Denver Gets Second Show

Denver a second show on June 7, "due to overwhelming demand." And no, there won't be a third show. The second date is the "final show," says an announcement from Michele 'Mel' Gibson, spokeswoman for promoter Live Nation. 

The pair of June shows at Pepsi Center will be the first Denver indoor gigs for the band since a pair of April 2005 shows at the Pepsi Center. 

The band's "Innocence + Experience Tour 2015" will feature tunes from its latest album, "Songs of Innocence." 

The North American portion of the U2 tour opens May 14 in Vancouver, Canada.

 


Salesforce Partners U2's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015

Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the Customer Success Platform and world's #1 CRM company, today announced that the U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 will be powered by Salesforce as part of a global sponsorship agreement. www.salesforce.com.

"Salesforce is thrilled to be coming together with Live Nation to power U2's next world tour," said Lynn Vojvodich, EVP and CMO, Salesforce. "Our shared commitment to innovation and philanthropy makes this a unique partnership."
The U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.

Bono Fit and Ready to Report May 14

It’ll be a battle to be match fit for May 14th. My southpaw is a bit tricky, but my right hook is ready to rumble for sure. We’ve got something beyond incredible planned. And I’m ready to fight for it.
— Bono

Gasps, heard around the world last November when U2 fans heard of Bono’s bicycle accident in New York’s Central Park.

Fans began to wonder if this could be the final performance for Bono with injuries that included a facial fracture, pins in the arm and a long road to recovery.

However has Bono continues to work on his health one thing is clear. The relevancy of U2 shall never be in question again.

U2 dominance in the digital download space and recurring listener space has proven that U2 can create new audience by simple smart marketing.

The Kantar report , which sampled 978 iOS users drawn from a larger panel of more than 2,500, 23 percent of them listened to U2 in January. In comparison, 11 percent listened to at least one song by Taylor Swift.

"Haven't got a clue!" Bono admits when asked about Kantar and its methodology. "I guess it's possible they could have randomly selected thousands of individuals with impeccable taste," he cracks, "who are not unduly influenced by the feeding frenzy that the blogosphere seems to become if there's a spot of blood in the water." The Edge had some comments in a RS interview that highlighted. That lots of music fans simply just download music or sign up for services with reading the fine print.

"Lots of people, including me, don't read the instructions. When you select automatic download on iOS, you're signing up to be pushed free content. It's not exactly small print, it's just a box you tick or don't. I understand how and why people got annoyed. But really, with all that's going on in the world. . .come on. Apple and U2 were genuine about this whole thing. Apple were being generous and we were trying to do something different to get through the noise. There's always a few teething problems when you're in new territory. . .One of which was that people thought we were giving the album away, that we'd suddenly become all about free music, when the opposite is true. We fervently believe all artists should be paid for their work. But we, like every musician, have to look at other models of getting paid. We were in the position where we can take a chance like this and weather the storm.  There's some phrase about breaking eggs and omelets that's probably appropriate here. "

When asked what have you learned about the digital era, The Edge replied we're in the dawn of it. The thing it's easy to forget when you live in modern times is that they're modern for about another 30 seconds. . .more so than ever. In a few years we'll look back on this time like we look back on VCRs and rotary phones. When the radio arrived, everyone thought that was the end of sheet music. I think music has become devalued and disposable in the commercial world – but not to music lovers or the people who make it, and not all big tech either. Apple – and U2 – fight hard for artists to be paid.

In the future, technology has to be a better servant of music, and not its slave master. We can take advantage of the benefits of technology, and we do, but it's also beholden on those of us who have been so well rewarded by music to figure out a way to preserve the ability for artists to create and thrive. Fans have always shared U2 music either by cassettes or cd’s the next phase was not as challenging as one would think. Digital music is here to stay how people pay for it remains to be up for possible interpretation. U2 has always had bright young marketing people around them to think out of the box when it comes to promoting U2 music. The survey proves that nothing can be left to chance. Creative minds should be looking at new ways to reach their audience.

