U2 and Apple Music to our Ears !

Music to our ears ! If its true ! Apple and U2 have had a long standing relationship that started back with the iPod Red. Remember? 

The U2 Special Edition. Jet black, it bears a prominent red Apple Click Wheel and, on the flip side, the autographs of each U2 band member.

It came with an exclusive U2 poster and, of course, the signature white iPod earbuds and it included iTunes Music Store coupon you can use to get $50 off your purchase of "The Complete U2." As unique as the iPod itself, this digital boxed set brings together an amazing 400 U2 tracks. Songs span the band's celebrated career.

From "Boy" to "War" to "The Joshua Tree" to "Zooropa" to the soon-to-be-released "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," it includes every U2 album and features over 25 rare and unreleased tracks.

So the idea that U2 and Apple would team up again for the release of iPhone 6 is really not that far off. U2 wants to reach the largest audience possible and wants to be tied into something hip and cool why not the iPhone 6 it seems to be the coolest item coming to market right around the same time as U2 releases their new single and expected new album, which we have great hopes that the album will be called "Lucky 13".

We have journalists in Ireland, the band has been rumored to have shot a music video in Dublin starring the next generation iPhone. We have tweets about the band located in LA right now and yet its all silent on the home front.

U2 Headliners for World Cup 2014

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  U2 could headline the World Cup’s opening ceremony in Brazil 2014.  Insiders are open to having U2 open the FIFA concert in Sao Paulo on Jun 12 2014. ( So far no source has been able to confirm this )

So far FIFA has set a side 15M for the show. News around Brazil suggests this is a done deal.

A source said: “For something as big as a World Cup opening ceremony they would want a massive name given it will be seen by millions and U2 would fit that bill perfectly – especially as they are liked and listened to in countries across the world.”

FIFA have already signed up top-class director Franco Dragone to produce the show, following his success with Cirque du Soleil and Celine Dion’s live Las Vegas concert.

And it is claimed U2 would take over the majority of the show if they were to sign up, which is likely to be their first new tour date.

U2 spokeswoman told the Irish Mirror they had no information to give out on the band’s plan to take part in the World Cup opening ceremony.

Industry sources yesterday revealed that their follow-up to No Line on the Horizon would not now be released until spring 2014, which would fit perfectly with a World Cup performance.

U2 have almost finished the so far untitled record but are working on finalizing art, videos and other elements that will be needed for the release.

Bono said: “We have a deal with our audience, they give us a great life and they expect us to be great and that’s tricky. As you get better you get very good and very good is kind of the enemy of great.

“You can mistake it for great. People don’t get excited about us being very good. Who needs a new U2 album?

“There are loads of them out there. We have to make a great U2 album and they don’t care waiting as long as it’s great.”

A good idea can be invisible to logic - Bono

“A good idea can be invisible to logic” - Bono

If you can’t feel the music, what is the point? The U2 360 Tour started to be an adventure in light, sound, and intimacy with the audience and now, years later, it is the foundation to which bands will stand on.

The most expensive date with the audience that created memories for a lifetime without any thought of what the future of U2 holds.

It’s July in New York and, while enjoying the summer off from anything major, I begin to think of

yesterday and imagine that we are about to start this adventure all over again and yet it’s not the same.

Everything U2 was doing was about finding new ways to connect with the audience to share an experience that was not to be forgotten as well as to present the music for which fans come to shows to be a part of without limits.

As Willie Williams, show director said, “Video is always the loudest voice in the room, think about it. If you are in a bar, chatting up a conversation, and the TV is blasting in the background, you cannot help but look up. The band was ready to take the next “quantum shift” or leap from The Joshua Tree and Zoo TV.”

The birth of the 360 tour comes from visionary ideas that push the envelope of possibility and create space to which you can grow that seed of an idea into that which is the 360 Tour.

An experience I am sure you will not soon forget. We here at U2TOURFANS.com have been working on the next phase of our future connection with you the audience. The bridge of videos, music, set lists, and of course thousands of hours of photos, is all possible because of you. We have taken some time off this summer to create some new ideas.

