New Year Brings New Music and More

The year is coming to a close and this surely was an interesting year.  We have had our share of rumor stories, release dates, tour dates and push back dates and yet it all seemed to work out in the end. 

The album release was interesting, who would have thought about releasing an album for free worldwide on iTunes would have caused such a stir among music fans.

Next we had a scheduled appearance on "The Tonight Show" canceled because Bono was tooling around Central Park and no one seemed to notice. The Edge said it was  because he was disguised as a Hasidic Jew.

Which later was proven untrue.  This week filming the next video, it seemed a bit to noisy for the locals and yet production remained on schedule.   Now we heard that Songs of Experience  will be released early next year. No idea how they plan to release it.

We at U2TOURFANS have been busy too. We have redesigned our website to be more of an interactive place for fans to be able to engage in community interaction with other fans. We launched our forum community both versions now available. The community is rather small right now however we do expect it to grow.  We also made a call out for our tour street team to support the shows coming up. You still have time to sign up and be apart of the fun.   Our tour pages have been built and ready to publish tour news by location. 

We do have to announce that we have reached a major mile stone. We have had over 10 Million interactive U2 fans engaged during the year. This was outstanding ! Finally we have been working on something pretty big for next year.  We believe this will put all our properties together in a single easy to use environment.  We have made some new partners over the years and we believe that we are ready to launch the next phase of U2TOURFANS.  We hope you come along for the ride.  

Cheers Mates,  May the season be a blessing to you and your family and may you find joy and peace within each tune you play.

U2 Open Ticket Sales Today

Yes today 10:00 AM EST  Ticketmaster opens U2 tickets for all available shows. New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Paris.

Tickets for the iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE Tour additional dates, confirmed last week, go on sale today  You will not need a pre-sale code. Tickets that should be available are the ones from the updated list that U2 announced last week.  

U2, Ticketmaster and PreSales Hell ! Wait We've got a Golden Ticket

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U2 announced more dates and this was to be a good thing for U2 fans in few select chosen cities.

Now those of you that are sitting by your computers waiting for 12:00PM EST to have that lucky chance to get a ticket, ease your minds in knowing that only a few will be blessed and the rest will have to visit their local broker to get that golden ticket.

Its 1pm in the east and by all accounts of our sources that is it GA is gone again for those chosen few. Now before you start to bitch about process and ticket brokers think about this.

U2 announced a limited show engagement; added more dates and even with the drama around Ticketmaster they managed achieve what they set out to do. Sell out shows early and often.  Yes the process maybe broken and challenging for the fans however it has always been broken that is nothing new.

What can we expect from U2 moving forward? We know for sure that more dates and now that we all have used our pre-sale codes, they will not have to go through that process again. Alternatively, maybe they will offer U2 fans a limited edition pre-sales code. Ah another chance at the golden ticket !

U2 eXPERIENCE Pre-Sale Today

Today's pre-sale is all about "eXPERIENCE"

Pre-sale schedule for U2.com Subscribers this week:

  • Wednesday, Dec 10 - 10am (local) - Pre-sales open for eXPERIENCE Group (legacy subscribers)
  • Thursday, Dec 11 - 12noon EST (North America) or 10am local (Europe) - pre-sales open for iNNOCENCE Group (new subscribers)
  • Friday, Dec 12 - 12noon (local) - Pre-sales end
  • Monday, Dec 15 - Public on sale

U2 Fans New Pre-Sale Schedule (This Week)

Sold out shows leads to more shows. Its that easy. U2 has announced add on shows and also introduced a new schedule for pre-sales fans. 

What did you learn from the last time ?

Make sure you have a good credit card, sign in early, wait for it, wait, just wait and throw a couple of prayers out to "Mary" for good measure. 

New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris.

