Fans Pick 22 Songs

U2 360 Tour / Mark Peterson

Fans your votes are in for the 22 live track double CD album to be released to celebrate the 360 tour.  Fans had 46 songs to choose from and of course the main stays like “Where The Streest Have No Name, One and some lesser known Ultravoulet and The Unforgettable Fire have been chosen. Take a look at the list. What do you think ? Did they get it right ? Or is something missing ?

U22 tracklist:

1. Bad
2. Where The Streets Have No  Name
3. Magnificent
4. One
5. Ultraviolet
6. Even Better than The Real Thing
7. With or Without You
8. Beautiful Day
9. City of Blinding Lights
10. The Unforgettable Fire
11. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
12. All I Want is You/Love Rescue Me
13. Moment of Surrender
14. Until The End of the World
15. The Fly
16. One Tree Hill
17. Stay (Faraway, So Close)
18. Walk On
19. Zooropa
20. Elevation
21. Out of Control
22. Mysterious Ways

U2 wins Pollstar Award/Week Wrap up

The 21st annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards honored its own Wednesday night at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles. The awards are held annually and honors the promoters, artist managers, booking agents and technical companies.
The winners are chosen by the people that make the concert scene happen. The show honored music artists and companies that helped the concert business in the 2009 year. It’s an insider’s look at which bands mattered in 2009.

Comedian Katleen Madigan hosted the show. A few of the celebrity presenters included Jay Osmond, Lamont Dozier, Don Felder, Al Jarreau, Alan Parsons, Rob Halford of Judas Priest and actor John O’Hurley.

Final date for “360” North American leg

If you live in Salt Lake City and missed out on seeing U2’s “360” tour last year, now is your chance!

U2 will play at the Rice Eccles Stadium on June 3rd. Tickets go on sale Monday, but presale access for subscribers begins tomorrow.

This will be the final date announcement for the North American leg of the tour, but it will be the day that U2 actually starts “360” up again this summer!

There was also some whispers that U2 would be playing another show in Dublin this summer at the O2, but those proved to be just whispers.

Vatican’s rock top-10: Beatles, U2, Pink Floyd

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican newspaper has come up with a “semi-serious” list of 10 essential rock and pop albums, including works by the Beatles, U2, Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd.

The list was offered in a tongue-in-cheek article Feb. 14 as an alternative to the music of Italy’s biggest pop music festival, which was to begin two days later. The “10 albums worth taking to a desert island” were listed in the chronological order of their release:

  • “Revolver” by the Beatles, described as more innovative than any of their successive albums.
  • “If I Could Only Remember My Name” by David Crosby. Its songs used experimental musical forms to express an “existential fragility,” the article said.
  • “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd, which the newspaper called an “amazing” and eminently enjoyable milestone in the history of rock music.
  • “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac, which the article said mixed the sounds of blues, pop and country.
  • “The Nightfly” by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan. A niche album, but “brilliant and ironical,” according to the Vatican newspaper.
  • “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. The article described this album as “the masterpiece of the king of pop” and said its original approach went against the stereotypes of black music.
  • “Graceland” by Paul Simon, who used South African music with his own to create a multiethnic album that marked the birth of “world music,” the newspaper said.
  • “Achtung Baby” by U2, a disk that stands out for its music and lyrics, and remains a symbol of the ’90s, it said.
  • “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” by Oasis. The group picks up the great tradition of the Beatles, but with a harder edge of punk and rock, it said.
  • “Supernatural” by Carlos Santana, seen as an avant-garde mix of blues, soul, salsa and rock.

The article ended by explaining why it left Bob Dylan off its list. While acknowledging his “great poetic vein,” it said Dylan’s greatest fault was to have inspired a generation of amateur singer-songwriters who have “severely tested the ears and patience of listeners, thinking that someone might be interested in their tortured meanderings.”

Google Drills into Geothermal; Bono and U2, too

The United States — especially California — gets a substantial amount of non-hydro renewable energy from geothermal.  We’ve reported on new geothermal technologies in this EPRI article and recently summarized last year’s geothermal action

In fact, while solar and wind get all the headlines, geothermal quietly produced 4.5 percent of California’s total system power in 2007, with more than 40 operating geothermal plants in the state. Most U.S. geothermal installed capacity remains concentrated in California; in 2005, California’s geothermal power capacity was more than that of every country in the world, according to the GEA.

Charles Baron, Google’s geothermal program lead, spoke in San Francisco at this week’s GeoPower Americas 2010 gathering.  Baron is a geothermal enthusiast, as is Google.

As testament to its earnestness about geothermal, Google has invested in geothermal start-ups Altarock Energy and Potter Drilling.  Google has also invested in a number of other renewable energy firms, including solar firms BrightSource Energy and eSolar and high-altitude wind innovator Makani Power

Google has issued geothermal grants, as well.