Dream some new possibilities. It’s clear to me that we will see U2 again out on tour, but not likely as massive as 360. However, it will be a chance for us to connect again.

In the meantime, we continue to work on our new site development, applications for your mobile device, and shopping opportunities for thousands of U2 merchandise. We look to you for suggestions and ideas. Be active in U2TOURFANS. Your stories, photos, and videos can only make our free community stronger.

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“A good idea can be invisible to logic” - Bono

Bono / U2 360 Tour / U2TOURFANS

If you can’t feel the music, what is the point? The U2 360 Tour started to be an adventure in light, sound, and intimacy with the audience and now, years later, it is the foundation to which bands will stand on.

The most expensive date with the audience that created memories for a lifetime without any thought of what the future of U2 holds.

It’s July in New York and, while enjoying the summer off from anything major, I begin to think of

yesterday and imagine that we are about to start this adventure all over again and yet it’s not the same.

Everything U2 was doing was about finding new ways to connect with the audience to share an experience that was not to be forgotten as well as to present the music for which fans come to shows to be a part of without limits.

As Willie Williams, show director said, “Video is always the loudest voice in the room, think about it. If you are in a bar, chatting up a conversation, and the TV is blasting in the background, you cannot help but look up. The band was ready to take the next “quantum shift” or leap from The Joshua Tree and Zoo TV.”

The birth of the 360 tour comes from visionary ideas that push the envelope of possibility and create space to which you can grow that seed of an idea into that which is the 360 Tour.

An experience I am sure you will not soon forget. We here at U2TOURFANS.com have been working on the next phase of our future connection with you the audience. The bridge of videos, music, set lists, and of course thousands of hours of photos, is all possible because of you. We have taken some time off this summer to create some new ideas.

Dream some new possibilities. It’s clear to me that we will see U2 again out on tour, but not likely as massive as 360. However, it will be a chance for us to connect again.

In the meantime, we continue to work on our new site development, applications for your mobile device, and shopping opportunities for thousands of U2 merchandise. We look to you for suggestions and ideas. Be active in U2TOURFANS. Your stories, photos, and videos can only make our free community stronger.

revised by Holly C

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 fans in Moncton

City of Moncton put a cap on 80,000 concert attendees: Concert promoter  Forecast calls for showers on Saturday Doors open at 3 p.m. Last show of the band’s three-year globe-trotting 360 Tour

“On average, about 35 per cent of our spectator attendees are from Nova Scotia,” said Andre Hudson, president and CEO of Donald K Donald Events, the promoter hosting the event.

Bono / U2 360 Tour / Mark Peterson

Here’s a list of what is and is not permitted into the Magnetic Hill concert site on Saturday:

What not to bring:
• Chairs of any kind.
• Alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages or food (brought from outside).
• Plastic or glass bottles, cans.
• Umbrellas.
• Weapons or fireworks.
• Animals (except for seeing-eye dogs).
• Professional audio or video equipment.
• Banners, flags, laser pointers, flashlights, glow (fluorescent) sticks.
• Large backpacks (camping style).
• Skateboards.

What is permitted:
• One one-litre bottle of water allowed per person.
• Raincoat or poncho.
• Small beach towels.
• Small backpacks, bags, purses (note that all bags will be searched).
• Sunscreen.

No Line On the Horizon - U2

U2 Rocks Steel City

U2 360 Tour/ Mark Peterson 2011 PITTSBURGH – The final USA show of the 360 Tour after 24 months was out of this world.  U2 had a couple of surprises.  The 2 ½ hour show ended as normal with “Moment of Surrender” which has been the last encore song for a couple of shows. Out of Control had appeared as the last song a couple of times. Well last night after a brief huddle the boys belted out “Bad” and snip of “40” Bono said the song “Bad” was inspired from someone around here. 

The boys took the stage a few minutes after 9 pm with the normal opener; “Space Oddity” by David Bowie and during “Beautiful Day” a snippet of Bowie’s song reappeared to support the space station clip. 