Bono said it sounds boring, but our drug of choice at the moment is songwriting, and trying to take U2's to the next level. What is clear is that U2 is not going into that discount record bin anytime soon and that the future is as bright as they want it to be.

 

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.  

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.

 

The Hell Called U2 Membership

By: Thuur Hutjens

U2 is going on the road again. Having the collective hate towards the iTunes-distribution-tactics of the band's latest album still fresh in our minds, the Irish rock band is preparing for an autumn 2015 tour.

The presales of the tickets are already well under way, but as an exclusive member of U2's website, you are allowed to pre-pre-order your tickets. The cost for this membership is fifty bucks. But oh well, at least you can rest assured you'll walk away with your favorite concert tickets, right?

The veterans in rock officially announced their tour dates a day before the presales for members kicked off. This means that if you've been off the grid for one day, you'd already have missed the train at the station. Bearing time-pressure in mind, I as well was tempted to subscribe to an online membership, which sent me off to customer queue number two. I, and a legion of fans, who are as loyal as dogs and books, are now granted a unique code to gain priority access to the tickets we desire most.

In contrary to other concert tours of the Irish band, this time you are only allowed to order two tickets through the extravagantly priced membership you just paid for. On top of that: the membership is only valid for a year. So the real diehards pay fifty euros, year after year, to gain the best access to tour tickets, but without any kind of warranty... On the first day of the 'especially for U2.com-members' presale, Ticketmaster was on the fritz. The band offered its apologies towards its members of U2.com, and asked them to remain patient. But with a fifty-buck deficit on my bank account, patience was growing thin. People on online boards are also starting to complain about the way things are working out.

If you pay money, you expect service. Just like Jorstin did when he wrote on the official U2-forum: I came up against a brick wall that I don’t know can be resolved unfortunately…The show I wanted to go to and had tickets reserved more than four times on a nonfunctioning site sold out where I was shooting for after Ticketmaster screwed up my order time and time again.

On Friday morning, the second day of the presale for members, tickets to the first night in Cologne and Amsterdam were 'no longer available' for members. Are they already sold out, or is Ticketmaster having problems again? It's all quite fuzzy and vague.

Despite paying fifty euros, there seems to be no specific customer service that might help solving any specific questions or complaints. The telephone customer service, a phone number of organizer Live Nation, is overloaded, and offers only an explanation about the membership. There's no short-time reply to e-mails. Canceling the membership is not an option anymore at this time. Even the European phone number of ticket agency Eventim can no long process the amount of callers and forces them to call back another time. Responses to e-mails are overdue and contain nothing more but a template text: If your concerns are still outstanding, please reply to this e-mail letting us know your issue has not been resolved and needs further attention.

If this scant amount of consideration would be enough to solve any kind of impediments, our world problems would be past tense with a minimal amount of concern towards them. But it turns out that that's not enough. What's even worse is that the e-mail templates feign to have offered enough concern and/or a solution to any possible questions and complaints while nothing could be further from the truth. In times of huge disappointment and intense crisis, mental coach Benno van Leeuwen can answer specific questions with clear answers: "We are no longer customer friendly. Apparently it's not about well-being in general, to which a gig might contribute, but about the well-being of a few: those who want to make a buck out of everything. If that's the level the bar has been lowered to, just hit me with a few shots. Because that's how U2 fans are feeling right now: I have been shot in the back, U2?!"

"We trust to have informed you sufficiently" and "Your phone call is very important to us" have turned in to lifeless echoes. This comes with the latest trend of the customer service branch to confront customers by repeating the question, just to make sure that the question is understood correctly. This prevents miscommunication and leads to direct problem solving. As a caller, this makes me feel highly valued, but after hanging up the phone I realize that the problem is still existent. Customer service employees don't seem to be able to give answers to actual questions, even though they actually want to solve my problems. They are, just like me, with their backs against the ropes and tied up to bureaucratization and protocols. 

