Saturday, August 22, 2009

U2 Fans Show True Colors in Poland...

Thursday night in Chorzow, Poland was extra special. The crowd joined the band in celebrating The Edge’s birthday. Also, Poland is the inspiration for U2’s classic “New Year’s Day”. This year is the 20th anniversary of free elections in Poland once Communisim had ended and the band wrote the song inspired by the “Solidarnosc movement with its leader Lech Walesa”. has a video spot (see below) from The European Commission embracing the song.

At U2’s show in Chorzow, Bono said, “This country is going somewhere very special. Is it faith? Faith in the future. Poland! Europe needs more countries like Poland…” The overwhelming response from the crowd as “New Year’s Day” played only made this statement more true.

'New Year's Day' is the soundtrack to a new TV spot from The European Commission, celebrating the 20th anniversary of free elections in Poland this year.

The video takes place on the birthday of a Polish girl Marta who was born on the 4th of June 1989 - the date of the first elections in Poland after the fall of Communism. It documents key events and people in the recent history of Poland: the Solidarnosc movement with its leader Lech Walesa, Polish Round Table Talks, integration with NATO and the EU.

New Year's Day, the band's debut UK ten hit back in 1983, was inspired by Solidarnosc.


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