Pre-sale schedule for U2.com Subscribers this week: ( see this weeks schedule)

  • Wednesday, Dec 10 - 10am (local) - Pre-sales open for eXPERIENCE Group
  • Thursday, Dec 11 - 12noon EST (North America) or 10am local (Europe) - pre-sales open for iNNOCENCE Group
  • Friday, Dec 12 - 12noon (local) - Pre-sales end
  • Monday, Dec 15 - Public on sale

Films of iNNOCENCE Premiere

U2 has unveiled a bold new artistic initiative in the form of Films of Innocence:  a visionary collection of 11 films by the world’s most vital urban visual artists, each inspired by one of the 11 tracks on U2’s Songs of Innocence album.

At 4pm GMT / 11am ET, the U2-pioneered 'Films of Innocence' project will celebrate the visceral power of urban art with 24-hour exclusive premieres across the following 11 platforms. Follow the links below to view them.

Complex – "Every Breaking Wave" by Robin Rhode
Dazed Digital – "Cedarwood Road" by Maser
Dezeen - "Iris (Hold Me Close)" by Chloe Early
Juxtapoz – "The Troubles" by Todd James
The Nerdist - "California (There Is No End To Love)" – D*Face
Nowness – "Raised by Wolves" by Vhils 
NPR - "Song For Someone" by Mode 2
Paper Magazine - "This Is Where You Can Find Me Now" by DALeast
Pitchfork – "Volcano" by Ganzeer
Rolling Stone - "Sleep Like A Baby" by ROA
Stereogum - "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" by Oliver Jeffers.

More U2 Dates yet to be Annouced

Live Nation’s Arthur Fogel, promoter-producer of all of U2’s tours since PopMart in 1997 and 1998, noting that he would have liked to make a splashier announcement tied to a high-profile TV play, no doubt in reference to U2’s planned (and scrapped) five-night residency on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. But “given all factors, we’re OK.”

Only stops in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe were announced, and Fogel is tight-lipped on future plans, but it wouldn’t be out of the question for the tour to run as long as three years, returning to North America and Europe, along with visits to Asia, South America, Australia and other territories.  

Now checking around the globe we have sources that have informed us that some venues have "blocked" availability dates for their arena use. It's possible those slots have been put on block as Live Nation Global Touring and U2 work out the routing schedule around the world. This is the part of the business that has to be done right. Routing a band the size of U2 does not come easy logistics has to be worked out all the way down to the pre concert day and post concert day. 

We expect that U2 will be announcing more dates within the next couple of weeks.  The boys will tour this current album and the upcoming eXPERIENCE album yet to be released. For U2 to be touring for the next 3 years is not impossible.  Now the final show will be Dublin and those dates have not been announced

U2's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 Adds More Dates

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A triumph in ticket sales,  U2's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 is sold out in every city where it went on sale this morning, it was announced by Live Nation. Following overwhelming fan demand, including a record-setting 118,000 fans queuing online to purchase tickets in New York, two new shows have been confirmed in New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin & Paris. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale Monday, Dec. 15. A complete tour itinerary is below.

"We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two," said Bono, "and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!"

"The sales for The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour have been brilliant and we are working to satisfy the incredible demand," said Arthur Fogel, President - Global Touring and Chairman - Global Music.

The tour follows the recent release of U2's thirteenth studio album Songs Of Innocence by Island Records, which was given to U2.com subscribers and gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide. To date, Songs of Innocence has been streamed 81 million times and has been downloaded by 30 million fans.

Tickets for the additional U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 shows will go on general sale Monday, Dec. 15. U2.com subscribers who have not already utilized their code and new members may access tickets at U2.com from Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. through Friday, Dec. 12 at noon (all times local). Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands.

U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 is produced by Live Nation Global Touring. UPS is the Official Logistics Provider of the tour.