This is also what's going on with U2. For the presale among members there has only been made a limited number of tickets available. The number of members that subscribed to a membership has not been taken in to account. Digital communication is the only type of communication in existence. "Good stuff", you're almost starting to think, because upon calling U2 Live Nation you get referred to Ticketmaster and Eventim, while they in their turn refer to U2 Live Nation. You're being sent from pillar to post. Both the sales and the membership smack of a chic scam. On the U2 boards complaints are shown about members that re-use their personal code, against the rules, to buy more than two tickets. This leads to other members missing out on their tickets. Moderators are threatening to cancel the tickets of the fans who have made abuse of their code. It's nothing but a method for which every legal basis is currently missing, looking at the lousy technical conditions. Misusers are advised to inform the relevant organization to ensure the tickets won’t be canceled.  

After an hour of complete chaos and hard labor I finally have the ticket I wanted to have, but during payment I receive an error message. "It's best you cancel your reservation and start a new order", says a Belgian employee on the phone. I'm reluctant. The tickets I want are sold out on the day I want to go in Amsterdam, Cologne and also in Antwerp. Ridiculous, according to the Belgian operator: the tickets I want are still available in plenty. But I don't want to take the risk. There's a possibility that my code does not work, or so I read on the U2 boards. There's no other solution. I still have got six hours left to complete my payment using a link that doesn't work. It's either that, or I start all over again. After a few hours of not willing to give up on the link, I reluctantly give in and start all over again. Luckily, this time everything works out and the payment is done within mere minutes. But because of the stress of the past few hours my life has been shortened by at least a few days. That much I'm certain of.

A few days later U2 blandly announces extra concerts, including two more shows in New York, Boston, Paris and Amsterdam: If you haven't used your unique code in the earlier presales, you'll be able to use it for the extra two concerts. If you have used your code already, it won't be valid for the extra concerts.

This selling method is a logical result of the earlier chaos, but is a pain in the ass for true U2 fans. Fans were not informed properly and were forced to buy a ticket they might not want in hindsight. The cheapest tickets are sold at 65 euro. The most expensive tickets are set at 280 euros and for lots of fans was the only option in the presale of the first confirmed concerts. The flow of information and communication is fallible and vague. A German employee gave me the best answer to my questions up to date: "I can't help you", she admitted in all honesty.

U2 was already bound to receive harsh criticism from discerning music lovers that no longer sympathize with the band. The feeling towards the band nowadays is that the band is only lining their own pockets, has become too mainstream, is only thinking about signing million-dollar-deals and doesn't care about the world in their direct environment anymore. U2 earlier diverted to the Netherlands for its tax benefits and signed deals with Live Nation and iTunes for 120 and 100 million euros.

This, combined with the terrible information service towards the band's most loyal fans, raises incomprehension and disappointment among the group of music lovers you should be antagonizing least.

Note for the fans: I am no hater, listened to U2s music for years and probably will do so in the future. I even listened to them non-stop while writing this article. It’s just that the selling methods do not match with the experience we have as fans when listening to U2s music or attending their concerts.

 

Written by: Thuur Hutjens

Translated by: Jan Dijsselbloem

 

Editors Note:  Over the past few days we have been featuring some new writers for the U2TOURFANS team each writer could write their own story from their personal view, experience or thoughts. We found this story to be very interesting to share with you. However, please note that the views expressed within this story are those of Thuur Hutjen and not necessarily the views of U2TOURFANS or any member of the writing team.

Still Hadn't Found What I Was Looking For

By: Karen Pittman

It was 1980 something and I had the flu and was home from school. I remember sitting on the couch and listening to the drama unfold on daytime soap operas that my mother watched religiously back then.

But, she decided it was time to get up and begin her motherly duties of cleaning and providing food for her family. As she went to the kitchen to begin cooking the evening meal (chicken and dumplings, as requested by me since I was feeling some relief from my flu symptoms) she said that I could, "watch what I wanted on the television." So like any kid from this time, it went straight to MTV (you know, when they played music and music related television shows. No 16 and pregnant would be seen this day).