Bono referred to Pittsburg as “The Steel City” a few times a reference to some pretty cool people that have come from around here such as Andy Warhol, Perry Como and Bronson – We will spare you the references to the boys.

U2’s first gig was way back in 81 a place called “The Decade” Bono said “I was proud of my mullet” an interesting look during the time period.

The show was the last of a very long tour, which had its bumps along the way. However last night was not the night to rehash all of the bumps; Bono did have his chance to talk about politics, and social causes, shoot out to Aung San Suu Kyi and brief word on Amnesty International.

This was the final night of the band’s U.S. tour — the last stop of the two-year trek is Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick — and Bono thanked fans “For this grand madness,” motioning to the band’s gargantuan, record-sized stage with its 150-foot tower.

University of Minnesota Policy for U2 Fans

U2 Concert: Campus and Stadium Policies

The University of Minnesota is pleased to welcome U2 concert-goers to campus and to TCF Bank Stadium and expect everyone to have a great time.
As guests to the university, it is important to be familiar with university policy and ordinances. Please review the following to make sure you know the policies before you come to campus.
Parking lots will open at noon. Fans arriving early to line up for field tickets are encouraged to use the Oak Street ramp 6:00 a.m.
Stadium gates will open at 5:00 p.m.
Guests holding Field tickets can only enter through the entry doors at Lincoln County.
There is NO RE-ENTRY to the stadium at any time. There are no exceptions. TCF Bank Stadium is a non-smoking facility.
No tailgating is allowed and will be enforced.
No camping will be allowed.
Gates A, B,C,D, and E will be open for entry into the stadium. The premium entrance will be available for premium seatholders (DQ Club, Loge Level, Suites). The doors at Lincoln County will be the entry point for field level tickets.
The use of a ticket to an event authorizes an inspection at the point of entry to ensure the absence of prohibited materials. Admission will be denied to anyone carrying any of the prohibited items.

U2 at U of M: Traffic Mess in the Making: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com

The following items will be prohibited from TCF Bank Stadium for the U2 concert:
Aerosol cans
Alcohol
Animals (except assistive animals for people with disabilities)
Backpacks, luggage, grocery bags, duffle bags, large bags, large purses, or large camera cases.
Balloons
Beach balls, footballs, baseballs, etc.
Banners or signs
Beverages, beverage containers, or liquids.
Camcorders and tripods
Cameras with lenses over six inches long.
Cans, bottles, thermoses
Chairbacks
Coolers
Fireworks
Food
Illegal Drugs
Laser pointers
Markers or paint
Noisemaking devices
Objects that can be used as projectiles (sticks, bats, clubs, poles, etc)
Strollers
Tobacco products
Umbrellas
Weapons
Any other items that security deems to be dangerous.

NJ/NY U2 Fans Warned 2 Plan Ahead

Taking a train to the big U2 concert tonight?

A transportation debacle resulted nearly two years ago after twice the number of expected concert-goers tried to pack NJ Transit trains for a concert of the Irish supergroup at the old Giants Stadium.

Hundreds of frustrated commuters were feeling “Vertigo” as they pressed together like canned mackerels and jostled through lines to buy tickets or board trains at Secaucus Junction. The train station can handle about 10,000 people an hour but was getting twice that amount, leading to anything but a “Beautiful Day.”

The Edge was more than just the name of the band’s guitarist — it was what commuters were on. At the end of that show on Sept. 23, 2009, it took some people two hours to board trains.

NJ Transit reported fewer problems the next night, when more people bought round-trip ticket

To accommodate expected crowds for U2’s show with Interpol 7 p.m. today at New Meadowlands Stadium, NJ Transit officials have announced a number of adjustments:

• Substituting some single-level rail trains with multilevels, increasing seating capacity by about 20 percent

• Using portable ticket vending machines to help with demand in New York and Secaucus

• Pre-printing Meadowlands sports complex tickets to expedite purchases

• Increasing the number of customer service representatives and employee volunteers to help concert-goers.

