U2 to kick off world tour in US – if Bono recovers

BONO’S cycling accident in New York could force U2 to postpone their new world tour. The Sunday Independent has learned that the band plan to kick-start their new tour in North America next June.

However, sources last night said Bono would need at least three months to recover from the painful injuries he suffered in last Sunday’s collision.

The singer suffered multiple fractures that required two separate operations after he crashed while trying to avoid another cyclist. X-rays and tests at a leading Manhattan hospital revealed Bono fractured his left eye socket and broke his left shoulder blade in three places. He also suffered a left elbow fracture that left the bone in six pieces.

Bono underwent a five-hour operation at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Centre and Hospital for Special Surgery on Sunday night, during which he had three plates and 18 screws inserted. The following day he had surgery to repair a fracture to the little finger on his left hand. Orthopaedic trauma surgeon Dr Dean Lorich confirmed Bono was expected to make a full recovery, but would require a lot of therapy.

A source told the Sunday Independent: “The injuries will take at least three months to recover. Bono plays guitar a lot, and his arm and shoulder will need extensive physiotherapy if he is going to be ready for the tour. It all depends now on how quickly he can recover.”

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Stadium ready for U2 concert

The biggest rock band in the world is in Joburg, and 98 000 people are expected to watch them perform live. With parking at a premium, buses and trains will help get people to the stadium.

MORE than 98 000 people will be rocking to Irish supergroup U2 at FNB Stadium on Sunday – and organisers are appealing to fans to buy parking tickets and get their transport plans made early to avoid a last-minute rush.

The concert is on 13 February. Organisers say there are less than 2 000 parking tickets. However, there will be park and rides, trains from Pretoria and the East and West rands, as well as a drop off zone.Jacques Grobbelaar, the chief executive officer of Stadium Management South Africa, which runs the stadium, says parking will only be allocated to people who have bought parking bay tickets. Gates to the event will open at 4am and the actual event will be start at 11am. The band will play in the evening.

Johannesburg metro police will patrol to ensure safety. Food and drink will be on sale at 38 concession points, by the stadium‘s 25 concessionaires.

Grobbelaar says it is an event that people cannot afford to miss. “Fans are in for an incredible experience attending this concert on Sunday.” The tour‘s signature stage has been under construction the whole week in the stadium and it is “without a doubt going to provide fans with the most memorable experience”.

Park and ride
There’s loads of ways of getting there. First up, there will be park and ride facilities from Constitution Hill, Emperors Palace, Gold Reef City and Coca-Cola Dome to the stadium. To get park and ride tickets, take your Computicket concert ticket to the entrance for access to the parking area.

Buses will leave from 1pm, and the final buses will leave from the park and rides at 6.30pm. According to the Computicket website, no-one will wait more than seven minutes for a bus.

Buses will leave the stadium for the parking lots from 11.30pm.

There will also be a drop-off zone at the BRT Station – FNB Stadium.

And trains will be laid on, offering return trips, so concertgoers need to keep their tickets to get home afterwards. Computicket says there will be with trains from Pretoria Station, stopping at Centurion, Rhodesfield, Germiston, Johannesburg.

They will start leaving at 2.25pm and the Last train will depart Pretoria at 4.10pm. For more information, visit the Prasa website.

A single train will leave Springs at 2.30pm, and travel via Benoni, Germiston and Johannesburg to reach Nasrec at 4.15pm. There will also be a single train from Randfontein for a return trip. It will depart Randfontein at 3.15pm and travel via Krugersdorp, Roodepoort and Florida, reaching Nasrec at 4.28pm.
Customers must be at the station 30 minutes before departure.

Cable theft
Despite the recent cable theft at the stadium that put paid to the Absa premiership encounter between Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows, Grobbelaar has given an assurance that the venue is ready for the concert. Stadium management has been working around the clock together with City Power to ensure this.

He adds that the power spikes originally experienced are under control, and that management will be working towards a solution to prevent cable theft. One measure will be regular patrols by metro police.
Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows were meant to have met on 5 February. The game had to be postponed.

Parking tickets for the U2 concert are R50 for light vehicles and R220 for heavy motor vehicles, There are also hospitality tickets from R1 950, available at Computicket.

