On The Edge, Alone

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There’s a time and a place for everything, they say. And in my humble opinion, for whatever that may mean, there’s an end coming. I know I upset a lot of people when I say this but my impression is this will likely be U2’s last tour. I could be hopelessly wrong about that. I would not be surprised if I wasn’t. Especially if Bono keeps hurting himself!

Given that probability, I think it’s time to explore something that I would have loved to see long ago. Edge, striking out on his own as a recording artist. Context is important and, for a man with so much talent, we do not know what he’s capable of outside the context of U2.

We’ve seen the odd collaboration over the years. We’ve seen songs like “Numb”. But we’ve never seen what he could do all on his own. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see him explore his own musical inspirations? From the beginnings with Television-inspired riffs to the electronic resonance of industrial to the culture madness that is New Orleans to home and his Irish roots. Without the need to be U2, the possibilities are endless.
I don’t think it would take him long escape the structure he has spent most of his life in and spread his wings much further afield. What sounds and song ideas were long left in the dust because they didn’t work with U2? Having Brian Eno in his camp for so long, he could surely expand and innovate well past any boundaries we’ve seen to date.

The man can surely sing but I’d love to see both vocals and instrumentals as he would see fit. Perhaps he could do an album of collaborations like Santana did. How cool would it be to see him record a song with Dave Grohl or Tom Morello? After watching It Might Get Loud I would die to see him record something with Jack White. Can you imagine? I’d also love to see something with Chris Cornell (feel free to comment on any artists you think might be interesting co-creators for Edge).

Given the changing musical landscape these days, he could simply record a song and put it out there periodically. There truly is no need to limit himself with finding some definition for an album. Fully exploring his creativity on a song by song basis would be, well, magnificent!!
He wouldn’t even need to tour unless he wanted to do so. I think seeing him do a small number of small shows in smaller venues would be the greatest way to provide an intimate environment so people could really get to know him, as him alone.

It would be fantastic to see this man show the world what he looks like on his own. Unencumbered by the boys club of U2. Able to stretch his wings and truly explore and innovate and put it all out there. He deserves that opportunity. I’m curious if he wants that opportunity. I hope we get to see it sooner than later.


U2 Fans Meet Ups

U2 fans have always had meet ups during the tour. Those dedicated U2 fans that share interests that include music, family and of course concerts have always found away to pick a location within any tour city stop to have a gathering.

This tour is no different plans are underway for several different meet up locations everything from bars to just around the venue. U2 TOUR FANS has created the ultimate fan meet up tool within its new mobile app.

Fans can communicate directly with other fans within their given city. Also fans will be able to find out all of the specials we have been working on for each city. Yes deals from hotels, food and yes bars. The best is its all available to you live 24 hours a day and in real time. We launched the mobile app this week and so far we have had outstanding support. Downloading the app for your Idevice will allow you to be apart of the the fun.  

U2 Residence Tour

U2 is about to embark on what will be deemed as the the residency tour of 2015. Looking at this up coming tour from the prospective of the band and crew this will turn out to be the best dam tour of them all.

Think about this the band rolls into a city and sets up the show for three to seven nights and boom they are locked in. The crew really does not have much to do but run the show nightly and of course maybe some promotional work during the day and that's about it. For the most part this is a dream tour for the crew.  The band well the older the band gets and lets remember Bono is not as young as he once was. 

This is the best of both worlds, they get to stay put for a few days, play the best of sets mix in some new stuff and basically have some fun with their audience. Its perfect until you look at the fans.  Yup those punters that expect that the management and touring company would offer pre-sales codes for every show. Those dedicated fans that as we speak having been saving their money to be able to afford one show.  Of course we know that some fans will try to attend every single night in a city however we ask, why ? Yes, why blend the experience of every night into that one single experience.

Fans blame the new management for lots of things. In the end fans need to take a step back and consider the fact that U2 might be at the end of their touring days. That Bono's number one wish has always go out with a BANG and not a whimper.  Sure its easy to blame management, because its hard to blame our super hero's for wanting to make a enjoyable experience for everyone. 

We invite you to start the conversation share your thoughts on the whole ticket process. God knows we have heard a hell of a lot about it.  Most of you are pretty upset that the band has not extended more pre-sales codes and the fact is that you can still sign up for membership to the fan club and get a new pre-sale code.  Heck we don't know if you will be able to use it on the next round of dates announced.  What are your thoughts ? 