DATE CITY VENUE ON-SALE          

NORTH AMERICA 2015

14-MayVancouver, BC Rogers Arena            

15-MayVancouver, BC Rogers Arena

18-MaySan Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose

19-MaySan Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose

22-MayPhoenix, AZ US Airways Center                     

23-MayPhoenix, AZ US Airways Center

26-MayLos Angeles, CA Forum                                       

27-MayLos Angeles, CA Forum                                       

30-MayLos Angeles, CA Forum                                       

31-MayLos Angeles, CA Forum                                       

12-JunMontreal, QC Bell Centre SOLD OUT

13-JunMontreal, QC Bell Centre SOLD OUT

16-JunMontreal, QC Bell Centre On sale Dec. 15

17-JunMontreal, QC Bell Centre On sale Dec. 15

24-JunChicago, IL United Center SOLD OUT

25-JunChicago, IL United Center SOLD OUT

28-JunChicago, IL United Center On sale Dec. 15

29-JunChicago, IL United Center On sale Dec. 15

6-JulToronto, ON Air Canada Centre SOLD OUT

7-JulToronto, ON Air Canada Centre SOLD OUT

10-JulBoston, MA TD Garden SOLD OUT

11-JulBoston, MA TD Garden SOLD OUT

14-JulBoston, MA TD Garden On sale Dec. 15

15-JulBoston, MA TD Garden On sale Dec. 15

18-JulNew York, NY Madison Square Garden SOLD OUT

19-JulNew York, NY Madison Square Garden SOLD OUT

22-JulNew York, NY Madison Square Garden SOLD OUT

23-JulNew York, NY Madison Square Garden SOLD OUT

26-JulNew York, NY Madison Square Garden On sale Dec. 15

27-JulNew York, NY Madison Square Garden On sale Dec. 15

EUROPE / UK 2015

Sept. 4 Turin, Italy Pala Alpitour SOLD OUT

Sept. 5 Turin, Italy Pala Alpitour SOLD OUT

Sept. 8 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Ziggo Dome SOLD OUT

Sept. 9 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Ziggo Dome SOLD OUT

Sept. 12 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Ziggo Dome On sale Dec. 15

Sept. 13 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Ziggo Dome On sale Dec. 15

Sept. 16 Stockholm, Sweden Globe SOLD OUT        

Sept. 17 Stockholm, Sweden Globe SOLD OUT

Sept. 20 Stockholm, Sweden Globe On sale Dec. 15

Sept. 21 Stockholm, Sweden Globe On sale Dec. 15

Sept. 24 Berlin, Germany O2 World SOLD OUT        

Sept. 25 Berlin, Germany O2 World SOLD OUT

Sept. 28 Berlin, Germany O2 World On sale Dec. 15

Sept. 29 Berlin, Germany O2 World On sale Dec. 15

Oct. 5 Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi On sale Dec. 9  

Oct. 6 Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi On sale Dec. 9

Oct. 13 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis SOLD OUT        

Oct. 14 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis SOLD OUT

Oct. 17 Koln, Germany Lanxess Arena SOLD OUT

Oct. 18 Koln, Germany Lanxess Arena SOLD OUT

Oct. 25 London, UK The O2 SOLD OUT

Oct. 26 London, UK The O2 SOLD OUT

Oct. 29 London, UK The O2 SOLD OUT

Oct. 30 London, UK The O2 SOLD OUT

Nov. 6 Glasgow, UK The SSE Hydro SOLD OUT

Nov. 7 Glasgow, UK The SSE Hydro SOLD OUT

Nov. 10 Paris, France Bercy SOLD OUT

Nov. 11 Paris, France Bercy SOLD OUT

Nov. 14 Paris, France Bercy On sale Dec. 15

Nov. 15 Paris, France Bercy On sale Dec. 15

Itinerary subject to change.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.u2.com & www.livenation.com

Press materials available at: www.u2.com/rmpphoto

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

Follow us @twitter.com/LiveNationInc

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at ups.com® and its corporate blog can be found at Longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

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SOURCE Live Nation Entertainment

 

U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Surprises Boston, New York, Chicago and More

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U2 surprises fans with additional dates for selected cities.  Shows are now confirmed in New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris - see the list below. (Tickets for the Barcelona shows are on sale today.)