The Irish rock group formed in Dublin in 1976 at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School. Its four members are Paul David Hewson “Bono” (vocals and guitar), David Howell Evans “Edge” (guitar, keyboards and vocals), Adam Charles Clayton (bass guitar) and Lawrence Mullen (the drummer).

From their debut album, Boy, to their latest release, the band has notched up an impressive 22 Grammy awards, more than any group has ever won. It is anticipated that the band‘s Johannesburg date will set a new attendance record.

Cable thieves jeopardise U2’s South Africa gig

Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium undergoing repairs ahead of next week’s show

Repair work is taking place on a stadium where U2 are due to play in South Africa next week after cable thieves struck in the area.

Bono and co are due to play to 98,000 fans at Johannesburg‘s FNB Stadium on February 13.

However, the Associated Press reports that the theft of power cables around the venue has led to fluctuations in power supplies, which can damage generators and other electrical equipment.

Officials at the stadium have cancelled a soccer league match today (February 5) in order to allow repairs to take place.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the band told NME that U2 are in the studio working on a new album but said a release date had not yet been set.

This was after the German version of online retailer Amazon, Amazon.de, listed a new release for the band for May 27.

– NME, http://www.nme.com/news/u2/54835

New album due in May?

Last summer, Bono told Rolling Stone that U2 have as many as four records ready to go. “We have “Songs of Ascent,” which is the meditative work that was meant to complement “No Line on the Horizon.” We’ve got a rock album. We also have a club-sounding album. And then we have the Spider-Man (musical) stuff.”

Well, looks like the first of the four may be on track for this spring.

U2 fan website @u2 has discovered a listing for a new album on the German version of Amazon.com here.

No details are provided, (the title is displayed simply as “New Album 2011″), Amazon does include a release date of May 27 in the listing.

While the band has not confirmed anything on this news, the information does sync up with what U2′s manager, Paul McGuiness, said in an interview to New Zealand website stuff.co.nz last November: “We are trying very hard to use this time in New Zealand and Australia to finish an album that will be released in the spring… It’s not so much recording as editing and polishing up lyrics and trying to getting it done by the date it needs to be delivered to the record company for release in May. It’s sounding great: lots of hits.”

VIA: http://www.hennemusic.com/2011/01/u2-new-album-due-in-may.html

U2 concert causes scheduling woes

The announcement that the Irish band U2 will play Moncton this summer is actually bad news for some event organizers.

While most people are excited that U2 will play the Magnetic Hill concert site on July 30, some wedding guests, party-goers and others are now wishing their calendars were free that weekend.

Preparations have been underway for the last couple of months for Moncton High School’s 25-year reunion, which was originally scheduled for the same day as the concert.

“When U2 was announced, it was like, OK, we have to change the dates because I think a lot of the people want to go to the concert probably instead of going to the reunion itself,” said Paul Doiron, who is on the organizing committee.

“I kind of knew something was up when we tried to book hotels probably a month ago,” he said. “When they were charging the minimum two-night stays and for the amounts, I knew there was a concert, but didn’t know which one at that point.”

The reunion can’t compete with U2, said Doiron, so it’s going to be rescheduled for the weekend before or after the concert.

Anyone looking for a room for a wedding or another function will be wishing they’d booked early, said Hammond Joshi, operator of the Econolodge on West Main Street in Moncton.

“The obvious benefit to it is that [the reservation] is there and should an event like a big event come in to play, you’ve already secured your (room.)”

U2 360 Degrees Tour Heads to Perth Next Month

PERTH, AUSTRALIA, November 17, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — The huge U2 360 Degrees tour, which has rocked stadiums across the world, will come to an end in Australia and New Zealand with two gigs in Perth next month.

One of the biggest rock bands of all time, U2 were watched live by more than four million fans in 2009 and demand for tickets down under has been just as high.

Their dates at the Subiaco Oval have already sold out and thousands of people are set to descend on the venue on December 18th and 19th 2010 for the shows, which will see the Irish band joined by hip-hop legend Jay-Z.

A performance of Sunday Bloody Sunday at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin late last year convinced the acts to tour together, which means people staying in one of the 5 star hotels Perth has available will get to see two of the most famous names of the current music scene.