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U2 fans to preview and buy any of U2 albums released, access tour information; post concert videos, photos and receive band-related news feeds.  Two features that stand out are the U2 radio and the U2 mobile image. U2 Radio allows U2 fans to enjoy 24 hour U2 music not only albums the station includes concert audio from recorded past shows.  The mobile image allows U2 fans to send their photos directly to U2TOURFANS servers for posting within the shared community. 

U2 Fans Mobile Radio Station

We have been talking all week about our new application and highlighting some of the features of the application.

We partnered with U2RADIO.com to connect more fans around the world to this world class online radio station that allows fans to stream U2 music to any device in any location 24 hours a day. The feature has been added to the U2 TOUR FANS Connected Community to allow fans to listen to music while they connect with other fans around the world and share their images, videos and of course the daily U2 news.  Download the app today from the ITunes store or click the link below.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/u2tourfans/id351632801?mt=8

U2TOURFANS is dedicated to providing U2 fans around the world the best possible U2 fan experience and connecting fans from around the world with other fans from around the world.

U2: The Relevancy of Relevancy

I realize this may upset a few of the hardcore fans of U2. I happen to be one of them. Bono has talked extensively on the subject of whether U2 is still relevant. Sadly, the answer appears to be a resounding ‘no’.

From the negative reception to U2’s ‘gift’ of Songs of Innocence to what basically amounts to minimal radio play of “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”, is there a way to think anything less? A brief look at YouTube statistics tells the same story. U2’s “Miracle” has under two million plays. By comparison, Foo Fighter’s recent “Something From Nothing” (a song that was not huge for them) had 5.5 million views. And as much as any band would love to have a couple of million views, where U2 is concerned, that basically qualifies as being completely ignored.

Many fans will point to the upcoming Innocence + Experience tour. If they are so irrelevant, how come they selling out dates all over the world? I can point to The Rolling Stones who tour and fill major venues as a prime example. What’s the last new Stones song you can think of that made the charts? That’s right, you can’t (they haven’t had a U.S. chart single since the remix of “Sympathy For The Devil” in 2003 and that only got as high as number 97)!

Towards the end of last year the band started playing a beautiful version of “Every Breaking Wave” on their various show appearances. It was far more powerful live than the version that was released on Songs of Innocence. This week they’ve released the song as a single with a re-recorded version that is much closer to what we saw live. Hear it here. You can tell this is a reaction to the lack of resonance the album has received to date. Will this version hit the mark? I think it’s a beautiful song. I think it will be a killer live. But even this new recording is lacking. It doesn’t have the power of the performances we’ve seen. It is controlled where the live version appears more raw. Where’s the cracking in Bono’s voice? I am not sure why they seem so afraid to release something that isn’t perfect. Perfect and clean does not equal power and connection.

I’ve seen a lot of fans screaming for them to loosen up their live performances. People want less pre-recorded and time-limited and more raw, real, less rehearsed and more open and flexible shows. It is no different for their releases. I’d rather hear Bono fall apart, lose it for a moment in a recording than be perfectly controlled. And for a band that has been so high and decided that perfection, as in 5+ years to release an album, was required, maybe they’ve missed the point. Their early albums were full of those moments where they don’t get it perfect. They cared less about the sound quality and more about the performance. As the later years transpire, it seems they’ve tried to do both. That translates to well-written, well-played and well-recorded. What I think has been missing for many years now in their records is raw emotion. And when I say that I mean that both musically and vocally. It comes out more live but their albums, while interesting, often innovative, lack the oomph.

Where’s the pain of “Sunday, Bloody Sunday”? Where’s the truth that lies within “With or Without You”? Where’s the political anger underneath “Mothers of the Disappeared”? We live in an increasingly desperate time. We see rights taken away bit by bit while the bricks of democracy get removed without anyone caring. We the growing distance between the ‘haves’ who want it all and the rest of us who haven’t made significant progress in years. We see angry young men blowing themselves up for a questionable cause. We see education being diminished at home and abroad. We see hatred and racism and sexism and genderism every day. So let me ask you this: Is the fact that the band is so very rich, so very comfortable, taken the edge off? No matter how hard they work and rework their songs, does the lack of boiling blood at the state of world take them a step back from the masses? Is corporate U2 now the enemy? For all Bono’s declarations of them still being ‘punk rock’, does anyone believe that?

