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.  

Boston 3 Down, Gretchen 1 Up

U2/ U2TOURFANS / Nick Walker 2015

U2/ U2TOURFANS / Nick Walker 2015

Boston: Show #3 down and the band can see New York on the horizon. The bright city lights await the boys arrival.

The North American leg will come to a fast wrap up later in the month with New York as the final North American city for the bands U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015, 

Some very upset fans waited outside and inside a bar that passed around a secret event that even some blog sites picked up on. The band was not scheduled to perform on Monday night. We have a long standing policy not to engage in rumors or anything that we can not confirm.

Boston #3 had a few surprises with some movement around the setlist. The Crystal Ballroom made an appearance and Beautiful Day entered into a well deserved encore slot. The show closed with "I Shill Haven't Found, What I Am Looking For"  The highlight for the evening was "Gretchen" who Bono met earlier outside the venue. Bono asked her to join the band on stage and perform. "All I Want Is You"  Well played Gretchen, the crowd enjoyed the performance.

Venue Boston TD Garden July 14, 2015

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  3. Vertigo
  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 / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet)

(Intermission)

  1. Invisible
  2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  3. Mysterious Ways / Burning Down The House (snippet) / Young Americans (snippet)
  4. Elevation
  5. The Crystal Ballroom / Miss You (snippet)
  6. All I Want Is You
  7. Every Breaking Wave
  8. With Or Without You
  9. City Of Blinding Lights
  10. Bullet The Blue Sky
  11. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)

encore(s):

  1. Beautiful Day / Ultra Violet (Light My Way) (snippet) / I Remember You (snippet)
  2. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  3. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / People Have The Power (snippet)

*snippets provided by U2GIGS