Once on the channel I was greeted with Kurt Loder doing MTV news. I dont exactly remember what was happening that day in music news, but it was just a stopping point before they got back to playing the music videos that made MTV the thing to watch back then. Once the music began you would think from this story it would have been a U2 video, but no it was Whitney Houstons video for "So Emotional." I loved Whitney back then along with Michael Jackson, New Kids on the Block (who I still love) and Journey (Steve Perry's Journey).


It wasnt until after Whitney got finished that I got my first taste of Bono and the boys, the voice and the melodic sounds of their most famous hit (in my eyes) "With ot Without You." I was blown away by the music, the look of the members and meaningful song that I was hearing. After that I had to wait (a while in most cases) in order to see or hear another song from this band.

Keep in mind back then (before the Earth's crust cooled), there was no Youtube, no iTunes and no internet to research information about the bands and music you heard. You just had television and radio and of course you could go down to the local store and buy the cassette (yep, thats right ladies and gentlemen.......cassette). Kids these days (including my 3 year old) will never know how much time was wasted by sitting and waiting in front of their radio in order to tape their favorite song on cassette. Now there is the internet and phones that give you instant access to any song, or video at anytime day or night.

Now, back to U2. What a rush I felt listening to this band I had never heard of prior to this day. I had to know more. I had to hear more. So, after begging and pleading with my mother the next time we visited the store...it happened. She bought me the Joshua Tree. Of course, I was prepared to listen to it as soon as we got back in the car, but the batteries in my walkman (yep..thats right a walkman, made by Sony) decided to die. What luck. So I had to wait until we arrived home before I got to listen to my brand new cassette. Of course, back then, my older brother and I shared an extra room in the basement where we could listen to music.
Complete with a "We Are the World" (original 1985 version, not the Haiti version) poster on the wall.

Once in my little section of the basement I switched the batteries and began the journey of The Joshua Tree and all its splender. I was mesmorized. I couldnt stop listening, and I didnt want to. From Streets, to In Gods Country I was hooked. I still had to know more so I went back time and time again to MTV to get a glimpse of them. Finally seeing the video for "Where the Streets have no Name" and "I Still havent found What I'm looking for." Then, I ended up seeing older videos like "New Years Day" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday." Thus began my mission to buy those albums on cassette as well. Since I was my moms favorite (and have remained her favorite even today) she would always buy them when she had the chance. Before I knew it, I had Boy, War, October and The Joshua Tree.


Then it was time for U2 to go away and, "Dream it all up again." After which time most of the cassette formats were switching the Cd's. Which meant I had to not only rebuy all my favorite albums on Cd, but I also had to buy a Cd player (thanks Santa ;-D).

My journey with U2 continues when Achtung Baby is released.........

U2 Pre-Sale Codes Arrive

Millions of U2 fans awoke this morning around the world to find pre-sale codes within their email or on their official U2.com site information page. Remember you might have a code for today or one for tomorrow. Either way you have the golden ticket.  Now fans we saw this little post and we wanted you to be aware of it.

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.

In case you have not had a chance to read all the FAQ's please take the time to review so that you completely understand all of the terms and conditions. This is a must ! Take the time and do it right so you will not be sorry later. -

PRE-SALE & CODE INFO

Q - Do I have to be a U2.com Subscriber to participate in the U2.com Tour Ticket presale?
A - Yes, this pre-sale is only for Subscribers of U2.com who have purchased a Subscription. Subscribe here. If you have an existing account, but it has expired, Upgrade here. Or, if you are a paid up subscriber but wish to renew your subscription now, renew here.

