U2 Graffiti Wall

Get your U2 fix here! We have fun and very active boards! UPDATED ON A DAILY BASIS with tour info, latest news and lots of photos, some of them exclusive and member-taken! Be part of an award winning group and an international U2ey family that will welcome you warmly! Whether you’re a new fan, or you’ve been rocking out to Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry for years, you are welcome here! No, we don’t have the cure for your U2 addiction, but we can provide a fix!

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Beautiful Day The U2 tribute band

Beautiful Day is the the most authentic U2 tribute band from in the USA. This group is unbelievable! Formed by 2 tribute band veterans Beautiful Day continues to amaze audiences wherever the perform. From Edge’s haunting guitar sounds to the passionate and thought provoking persona that is Bono, Beautiful Day re-creates it all with stunning accuracy and attention to detail. Michael (Bono) is the only tribute band singer that hit’s all of the notes in their original tunings – just as Bono does.

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Opening Night U2 360 tour, images, and videos

Here are some sights and sounds from opening night of the 360 Tour in Barcelona, Spain.

Setlist:

1. Breathe
2. No Line On The Horizon
3. Get On Your Boots
4. Magnificent
5. Beautiful Day
6. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
7. Angel Of Harlem / Man In The Mirror (snippet) / Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (snippet)
8. In A Little While
9. Unknown Caller
10. The Unforgettable Fire
11. City Of Blinding Lights
12. Vertigo
13. Crazy Tonight
14. Sunday Bloody Sunday
15. Pride
16. MLK
17. Walk On
(Encore – Desmund Tutu speech plays leading into Streets)
18. Where The Streets Have No Name (With the red lights again! )
19. One – MESSED UP>> restart *
(Short break)
20. Ultraviolet
21. With or Without You
22. Moment of Surrender

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U2’s private gig for three amazed fans

Three Central American U2 fans who delivered a 60,000-name petition pleading for the band to play in El Salvador were rewarded last week with a private concert. The planet’s biggest rock group played a short impromptu gig for the trio in Dublin last Thursday evening.

Frankie Rivas, a DJ and exile from El Salvador during the country’s civil war of the 1980s, said: “We were meeting on Thursday with U2’s publicist in Dublin, Lindsey Holmes, when she turned around and said, ‘Would you like to go and see the band’s studio?’ We didn’t think for one moment that we were actually going to meet the guys.

“When we got there Bono and the lads said hello and all of us were stunned. Then they played [new songs] No Line on the Horizon and Breathe for us. I couldn’t believe it.” He said the band had refused to give an answer as to the possibility of playing El Salvador on the world tour but would think about it.

Rivas described having a private audience with U2 as “a truly amazing experience”. He co-runs a campaign back in El Salvador called “U2 Veni” or “U2, come here”.

U2 are adored in El Salvador because they dedicated a song – Bullet the Blue Sky – to the country and the plight of its people during its bloody civil war on their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

“Back home at present ‘U2 Veni’ is a national campaign. The slogan is all over billboards, taxis and newspapers. We are currently aiming to get one million online signatures to petition U2 to come over to El Salvador,” Rivas added.

- Guardian News and Media Limited

inTO the Heart 2007 Fan Festival

It has come to our attention that our Canadian friends are getting ready for their 5th Annual U2 Fan Festival this Novemder. Below is what we pulled from their site:ITTH-2007

Join us in Toronto for the 5th annual international U2 festival for the fans, by the fans.

With the vibe squarely on entertainment and partying; casual and more serious fans gather annually from around the world, with a shared passion for U2’s music.

Celebrating it’s 5th Anniversary, this year’s inTO the Heart promises to be HUGE!

Flying? Get your tickets booked!

See you in T.O.! The place to be November 1st to the 3rd!

Full web site with details will be available in September!

WIRE Archives

Welcome to the Wire Archive!


The Real Time Archive for the U2 Fan Mailing List

Partially Available:1998 & 1999

 


How Many WIRELINGS Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?