Unless Songs of Experience is something of a surprise that provides both anger and raw passion, I wouldn’t expect much to change. How many times has Bono said in the last few releases how ‘angry’ Edge is and how it is coming out in his playing? I haven’t seen that, have you? I see a band in full control. I see a band that has decided for years that ‘perfect’ is their goal. And I think if you ask anyone who cares, they’d really prefer out of control…

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The author: Larry Lootsteen Music is life and I love to write about all things music. Independent music blogger. Writer in general. I am a big fan of alternative and indie music but there's no genre I haven't found something to life.

Feedback Kitchen with The Edge

U2 guitarist The Edge sits down with Feedback Kitchen host Mario Batali to explore creativity, creation and the similarities between food and music.  Feedback Kitchen premiered yesterday, right out of the box Chef Batali started off with The Edge. Blending music and food has always had a connection. Chef blends the two and fuses them into a meal that's outstanding to share.

The show flows as a conversational interview of friends and provides some insights to Edges thoughts on "Desire" and how the whole process comes about.  We suggest you sit down and enjoy something different.

Catch all of the most current U2 news and more on our mobile app.

 

U2 Connected Community

U2 fan site launched a new application over the weekend that allows U2 fans around the world to interact before, during and after the show.

The concept was created out of U2TOURFANS 360 interactive lab which was designed to create a social  community for U2 fans to engage with other U2 fans.

The site shares videos, music, photos and news from around the world that relates to U2.  The new mobile app offers a unique way to connect with other U2 fans via their device.

U2 announced their upcoming tour cities the app offers a community within the community for each city to create meet ups, ticket exchanges and just chat with other fans.   Over the next few days U2TOURFANS will show off more features of the interactive community. 

U2 annouces more dates !

Just announced  iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour, a fifth show has been confirmed in Los Angeles - with dates coming soon for additional concerts in New York, Chicago, London and Barcelona.

The fifth night in Los Angeles will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 and tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 30th.

Watch for the followings dates to be announced later this week.  Some fan sites have had reports over night of the following dates. However only June 3rd has been confirmed.  Once we have confirmed the additional dates we will update.  You can download our app today for the most current news and the official tour calendar.

  • Los Angeles, June 3 & 4
  • Los Angeles, June 7 & 8
  • Chicago, July 2 & 3
  • New York, July 30 & 31
  • Barcelona, October 9 & 10
  • London, November 2 & 3

U2 Fan Site Launches New Apple Application

U2 fans around the world Experiencing  "The Connected Community" via  U2TOURFANS social experience Application.

U2 fans around the world are getting ready for a new U2 Tour on May 14 2015.  U2TOURFANS a social media fan based community has launched version 2.0 of their mobile application for ISO users that integrates all of the interactive properties of Twitter, Youtube, Facebook as well as some new features, “The connected community” Live concert photo and video uploads as well as U2 radio a non stop 24 hour U2 music station.

U2TOURFANS team wanted a fan based experience unlike any other fan site connecting all of the elements that make up U2 experience. By connecting social applications such as Web, Twitter, YouTube Facebook and U2 Radio fans will be able to have the complete experience.

U2 360 social experience concept as a way of connecting U2 fans from around the world and providing them a platform to share, experience, and interact. The next evolution now provides a complete mobile experience. These new features provide iPhone users with a desktop-like U2TOURFANS web application experience in terms of ease-of-use, speed, and feature richness but optimized for the iPhone.

Our goal is to support a complete U2 experience that are fulfilling the promise of the mobile web – like the iPhone – and to ultimately deliver unique and compelling mobile experiences that provides the best fan experience possible.

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Whats Your Ultimate U2 List

A couple of weeks ago we published a play list of what we thought was the ultimate playlist of U2 music and  most U2 fans agreed with our list, however not everyone agreed.

The task was daunting and controversial. U2 of course is the most beloved bands in the world and of course, this playlist would spark endless conversation and debate.

However, we are always up to a challenge. We created our list of what we deemed to be the best selection of U2’s work across all of the albums.

We knew that some of the rarely heard U2 songs should be placed upon the list. We knew the challenging task would be to pick songs that evoke an emotion that would spark some creativity from the fans. 

We thought about the tempered with classic guitar riffs by The Edge.

Songs such as Desire and When Love Comes to Town with BB King as a guest are great songs yet they did not make our list.  Some songs like “One” are just misunderstood. It is not a wedding song by any means yet so many times you hear this song about breaking up at a wedding. U2 songs range from political statements to sheer unadulterated, joyful youth.

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U2 knows how to bring a concert crowd through a rollercoaster of emotions and send them away with an experience of a lifetime. We thought about this and we want to hear from you.