Q - When is the latest I can join U2.com to be involved in the Internet ticket pre-sale?
A - Anyone who is a current Subscriber to U2.com can participate when ticket pre-sales take place but those who have been Subscribers longest get the earliest opportunity to enter the pre-sale. 'Experience Subscribers' have access starting on the morning of Day 1 of the pre-sale, 'Innocence Subscribers' have access from the morning of Day 2 of the pre-sale. The pre-sale for each concert closes at Noon / Midday on Day 3. The public ticket sale will start after Day 3 of the pre-sale. The exact times for access are made available on the tour page of U2.com.

Q - How do I know what pre-sale priority group I am?
A - There are two groups of subscribers taking part in the pre-sale and the email you receive with your pre-sale code indicates which group you are in.

Our 'EXPERIENCE' group of longtime subscribers (those who were current, paid-up subscribers on 09/09/2014) have access from the first day of the pre-sale. Your unique pre-sale access code will have a prefix of U215A...

Our 'INNOCENCE' group, who joined as new subscribers or upgraded an expired account after the release of the latest album in September 9, 2014, enter early on the second day. Your unique pre-sale access code will have a prefix of U215B...

Only after this does a public onsale begin. (You may also find which priority group you are in displayed on the Account Info page when logged in.) Please Note: We do not change your subscription category. No exceptions will be made.

Q - What is an Internet pre-sale?
A - An Internet pre-sale is an advance window to access tickets prior to the general public sale of the tickets.

Q - How do I gain access to the U2.com Tour Ticket pre-sale?
A - To gain access to the U2.com Tour Ticket presale you will need your unique and personal Pre-sale Access code that has been allocated to you as an eligible current Subscriber of U2.com. You will be notified of how and when to access the pre-sale ticketing pages via the U2.com Tour page and by email. The pre-sale ticketing links FOR EACH CONCERT will also be available via the Tour page of U2.com once the pre-sale for that concert has started.

Q - Where is my unique Pre-sale Access Code?
A -Your unique Pre-sale Access Code can be found on the Tour page of U2.com when you are logged in as a subscriber. In advance of the pre-sales, current paid-up eligible Subscribers to U2.com will be emailed (at the address they registered on the site with) details on how the pre-sale works, including a unique pre-sale access code they will need to use to take part.

Q - Does the pre-sale start on the same day for all shows?
A - No. Following the tour announcement you will be able to see all the shows that have been announced and the pre-sale start dates for each Subscriber groups - iNNOCENCE or eXPERIENCE - on the tour pages of U2.com.

Q - Do I have to buy my U2 pre-sale tickets in a specific timeframe?
A - U2.com is able to offer Subscribers the chance to access pre-sale tickets in all price-ranges but as capacity in each category may be limited all pre-sale tickets are sold on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. The start and end times for each pre-sale will be displayed on the U2.com Tour page.

Q - How Many Tickets Can I buy?
A - As a paid-up U2.com Subscriber you are eligible to purchase up to TWO tickets across the tour. You can split this up across two shows or just use for a single show.

Q - On Previous Tours, Subscribers have been able to buy up to four tickets ?
A - When the band play outdoors in stadiums, subscriber presale access has been up to four tickets. When the band tour indoors, in arenas, ticket capacity is reduced and subscribers qualify for up to two tickets. In 2015 the band are playing indoor arenas.

Q - If I miss the pre-sale for the show of my choice am I able to use my unique U2.com ticket access code for that show?
A - No. After the pre-sale has ended for a show, any remaining tickets allocated for the pre-sale for that show, will go on sale to the general public. The links to the ticket vendors that are selling tickets for the public ticket sale will be available on the tour page of U2.com. If there are subsequent pres-ales then your unused code will still be eligible to take part in presales for alternative U2 2015 concerts.

Q - How much do the U2.com pre-sale tickets cost?
A - Any tickets purchased during the pre-sale will cost the same as the tickets available during the public sale and any charges made by the local ticket vendors will also be the same. The U2.com pre-sale privilege gives you advanced access to tickets, it does not provide you a discount on ticket prices or charges.

