Amnesty International and U2 Fans

Eric Shivvers Chicago :

When U2 played here in Chicago two nights ago, I was asked to take some pictures of the show and I did. Yeah, I have a great shot of Larry playing his djembe and a couple of the Edge, both of which will make great mementos but as I stood against the rail behind the stage taking in the show, I turned around and observed a group of One campaigners and Amnesty International volunteers lining up to go onstage.  I thought to myself, if Bono Edge, Adam and Larry are the generals of philanthropy and we are the army of followers, then these are the lieutenants. Night in and night out on this tour, local volunteers give up their time to sign up us fans for these causes. Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry know that we are a community of good-hearted people, willing to join a cause they promote. 

As stage crew handed out the props that these good Samaratins were going to walk with onstage, I knew this would be the one photograph that no one else would take. The smiling happy volunteers were excited to go onstage, even if it was just to stand for five minutes or so, representing their great organizations. It didn’t matter that they weren’t going to play along with Edge or sing with Bono. What they were doing was more important. They were speaking to us in silence for those who don’t have a voice. The people they represent are the AIDS patient waiting to die in a hospital in Central Africa or a political prisoner such as Aung San Suu Kyi. Both of whom need these organizations to set justice straight.

I thought it was a little camp the first time I witnessed this on the 360 tour, but after seeing their smiling faces in these pictures, I have greater respect for this spectacle during the show. U2 keeps teaching me something new about the world every time they go out on the road. With these volunteers and our passion for the band, we have made a difference. Aung San Suu Kyi was finally freed from house arrest and 4 million lives were saved from AIDS with anti-retroviral drugs. These two accomplishments came from rock stars that didn’t have to take up these causes, but they did and they made a believer out of me when I joined their army 25+ years ago.   

In closing, these pictures will never grace the entertainment section of the Chicago Tribune, but the opportunity to represent their cause for five minutes onstage will last a lifetime. They will tell their friends and family about standing shoulder to shoulder with U2 on a hot July night in 2011. There may be no photographs of witness to their triumph but that’s okay. They are volunteers who will slip back into their day-today world unrecognized as the rockers they shared the stage with, but recognized, through their passion, as the keepers of the flame, telling us that we can change the world one U2 fan at a time.

 

The Edge Supports Aung San Sun Kyi

U2/The Edge Dave Evans, known as Edge, from the band U2 says that they will continue their support for the Myanmar (Burma) democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Edge, in a news letter said “I’m sure, like us, you’re delighted with the news of the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma at the weekend. We should all be relieved, if cautious, that she has been able to take a step towards freedom.

However, we must remember that her release is not part of any political process but is designed to get positive publicity for the dictatorship after the blatant rigging of elections on 7th November. We must not forget the thousands of other political prisoners still suffering in Burma’s jails and must do whatever we can to encourage the international community to engage the junta in dialogue.

We will continue our support of this remarkable woman and her campaign, and as always we count on your continued input and continued vigilance.”



Leave it Behind, Early Morning View

It’s Monday early morning in North America the day has yet to begin and yet the promise of tomorrow outweighs any concerns that I may have had yesterday.  “And Love is not an easy thing”  Those words rang out loud over the weekend as the news release of Aung San Suu Kyi spread around the world.

Twitter was a buzz and facebook fans cheered at the idea that Aung San Suu Kyi is stronger than most of us.

Now the question what’s next for U2?  One of many things I admirer about U2 is the idea of standing strong for the beliefs that sometimes are not popular or bringing the issues to your living room and making them real. Remember Nelson? Remember South Africa? Now we can say remember Aung San Suu Kyi! 

Amnesty International continues to fight for the other 2K plus that have right to have their day of freedom. It’s not sexy or flashy to stand up for those that can’t speak.   Bono has taken on some of the biggest challenges in the world only to point out that we are of greater purpose and that we have the ability to do more if given half the chance.  “Leave it behind” and so we will with the knowledge that  we have lots of work left to do.  Peace @U2TOURFANS



U2'S Joy At Release

U2 are celebrating after political prisoner AUNG SAN SUU KYI was released from house arrest in Burma.

Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma, had been detained for 15 of the past 21 years because of her political views.

The Irish rockers showed their support for the longtime social activist during their world tour last year (09), urging their fans to don face masks during their track Walk On, which they dedicated to Suu Kyi.

And they were overjoyed to learn she had finally been freed over the weekend.

A statement from the band reads, “There is a cautious joy amongst the campaigners for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release. Over the years we have feared for her life, and until Burma’s leadership better reflects its people, we should continue to be vigilant in our concern.

“Her struggle has become a symbol for all humanity, of what we are capable of - best and worst. Her very grace so infuriating to the bully government whose brutish gorging of the country’s rich resources have left the people of Burma poor and hungry.”


Released ! Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi - On Saturday after her latest term of detention expired was freed by the Myanmar military government. A smilling Suu Kyi wearing a traditional jacket and a flower in her hair, appeared at the gate of her compound as the crowd chanted.