NJ Transit also sent an email alert to customers telling them to anticipate heavy travel on all trains between New York Penn Station and Secaucus and possible platform changes at Secaucus.

The concert was initially planned for a year ago, but was rescheduled due to the back surgery of U2 lead singer Bono.

The Meadowlands Rail Line connects to the Meadowlands sports complex from 11 of 12 NJ Transit rail lines, with connections at Hoboken Terminal and Secaucus.

NJ Transit officials cautioned that customers should expect crowds after the concert and might want to allow additional travel time to make connections to other rail lines.

They made these suggestions:

• Purchase round-trip tickets in advance from any NJ Transit rail ticket vending machine or ticket office. Select “Meadowlands Sports Complex” as your destination.

• Travel early. Rail service to the Meadowlands will begin at 4 p.m.

• Take note of your last train to your final destination. Signs will be posted around the station.

Customers connecting from Northeast Corridor or North Jersey Coast Line trains must use their ticket to pass through the fare gates at Secaucus Junction. Each ticket will open the fare gate one time.

Trains to the Meadowlands depart from the lower level.

 

Philadelphia What Time is it ?

Fans around the world want to know if your in line already ? Are you ready for a great show tonight. If you have tickets and are attending we would like to see your shows. Snap, Save and Send to U2TOURFANS.2011@twitpic.com  Your images will be posted to the U2TOURFANS Photo stream.

Right now fans are in line, follow the all the news via this stream.

Its free for all U2 fans live show updates from fans in Philadelphia.

If you’re tweeting from - or about - the show, use the hashtag #U2360PHL or #U2360USA, that way we can feature your updates in our rolling feed.

Could Philadelphia see something like Chicago ?

 

One On One with Craig Evans

By Eric Shivvers: There he stood. Tall, handsome and well dressed. If I looked up quickly from my sheet of questions that I printed out in the morning, I swear I was looking at Pierce Brosnan of James Bond 007 fame. It wasn’t. The man I’m speaking of, facing a small crowd of Chicago media just a few steps below me, was Mr. Craig Evans, U2’s tour manager. I, along with sprinkling of other Chicago media, were sitting in a corporate suite, overlooking a sunbathed Soldier Field, ready to listen to Mr. Evans elevator pitch about U2’s 360 stage, which was just in its naissance of being built over his right shoulder. 

I was calm as the press conference commenced. I started my audio recorder, which would capture every moment of this event. Sadly, we were competing with the overhead noise of the air conditioner system, filling the suite with cool air. Mr. Evan’s soft-spoken, yet business demeanor was being drowned out. I wanted to make sure I caught every word of Mr. Evans’ presentation so I ever so slowly increased the recording levels. I learned from previous press events that there are no second chances, no make-ups nor time-outs for technical difficulties. We were here on Craig’s time not ours. 

With my camera in hand, I ripped twenty quick shutter snaps, catching Craig’s opening sermon about the 360 tour set-up. He was polished in his speech and why wouldn’t he be. I’m sure he’d done this sort of press conference on at least every other tour stop of this massive global concert tour. After all, it may have been Bono’s idea to play with forks in order to get the stage to concept but it was Craig’s responsibility to oversee the movement of the three Claw stages across the globe. His broad shoulders had to carry off this delicate dance of immensity without a hitch. We were glued, hearing the story about how his team streamlined the set-up and tear down, shaving off twenty four hours on the front end and about ten hours on the back end since the tour’s opening night two years prior. 

Once Mr. Evans opened the field for questions, a couple attendees, unfamiliar with U2’s stage, let alone year and a half old tour, asked pretty general questions. I could tell, from their inquiry, we weren’t going to get any more insight than what was in the press packet, which lay at my feet, unopened. My query was going to have to dig deeper because I wasn’t here as a fan, I was here on assignment, representing the fans and getting insight that couldn’t be gotten anywhere else. I wasn’t nervous. I was poised. I wanted to know what was the one thing the band had to have backstage on this tour. I also wanted to pry and see if I could find out if local talent would join U2 onstage for Tuesday night’s show. You do know Bono likes the Smashing Pumpkins and this is the hometown of Billy Corgan? Craig stayed to script and didn’t garner us any insight on either. 

