U2’s 12th studio album “No Line on the Horizon” was pretty weak on CD, MP3 sales however crowds will continue to fill the stadiums as U2 gets set to kick off the next round of tour stops, starting with Utah on June 3rd. Once again around North America as it sets to blast off to Europe 3 Million plus came to see U2 worldwide and they sold out 44 venues. Remember FT Paul was quoted as 09.10 tours should gross $ 750 million breaking the old U2 record of $ 398 million set by the Vertigo tour 05//06.
The set design has not changed; U2 will have some competition this time around with Green Day setting out on tour later this summer. The tour season starts next month as most bands still try to find sponsors and creative ways to head out on a big tour. U2’s sponsor has not changed that we know of. The U2 marketing machine can be expected to kick off in a couple of weeks
The space station touches the sky at 165 feet high at the midpoint of the stage. Crews have been resting for a couple of months kicking back as if that was true. Most crew members not dedicated to U2 have been out on other tours awaiting the start date.
Set List expectations running high with suggestions coming in that the set list may change a little by adding and dropping. If anything has been learned about the last time out, fans did attend more than one show. So the joiners need to be fresh ( Bono, memo change up some of the jokes) Some songs were staples to the set list like “Breathe,” a stand-out track from “No Line on the Horizon” which became the band’s entrance music. After 32 years together, the band still respects their stadium-rocking roots and old favorites like “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Where the Streets Have No Name” often had places in the set list as well.
Songs of Ascent Possible ?
Many U2 fans have been praying that U2’s follow up release would be ready for the next round of shows. However its been reported already by RS assocaite editor Brian Hiatt ( via twitter) that release this year 2010 was unlikely, however suggestions have been made that it could be released, remember this follow-up album as “Songs of Ascent” and its original release was supposed to be in 2009. U2 has said that the songs are part of surplus material that came out of the recording of their last album. With U2 tour dates scheduled through October 2010, perhaps fans will hear one or two new songs live before the spaceship’s final landing. Well we wll have to wait and see.
Next up Bono’s big day