Why do we want another U2 album ?

Before we all get up into a fight about what we should talk about and write about when it comes to U2. Lets all remember we are fans and that our love for the music really has created a community.

Lots of emotions are flowing around the future of U2. We all feel the same way. 

I thought about my personal views on the idea and while I was never really one to share my thoughts on the future of U2 and wondered why not.

Why not share what I thought about the whole matter. 

However before we venture down that path here's the comments that have been flying around about the band and their future.

A source commented that: “They never wanted to be the kind of band who just toured over and over again without new material.

“Bono would rather pack it in if it got to that stage.

“At the earliest they will hit the road at the end of this year and after that it’s hard to see how they could carry on.

“Bono is always getting offers to go solo and write his own album. That’s looking like a very likely option in the coming years.”

Earlier this year Bono admitted the band were living in fear of becoming irrelevant.

He said: “We were trying to figure out why would anyone want another U2 album?

“And then we said ‘Why would we want one?’ There was some unfinished business.

“We felt like we were on the verge of irrelevance a lot in our lives.”

The idea of irrelevance really bugs the crap out of me. I think that I have a voice and that sometimes U2 music speaks well for me. I think that the future does belong to be as much as it belongs to that snot nosed little pisser of a kid that comes up behind me.

The music is more about beliefs in something greater than me. A higher place, a freedom from what holds me back. Yet I know that in order to grow I must let go of yesterday and look towards the future.

U2 has give us a great collection of music that can stand the test of time. The themes still hold true today. While some say that God has no place in music others delight in the idea that that you can be a bad boy or girl and be saved daily by grace.

Sure I would love for U2 to grow older with me and carry me into those remaining years.  U2 does not owe me the fan anything, the music was made for me to enjoy.

The shows  allowed me to breathe life into a community of friends. I am not mad nor upset if this really is the end. I know others will not agree. However that's what makes the whole idea of being a U2 fan beautiful.

And love, it's not the easy thing
The only baggage, that you can bring
Not the easy thing, the only baggage you can bring
Is all that you can't leave behind

Maybe hidden in those words was the message that you can't leave U2 behind that that U2 will forever be within your hearts and isn't that the place you would want them to be most often. So ask yourself why do you want another U2 album ? How would another U2 album change the course of your musical experience ? Why could we not just let U2 drift off into the summer afternoon with the thought that we have all been apart of musical history. 

 

 

U2 Halts 2014 Focus Moves to 2015

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Marketing Machines come to a halt, tour plans stalled out, album delays and yet the band has faith that their new project will relevant and an outstanding project that will keep U2 within the kingdom of rock. 

Well fans with crashing blow news surfaced today that U2 has pushed their project out to 2015. 

Billboard Magazine has the exclusive report that a source stated, "That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it."

Rumors suggested that 2014 was to be the year of U2 it surely seemed that way with the Golden Goble award and the Grammy Nomination. 

However, no official word has yet to come from Interscope and the fact that a suggested tour announcement slated for mid March. September was to be the kick off for a world tour with Live Nation running tour now seems to all pushed out to the summer of 2015.  

Bono continues to focus his legacy and what will be of U2 that this may have paralyzed the band from creating the magic. We all remember when Bono said he feared the band was "really close to the edge of relevance," noting "there's a giant chasm between the very good and the great, and U2 right now has a danger of surrendering to the very good." He reiterated those sentiments to The Hollywood Reporter in February when he noted, "to be relevant is a lot harder than to be successful."

Count on this the band will have to create something because they are under contract to do so. The magic will either happen naturally or forced and that will be come the legacy of U2.

U2 Heads Back to Island

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U2 headed back to where is all started for them. Island Records discovered them in the 70’s and the band left them more than 7 years ago, unhappy with the treatment at Island the boys moved on. However, the return to Island comes with new management, new possibilities and a new album.

Once Jason Iley moved over to Mercury, everything began take on a sour note.  The boys packed up and followed Jason over to Mercury a sister label to Island. Early this year, the parent company Universal closed down Mercury, moving many of the acts to a new company, Virgin/EMI, although a question mark remained over where U2 would end up, with the band and record labels remaining silent on what would happen.

Sources have confirmed that the band will head back to Island, which has had a change of management since their departure. "They are going back to their spiritual home," the source said.