“If we work in unity, we will achieve our goal. We have alot of things to do”

U2 has always supported Aung San Suu and even had masks made during the last leg of the tour in support of her.

 

Wake Up Chicago U2 has arrived !

Good Morning Chicago ! Live from Soldier Field ! Tonight will be the first of two shows performed. Tickets for todays show have been sold out since March 30th. The GA line has been formed since Thursday. This is the event of the year.  We have a couple of things you should know, while standing in line.

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LAST ITEM

Bring Cash ! Your going to spend some money and hey why not. Enjoy yourself !

TYPE OF STAGE

Informally dubbed “The Claw,” the stage is so big that only sports stadiums can contain it—well, some of them can. Cowboys Stadium near Dallas will raise its enormous scoreboard next month to accommodate the 164-foot-tall rig. The Claws—there are three of them that leapfrog from venue to venue—weigh about 180 tons each and take about a week to assemble. ( Look for the bright red trucks and the line of tour buses as they come into your town)

U2 PAYDAY

Recession ? Really U2 would never know that. 65, 000 fans have purchased tickets which already has set a single day attendance. It was pretty easy to add a second show at that point. All 24 EURO shows sold out and grossed  $188 million. The tour is expected to cross into 2010 and could surpass the Rolling Stones “A Bigger Bang Tour’ at $588 million. Making U2 the highest grossing concert in history.

 The Boys

 Buys guys with a musical score for Spider Man about completed, The Edge will be featured in a documentary  “It Might Get Loud,” along with fellow guitar icons Jimmy Page and Jack White.
What wll they play

Your guess is just as good as ours.  If we look over he set list from the EURO tours we have some what an idea. However all bets are off until the first song. Lots of fans sites have databases of set lists we have posted a links to a couple of them. We know the standards if we can call them standards will be.

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Mysterious Ways,” “One” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.” Each night’s encore in Europe was the same: “Ultraviolet,” “With or Without You” and “Moment of Surrender.”

It going to Snow

 Remember Izzy from “Grey Anatomy” ? Yea well she made Snow Patrol as household name. They have been opening up for the boys on the EURO tour leg and have signed on for a couple of US dates. MOst fans sites have agreeed that Snow Patrol put on a great show, which take that for what its worth.

 

U2 to award Suu Kyi top Amnesty honor

DUBLIN (AFP) - Detained Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was to be awarded human rights group Amnesty International's highest honour Monday, during a concert by Irish rock band U2, Amnesty said.

The Nobel peace laureate -- whose trial in Yangon on charges of violating the terms of her house arrest is coming to an end -- will be named Amnesty's ambassador of conscience for 2009.

The largely symbolic honour has previously been awarded to the likes of South African former president Nelson Mandela and ex-Czech president Vaclav Havel.

It was to be announced by U2's singer Bono during a concert by the band in Dublin later Monday, Amnesty said. U2 have also previously won the award.

"This month marks the 20th anniversary of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s arrest and 20 years since Amnesty International declared her a prisoner of conscience," said Amnesty's secretary general Irene Khan.

"In those long and often dark years, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has remained a symbol of hope, courage and the undying defence of human rights, not only to the people of Myanmar but to people around the world."

Suu Kyi faces five years in jail if found guilty over a bizarre incident in which a man from the US swam uninvited to her lakeside home in Yangon in May.

Her trial began just days before the latest period of her house arrest was due to expire. She has spent most of the last two decades in detention since the junta refused to recognise her party's victory in 1990 elections. (AFP)

Finally! U2 has a request !

The band provided a copy of the Nobel Prize winner's image on its Web site so fans can print it out before the shows on the 360 Tour that begins today in Barcelona.

"Wear it to work or college," the Web site said. "Wear it on the bus or the train. Wear it in the pub or at the shops. And don't forget. Bring it to the show."

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, since 1990 when she won the popular election and the military junta refused to accept the results.

http://media.u2.com/ASSK/ASSK_mask.pdf

U2 Encourage Mask-Wearing Protest


U2 are on the cusp of their 360 Tour, and are asking fans to remember Burmese democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi by wearing a mask featuring her face.

"U2 believe the world must not be allowed to forget Aung San Suu Kyi and every night on the 360 Tour fans are being invited to wear the mask when the band play 'Walk On,' which was written for her," the band's website said today. "Put it on with thousands of others when Larry [Mullen, Jr., drums] and Edge [guitar] strike up the opening bars of 'Walk On.'"

A downloadable mask is on the site with directions, but you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print the file.

"Wear it to work or college," the post on the website reads. "Wear it on the bus or the train. Wear it in the pub or at the shops. And don't forget. Bring it to a U2 show."

Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and won elections in Burma in 1990, but the military junta refused to accept the results. She has spent most of the last 19 years under house arrest.

Suu Kyi was recently tried for violating the terms of her house arrest after an uninvited visitor swam across Inya Lake in Yangon, Burma to visit her house twice. The trial was widely condemned as a sham by the United Nations and western nations.

U2 start their world tour in Barcelona on Tuesday. The tour, which is in support of the recently released No Line On The Horizon, hits Toronto in mid-Septem

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