Gallagher Slams U2

“Nothing anybody does can be as big as Oasis. Not Coldplay, not Kasabian, nor the Arctic Monkeys. In this country not U2, not any of them. It’s as simple as that.” The comments were made on the BBC4 documentary, Marks Lawson Talks To … Noel Gallagher.  Bottom line Noel has been a drunk, drugged out fool for sometime and most people have written off his talent as soothing of the past. Yet we can all cheer the arrival of his new album to see if he even has the talent to hold up his own shorts after his attempts to have the world see him in a different light. Sorry Noel your just yesterdays news and or at very best bird cage cover. - Cheers Mate

Not Just Mrs Bono ! Ali Hewson

Byline:Rafaella Gomez - Brazil

Ali Hewson“I don’t want to end my life feeling I’ve only looked after myself, that everything I did was to protect myself. I want, when I die, to believe that I’ve achieved what I was supposed to achieve, that is, to help other people in whatever way I could.”

It was the first morning of the rest of her life. Dark-haired, dark-eyed 12-year-old Alison Stewart no sooner arrived at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin than Paul Hewson, a grade above her, spotted the new girl.

“He worked very hard at being the heartthrob,” she recently told an English journalist.

“He came up to me within the first day and asked did I know where his class should be going? It was just an excuse to talk to me, and I thought, ‘What an eejit.’

“I remember that on the fourth day of school, I saw him walking across the courtyard and it was, bing! That is the guy for me.”

For a year, he pursued while Ali, determined not to be just another of his girls, was cool. But the next year, Paul’s mother died suddenly of an aneurism. That year, Ali, 13, helped Paul — from washing his clothes and cooking his food to keeping track of his house keys and walking with him to school.

They began dating in November 1976, when Ali was 15. Paul is now world-famous as the Irish rock group U2’s lead man and humanitarian-at-large, Bono.

He told talk-show host Larry King years later: “I joined U2 and I started going out with Ali, so it was a good month.”

When Ali was 21, and Bono was 22, they married. They have four children, aged six to 18, whose names reflect religious values and the strong Christian theme in U2’s music: daughters Jordan and Memphis Eve, and sons Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q (partly named for friends) and John Abraham.

“It is hard, sometimes. I hate being called ‘Bono’s wife,’ and being identified just as that,” she said in 1993. She has avoided public attention “I’m very protective of my kids, and of my life with Bono. It has worked well up to now, the sort of life (in which) I can go out and do the normal sort of stuff, and he can take all the heat. I’d rather work behind the scenes.”

Ali Hewson / BonoOver the years, she has left obscurity and ‘Mrs. Bono’ behind. Her work started after U2 joined rocker Bob Geldof in his first Live Aid concert to raise money for starving Ethiopians.

“The children out there had nothing, nothing, yet they seemed to be really alive spiritually. For me, the culture shock was in coming home, back to supermarkets full of food and children who seemed spoiled, who had everything, and yet were so starved of spirituality and any understanding of what life was about.”

She gave up her dream of a four-year nursing degree to keep the relationship strong as Bono and U2 topped charts worldwide.

Ali Hewson In 1989, at age 28, she graduated with a degree in social and political science, giving birth to their first child, daughter, Jordan, two weeks after her final exams.

Though the Hewsons have homes around the world, they strive to raise normal, unspoiled children in their large Killiney home in south County Dublin where they overlook the Irish Sea.

Being a single mother while U2 toured for months, even years, “is as hard as it is for any single parent,” she said. “But then, the difference is that if something goes completely wrong, I can just phone Bono. He’s probably one of the best psychologists I know. He always comes through for me.”

Ali Hewson / BonoBeing a mother, Ms. Hewson said, started her involvement with Greenpeace’s campaign against contamination by England’s Sellafield facility, which lies 200 kilometres across the Irish Sea. To protest building THORP, a nuclear reprocessing centre at Sellafield, she organized a 1992 stunt in which U2 and Greenpeace donned radiation suits and transported drums of “contaminated mud” from the Irish Sea to the nuclear site perimeter.

In 1993, seven years after the Soviet nuclear power plant, Chernobyl, exploded in Ukraine, she made her first trip to Belarus, where 70 per cent of the contamination fell.

