Earlier this morning (12/3), U2 guitarist The Edge called in to The Kevin & Bean Show to give us an update on the band’s Almost Acoustic Christmas appearance, Bono’s health, and gave an exclusive announcement about the band’s 2015 World Tour, which he promises will be “intimate and different.”

The Edge first confirmed that due to Bono’s recent bicycling injuries, U2 will no longer be able to perform at the 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. “He managed to come out of it with what you can only describe as injuries from a car crash, literally multiple fractures of bones in his elbow and his back. But he’s doing OK. We’re kind of lucky he was wearing a helmet, so he didn’t actually break Central Park. He’s made of tough stuff and he’s bouncing back.”

“He’s so upset about the fact that unfortunately as we’re about to announce, we’re not going to be able to do the Acoustic Christmas. He’s been told by his doctors to stay put. He’s back in Dublin right now and he basically can’t move for the next couple of months.”
“The poor guy, basically his left elbow was shattered, so a lot of the work was reconstructing the joints and putting in wires and plates. He actually showed us some x-rays a couple days later, it looked like a miniature Eiffel Tower.” Continue reading


Rumor: U2 to Announce World Tour Wednesday, Play 4 Shows in Boston

A rumor has surfaced online that U2 will announce their ‘Innocence and Experience’ 2015 world tour on Wednesday, which could include as many as four nights at the TD Garden in Boston. Italian fan site U2place.com first reported the rumors.

As indicated by the rumored dates and venues, U2 is moving from stadiums to arenas on this tour, scaling back the sheer size (and increasing the total number) of individual shows. According to the site, the tour will begin in May with two shows in Vancouver, followed by:

  • 4 shows at the TD Garden in Boston and in Montreal (venue unconfirmed, but likely the Bell Centre)
  • 8 shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles between May 26 and June 8
  • 6 shows at the United Center in Chicago
  • 8 shows in New York in late July (presumably at Madison Square Garden)

While the rumors are obviously unconfirmed and the site’s source is, of course, anonymous, the amount of details on the tour are striking. It will be known very soon how accurate their information is, but this information is too detailed and specific not to at least raise some eyebrows.
Since U2 famously (or infamously, depending on your perspective) dropped Songs of Innocence onto millions of iPhones, it’s been presumed that they will support the new album with a tour in 2015. But the surprising part, if this turns out to be true, is that the shows will take place in arenas rather than stadiums.

This setup could make their shows more intimate than the gargantuan 360 Tour, and give the band more flexibility and variation with their setlists. U2 famously played three nights at the Worcester Centrum (now the DCU Center) in 1985 on the Unforgettable Fire tour, so perhaps this is the approach the band chose to take.

Once again, this information is entirely unconfirmed and should be treated for what it is, a rumor. Stay tuned for any official announcements.

Source: Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX


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