250

1 to change the bulb,
12 to speculate what kind of bulbs the band members would use,
16 to relate interesting experiences they had with light-bulbs at Popmart,
3 to say that their experiences with light-bulbs were much better on the
ZooTV tour,
1 to write “Mysterious Bulbs”,
101 to write their own light-bulb songs,
3 to archive the light-bulb songs at their web-sites,
17 to say that the light-bulb thread is a waste of time,
6 to say that there’s nothing wrong with having a sense of humor about
light-bulbs,
2 to say they’re glad that Puff Daddy isn’t changing the bulb,
35 to advertise their bootleg of the light-bulb being replaced,
13 to give URL’s of their pictures of the light-bulb,
14 to say how they really preferred the old light-bulb
25 to say that it’s important that the bulb changes
7 to say how much they’re looking forward to the next light bulb
18 to request information on the next light bulb
1 to say that he/she has been on holiday and is wondering what’s going on
with the light-bulb

Pimm Jal de la Parra 1965-2002

From U2log.com:

Pimm Jal de la Parra 1965-2002

It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of my friend Pimm
Jal de la Parra, author of “U2 Live A Concert Documentary”, “David Bowie –
The Concert Tapes”, and founder-editor of U2 magazine “Collectormania”.

Pimm Jal was known and respected in the U2 and Bowie fan communities world
wide. He loved people. People loved him. Our thoughts and sincere
condolences are with his family and friends.

I know it aches
how your heart it breaks
and you can only take so much
walk on

You can leave your thoughts at http://u2log.com/2002/04/10/pimm-jal-de-la-parra-1966-2002/

Tagging Along

It was big and yellow and it was in Bono’s mouth.

No, yer man hasn’t swallowed the POP Mart arch. Not yet.

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He has been officially inducted into an Internet subculture of U2 fans known as “Wire.” (Edge has, too, and he has the Tag to prove it.)

That big yellow thing? A “Wire Tag.” Bono had it in his mouth as he ran around the catwalk during U2’s show in Chicago on 29 June. While you may not see it in Bono’s mouth at the Lansdowne Road gig, you will surely come to know plenty about “Wire,” the internet mailing list for U2 fans: The Wirelings (as they’re known) and their yellow tags are planning to overtake Dublin in the days surrounding the U2 concert.

They’re also bringing a traveling version of the graffiti-soaked Windmill Lane walls: A 30-foot long, black-and-white banner signed by every Wireling who’s seen it so far during the band’s POP Mart tour, including Bono, Edge, Larry, Adam, and Paul McGuinness.

The banner reads “World Wide Wire”, and that it is. It’s been to all but four shows on the first leg of the tour, and it’s making its way through the European dates now, taken by an internet-worked group of fans who’ve volunteered to carry the 10-pound banner from gig-to-gig.

The idea is “to create a tangible testimonial to our virtual world of Wire,” says 31-year-old Mike Conway of New York, who led the charge in making the banner and establishing the network of fans. “But really, we just wanted a way to bring the folks of this [mailing] list together, share our love for the band, and have something in the end which represents this love.”

Bono was the first in the band to sign the banner — “To the men and women behind the Wire,” he wrote. Paul McGuinness signed it the same day. Edge put his name to it a few days later in Pittsburgh; Adam and Larry got on board in Chicago.

Conway already has volunteers set up in South America, Australia, and New Zealand to carry the banner to shows which haven’t been announced yet. And when all is said and done, the Wire banner could end up in one town where POP Mart isn’t stopping: Conway plans to donate the banner to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Crowning Moment

Wire Tags are the brainchild of Angie Inboden, an 18-year-old fan from Illinois. “I’m so happy I got the idea and ran with it,” Angie says. “All of the stories I heard of people meeting each other made it the most worthwhile.”

To get a Wire Tag, you’re supposed to be a member of Wire. That’s the only qualification. That, or being in the band. Angie personally delivered tags to Bono and Edge outside U2’s hotel in Chicago.