There, she said, four million children suffer from leukemia and other cancers and genetic deformities. It was her first of many gruelling 5,600-kilometre trips — sometimes driving one of many ambulances filled with medical supplies.

She was working for Chernobyl Children’s Project, which provides care for children, many of them abandoned, deformed and dying from “Chernobyl AIDS.”

Adam Clayton / Ali Hewson / BonoProject founder and former Irish presidential candidate Adi Roche has been the driving force for dozens of medical convoys, for thousands of children who recuperate in Ireland, for surgeries and transport of hundreds of dying children from Belarus to actor Paul Newman’s camp at Barretstown Castle in County Kildare.

The Hewson-Roche team, and others, spent three weeks in Belarus in 1993 where they filmed in high-radiation exclusion zones to make the award-winning documentary Black Wind, White Land — Living with Chernobyl.

They filmed children, among them nine-month-old Anna. “Both her legs are short. Both her ears are closed,” said Ms. Hewson.

“I just picked her up and it’s just one of those things where we bonded.” She has been adopted by an Irish family and is Ms. Hewson’s goddaughter.

In 1996, Ms. Hewson was part of an Irish aid convoy to Belarus and Western Russia to mark the 10th anniversary of the (April 26, 1986) Chernobyl explosion. Chernobyl’s estimated toll ranges from 50 direct deaths and 4,000 eventual deaths to more than 500,000 deaths and nine million people affected.

In 2003, she narrated Chernobyl Heart, a film about the suffering left by Chernobyl, which won an Oscar in 2004 for best documentary.

Ali Hewson / Jordan In 2002, she headed a 1.2 million-postcard protest directed at then-prime minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles and the head of British Nuclear Fuels demanding that Britain close Sellafield because of its failed safety record and periodic nuclear contamination of air and water over decades.

“Sellafield has the potential to be 80 times the size of the Chernobyl accident,” she said.

(Britain had to shut down THORP in 2005 after a massive internal leak went undetected for nine months. It plans to reopen this year for another three years, over objections from Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Austria.)

“There are people being born with Down syndrome and higher numbers of leukemia cases on Ireland’s east coast,” said Ms. Hewson, “but research is not being done into this.” Since 9/11, she has noted: “The 75 tonnes of plutonium sitting on its site can’t but be at the top of any terrorist’s list.”

In 2005, she, Bono and New York designers Rogan Gregory and Scott Hahn started a Fair Trade organic clothing label EDUN — nude spelled backwards to suggest natural and Eden. (The Hewsons are shareholders in an organic food chain called Nude.)

“Bono’s biggest impression of the Africans is that they don’t want charity. They want trade,” says Ms. Hewson. “If you have it made in Africa, you create trade there, you can create jobs there.”

“Rich countries subsidize their own agricultural sectors by about $1 billion per day,” said Ms. Hewson at EDUN’s launch. She cited the $4-billion annual subsidy the U.S. hands its cotton farmers. “Then they flood the market with (cheap) cotton. It’s unfair. It’s a false economy and just crushes African farmers.”

Lucky 13 !

Dallas / U2 / U2TOURFANS

24 months around the world tour with a brief stop to address Bono’s back surgery. Their back in the the studio in Dublin recording what we can only guess will be their 13th album.

Adam spoke earlier in the week to John Murray of Radio One in Irleand. He was promoting the “Walk in My Shoes Campaign to raise money for mental health issues.  Last year Adam mum passed away however this program was inspired by her work with St Pats Hospital.

Last Night we posted a message from Dallas……

Just received this report from Dublin, where U2 is in the studio…

Just a heads up on how wonderful your 4 basses are….beautiful instruments and so much “weight” and deep tone with a very light weight bass……amazing. The Will Lee is killer and the PJs so balanced. Adam has been tracking away and not having to break the momentum dialing in his sound…..Just a very good marriage of effortless tone that seems inherent with the overall design. The entire band and the production team could not be happier.

Nice one,
Dallas Schoo/U2

Fake Bono On Video !

Jason Mattera


Jason Mattera, editor at large at Human Events, is famous for his hardball jouralism was caught with his pants down this time. The original story has been removed and the Jason Mattera videos have now been moved to “private” on YouTube. There is widespread discussion on Twitter that the person Mattera interviewed in the videos may have been a Bono impersonator. May have ! Well any fool that was listening the the interview could have noticed the answers to the question.