U2 displayed their affection for the label by continuing to include its logo on their releases even though they had headed to Mercury.

The boys dropped by Island to meet the staff and check out their new home and everything seems to be shaping up for something big for 2014. New management, New label its clear that the band has a lot riding on this next release.

This message posted on the website may suggest that the band plans for another world tour. Or it might be just a reference to way they feel about Paul.

"Sometime soon, U2 will begin a new adventure around the world and we totally understand and respect Paul's desire to not run away with the circus – AGAIN."

New Album, New Management 2014 Year of U2

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U2 has a new album in the works teaming up with producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) U2 has not produced a new project since 2009; No Line On The Horizon (which debuted at No. 1 in 30 countries, including the United States).

Bono does not seem to concerned about the arrival date only saying that the new record could take 10 years, as long as the band got it right. 

As fans continue to wait with comments and postings on U2TOURFANS facebook page it seems that we fans might not have to wait that long. The boys have been recording at New York City’s Electric Lady Studios, and it’s finally near completion.

A report coming out that the band is hoping to officially announce the project via a Super Bowl commercial. Secretly shopping for a brand partner to help fund the venture; however no confirmed title for the album, of course we have heard Songs of Ascent and 10 Reasons to Exist have been rumored to be possible choices.

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Meantime back at Principle Management talks continue, as Live Nation gets closer to swallowing up the company for a cool 15 million dollars. While the deal is still in negotiation, McGuinness nonetheless released a statement to the Times which put his spin on things:

“It could be seen as slightly poor etiquette for a manager to consider retiring before his artist has split, quit or died, but U2 have never subscribed to the rock and roll code of conduct. As I approach the musically relevant age of 64 I have resolved to take a less hands-on role as the band embark on the next cycle of their extraordinary career."

“I am delighted that Live Nation, who with Arthur Fogel have been our long term touring partners, have joined us in creating this powerful new force in artist management. I have long regarded Guy Oseary as the best manager of his generation and there is no one else I would have considered to take over the day-to-day running of our business.”

However, for fans it is a bit strange to think that the band would be making such moves without issues a statement. The marketing machine must have been shut down for the holidays or some other event.  Fans all tend to agree that U2 would have normally issued some kind of release about their long time manager and as some would say the fifth member of the band. Stepping down after 35 years seems to warrant comment.  We also find it a bit disturbing that Bono and the boys seem to already be working with Guy Oseary as reported by Billboard. This is the sort of thing that makes you wonder how long has Guy been in the driver seat?

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As for Live Nation, what are they really getting with this purchase?  Shareholder value; they have a 12 year contract that was put in place around 2008.  Now Live Nation will keep the commissions, booking fees and get a bigger part of the touring revenue. Today’s music really starts to make sense when you look at where the dollars come from. It is all about the tour! Downloads, Record sales are just too small today for any label to make the right investments into bands. However, if a band tours and tours big like U2 has done in the past you can expect millions in profits.

As for the fans, well we will have to wait and see what is in store for us. Right now on Facebook fans seem to all think higher ticket prices are on the way in 2014.

U2TOURFANS Back from Vacation

Greetings this has been a summer of getting our heads on straight. Our publisher got married and some of us kicked around the world traveling and just chilling out. Back in New York now and starting to really focus on 2014 and our plans for going forward. In our meetings we have come to find out we have our challenges to keep the doors open. We have reached a high over the summer of over 50 million visitors per day. That does not include the over all fan base that visits the community. We have lots of work in the coming months as to how we want to manage our community. Know this our publisher stated we are a free site and we will remain a free site. We  will look to you for donations to keep us going.  We know that with a new project we will be kicking our reporting in high gear and we will have our tour team hit the street if and when a tour kicks off. We will be ready to give you the best we can give you.  Thank you for all your support. We wish you a happy U2tober.   If you would like to make a donation let us know we will send you the link or you can find it on our site.

Highest Earning Tour of 2011

Shock! U2 lead Billboard’s year-end report of the top touring acts of 2011, with their “360 Tour” raking in $293.3 million in box office revenue from nearly 3 million in ticket sales for the year.

Bono and crew were on the road from June 30th 2009 to July 30th 2011 with their giant claw on the “360 Tour” and broke the all-time touring industry records by bringing in a staggering $736,421,586 with more than 7 million punters attending the shows.