“I did feel incredibly proud when I gave Bono a tag and he was happy to receive one of his own,” she says. “He said, ‘Now I get one too, eh?’ with a smile that made me so grateful that I’d acted on the idea in the first place. He had me tie it, and he ended up wrapping it around his wrist because it wouldn’t fit over his hat. I think that was kind of the crowning moment.”

There have been other moments, too. The same night of the tag-in-mouth episode, Bono changed the lyrics to “Even Better Than The Real Thing”, singing “Give me two more chances to ride on the Wire that you bring.”

Angie is quick to point out that getting Bono to wear a tag and sing about Wire was never the idea behind the Wire Tags. It started out as a way for Internet friends to recognize each other in a crowd of U2 fans. There are about 4,000 subscribers to the Wire mailing list, and Angie estimates there are at least 1,200 wearing Wire Tags to POP Mart shows around the globe. (The actual count is impossible to guess because many fans are making their own tags.)

“It was great having the tags on and meeting other fans from Wire,” says Donna Souza, who’s worn her tag from Vegas to Philadelphia, Madison to Foxboro, and a lot of places in between. “They help us find friends in strange cities and places.”

The tags won’t get you anywhere — at least they’re not supposed to — but they will get you noticed. They measure about 5″ by 7″, and they’re laminated with black lettering on a bright, yellow background.

“I think I realized that the idea was really working,” Angie says, “when I got email the day after the Las Vegas concert from someone telling me that he had met 50 people he otherwise wouldn’t have met because he was wearing a tag identifying him as a member of Wire. And it kept happening!”

And it’s still happening. Hey Dublin: tag, you’re it.

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1997 Hot Press/Matt McGee

Wire Subscribers Take on L.A.

As U2 fans from around the world descended on this town Saturday for the kickoff of the Irish band’s massive PopMart tour, it became clear that the Internet is taking on yet another role these days–that of party organizer.

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For months, wired U2 fans from all over the U.S.–and from Canada and Germany and Italy and even Bulgaria–turned to the Net to exchange gossip, share poetry, scrounge tickets, and make appointments to meet one another on the big day. On Saturday, many wore bright, yellow laminated tags around their necks that read “U2 WIRE,” looking more like members of the tour crew than members of the U2 fan diaspora. “We call ourselves ‘wirelings,’ ” explained Tim McIntyre, 23, a recent UC Berkeley graduate. The wirelings met under a World Wide Wire banner in the stadium; some had even posted their seat numbers on the Net so that others might find them.

Jason Alves, a fan from Toronto, had despaired of finding a ticket when he logged onto the Net: “I knew there were U2 fans posting messages on a series of billboards but I didn’t expect to find such an abundance,” he recalled. “I posted this message lamenting the difficulty and the expense of finding a ticket for the kickoff in Canada. This guy answers that he can find me a ticket and cheap. From there to getting the actual ticket in my hands didn’t take more than a couple of days.”

Helena from Bulgaria had an even more daunting challenge, and said she never would have made it to the show without the support of her online friends: “To come to America to share the message of peace with my online friends and a band that is right and true is marvelous,” she said. The use of the Internet by music fans is hardly a new phenomenon: Grateful Dead played a major role in the development of The Well, the pioneering online community, and music sites have long been among the most popular on the World Wide Web.

But U2’s fans have been among the most ambitious in developing an extensive, unofficial presence on the Web with sites such as the one built by Paul Ande of Sausalito at http://www.illume.com/u2/credits/welcome.html or Jonathan Early’s at http://www.poptour97.com/popfun5.htm. Henry Wagner’s site at http://www.panix.com/~henryw/zootv/, features text, sound, reviews, photos and the most accurate historical archive of U2 live concerts. The World Wide Wire site is at http://inslab.uky.edu/mailing.list/edu.

The global nature of the online presence–and of the crowd in Las Vegas–was also remarkable. “We are very excited,” said Elena Piccioni of Florence, president of the Italian U2 Fan Club. “Yesterday we took a tour of the stadium; it was an emotional experience. I don’t think that without online communication this could have happened.”

L.A. Times