Check out the conversation between Mattera and fake-Bono, which is quite funny in its proper context (i.e. Jason Mattera’s “basic shoeleather journalism” resulted in his ambushing the wrong guy):

Jason Mattera: By dodging taxes on royalties are you raiding the poverty programs you purport to champion?
“Bono”: No.
Jason Mattera: No? Don’t you want governments to be generous with other people’s money and not yours?
“Bono”: I don’t have control over that.
Jason Mattera: How do you not have control over that? It’s your company. Are you not in charge of your own company?
“Bono”: It’s not my company.
Jason Mattera: You have no say in what U2 does?
“Bono”: Not particularly.
Jason Mattera: You don’t? You don’t have a say in what U2 does?
“Bono”: No.

Pavel Sfera only impersonates Bono as far as appearance, and does not do interviews in-character. Jason Mattera acknowledged the error, saying that he “got punked”. That’s not entirely accurate, though, since Mattera himself initiated the interview. Sort of like when someone steals a bait car.

Well, now Bono knows that Jason Mattera is after him. Perhaps he’ll keep a few impersonators on hand in the future. Actually, this isn’t a bad way to deal with ambush journalism in general.

The ambush video has been set to private, but has re-emerged via other outlets. You can see the Jason Mattera video below

 Follow the conversation on the community forum

"Walk On": U2's Lenten Anthem

Larry Wyatt:

The album cover says it all. A virtually empty airport concourse with only Bono and the boys gathered together awaiting their flight to be called. The album is All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000). The album cover suggests that it is each other that we can’t leave behind as we journey into the future. Yet there are not an abundance of “others” who will brave this journey with us. So we treasure those who do and count on them to hold us accountable and support us with what is necessary to journey well.

“Walk On” is perhaps the leading song on this album. The song is dedicated to Myanmar political dissident, author, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi who has chosen separation from her family and a comfortable academic life in Oxford to live under house arrest in Myanmar and struggle with her people for freedom and justice. In these respects, Aung San Suu Kyi stands as a prototype of a Lenten journey.

Michael Gilmour ( draws some apt comparisons between Suu Kyi and the prophet Jeremiah which Bono highlights by the reference to J33-3 added to the album to the left of the group on the airport ceiling. Bringing Jeremiah into relation to Suu Kyi adds commitment to the biblical God to fill out the profile of a Lenten journeyer.

Let’s look at “Walk On,” then, as the theme for a Lenten Journey.

And love is not the easy thing
The only baggage that you can bring…
And love is not the easy thing…
The only baggage you can bring
Is all that you can’t leave behind

Love is the ultimate destination of a Lenten journey, for God is love. Yet this journey is no light or easy matter. Undertaken with serious intention, a Lenten journey is like a home improvement project. It will cost more, take longer, and make a bigger mess than you ever imagined. U2 signals this cost with the claim that “the only baggage you can bring is all that you can’t leave behind.”

And if the darkness is to keep us apart
And if the daylight feels like it’s a long way off
And if your glass heart should crack
And for a second you turn back
Oh no, be strong

Walk on, walk on
What you got they can’t steal it
No they can’t even feel it
Walk on, walk on…
Stay safe tonight

This journey is long and difficult (see U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” on The Joshua Tree album). We sometimes walk in darkness for long seasons. So long, that our fragile hearts start to break. We reconsider the trek and to turn back sounds sane and comforting. Do not do it, U2 pleads. Keep on walking! The gift you have in the love of God can’t be taken from you; indeed, that which tempts you to stop and turn back has not even a glimmer of the preciousness of this gift. The safety on this journey is to keep on walking, with and toward those who long to join you on the trek.

You’re packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been
A place that has to be believed to be seen
You could have flown away
A singing bird in an open cage
Who will only fly, only fly for freedom

Walk on, walk on
What you’ve got they can’t deny it
Can’t sell it, or buy it
Walk on, walk on
Stay safe tonight

We don’t know where we’re going; we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor.5:7). It is tempting and easy to leave the road but our desire for God, his love and freedom, keep our feet on the way. We walk on, lured ahead by the gift we know in part and can be had in full only in this way.