What would your top ten U2 Songs be and why? Share your thoughts and we might pick your story and list to share with the world. 

 

One man come in the name of love

Today (Jan. 20), we remember the life and legacy of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose contributions to the social and political sphere of the United States are innumerable. And over the years, the global musical sphere has become filled with songs inspired by or dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If listeners have any doubt that Martin Luther King Jr. is the subject of "Pride (In the Name of Love)," Bono's lyrics three minutes in drive the point home: "Early morning, April 4/Shot rings out in the Memphis sky/Free at last, they took your life/They could not take your pride." However, history buffs will note that the song, which was the lead single off U2's 1984 album "The Unforgettable Fire," contains a factual error -- MLK's assassination took place in the early evening, rather than the early morning. But that didn't matter to music fans -- the Edge's guitar jangle at the beginning of "Pride (In the Name of Love)" is one of the most recognizable riffs of the era.

Bono speaks about those throughout history who have died because they preached of the equality of all men and practiced nonviolence as the only way to achieve their goal of having this equality universally recognized.

“Pride (In the Name of Love)”
U2-1984

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come here to justify
One man to overthrow

In the name of love!
One man in the name of love
In the name of love!
What more? In the name of love!

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resists
One man washed on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more? In the name of love!

…Nobody like you
     …There’s nobody like you…

Mmm…mmm…mmm…

Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more in the name of love…

MLK is the primary example of nonviolent resistance as the only way to bring about changes in civil rights. However, there are allusions to others; Christ for example.

The song is about singular "people" (including Christ as man) that lived their life with pride. Not in a boastful way, but with the pride a person has when their thoughts and actions are motivated by they understand and full awareness of the dignity and sanctity of ALL human life.

The song is a tribute, illustration, or reminder to us, of martyrs to this ideal. It speaks to how they lived their life with an inner Pride in all of humanity and that this Pride is really an expression of God's love for all of humanity. These people did what they did because they were trying to spread this message of God's love for all of mankind.

This began as a song about US president Ronald Reagan. Bono had lyrics written condemning Reagan for an arrogant pride that led to nuclear escalation, but it just was not working. "I remembered a wise old man who said to me, don't try and fight darkness with light, just make the light shine brighter," Bono told NME. "I was giving Reagan too much importance, then I thought Martin Luther King, there's a man. We build the positive rather than fighting with the finger."

King was killed on a Memphis motel balcony on April 4, 1968. Bono sings "early morning, April 4," but King was actually killed in the evening. Bono has acknowledged the mistake and sometimes sings it as "early evening, April 4."

Chrissie Hynde (lead singer of The Pretenders) sang backup. She was married to Jim Kerr of Simple Minds at the time and was thanked on the album as "Mrs. Christine Kerr."

Secondary Ticket Market Hurts U2 Fans

By: Ralph Garcia

It’s been a few years since U2 last hit the road, but they’ll be heading out again in 2015. The band recently announced dates for their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour, which is currently only scheduled to hit nine cities across North America. While there’s not many cities being played, the band will play multiple nights in each for a current total of 30 concerts. With the tour four months away, U2 tickets on the secondary market have been in high demand since going on sale.

According to TiqIQ, the average price for U2 tickets across all 30 dates is $254.53 on the secondary market. Four of the five dates at New York City’s Madison Square Garden will be the most expensive of the tour. The July 18 show has a current average price of $513.47, 101.7% above the tour average. While that’s an exuberant price, no other show has an average price above $400. The next most expensive date has an average price of $359.57 for July 23, 30% below the show on the 17th but still 41.2% above the tour average.

The least expensive shows on the secondary market come in Toronto and Phoenix. The opening night of the tour on May 14 will be the least expensive of the tour with an average price of $173.51, 31.8% below the tour average at Toronto’s Rogers’ Centre. The next two least expensive concerts will come at US Airways Center in Phoenix with an average price of $174.64 on May 22 and $189.01 on May 23.

Only four shows have an average price below $200, with a May 19 date at SAP Center being the other. During the U2360 Tour, the band toured all over the world for two years. It’s likely more dates will eventually be added to this tour across North America.

U2 Shows Support for the Legacy of Hope Foundation

U2 Shows Support for the Legacy of Hope Foundation

Eric Gast, CEO/Executive Producer of the Legacy of Hope Foundation, stated "We are truly honored that U2 would show their support with this wonderful gesture and I'm moved that Bono, in his current state, would have the resolve to help support Mr. Mandela's dream of free and accessible healthcare for the children of Southern Africa."

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