Mathematically speaking, let's just say that in this equation, "X" equals a slang term that in the USA might safely be called "cake."
In this, the second part of Y! Music's U2 interview, Bono, the Edge and Adam Clayton discuss the contrast between making music on one hand, then going out to promote it on the other. "You go away for a couple of years. Why should [people] be thinking about you? So we want to remind them that we're here, and we'll ask them to--what do they say in the Oscars? `We thank you for your consideration.'"
Additionally, the band sheds some interesting light of No Line On The Horizon's closing track, the subtle and stunning "Cedars Of Lebanon." Bono says the song's lyric was written from the perspective of a war correspondent; "I meet a lot of these kind of foreign correspondents in my other job as an activist," says the singer.
Most notable may be the song's closing verse, which even for U2 bears a more profound message than usual: Choose your enemies carefully 'cos they will define you / Make them interesting 'cos in some ways they will mind you / They're not there in the beginning but when your story ends / Gonna last with you longer than your friend."
As always, the band's elaboration on this, and the state of being U2 at the moment, is illuminating and warm-hearted. You'll see what we mean.
Coming up Friday: U2 and the Obama festivities