And I know it aches
And your heart it breaks
And you can only take so much
Walk on, walk on

Home… hard to know what it is if you’ve never had one
Home… I can’t say where it is but I know I’m going home
That’s where the hurt is

and I know it aches
How your heart it breaks
And you can only take so much
Walk on, walk on

Leave it behind
You got to leave it behind
All that you fashion
All that you make
All that you build
All that you break
All that you measure
All that you feel
All this you can leave behind
All that you reason
All that you sense
All that you speak
All you dress-up
All that you scheme…

Nevertheless, a Lenten journey is undeniably difficult. It hurts. It costs almost everything precious to us. Nothing less than our whole-hearted passion to reach the end of journey, even if it costs us everything else, to get there, will do. Whatever we must leave behind, we do. All that can only weigh us down and wear us out. And when we reach the end, we discover that home, well, “that’s where the hurt is.” Our Lenten journey indeed ends with God, but the God we meet there is the broken-hearted God of Christian faith who continues to long for and struggle towards the shalom we designed his creation for in the beginning. Nonetheless, we walk on, walk on.

So, friends, walk on this Lent. Face the pain, shed all that is not necessary for this journey, link arms with fellow-travelers, keep going even when you don’t feel like you can take another step, for One unseen is with you. He whom you journey toward is already with you on the path. He will sustain you, he will lure you on with his love, he will meet you in whatever way you have need as you walk on, walk on.

U2 Faith Future

“The Lord is in the House tonight” Going to Church that’s what going to a U2 concert felt like for a few of the fans this past tour. Faith, Love and Hope rising beyond the 50 thousand screaming fans; all in one single space in hopes to see something magical beyond the walls that held them inside.

U2 is a band on a mission, and a strong sense of integrity and purpose is the foundation for their music, lyrics, and relationships. They’ve sold somewhere between 100 million and 150 million records (CD’s) winning 17 Grammy Awards and of course inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. U2 survival in a industry where longevity is measured in months, the band has stuck together and racked up years’ worth of smash hits and signature songs.

So where do the boys from Ireland go now? The most successful tour ever and yet the album was considered to be lacking, rushed and not filling for some hard core U2 fans.  U2 has always been able to reinvent their music to fit the times.  Its not often you can follow a band thru your life and still believe in the music. U2 has grown up with their audience and its very possible their new music will continue to have us follow.

U2 Voted best Irish Musicians

Gigwise viewers voted and by the way voting is still open for best of Ireland ! Our boys from Ireland placed ahead of Van Morrison with their song “With Or Without You”  Check out the rest of the list and vote today while voting is still going on !

The top five best, and top five worst, are as follows:

Best Irish musicians of all time
1. U2
2. Van Morrison
3. Snow Patrol
4. Two Door Cinema Club
5. Nadine Coyle

Worst Irish musicians of all time
1. Boyzone
2. Westlife
3. Shane MacGowan
4. Thin Lizzy
5. The Cranberries

25 Years Later The Joshua Tree

U2 Studios / The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by rock band U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 9 March 1987 on Island Records. In contrast to the ambient experimentation of their 1984 release The Unforgettable Fire, U2 aimed for a harder-hitting sound on The Joshua Tree within the limitation of strict song structures.

The album is influenced by American and Irish roots music and depicts the band’s love-hate relationship with the United States, with socially and politically conscious lyrics embellished with spiritual imagery.

Inspired by American tour experiences, literature, and politics, U2 chose America as a theme for the record. Recording began in January 1986 in Ireland, and to foster a relaxed, creative atmosphere, the group recorded in two houses, in addition to two professional studios. Several events during the sessions helped shape the conscious tone of the album, including the band’s participation in A Conspiracy of Hope tour, the death of roadie Greg Carroll, and lead vocalist Bono’s travels to Central America.

Recording was completed in November and additional production continued into January 1987. Throughout the sessions, U2 sought a “cinematic” quality for the record that would evoke a sense of location, in particular, the open spaces of America. They represented this in the sleeve photography depicting them in American desert landscapes.

The album received critical acclaim, topped the charts in over 20 countries, and sold in record-breaking numbers. According to Rolling Stone, the album increased the band’s stature “from heroes to superstars”.