U2 have once again decided to accompany their live show with an impressive set, comprising a cylindrical video system made from interlocking LED panels and a 150ft tall steel structure that towers above the stage.

Doors of the Subiaco Oval, which was built in 1908 and can hold 43,500 people when full, are set to open at 16:30 local time for the shows.

For more information on this event, visit the Subiaco Oval website or contact the venue on (+61) 8 9381 5599.

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U2 dazzle crowd in Donostia-San Sebastian

At 22:00 on Sunday night, Irish band U2 announced their return to the Gipuzkoa capital (Basque Country) with one of the last concerts in their ‘U2 360º Tour’.

After opening the set with one of their unreleased tracks (“The return of the stingray guitar” which the band are presenting during the second leg of their tour) Bono greeted his fans with a single “Qué pasa!” (“What’s up!”) followed by a performance of “Beautiful Day”.

No sooner had the lead singer spoken the words “Kaixo, we know that we are in the mystical San Sebastian!” than he had the audience eating out of his hand.

For two hours, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr performed new songs from their latest album No Line on the Horizon, as well as classics from their 30-year career (“Walk On”, “Get on your boots”, “MLK”, “Where the streets have no name”, “One” and “Spanish Eyes”).

Bono built up a close rapport with his audience and invited several fans up on the stage to sing with him. The band played more than 20 songs on a spectacular set, the last two of which were “With or without you” and “Moment of surrender”.

This was their second concert in the Gipuzkoa capital in 5 years. The Irish band last visited the Anoeta stadium in August 2005, when 40,000 fans attended the event. After analyzing various technical details of the stadium, it was decided it could cope with more fans, allowing the capacity to increase from 40,000 to 50,000.

The U2 360º Tour kicked off in Barcelona last June. Since then, U2 have been traveling around the world playing to crowded stadiums. Another gig is planned for Seville on September 30th.


U2’s 360 tour concerts in Australia, New Zealand gets 2nd shows

U2 360 Tour

Irish band U2 confirmed that the band will play an extra concerts in Australia and New Zealand. Concert tickets to band’s five-city tour in Australia, and in Auckland are already sold out, with some play dates running out of concert tickets within mere hours.

“We’re delighted with the reaction of our New Zealand and Australian fans and that we are able to add further dates,” said U2 Manager Paul McGuinness in a statement.

U2 360° will have extra shows in Auckland on Friday, November 26th at Mt. Smart Stadium. The band will also have second shows in Melbourne on Friday, December 3rd at Etihad Stadium; in Brisbane on Thursday, December 9th at Suncorp Stadium and in Sydney on December 14th at ANZ Stadium.

U2 concert tickets in Auckland will be sold this Thursday, September 9th while U2 concert tickets for performances in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney will go on sale this Friday, September 10th. Subscribers of U2.com can buy concert tickets ahead of the public on-sale.

As previously reported, the concert tour will begin in Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on November 25. On December 1, U2 will play at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, and make its way to Brisbane and Sydney. The tour will end at Perth’s Subiaco Oval on December 18 and 19. On both play date at the Subiaco Oval, rapper Jay-Z will support the band. Billboard earlier revealed that Jay-Z will join U2 on Perth’s stop of their five-city Australian tour.


U2 Rocks Moscow: Bono Mixes Pop and Politics

A day after he traveled to Sochi on the Black Sea to meet President Dmitry Medvedev, Bono joined the rest of the band onstage at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium. The show was U2’s first-ever in Russia; the group had been one of the few major international acts who hadn’t played in the country, where Western music is hugely popular.

As the band took the stage, the skies opened with torrential rain – especially ironic since “Beautiful Day” was among the first songs. Most of the 50,000-plus crowd stayed dry, though, since the seating area at the stadium – used primarily for soccer – is covered by a roof. The band, as well as the throngs of fans in the dance-floor area, weren’t so lucky. Only the drum kit seemed reliably protected from the rain, while Bono, Edge and bassist Adam Clayton played under the raindrops and got soaked in the process.

Bono treated the crowd to an a capella version of “Singing in the Rain,” though most fans seemed more familiar with the words to U2’s own hits like “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “One” and “With or Without You,” which brought virtually the entire house to its feet.