Google issued a grant to Southern Methodist University’s geothermal lab for geothermal resource mapping, in what seems an obvious synergy with Google Earth.  Much of today’s geothermal data mapping is based on data collected in the 1970s.  Since then, millions of geothermal data points have been collected from oil, gas and geothermal exploration but have not been aggregated and analyzed.  The grant supports SMU in aggregating data for the most under-sampled regions of the U.S. and in developing new methodologies for estimating geothermal resources, according to Google’s Baron. 

Stanford University also received a geothermal-focused grant from Google to investigate single-well systems. 

On the global side, the technical community faces a formidable challenge when it comes to developing ways “to speak apples to apples about geothermal” measurements across different regions.  It will be important to come up with a common language to communicate about global geothermal resources, according to Baron.

Baron also posed the question, is geothermal interesting to VCs?

The answer is somewhat nuanced.  If geothermal is going to be a good fit for the venture capital asset class, investments will have to be in technology that is, “extremely disruptive,” requiring significant “technology whitespace.”

U2, Lady Gaga and Westlife tipped for Meteor success

Irish rockers U2, ‘Poker Face’ star Lady Gaga and chart-toppers Westlife are being hotly tipped to clean up at this year’s Meteor Music Awards.

Voting lines have now closed and Paddy Power are now finished betting on the event but the closing odds suggest the three acts will walk away with major gongs on the night.

U2 finished up 1/4 favourites with Paddy Power to win Best Irish Live Performance, while Lady Gaga, who cleaned up at the Brits, finished at closing odds of 1/2 to win Best International Female.

As for Westlife, the lads are heading for their tenth consecutive Meteor Award for Best Irish Pop Act at odds of 1/10!

In other categories, Today FM’s Ray Foley has been backed off the boards to win Best National DJ at 1/6 while Florence & The Machine could pip Lady Gaga to the post in the Best International Album category following a late gamble at odds of 9/4.

In the Best Irish Male category Paddy Power prematurely suspended betting after seeing one-way traffic for folk legend Christy Moore at 8/13.

Sharon McHugh, spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “Most of the money has been for U2, Lady Gaga and Westlife but the Meteors have thrown up a few surprises over the years so as the saying goes it’s not over ‘til the fat lady sings!”

U2TOURFANS adds more features to iPhone/iTouch Application

A departure from the norm, thats what the Chief Editor called this new release. The idea that fans are only american or only from the UK seems a bit out of touch. This lastest release blends the best of the fan based U2 sites from around the world. Starting with South America, If you believe your site should be considered drop us an email.  Check them all out via our application.


360 Underworld View

The Edge - U2 360 Tour Plenty of attention has been given to the amazing structure built above the stage on the U2 360 world tour, but beneath the band’s feet lies the Underworld, a maze-like string of instrument maintenance areas, changing rooms and workspaces. The busiest spot down below is the monitor mix position, where engineers Niall Slevin, Dave Skaff and Alastair McMillan ensure U2 can hear itself over the 90,000-plus fans at every show.

Monitor duties are split up among the engineers, with Slevin providing mixes for guitarist the Edge, McMillan doing the same for singer Bono, and Skaff tackling sound for drummer Larry Mullen Jr., bassist Adam Clayton and offstage keyboardist Terry Lawless.

All the band members are wearing Future Sonics ear buds attached to Sennheiser G2 wireless systems, but below the deck, the gear uniformity ends. Slevin and McMillan both mix on DiGiCo SD7 desks, while Skaff is positioned behind a Digidesign D-Show

Profile. All of the engineers mix watching the show via video screens, keeping an eye on their respective charges for visual cues.

Since the SD7 still a relatively new desk, the tour marked the first time McMillan, a seasoned FOH and studio engineer, had used one: “I wasn’t sure of this at first and I’m still acclimating to the change, but I was pleasantly surprised,” he said. “It sounds good, that’s the main thing.”

Oddly enough, though, it works in concert with a second console. On the 2005-06 Vertigo tour, Bono found he was thrown off by the processing delay of the digital console used at that time.

U2 360 Tour Underworld The work-around invented for that production—and maintained on the current tour—is that the vocal goes direct into a Midas Venice analog board. Meanwhile, a stereo submix of everything from the SD7 is sent to two channels of the Venice, where it and Bono’s mic are sent back to his wireless pack, reducing processing time on the vocal to nil.

Over at the Digidesign Profile, Skaff keeps things rolling for the rhythm section, much as he as since joining the band’s live crew in 1985 (“I don’t count when I drove gear in ‘83”). In between the previous U2 world tour and this one, Skaff worked for Digidesign, but first began using a Profile on the Vertigo jaunt, noting, “When it finally came around that I had to make a switch, I really liked the platform, the sound of it.”

