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U2 perform five nights in a row on ‘Letterman’

Because Bono and company don’t understand the concept of overkill, U2 will follow up its high profile gigs at the presidential inauguration and the Grammys with an unprecedented five nights of performances on the Late Show With David Letterman March 2-6. The gig coincides with the the release of the band’s 114th album No Line On The Horizon.


U2 isn’t the first rock ‘n’ roll group to act as house band for a late night television show. Remember back in 2003 when the White Stripes played four nights on Late Night With Conan O’ Brien?


Fittingly, the blues punk duo will come out of hibernation on March 2 to play Conan’s last show before he heads out to Los Angeles to take the reins at The Tonight Show.

So, here’s the question: on March 2, do you watch U2 or the White Stripes? Or neither?

What the hell happened to Lauryn Hill?

It was ten years ago this month that Lauryn Hill released the brilliant The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the debut album that scored her an unprecented amount of Grammy nominations for a woman. Hill was intelligent and beautiful, poised to be pop’s next savior.

But then the former Fugee went AWOL, resurfacing only to release a sad follow-up album and perform a smattering of uneven concerts. Her much ballyhooed reunion with the Fugees came and went with her former bandmates saying out loud that Hill was troubled.

Teresa Wiltz at The Root has some theories about the nature of Hill’s problems in this piece.

Wiltz cites several issues over the past decade:
* Hill’s inability to deal with her initial fame bordered on paranoia
* Hill’s fanatical religious faith had her in the throes of a cult-like character
* Her love life – including a rocky affair with Wyclef Jean and a disastrous relationship with Rohan Marley, son of famed reggae star Bob Marley. – is too volatile for her to be productive.

Others – but not Wirtz- speculate that the problem is more simple: drugs.

Hill’s recent performance in Brooklyn had her arrive onstage two hours late and then blanking out on lyrics. Videos of the show pepper YouTube with fans leaving comments showing concern for Hill’s well being.

I’m sad about Hill’s decline. I wrote about her a lot back when I was a music critic and she released the breathtaking Miseducation. I had pretty big expectations – which I see now is enough to make someone crack: having the world expect you to save pop music.

I hope Hill will get out of all of this in one piece, not so she can make music, just so she can live a less erratic life.

Do you worry about Lauryn Hill?

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