As others asked about the four cranes and the footprint of the claw forming behind us, I readied myself for an appropriate bigger question, “What venue caused the most issues with the Claw?” I got my answer in a long winded story about problems with venues not having close enough parking for the trucks to unload and another tour stop where they had to repave an entry because the brick paved road was too bumpy for production, assuming he was speaking of the giant but fragile LED screen that hung above the stage. Craig said those were the small issues compared to what just happened to them in East Lansing where they had to take out sections of the concrete stadium in order to fit the four footings of the base of the stage. I was now on a roll with my questions and wanted to have fun with him. I wanted to know about the underworld and the hammocks we saw on the web, cradling sleeping crew. Craig laughed and went back to his script about how the underworld houses all of the monitors and crew during the show.

Silence filled the room, except for the errant burst of air from the air conditioning system above us. Mr. Evans asked for last questions. My sheet was taxed. A few more came to mind, but I didn’t want to hog the news conference. Craig mentioned earlier in the press conference that they were discussions about the Claw being sold as venue structures. I wanted to know if the money from these sales would go to charity. Later on in the afternoon, after the press conference, other questions came to me as Dave, my friend and fellow guest at this event, and I rode our bikes up Sheridan Road, getting in a few pedal strokes of a workout. Dave was still overwhelmed with excitement as he too was a fan of the band and saw the show in Dublin. Dave wanted to know why Blackberry’s logo was no longer prominent in the stadium? There were others too that came up in conversation between long climbs and interval sprints. As we wound down our workout, we agreed on one thing, we did what were we asked. We made sure Mr. Evans was aware that we were asking questions you fans wanted answered.

For Sale: One Used Stage

U2 are to sell off the 29,000-square-foot steel ‘claws’ they used to create the stage on their ‘360 Tour’.

Tour director Craig Evans tells Billboard.com, “It’s certainly our intention to see these things recycled into permanent and usable ventures. It represents too great an engineering feat to just… put it away in a warehouse somewhere.

“We are in discussions to send them (parts) into different places around the world and have them installed as permanent venues. Some major events have shown interest in these, from four different continents.”

Reports suggest The Claw could be used as part of the London Olympics opening ceremony next year.

The run of shows - which have spanned across three years - are due to come to an end on July 30 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and rather than just let structures sit in a warehouse the group and their management intend to sell them off.

“We’re now in discussions to send them into different places around the world and have them installed as permanent venues. Some major events have shown interest in these, from four different continents and we haven’t even really put the word out yet.”

U2’s ‘360 Tour’ is the highest-grossing concert tour of all time, with ticket sales totalling over $700 million and it requires 120 lorries to transport its 50-metre tall sound system, stage and lighting rig making it the most expensive tour to hold.

Guitarist The Edge - who played the Glastonbury Festival with his bandmates Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen last weekend - previously admitted the rockers will never be able to go on a bigger tour.

He said: “We’re actually at the limit, the absolute limit, when you consider the economics and the practicality of transportation. We’re really as big as we could ever get.”

 

Good Bye Anaheim

Two nights of Anaheim and that’s all she could take. U2 packs up and hits the road today on to Baltimore, MD.

Memphis Mullen hits the road too early this am, traveling all the way to the east coast. The ride will be filled with memories and great tunes of the shows past. 6 shows down and well a couple more to go. While road tripping to every show across America seems so Jerry Garcia like this adventure is more about getting the ultimate fan book right. Making that connection between music, fans and of course the band. U2 has the connection when you strip all of the trappings of the machine ( nameless ) that creates the new image of U2.