NORTH AMERICA
June 16th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 17th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre

June 28th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 29th, Chicago, IL, United Center

July 14th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 15th, Boston, MA, TD Garden

July 26th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 27th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

EUROPE

Sept. 12th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 13th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome

Sept. 20th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 21th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe

Sept. 28th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sept. 29th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World

Nov. 14th, Paris, France, Bercy
Nov. 15th, Paris, France, Bercy

Directly from U2.com

As a subscriber to U2.com, if you did not use your unique ticketing presale code to buy tickets for shows already announced, you will be able to use this code to buy up to TWO tickets in presales for one of these new shows - or two single tickets at two separate shows. (See our FAQ's for further detail.)

These subscriber presales begin on Wednesday December 10th at 10am (local).

If you have already used your presale code, it is not valid for further use and cannot be used to purchase tickets in presales for these newly announced shows.

U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 GA SOLD OUT

The unofficial results suggest that all GA tickets are gone. That's it folks we have check around, tested the system and pushed over a couple of TM resources to find out that all GA has been sold out.   The TM process has changed a bit so that you have to use your credit card for the ticket purchase and that you have to use the same card to get your tickets. Now this should derail ticket brokers however that's not going to be the case in most large cities. We expect to see broker prices beyond the moon or a at least close to it. 19 cities leave everyone looking for tickets and most have not found one. Its going to be a interesting few months of ramping up for the tour and yet we don't have an update on Bono's health. Easy now all will be fine

U2 Tickets On Sale Today

Pre-sale ended with only 19 cities announced earlier in the week most GA seat have been taken even with the issues within the Ticketmaster system. No open tickets are available today.  This looks to be a sell out. Many U2 dedicated fans have been left at the alter with no ticket and no chance of getting a ticket unless more dates are announced. 

On a brighter note, while no dates for the Dublin concerts have been announced the band said on its website “special shows are being planned for Dublin for the end of next year to benefit the U2-initiated Music Generation project”. The European leg begins in Turin on September 4th and ends in Paris on November 11th.

U2's Pre Sales Nightmare

Fans have been posting on social media there displeasure with the pre-sales ticket process. This is nothing new almost for every single U2 tour fans have complained about the process and the way that Ticketmaster handles the entry to purchase. Fans expected this time to be different. Frankly why ? The process has been the same for some time. 

Bono / U2TOURFANS

Bono / U2TOURFANS

However this time is different U2 and another band ( which had some choice words about U2) have released their pre-sales on the same day that would automatically cause some pain within the system. 

Today is another day of pre-sales with mid day launch of the next group. Fans already have noticed that most of the shows have sold out GA and that resellers have an influx of tickets available on-line for purchase.

We checked and we found tons of parking passes for sale yet to find any tickets.

For now fans have to accept the process as it stands nothing will change midstream its impossible to change anything at this point.

U2 Crushed Ticketmaster

Due to the high demand Ticketmaster has been crushed ! This was the official comment from the U2 official site.

"Due to demand, Ticketmaster is currently experiencing a major slowdown on their system.

We apologize to all U2.com subscribers for the delay and inconvenience.

Everyone is working on a quick solution.

Tickets will still be available for U2.com subscribers and we will keep you posted."

U2, Foo Fighters and Ticketmaster !

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U2 and Foo Fighters on the same day for pre-sales and tickets has caused Ticketmaster to crash as a result to the the massive volumes of ticket requests.

Many of the forums have suggested that the whole ticket process seems to be a bit challenging. Suggestions ? Well we say you have keep trying or you might download the TM app because that runs on a different platform. Either way relax you going to get a ticket.

We must remind you of this:  Ticketmaster Credit Card Entry Tickets are NON TRANSFERABLE. THE ORIGINAL TICKET PURCHASER MUST ATTEND THE EVENT. At ENTRY you must provide the CREDIT CARD USED TO PURCHASE AND VALID PHOTO ID. Name on credit card must match photo ID. Entire party MUST enter the venue at the same time.

You have been warned.