Q - Does a Subscription to U2.com guarentee I can purchase tickets?
A - No. U2.com pre-sales provide early access but cannot guarentee tickets. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Q - If I don't use my pre-sale ticketing access code in presales for shows announced on December 3rd, will the code still be valid for use if/when other dates are announced - such as the Dublin shows, details of which are still to be revealed ?
A - Yes. Your un-used pre-sale ticketing access code will be valid to use if further shows are announced.

TICKET PURCHASING

Q - How much do the U2.com presale tickets cost?
A - Any tickets purchased during the presale will cost the same as the tickets available during the public sale and any charges made by the local ticket vendors will also be the same. The U2.com presale privilege gives you advanced access to tickets, it does not provide you a discount on ticket prices or charges.

Q - How do I enter my personal presale code to take part in the presale?
A - When the presale for your chosen show opens, you will need to visit the presale ticketing page for the ticket vendor selling presale tickets for that show. On the presale ticketing page of the ticket vendor, there will be a box for you to enter your code. The links for the ticketing vendor presale ticketing pages will be notified to you via the registered email address that you provided to U2.com. The links will also be available on the tour pages of U2.com

Q - Once I have ordered will I receive an order confirmation?
A - Most ticket companies provide an online order reference number as confirmation of your purchase.

Q - If I have any questions concerning my purchase can I contact someone?
A - You must always contact the customer services of the ticket vendor from whom you made your purchase.

Q - If I have any questions concerning my purchase can I contact someone?
A - You must always contact the customer services of the ticket vendor from whom you made your purchase.

Q - Can I get replacement tickets if I lose my tickets?
A - Policy concerning lost tickets can vary from venue to venue so contact the customer service department of the ticket company you purchased from to discuss your options.

Q - Once I have purchased, when will I receive my tickets?
A - Tickets are sent out well in advance of the show. If you haven't received your tickets 7 days prior to your show please call the customer service department of the ticket vendor from whom you purchased your tickets.

Q - If I don't use my presale ticketing access code in presales for shows announced on December 3rd, will the code still be valid for use if/when other 2015 dates are announced - such as the Dublin shows, details of which are still to be revealed ?
A - Yes. Your un-used presale ticketing access code will be valid to use in further shows announced for 2015.

GENERAL U2.COM MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS

Q - What are the benefits I receive when I become a U2.com subscriber?
A - Yes, this pre-sale is only for Subscribers of U2.Com who have purchased a Subscription.

Q - How much does it cost to subscribe to U2.com?
A - The Subscription price is $50 per year but existing subscribers pay only $40.00 when they renew their current subscription.

Q - I don't have a credit card, can I purchase a U2.com subscription membership with a check or money order?
A - At this time, we only accept credit cards for payment.

Q - Where do I renew my subscription on the web site?
A - To resubscribe, simply go to: renew.U2.com, login, and follow the renewal instructions.

Q - If my subscription has not yet expired, and I renew my subscription now, what is the expiration date of my new subscription?
A - You can renew your subscription at any time and it will continue for one year after the end of your current subscription term. Please note, your discounted resubscription fee of $40 is valid until the end of your existing subscription term. If you let your subscription term expire you will keep your U2.com profile, but the paid benefits will not apply. To reactivate you will need to purchase a new subscription at $50.

Q - If I renew my U2.com subscription, will I receive a ticket access code for pre-sale tickets?
A -In a touring period, paid-up subscribers receive an opportunity to enter a special ticket presale.

Q - After I renew my subscription, can I still use the 25% discount coupon from my previous subscription?
A - Yes. If you have not used your discount coupon it will still be valid up to a year from the date when you first became a subscriber. Please note that you will not be able to use multiple discount coupons on a single order - they are only good for one transaction at a time.

Q - How do I order a U2.com subscription for a friend or relative so that they can also receive the Double Vinyl Live Set or the book 'North Side Stories' or a bundle including both of these gifts ?
A - Go here, add the gift membership to your Cart, and complete the checkout process.

