producers, including an aborted companion to their previous record called Songs of Ascent. However, they struggled to complete an album to their satisfaction and continually delayed a release. After working with Danger Mouse for two years, the group collaborated with Flood, Epworth, and Tedder to complete the record. Thematically, it revisits the group members’ youth in Ireland, paying tribute to musical inspirations Ramones and the Clash, while touching on childhood experiences, loves and regrets. Bono described it as “the most personal album we’ve written”.

The album’s lead single, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”, is featured in an Apple television advert as part of a promotional campaign for the band on which the company is reportedly spending $100 million. According to Apple, approximately 81 million users listened to the album in its first month of release, 26 million of whom downloaded the entire record. Songs of Innocence received positive reviews, although some critics and consumers were critical of the digital release strategy, which involved adding the album to iCloud for iTunes users’ to ignore, stream or download. – Wikipedia

1 The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)   4:16
2 Every Breaking Wave   4:13
3 California (There Is No End to Love)   4:00
4 Song for Someone   3:47
5 Iris (Hold Me Close)   5:20
6 Volcano   3:15
7 Raised by Wolves   4:06
8 Cedarwood Road   4:26
9 Sleep Like a Baby Tonight   5:02
10 This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now   5:06
11 The Troubles   4:46
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