Bono, at first, directed the political references for which he’s known to places located far from Russia. At one point, the band played “Walk On,” a song dedicated to jailed Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi. Between songs, he thanked President Medvedev for his “gracious” reception.

But Bono gave his warmest shout-out (subtitled into Russian on the giant screen above the stage) to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, whom he said was at the show (the two have known each other for about a decade). The crowd’s response was less enthusiastic – though credited with ending communism, Gorbachev is deeply unpopular in Russia for bringing about the end of the Soviet Union.

The band followed the praise of Gorbachev with “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” – which could be interpreted as a veiled reference to Russia’s interrupted move to democracy since Gorbachev left office in 1991. In case anyone missed the point, Bono later led the crowd in a chorus of Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” during a break in “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”

The Russian politics got heavier in the encores, when Bono, playing acoustic guitar, invited Russian rocker Yuri Shevchuk onstage to join him for a version of Bob Dylan’s classic, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” Shevchuk, whose band DDT started out in the underground under the Soviets, has been one of the very few Russian musicians to publicly criticize the Kremlin for rolling back democratic freedoms. Shevchuk confronted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about the issue at a meeting with artists and writers earlier this year. He’d signed an appeal with several other activists this week calling on Bono to raise the issues in his meeting with President Medvedev. It wasn’t clear from official Kremlin accounts if Russian domestic policies came up in that session, however. Bono started that meeting saying he hoped to bridge the musical gap between himself, a Led Zeppelin fan, and Medvedev, who is known for his love of Deep Purple (a group Bono and the rest of U2 had jokingly belittled in interviews with the Russian press this week). Medvedev resolved the issue by saying that he likes Led Zeppelin, too.

As the show headed into its third hour Wednesday and the group played its last encore (”Moment of Surrender”) dedicated to the victims of the wildfires that swept Russia this summer), the rain let up, releasing the crowd into a cool August evening.

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Tour Dates in Australia & New Zealand Announced

Live Nation Global Touring and Michael Coppel have today confirmed that U2 will end the year with live dates in New Zealand and Australia. The U2 360° Tour will visit Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and the tour also includes U2’s first Perth date since Popmart in 1998.

“U2 has always been at their best when surrounded by their audience, and this extraordinary production makes that happen in stadiums, says U2’s manager Paul McGuinness “It was important to the band that we were able to bring the whole 360° production to Australia and New Zealand so fans could experience the latest of U2’s legendary productions.”

The U2 360° Tour kicked off again in Turin, Italy this month and will visit 17 cities, including Moscow and Istanbul, before finishing at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on 8th October. By the time it reaches New Zealand and Australia, U2 360° will have been seen by over 4 million fans.

With a cylindrical video system of interlocking LED panels, and a steel structure rising 150 feet from the floor over a massive stage with rotating bridges, the band has truly created an intimate 360º experience for concert goers. Long-time U2 Show Director Willie Williams has worked again with architect Mark Fisher (ZooTV, PopMart, Elevation and Vertigo), to create an innovative 360 design, which affords an unobstructed view for the audience.

“To have an in-the-round transportable stadium production is something that the touring industry has been trying to figure out for some time. The extra capacity U2 360° gives us means that there are a large number, several thousand in fact, of low priced tickets at every show”, said U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring.

In keeping with the concept that this tour is more about a unique staging configuration with excellent sight-lines tickets in all 5 cities will be available starting at $39.90 with general admission floor tickets available at $99.90. Additional reserved seat tickets also available starting at $99.90.

Tickets for the U2 performances in Australia and New Zealand will go on sale Friday, September 3rd at all usual outlets. U2.com subscribers will be able to buy tickets ahead of the public on-sale. Full details at: www.u2.com
The Australian and New Zealand dates are produced by Live Nation Global Touring in association with Michael Coppel and Live Nation Australia.

Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates

November 25 Auckland, NZ Mt. Smart Stadium
December 01 Melbourne, AU Etihad Stadium
December 08 Brisbane, AU Suncorp Stadium
December 13 Sydney, AU ANZ Stadium
December 18 Perth, AU Subiaco Oval

Tickets on sale @ 9.00am Friday, September 3

Bookings: Ticketek.co.nz/U2360 or 0800 TICKETEK

Via U2Fanz