It produced the hit singles “With or Without You”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, and “Where the Streets Have No Name”. The album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1988.

The group supported the record with the successful Joshua Tree Tour. Frequently cited as one of the greatest albums in rock history, The Joshua Tree is one of the world’s all-time best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold. In 2007, U2 released a 20th anniversary remastered edition of the record.

U2 Beyond Words

Formed in 1976, formed a Mount Temple Comprehensive School with limited music skills Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry set out to change the world with their music or did they? The early references to the band pointed to their limited musical skills.

Early on the band was deeply rooted into post punk and eventually grew to include influences from many genres of pop music. Signed to Island Records they released Boy – and broke thru as an international act. Along came 1987 and the breakthrough CD “The Joshua Tree” was released and that was the same year CD’s became the must have musical media.  

U2 integrated dance, industrial, and alternative rock influences into their sound and performances, and embraced a more ironic and self-deprecating image. Similar experimentation continued for the remainder of the 1990s with mixed levels of success.

U2 regained critical and commercial favor after there 2000 record All That You Can’t Leave Behind. On it and the group’s subsequent releases, they adopted a more conventional sound while maintaining influences from their earlier musical explorations.  

Has success changed U2 or have we changed into accepting faith on our sleeves and dipping our toes into the book of faith driven by the musical tunes of U2? Often you hear references of U2’s dabble into faith, love, marriage and hope yet they never labeled a Christian band. Why is that?

What is it that makes music Christian? Does it have to be written specifically for the church, for liturgical or devotional purposes, to fall into that category? Must it refer to Scripture, quoting directly or alluding by imagery? Should its explicit purpose be to evangelize? Will it sound a certain way, stick to certain conventions, or squeeze unlikely paradigms into a Christian shape?

There certainly is “Christian music” that does a few or all of these things. Some of it is deliciously uplifting, and some of it is incomparably dreadful. But perhaps all these questions reflect the wrong approach to Christian music entirely.

Perhaps the better way is to ask the question not so much of the art as of the artist. That would make Christian music the work of Christian composers, regardless of what it sounds like and what, in each particular instance, it says. If we follow that definition, then we will find the most wildly successful creators of Christian music in the past two decades — not hymn writers, and not Amy Grant, but the four Irishmen who are collectively known as U2.

Can you name any other pop contemporary musicians that have been able to introduce so many bible references without a label the book of Psalms is weaved throughout most of U2’s work.

Bono did come out and speak about his faith in an essay “My mother was Protestant, my father Catholic; anywhere other than Ireland that would be unremarkable.” “I had a foot in both camps, so my Goliath became religion itself; I began to see religion as the perversion of faith.”

Curiously enough, the religious brutality was never enough to knock the faith out of him, and Bono’s lyrics remain unalterably Christian in their coloring, even though his religion — the practice of his faith — has since shifted to rock-n-roll.

So what if within the music comes a little faith, hope and love for your fellow man, does the world not need a little love? Share your comment and views.

U2 Bloggers Wanted

Do you consider yourself a U2 fan or U2 expert ?

Either way we are looking for a few good bloggers to team up with us on our newest community. U2TOURFANS Forums designed to provide you the fan a place to share and exchange everyhing U2.

We are building out our site to include a forum section and U2 Fan blogger section. Which will allow you the fan to share your passion.

You can write once a week, month or quarter for us. We also will allow budding U2 authors to write and promote their books with our community.

This is a brand new section for us. We welcome your ideas and feedback.  So far we have been asked to inlcude the following areas.

  • Concert Videos
  • Concert Audio
  • Concert Photos

All of these areas can be viewed right now. We have also welcomed you to upload any concert audio or video that you would like to share.

Bono Wanted

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is reportedly interested in hiring U2’s Bono to sit on his panel for his new ITV talent show to find the next lead in musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. is reporting this long shot and while sources say its really a long short Andy has been known to pull off the impossble. So could be be calling Bono,  Judge Bono in the future ? What are your thoughts of the boys focusing on other items besides music ?

Share your views on our U2 community forum. 


The Winners of Talenthouse Achtung

Talenthouse has annouced their winners for the 20th anniversay reinvention of U2’s Achtung Baby album cover after launching Creative Invite. Designers, Photographers were asked to submit their interpreations of todays global environment in the form of photography or artwork.

