U2 Opening Night In Turin

Kevin Mazur

Kevin Mazur

U2 commenced the European leg of their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in Turin on Friday night, with Bono attracting regard for the situation of evacuees attempting to reach Europe.

The band opened their show at the Pala Alpitour in the city with The Miracle of (Joey Ramone) and raged through a set which included more tracks from new collection Songs of Innocence and hymns from all through the quartet's profession.

Its unquestionably perhaps for U2 shows in Dublin before the end of the year. Albeit just before making that big appearance in Turin on Friday night the band and their administration were not able to affirm precise dates or a venue.

U2 were commencing the European leg of their visit to a pressed house in Turin's Pala Alpitour venue. They play 34 shows altogether on this leg of the visit, completing up in Paris on November fifteenth. Press reports have it that the band have piece booked rooms in Dublin's Gibson Hotel, which is contiguous the 3Arena, from November 25th to November 29th. The 3Arena is free on these evenings, as it is over the Christmas-New Year period.

Direct from a couple of weeks occasion in the south of France, the Euopean Innocence and Experience visit won't vary that definitely from that performed in north American venues.

The band are avid to play Dublin on this keep running of shows however there is an extreme logistical issue in that their stage setup just does not fit into the 3Arena.

A monstrous stage is partitioned into three segments, the conventional rectangular stage for the "Purity" some piece of the show and a littler "B" stage for the "Experience" part. A uniting walkway runs the length of the venue over which a 96ft multiplied sided feature screen hangs.

Venue: 3Arena

It is still misty if or when they play Dublin shows, how they will display the show given the constrained floor space of the 3Arena.

All that much an account driven show, enumerating their ascent from Northside wannabes to worldwide supergroup, it's a significantly more close and individual excursion that the past 360 visit.

In any case, in the event that they choose to do the Dublin demonstrates to it is likely that the visit will proceed into 2016 and potentially go outside in another arrangement.

Be that as it may, for the minute late November-December resembles a positive possibly for the Innocence and Experience leg in Dublin.

Set list

Venue Pala Alpitour September 4, 2016

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet) / Two Hearts Beat As One (snippet)
  3. Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (snippet)
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / Words (snippet)
  11. (Intermission)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways
  15. Elevation
  16. Ordinary Love
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. October
  19. Bullet The Blue Sky / Ode To Joy (snippet)
  20. Zooropa
  21. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  22. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  23. With Or Without You


  1. City Of Blinding Lights
  2. Beautiful Day / I Remember You (snippet)
  3. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / One / Invisible (snippet)

U2 Tour Fans Opens U2 Italiano

Nick Walker / U2TOURFANS 2015

Nick Walker / U2TOURFANS 2015

New York City:  As we said we have been working around the clock to start building a truly global U2 news community. We have already vetted many reporters and we have been looking at thousands of videos and images and we are almost ready to introduce a brand new area dedicated to you. We have always been a global community. Providing U2 news to fans around the world. Now we are going to expand our coverage to include in country, in language news, reviews and updates.

We are pleased to introduce U2TOURFANS Global. Our newest project will have in country support around the world. Yes we will be reporting in your language. This is a great opportunity for us to expand our scope our vision and our interest in connecting all of us via our common interests. Its a work in progress and we will be making some changes as we move along.

For now please welcome our first writer to the team Sarah Castree will be writing on our "U2 Italiano" page.  We will post in English too.  We invite you to read Sarah's first entry and please share your comments. 

U2 TOUR FANS Expands Global Reach with Help Wanted

New York City:  What should a community of fans do right after a record setting North American leg? How about expanding our international desk?

We are in the process of creating a whole new way for U2 fans to experience the tour.

We have had photographers and reporters out to every North American show with full support. Now we are ready to grow our international team. 

Currently we are in the process of reviewing a team of reporters with in country language and in country experience to be able to bring you the most current and updated music news.  

We are looking for a few key areas. Our video team, photography and our reporting team could use a little boost.  Do you have a good eye to capture some great video of the shows?  Are you experienced in event story telling? Do you want to share your images and videos with over 10 million people worldwide? Do have a passion for U2 music? If you are ready to be part of the experience we are interested in talking to you.  Complete the following information and we will be in contact if we have a match.   

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Mirror Ball Man On Stage At Madison Square Garden

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS /  Mark Baker

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS /  Mark Baker

New York: Mark Baker known to many as the Mirror Ball Man or as U2BROTHR has been to at least 35 concerts and we should get an update to include the few he has attended this year.

One show Bono said "Catch me" and as Bono jumped into Mark's arms you just knew Mark's would catch him. Mark is a big guy, standing about 5.10 and coming in at 240 pounds this was not going to be an issue for him. 

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS / Mark Baker

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS / Mark Baker

So who is Mark Baker ?  Well from what we know. Mark is a father, husband , school teacher and yes a musician that happens to have a cover band dedicated to U2 music. It was back during the Zoo TV tour that Mark created Mirror Ball Man and while he really was the only black man in the front row at most U2 shows this alter ego proved to be just the thing that Bono could spot easily in the audience.

Toronto filmmaker Michael Corbiere chronicled Baker’s quest to join the band on stage during U2’s 360° Tour in the 2013 online documentary U2 BROTHR. (The film’s name, incidentally, is based on Baker’s personalized licence plate, which he also wears around his neck at concerts.)

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS / Mark Baker

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS / Mark Baker

To say Mark Baker is a huge U2 fan is an understatement. Mark had an idea. His dream was to be pulled up on stage by U2 during a show. He needed an idea. A long time ago, Bono used to hit the stage under the moniker of the Mirror Ball Man.

The Mirror Ball Man was a character Bono played on the 1992 Zoo TV tour dates in Europe and North America. He was dressed in a silver suit and cowboy hat. So with the help of Betabrand’s Disco lab, Mark decided he would be the Mirror Ball Man 2.0.

Mark is a huge fan of U2, even building a ‘shrine’ to the band in his basement. After winning a car in a contest held at the radio station, Mark’s girlfriend bought him a personalized license plate that reads U2BROTHR. Easily one of the biggest U2 fans around, Mark received plenty of friendly teasing from others, but Mark’s passion for the band, and his dream of being pulled up on stage during a U2 concert, was the building block for Michael Corbiere’s documentary, U2 Brothr.

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS/ Mark Baker

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS/ Mark Baker

 During one of the tour stops something amazing was about to happen to Mark and his fellow musicians  Acrobat, a U2 tribute band that’s been performing for two years was about to be pulled up on stage to perform with Bono and the boys.

They knocked it right out of the venue with Desire to the point the band got off the stage to watch Mark and his band perform.  A special evening that included Mark's parents in the audience.

Now Mark arrived to the final show in New York and had no idea that he would be again have his chance to be on stage. Bono reach out for him and Mark jumped up and joined the band on stage. Our photographer Mark Peterson captured the whole experience.  The end of the North America tour and Mark can say to all Dreams do come true.