After you have completed your order, we will send you an electronic gift certificate via e-mail. When you email this certificate to your friend or family member, they can use it to take out their annual subscription to U2.com. Your gift recipient will receive a one-year subscription - from you - and we'll send them a copy of the Double Vinyl Live Set (on release in Spring 2015) or the book 'North Side Stories' (immediately). They will also get access-all-areas to the U2.com Subscribers Site.

Q - Can I use my 25% coupon toward my membership fee or a friend's fan club membership?
A - No. Your membership discount offers are only good toward merchandise purchases made in the official U2.com store and are non-transferable.

NO U2 at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

The Edge first confirmed that due to Bono’s recent bicycling injuries, U2 will no longer be able to perform at the 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. “He managed to come out of it with what you can only describe as injuries from a car crash, literally multiple fractures of bones in his elbow and his back.

But he’s doing OK. We’re kind of lucky he was wearing a helmet, so he didn’t actually break Central Park. He’s made of tough stuff and he’s bouncing back.”

Check out the interview that was held earlier this morning.

U2 O2 Tour Dates

The following dates have been posted by the O2 Arena ticketing page. No tickets are available at this time to purchase only the dates are posted. More news to follow.

O2 Arena London

Sunday 25th October 2015

Monday 26th October 2015

Thursday 29th October 2015

Friday 30th October 2015

SSE Hydro Glasgow

Friday 6th November 2015

Saturday 7th November 2015

Tickets on sale  December 8th

On general sale  9:00am

Springsteen, Martin and U2 Minus Bono

The schedule called for U2 to perform at World AIDS Day (RED) performance Monday night in Times Square. However, Bono has been recovering from his earlier “High Impact Cycle” accident that has taken him out of the mix for right now.  U2 announced that the show will still go on with some help from some friends, Bruce and Chris stepped in to help the boys out. U2 posted on their Facebook page "Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. will be joined by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, each of whom will take a turn as frontman on the U2 songs. Appearing at the personal invitation of U2, Springsteen and Martin has graciously donated their time and talents to save the World AIDS Day event from cancellation." The show has been dubbed “U2 Minus 1”

"This year is a World AIDS Day like no other," Bono said in a statement. "The world reached a tipping point in the fight against AIDS - more people were newly added to life-saving treatment than were newly infected with the virus. Many people are calling it the beginning of the end of AIDS. 

"We wouldn’t be at this point without American leadership, people from the left and the right," added the singer. "Today, 13 million people have access to life-saving treatment, up from 300,000 just over ten years ago.  Americans do not know the role they have played in this fight.  This event is to inform and thank Americans for their support.  

U2 Acoustic Christmas Performance

December 14th  U2 will perform an acoustic set as well as other musicians scheduled to appear. 

Alt-J, Imagine Dragons, Interpol, Modest Mouse, Smashing Pumpkins, Tears for Fears, U2, Vance Joy and Weezer, in KROQ 25th anniversary event “Almost Acoustic Christmas” which is KROQ’s annual charity event. 

We almost missed the U2 announcement because it seems buried within the press release. Ticket will go on sale shortly as for now that’s all we have.  

U2 LIve at the MTV EMA Awards

U2 to perform at MTV EMA awards in Glasgow on Sunday.

This will be U2's fourth MTV EMA performance after Rotterdam in 1997, Stockholm in 2000 and from Berlin's Brandenburg Gate in 2009.

The Glasgow awards show is being hosted by rapper Nicki Minaj, who will also perform. Other acts include DJ Calvin Harris, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran.

It is estimated that the show will generate up to £10m for the city's economy.

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Glasgow City Council leader, Gordon Matheson, said: "Today's exciting announcement that U2 - one of the biggest names in music - is to join the incredible list of acts already confirmed to perform at the MTV EMA this weekend will come as welcome news to music fans across the city.

"In a little over 48 hours' time, this year's EMA will showcase Glasgow to more than half a billion households through MTV's global network of channels, reinforcing our enviable reputation as a world-class music destination."