Most fans will agree that U2 in some ways with the new “machine” has lost its touch with its fans,last nights show the boys took a helicopter in to the venue and a runner afterwards left some fans with a sour taste.  Its not the bands idea of how to arrive to a venue. So who is the machine, well you have think about the 360 deal that they signed years ago to understand who the machine is and how they operate. Maximum impact marketing for maximum returns for shareholders. Nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. Just remember the fans are the ones that keep the lights on.

Anaheim II had a bit of surprise visit from “The Fly” and the setlist seemed to be a setup for Glastonbury wtith the mix of Actung Baby songs. “The Fly” was last performed on December 9th 2006 in Hawaii. Streets moved up early in the set and a couple of other little changes. Bono and the boys paid tribute to The Big Man  Clarence Clemons who pasted away the day earlier.  Bono sang a couple of lyrics from Jungleland a Springsteen fan favorite.

At its best moments — and there were so, so many — the show instantly brought back that magical feeling of old U2 shows, be it with the sublime beauty of “Miss Sarajevo,”, the always spine-tingling “Where The Streets Have No Name,” a glorious “Moment Of Surrender,” the anthemic “Walk On,” and the thrilling call to yesteryear, “I Will Follow,” from their debut album, 1980’s Boy.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the production, though, is that the much documented and hyped four-tentacled structure engulfing the band and those closest in the pit actually does succeed in giving off the feeling of intimacy. Yes, while in a stadium setting and among 70,000 fans, at times if felt as if it was just the band and its music — an apt reminder of why U2 earned the title of biggest band in the world.

We will see you in Baltimore. Thanks Anaheim fans we had a great time.

Massive, Impressive Worth the Wait

By Aidin Vaziri: It was massive. It was relentless. And, above all else, it was heartbreaking. But enough about the gnarly traffic jam outside Oakland’s Overstock.com Coliseum on Tuesday, which turned a typically easy commute to the ballpark into a panic-laced three-hour ordeal dotted with beaming red lights and a robust chorus of car horns.

The real action took place inside the stadium, where nearly 70,000 fans slowly filtered into their seats to finally catch a glimpse of U2’s big-budget 360° world tour, rescheduled from last year after the group’s front man, Bono, injured his back during rehearsals.

The singer, wearing his ever-present sunglasses in the middle of the evening, made up for the nightmare commute with a little flattery and a lot of passion.

“You guys invented the 21st century, didn’t you?” he said, surveying an eclectic audience that boasted lifelong fans, kids, unwitting contest winners, Silicon Valley glitterati and even a few real-life rock stars (Lou Reed was reportedly in the house).

Bono regaled the audience with details of a dinner the night before at San Francisco’s A16 with members of local platinum-shifters Metallica and Green Day. “Music shaped the Bay Area,” he said. “And the Bay Area shaped the world.”

Or as guitarist the Edge put it, “We talked about the most important issues of the day - the best Tequila available.”

U2, meanwhile, put on a formidable live show, with the singer breathing new life into some of the band’s most well-worn hits. Bono bellowed his way through decades-old songs like “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Pride (In the Name of Love)” as if he were singing them for the first time.

With the Edge at his side, the front man delivered a stunning, full-throated acoustic version of “Stay (Faraway, So Close!).” He even convincingly filled in for Pavarotti on the understated operatic duet “Miss Sarajevo.”

The concert, built around a circular stage and enormous four-legged 400-ton structure known as “the Claw,” initially launched two years ago in support of the group’s indifferently received 12th studio album, “No Line on the Horizon.”

Going by the fervent reception that greeted the band at Tuesday’s concert, though, U2 didn’t lose any of its momentum during the time off, even though it failed to finish a promised follow-up release and has spent a good deal of time trying to untangle the problems with the Broadway production of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” (finally set to open next week).

In fact, the politically charged concert was part of what has officially become the highest grossing tour of all time (and most expensive to produce thanks to the 500,000-pixel video screen).

“Thank-you for your patience,” Bono said. “Some of you were two years younger when you bought those tickets.”

