Paul Simon Joins U2 On Stage

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS 2015

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS 2015

New York: When we awoke we thought it was all just a dream. The U2 North America tour has reached the end of the road.

The last stop New York City. The band has taken up residency at Madison Square Garden as well as our photographer has also lived out of his road case and it all seems unbelievable.

This leg of the tour has been unofficially named "The Dreams Come True Tour"  and rightly so.

You have Mark "U2Brothr" Baker who joined the band on stage not once but twice and his band performed with the boys from Dublin. Fans from all walks of life got a chance of life time to step on stage and dance and sing.

We knew this tour would be special. Topping the week off, a fan website had a couple of surprise guests.  The Edge and Adam crashed the party and performed with the band. Believing in dreams may not be for everyone, however for U2 fans dreams do come true. 

Thursday night wraps up the 7th night. The show did have a few surprises and our guest is that this Friday night show will have some big surprises. Mark Baker hinted that last night we would see some BIG BIG surprises and our guest was that he was referring to Bono asking him on stage.

A warm shout out to Engine 44 and some Jameson shared as Bono thanked them for helping him. This was not the first time he had thanked the boys from house 44. Ordinary Love leading into Satellite of Love made an appearance to honor Lou Reed. During the encore Paul Simon joined the band on stage. The evening ended with the crowd singing "One"

Venue: New York Madison Square Garden July 30 2015 

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / Helter Skelter (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  3. Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  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 / Girls On Film (snippet) / Young Americans (snippet)
  4. Elevation
  5. Ordinary Love
  6. Satellite Of Love
  7. Every Breaking Wave
  8. Bullet The Blue Sky
  9. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  10. Beautiful Day / I Remember You (snippet)
  11. With Or Without You / Satellite Of Love (snippet)

Encore(s):

  1. City Of Blinding Lights
  2. Mother And Child Reunion
  3. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  4. One / All You Need Is Love (snippet)

** Snip provided by U2GIGS

Lucifer Arrives To Madision Square Garden

New York: Fourth show is in the can as they say and the band is off for a few days. Our editor in on a plane to New York this weekend to visit with friends and attend the next few shows. Its been a tight tour schedule for the U2TOURFANS crew. Nineteen photographers crossing North America to provide fans not attending the show an experience of a life time.

Jimmy Page was in attendance; Dallas Schoo soundchecked Edge's guitars he played some Led Zeppelin riffs, and Bono included a couple of Led Zeppelin snippets. The snippet of Good Times, Bad Times at the end of Beautiful Day was the whole first verse and chorus.and we do have some photos and videos that did not make the press cut off tonight and will be updated shortly. We all have a few days off. Next show will be on July 26th. Watch for our updates on FB and TW

Venue: New York Madison Square Garden July 23, 2015

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  3. Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (snippet)
  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) / Blaze Of Glory (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 / Young Americans (snippet)
  4. Lucifer's Hands
  5. Sweetest Thing
  6. Every Breaking Wave
  7. All I Want Is You / Into The Mystic (snippet)
  8. With Or Without You
  9. City Of Blinding Lights
  10. Bullet The Blue Sky / Black Dog (snippet) / 19 (snippet)
  11. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)

Encore(s):

  1. Beautiful Day / Good Times, Bad Times (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.com

U2 Continues To Evolve Concert Staging

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS 2015

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS 2015

New York: U2 has been no stranger to extravagant set designs over the last three decades. While the band is most known from its hits from the 80s — spawned mostly from 1987’s classic album The Joshua Tree — U2’s lavish set designs did not start until after the release of Achtung Baby in 1991. The “Zoo TV” Tour that followed was the band’s first with massive screens and what was deemed an intentional “sensory overload.” Screens played a mixture of closeups, prerecorded videos and live television while renovated Trabants were a part of the lighting system. Since then, the evolution of U2’s concert experience has continued to place the band in a story played throughout the show.

Even as the show and production value continue to expand, it is the music that always brings fans back to the shows. Editor-In-Chief/Founder of U2TOURFANS.com Andres Gonzalez is one of such fans, noting that “Young rock bands should take notice. U2′s original sound builds a success-long career which includes sold out shows at Madison Square Garden.” U2 still has six shows remaining at Madison Square Garden, the last of which will be Friday, July 31.

The mixture of sound and show has brought the experience of U2 concerts from its simple atmosphere of the 80′s to the massive production it is today. 1997’s “PopMart” Tour featured a 150’ by 50’ LED screen – the largest of its time – along with a 100-foot high arch and a 35-foot-high mirrorball that transported the band between main and side stages. U2 has continued to build upon its unique stage designs with each passing tour and there has been no shortage of innovation since. Such originality has continually kept ticket demand high, especially for U2 tickets on the secondary market.

October Arrives Early to Madison Square Garden

Mark peterson /u2tourfans 2015

Mark peterson /u2tourfans 2015

New York City: The North American tour will come to close in New York City on July 31st.  The band held their normal sound checks with an addition of "October" which has not been played publicly since 1989. "October" has normally been positioned as lead in to "New Years Day" not last night.

"October" arrival in the second set proved once again that the boys have such a vast catalog of music that a few mix ups in the set list can and will happen. MSG has been a special place for musicians.

Selling out the place is a hard thing to do in New York no matter who you are due to the vast nightly event list. New Yorkers have all types of entertainment available nightly. Fans that have traveled to NYC to see the show have lots to do around the city during the day. 

Tickets for the show have been sold out for some time. Fake tickets have been spotted around the venue. Fans get up set that ticket scalping goes on at all of the U2 shows. 

However the band and Live Nation have put in controls to curb the scalping of tickets the amount of tickets available on the secondary market continues to grow.

One thing we noticed about this, fans are selling their own tickets back to secondary brokers. Those tickets then become available for sale. The fake tickets around the venue are not from secondary brokers rather from scammers with a printer and time.

Our photographers have been spotted around town taking photos of the fans.  GA Line has a life all to its own. The hardcore U2 fan that will wait in rain or snow in line for that small little space upfront close to the band. U2 fans are the most dedicated fans around the world. Some traveling as far way as Iceland to see the show.

This is their time to connect with other U2 fans and share the experience. U2 fans also connect socially using twitter to follow the show and share their views of how the evening has been going, its a community that has been connected by music. 

Seven more shows over the next few days and a couple of breaks in the middle and that's it North America will be in the can as the boys take off to Italy. A much deserved break in the middle. 

Venue: New York Madison Square Garden July 18, 2015

Set List

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet) / On Broadway (snippet)
  3. Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (snippet)
  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. Ordinary Love
  6. October
  7. Every Breaking Wave
  8. With Or Without You / In The Garden (snippet) / Shine Like Stars (snippet)
  9. City Of Blinding Lights
  10. Bullet The Blue Sky / 19 (snippet)
  11. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)

Encore(s):

  1. Beautiful Day / 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. One / Invisible (snippet)

** Snippets Provided by U2GIGS