With that kind of background, it’s no surprise that he’s comfortable working with the multitude of plug-ins available for the desk: “For experimenting, it is really great because it’s like having a giant rack of gear available to you all the time. I use an awful lot of the McDSP stuff, Crane Song’s Phoenix and a lot of the Waves plug-ins as well. Phoenix is one of those one-knob, ‘I can’t believe what it does’ things. It’s just one knob that makes it better; whatever you put it on, it just brings it right out of the mix into whatever you’re listening to. Rob Scovill turned me on to it.”

U2 360 Tour Set ListWhile the band members all sport personal monitor systems, there’s still a handful of Clair 12AMII “stealth” wedges onstage with them. “Wedges have basically gone away,” admitted Skaff. “There’s a couple out there as a ‘just in case’—but several of the wedges are teleprompters that can screen song lyrics or translations; that kind of stuff.  There’s only one active wedge out of the whole thing and the rest is sub lows—two for Larry and a block of four right next to Adam’s bass rig.”

As Skaff’s tenure might indicate, much of U2’s audio staff have been with the band for years, but this tour is marks McMillan’s first time on the road with the group. Mixing for one of rock’s more unpredictable frontmen might seem daunting, but the engineer has found that a studio-quality mix isn’t always the right fit for Bono: “He’s all about energy, so it’s probably not that ‘Hi-Fi.’ It’s not a nice-sounding mix; generally ‘nice-sounding’ doesn’t work for him. It’s not necessarily loud for the sake of it, but finding the energy, that’s what he gets off on. There’s a lot of effects on his vocal, a lot of reverb, probably more than a record mix, but you know, it works for him. And I use an awful lot of ambience as well—I haven’t discussed it with him, but I’ve just discovered that over a little while. The more audience reaction I can put in, the more he likes it!”

U2TOURFANS Announces launch of iPhone Application

U2TOURFANS Announces launch of iPhone/iTouch Application

Today, U2TOURFANS announced the release of a new iPhone/iTouch application that integrates its multiple services into a single interface, making it easy for iPhone users to find, use and switch between U2TOURFANS social media properties like, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, and more To use the application, iPhone/iTouch users can download directly from the iTunes Applicaition store, by searching U2TOURFANS or clicking here. (Free for a limited time ) Sign up on Facebook Fan Club for ulimited free use.


To accomplish this, U2TOURFANS partnered with SeattleClouds, SeattleCloud is an online publishing platform that allows you to create your own iPhone applications. You can then submit and sell your apps in the AppStore so people all over the world can download or buy your app.

The people behind SeattleClouds are a team of dedicated individuals with a long history in the technology field. Because of the potential that we saw in iPhone applications, we have developed a platform that can let any user create iPhone applications; no programming skills are required.

U2TOURFANS and SeattleClouds wanted a 360 experience unlike any other fan site connecting all of the elements that make up U2TOURFANS 360 experience. By connecting social applications such as twitter, youtube and facebook fans will be able to have the complete experience.

Editor-in-Chief Dre was quoted last night during the introductionof the application as saying.” This as the greatest birthday present to date, the launch of the application creates the 360 expeience that has always been the main focus of our media property.

These new features provide iPhone users with a desktop-like U2TOURFANS web application experience in terms of ease-of-use, speed, and feature richness but optimized for the iPhone. This experience is made possible by the iPhone’s general usability and the capabilities of its web browser, combined with U2TOURFANS/SeattleClouds innovative mobile web applications. We plan to expand this experience with updated versions as we get closer to tour season. One of our goals is to support a complete U2 experience that are fulfilling the promise of the mobile web - like the iPhone - and to ultimately deliver unique and compelling mobile experiences that provides the best fan experience possible.

Birthday wishes to our Chief from the U2TOURFANS Team ! We selected this one for you !

Artificial Horizon

U2 today announced that its upcoming fan club CD will be titled Artificial Horizon and will feature 13 remixes of the band’s latter-period work by the likes of Trent Rreznor and David Holmes — including some that haven’t been released previously.

 Although the band hasn’t yet released the full tracklist, it did reveal, in an e-mail to fans, that the disc will include Reznor’s remix of “Vertigo,” Jacknife Lee’s mix of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb outtake “Fast Cars,” Holmes’ remix of “Beautiful Day,” in addition to mixes of “Staring at the Sun,” “City of Blinding Lights” and “If God Will Send His Angels.”

Not available in stores, the disc — a sequel of sorts to 1995’s fan-club Melon remix CD — will be sent to fans who sign up for or renew their $50 membership for 2010. The new remix disc is the latest in a series of exclusive releases, including ZOO TV Live and Go Home: Live From Slane Castle, Ireland. Subscription details are here.

The band promises to post “full details of the album” on in the next few days.