Despite the focus on the special effects at the outset of the evening, the band was never swallowed up by the technology - even when they were completely enveloped by it during “Zooropa.” The Claw came to life a few times during the 2.5-hour show, spouting green smoke and shooting red lights high into the sky, but it never felt like the main attraction.

Some people in the crowd grumbled that the giant screens made it feel like watching a DVD at home - especially from the back rows. But no amount of high-definition engineering could wring out the kind of emotion the group - rounded out by bass player Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. - summoned during its mesmerizing run through “One.” That took real soul.

Road Trip to Cali

In this mornings paper we saw this article that listed the road trip play list for Cali fans attending both shows and we began to wonder ? What would your play list look like. Its a travel day for most today so the news is lite, yea the stage is under way and since we are 24 hours way, its pretty much built. So take a look, maybe a listen and share your thoughts.  Here is Carla Meyer’s selection (Shes from the “The Bee”paper)

“Elevation”: This ebullient track kicks the listener instantly into show mode. For extra urgency, try to find the version from the “Live at Slane Castle” CD. It makes the energetic recorded version sound wan.

“Mysterious Ways”: Bluesy but also technological forward-thinking for its time, it keeps the party spirit afloat.

• “Vertigo”: Catchy in a slightly irritating way, it shows U2 has a flair for hooks even minus soaring guitars.

• “Moment of Surrender”: Knowing this song from the band’s most recent album, 2009’s “No Line on the Horizon” determines the difference between tepid clapping and sincere whooping at its start. This one deserves a whoop. Midtempo, highly percussive and showcasing gutsy vocals by Bono, it’s the loveliest song ever to allude to an ATM robbery.

• “Get on Your Boots”: Atop a psychedelic, distorted guitar, Bono talk-sings “Subterranean Homesick Blues” style and claims, “I don’t want to talk about wars between nations.” It’s kind of goofy.

• “Magnificent”: The lyrics are bland but the jangly guitars offer a reasonable facsimile of early-1980s U2. This song concludes the obligatory new-music portion of our playlist.

• “All I Want Is You”: Bono’s voice is at its breathiest and sexiest.

• “I Will Follow”: An almost perfect ’80s-specific song, mixing straightforward guitar with new wave cadences and stylized vocals and a bridge showing off Adam Clayton’s bass and reminding us U2 is more than Bono and The Edge.

• “Scarlet”: A showcase for Larry Mullen Jr.’s drums, this is more interlude than song, punctuated by Bono’s cries of “Rejoice.”

• “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”: Feedback, guitar crunch, Bono falsetto and an irresistible yearning vibe.

• “One”: Ouch, love hurts.

• “So Cruel”: This song makes “Wild Horses” and “One” sound upbeat.

• “Helter Skelter”: This live track off 1988’s “Rattle & Hum” shows U2’s appreciation for their elders.

• “Where the Streets Have No Name”: “Still building and buurrrning down love!” Thus starts our crescendo-packed final section.

• “With or Without You”: Dramatic and angsty for youngsters, and perhaps even more resonant for people who have been married a long time.

• “(Pride) In the Name of Love”: This tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. is big, historically minded and just … Bono.

• “Sunday Bloody Sunday”: A call for the end of violence in Northern Ireland, with an added romance-in-strife vibe, it never grows old. You must sing this song forever, Bono.

• “New Year’s Day”: A tale of lovers riven by outside forces, this song is genuinely epic, its sound encapsulating Ireland, the British Isles, heather, Heathcliff and New Year’s Day hangovers. Enjoy the show!

 

U2 Arrives, Plane awaits

The boys from Ireland arrived to Edmonton’s International Airport around 4pm today – No fans to greet the band – most fans already at stadium awaiting their arrival. The private 360 plane taxied right up to several black SUVs and a couple of police cars awaiting to escort them direct to the Stadium – The plane will be on stand by, fueled and ready. The boys may be doing a “runner” which means play and go. No stay over, no after party just hit the cars and off to the plane. 

 Gates opened at 5:20 pm local time and U2 should be taking the stage about 9:00pm local time. We of course will be streaming the set list on our site.