Shaughn McGrath and Anton Corbijn have chosen the winners.

Talenthouse Design

Of the 15 winners, Jana Beier has been chosen to receive a custom designed, original Achtung Baby styled Trabant car.

Each of these 15 winners will have their submissions created into a collage and featured on, giving them global exposure. Their work will be promoted across U2′s social media channels and website. They will each receive a feature about their work, a copy of the final collage, a deluxe box set, and a digital camera.

Take a look at all the submissions and judge for yourself.

U2TOURFANS Growing !

U2 fans its time to introduce you to our U2 Community forum. We are launching a whole new social media tool for U2 fans. At U2 Tourfans we are always looking for better ways to engage U2 fans and provide the best way to share your passion of U2 music, U2 concerts and much more.  Music sounds better when you connect to other fans. Over the next few weeks we have a lot of our new applications rolling out. Mean time sign up to our U2 Community Forum selection and be a part of the U2 community. Thank you for your continue support.

Win Your Own Copy !

We are in beta testing right now for our brand new forum application. We would like you to sign in and answer the following question.

We want to hear from you. Tell us in 500 words (not less than 300 please) what impact does U2 have on rock music today.

Now is your chance to share you thoughts on U2 and win your very own copy of ‘From the Sky Down” You can include for bonus how U2 has affected your life ?

Our forum is designed to allow you to share your passion of U2 music and the band. Sign in and under promotions you will see the contest for U2 Rock Music Impacts -

Clayton sues Bank of Ireland

Adam Clayton / U2 Adam Clayton is suing the Bank of Ireland Private Banking and an accounting firm, claiming his former personal assistant Carol Hawkins misappropriated €4.8 million of his funds.

According to an article last Thursday in The Irish Independent, Clayton says Hawkins took the money over a five-year period ending in November 2009. The suit names the Bank of Ireland as well as Dublin accounting firm Gaby Smyth & Co.

Follow the conversation on U2 Fans community page

Bono takes a trip to Machu Picchu, Peru

Bono / Peru EVEN in the Lost City of the Incas, Bono is treated like a sun god.

If proof were needed that there is not a corner of the planet where the U2 frontman is not instantly recognised, Bono was cheered by fans high in the mountains of deepest, darkest Peru.

The rockstar is on a week-long holiday to the South American country with his wife, Ali Hewson, and took in a visit to the famed Inca city of Machu Picchu at the weekend. Bono said “I love Machu Picchu is is an impressive place”

He was flanked by local police and security officials as he toured the UNESCO World Heritage site for several hours.

Stunned tourists did a double-take as they saw one of the world’s biggest rock stars walking around the 15th Century ruins and were soon following him up the steep trails with their cameras held aloft.

Dressed all in black, with his trademark glasses, peaked cap and carrying a walking stick, Bono stopped to greet fans and seemed unphased by the fuss his visit was creating. He’d even swapped his favourite Cuban heels for a pair of comfy trainers.

The singer has been mobbed by fans since arriving in the capital Lima last Thursday, where he was also met by a large media presence.

He was reported in local media as saying: “I am here with my family to discover this beautiful country for the first time. I am excited, but I’m here with my family so I hope you understand I cannot say hello to everyone.”

His group spent a night in Lima before taking a one-hour flight by private jet to the popular tourist town of Cuzco, once the capital of the Inca empire, high in the Andes.


Bono / Peru Many tourists make their way on foot to Machu Picchu from Cuzco, a two- to three-day trek, along the trail built centuries ago by the Incas.

But others, like Bono and his party, take a train to Aguas Calientes, a small town some 80km from Cuzco, which is famed for its natural hot springs. The group would then have travelled the zigzag 6km scenic route up the mountain to the slopes of Machu Picchu.

Bono and his companions were shown around the ruined temples and other structures by a local guide and are understood to have visited some of its best-known attractions, including the Temple of the Three Windows, the Sacred Rock and the Temple of the Sun.

The entire site lay hidden in the mountains for centuries and was only uncovered in 1911.

The rock star’s wife Ali has travelled to Peru on business in the past with her ethical fashion brand Edun and sources materials from the South American country.