Bon Jovi had one of the biggest years of their 28 year career and Take That made a lazy $185 million from their comeback tour with Robbie Williams, which included a record breaking eight nights at Wembley Stadium. The Wembley shows alone earned the band $61.7 million breaking the previous venue record of $38.7 million that had been set by Bruce Springsteen’s ten sold-out shows at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium in 2003.

Highest-Earning Tours of 2011:
01) U2 – $293.3 million
02) Bon Jovi – $193 million
03) Take That – $185 million
04) Roger Waters – $150 million
05) Taylor Swift – $97.3 million
06) Kenny Chesney – $84.6 million
07) Usher – $75 million
08) Lady Gaga – $72 million
09) Andre Rieu – $67 million
10) Sade – $50 million

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Billboard magazine said the tour hauled in some $736 million, topping the $558 million established by Mick Jagger’s Stones, and also breaking the record for tour attendance.

The tour began June 30 in Barcelona, days after the death of Michael Jackson, and included 110 events, ending July 30 in Moncton, Canada.

During the tour, U2 performed in the Balkans for the first time since 1997 and played three home town concerts at Dublin’s Croke Park, before heading to California to perform in front of 97,000 fans at the Rose Bowl.

A second European leg started in August 2010, featuring U2′s first appearances in Russia and Turkey and was followed by events in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2011, U2 played to South Africa for the first time since 1998 with two huge concerts in the World Cup Stadiums of Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The group had three sold-out nights at Estadio Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil and had its biggest single audience of 108,800 at Stadium Azteca in Mexico City on May 14, 2011.

Arthur Fogel, Live Nation’s chairman of global music, said: “This tour was a brilliant success on every level and all involved should be extremely proud. U2 once again have set the standard for achievement — perhaps for all time.”

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.

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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

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Larry Mullen Jr / U2TOURFANS 2009 /2011 PITTSBURGH – How many miles would you travel for a hug? U2 fans come from all lifestyles, the tour wrapped up last night with a surprise kick off for one fan. This fan has traveled to every USA show this summer.  Traveling to every show by car, behind the 168-foot stage that leaped frogged the country in search of that one Larry Mullen Jr. experience.  If you followed the tweets, you knew that Larry had not come out to greet the fans the whole tour and last night was no different. This fan made a name for self and with the support of other fans and security the final dream happened.  The walk out was a bit different last night, Larry not in the lead and walking behind with The Edge, rumor has it without a word just a look he walked right up to that well traveled fan and gave her a hug. Now all of this happened just before the start of the show

U2 has performed over 100 times in three years and one would think that 360 is sure to be put in the past and that the marketing machines are ready to churn out the next album (which we heard some time in the fall) However last nights show was nothing short of amazing. Yea “No Line on the Horizon” tossed aside for some more popular tunes.

A few songs from “Achtung Baby” kicked off the night to remember and for one fan a lifetime of memories. U2 music has defined a generation of activism and hope for a better world; the power to make a difference is in all of us. We can make a difference, Bono once said “There’s nothing worst than a rock star with a cause” Bono has been crossing the world with causes for many years and in all that time, fans have never turned their back on him.  This tour all but wrapped up, so what is next?  Get ready for the next tour, turn up the music, and let the sound in.  We would like to thank the many thousands of fans that have supported our little project. We too have had our challenges however all along we all knew why we started this journey it was about the music and the fan experience.  

U2 360 Tour at Busch Stadium Advisory

Concert promoter Live Nation has issued a fan advisory for Sunday’s upcoming U2 360 Tour at Busch Stadium.

General admission fans are allowed to begin lining up at Gate 5 on Sunday Morning at 7 a.m. Overnight camping will not be permitted. Glass or alcohol will not be allowed in the line; however, concessions will be available.

Blankets are not permitted on the field. Due to the heat, fans are advised to avoid wearing sandals.

Backpacks, purses, diaper bags, fanny packs, and soft coolers are allowed, but cannot exceed 16x16x8 inches.

Restricted items include:

-Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers, hard plastic cups/mugs, umbrellas, laser pens/pointers, fireworks
-Professional cameras with detachable and or large lenses
-Video and audio records

There is also a travel advisory as all eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 will be closed between Jefferson Avenue and the Poplar Street Bridge starting Friday night at 8 pm and reopening Sunday at 3 p.m.

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