The couple are expected to leave the country on Wednesday.

- Breda Heffernan

U2 Fan Giveaway !

U2 fans around the world. We want to hear from you. Tell us in 500 words (not less than 300 please) what impact does U2 have on rock music today. Now is your chance to share you thoughts on U2 and win your very own copy of ‘From the Sky Down” You can include for bonus how U2 has affected your life ?

U2 wrote songs about things that were important and resonated with their audience, now it’s your chance to write your own story on U2.

The details – March 1st  thru March 14th we will publish one story per day that we have voted and consider to be a finalist. The story publish will have the facebook voting option setup allowing U2 fans around the world to vote on the story.  On March 14th we will publish the top 5 stories and allow you to vote on them. You the fan will select the winner! Runners up will be entered into a runner up promotion and recieve a CD of their choice.

All entries must be submitted by February 29th -  


Many will enter only 1 winner and 4 runner ups - See post from 2/20/12 for details

U2TOURFANS March Madness Giveaway !

You claim to be a U2 fan, you say you have been to every U2 tour possible and you feel that you are the #1 U2 fan in the world. If you are not than skip this promotion because it is the U2 documentary DVD “From The Sky Down” give away for the real fans.

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion). U2’s early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group’s musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals, highlighted by The Edge’s textural guitar playing and Bono’s expressive vocals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

Win your very own copy of “From the Sky Down”. Tell us in 500 words the impact of U2 on rock music.  Do you think U2 is the face of modern Christian music? How did U2’s music affect your life?  

U2 wrote songs about things that were important and resonated with their audience, now it’s your chance to write your own story on U2.

The details – March 1st  thru March 14th we will publish one story per day that we have voted and consider to be a finalist. The story publish will have the facebook voting option setup allowing U2 fans around the world to vote on the story.  On March 14th we will publish the top 5 stories and allow you to vote on them. You the fan will select the winner! Runners up will be entered into a runner up promotion and recieve a CD of their choice.

All entries must be submitted by February 29th -  

Disclaimer: All submissions become the property of U2TOURFANS and will not be returned. The Editor-in-Chief has the final approval on all submission prior to publishing. Fans will vote on the submissions via facebook voting. Stories published will include the by line of the writer and must be orginal work. No cash will be exchanged for prizes.  All prizes are shipped direct to the winner.

Tour grosses over $703 million

The Edge / Adam / Bono / U2 360 Tour Denver 2011NEW FIGURES show that U2’s 360° Tour has grossed more than $703 million (€534 million) after seven million rock fans paid to see the band over the past three years.

According to figures published by music industry journal Pollstar, the tour grossed $231.9 million last year after 2.38 million music fans paid to see the band at 34 gigs across 26 cities.

The US-based publisher shows that the tour grossed the highest amount of any rock band last year and on average grossed $8.9 million per gig with an average attendance of 91,828.

The figures show that U2’s three-gig stint at the Morumbi Stadium in São Paolo, Brazil, alone earned $32 million.

The $703 million is a gross figure and does not take into account the significant costs of staging the tour, which involved 110 gigs in 79 cities around the world over three years.

Hundreds of people were employed in transporting and constructing the 360° “Claw” stage, while the concerts provided a major economic boost in the cities where they took place.

The profits from the tour are shared between the four members of the band – Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton – their manager Paul McGuinness, their promoter Live Nation, and the local venue operator.

The 360° production increased the capacity of venues by up to 25%, resulting in record attendances.

The Pollstar figures show that one of the top-earning stints over the three years was the band’s sold-out three-night run at Dublin’s Croke Park, where the tour grossed $28.5 million.

A breakdown of the annual figures shows that the tour grossed $231.9 million in 2011; $160.9 million in 2010; and $311 million in 2009, when three million people paid on average $101 to see the band play.

The year 2009 was the largest grossing year of the tour, when the average gross per concert was $10 million.

The drop-off in revenue in 2010 came as a result of the band postponing a North American leg of the tour after Bono sustained a back injury in Munich.

The latest figures for U2’s main Irish company, U2 Ltd, for the 12 months to the end of 2010 show that its cash pile increased almost fivefold to €4 million.

The principal activity of the company is the creation, protection and licensing of intellectual property.