President Felipe Calderon may deliver the medal to the Irish star during his visit to New York next week for the United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa told reporters on Friday. But she noted that the singer has not yet confirmed the exact date for the medal ceremony, due to prior commitments. Espinosa said she spoke to Bono, who founded the global anti-poverty group ONE to help fight poverty and disease in Africa, to inform him of the decision. “He said that he feels very honored and very pleased with this decision, and that Mexico is a country that he loves and admires,” she said. Calderon, who leaves office on Dec. 1, met with Bono at the presidential residence of Los Pinos last year to thank the singer for expressing solidarity with Mexico over the country's drug violence during a concert in the capital. “Mexico needs to know you are not alone and we are with you ... you are not alone in the darkness,” Bono told 93,000 fans at the Azteca stadium.
U2 heads to Denver later this week. As the boys take a couple of days down and rest up for what is sure to be this summers must see tour, U2 crews have arrived in Denver to setup the stage and reset from last years sudden stop of the tour due to Bono’s back related issues.
“This tour truly is history in the making on a wide range of levels, and U2 will roll into the record books in style,” Waddell says.( Billboard Senior Tour Editor)
The expectations are running high, however this tour has been around the USA once already so most have an idea of what to expect. The only difference is the set list for music selections.
We have been working to collect a list of fan meet ups, parties and just over all details of the shows ahead. One item that came into the editors desk was about GA policy - Take a look at the info and as far as suggestions we will post some ideas later in the week. We want to hear from you ! Are you attending a show ? If so which one and how many? Provide us some photos and look for the U2TOURFANS car which is out right now heading to Denver -
Adiós México nos has dado una buena vida
MEXICO CITY, May 16 .- The hybrid spacecraft and time machine that U2 named as The Claw (The Claw) rose, as the title of Elevation sentence, one of his most popular songs, the euphoria over 100 000 passengers who yesterday gathered at the Estadio Azteca to say goodbye to the Irish band in their third and last concert in Mexico in the starting phase of its North American tour of its 360 ° Tour.
Bono (vocals), The Edge (guitar), Adam Clayton (bass) and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums) manned the mammoth structure along a little over two hours of a journey through their hits, their classic tracks and some compositions of his latest album No Line On The Horizon.
Given a field bleachers filled and the Colossus of Santa Ursula loyal fans packed alignment Dublin, Bono and company embarked on a musical recorrdido its history, which began in 1976 and to date has become the rock group largest gathering in the face of the Earth that has made their current tour the most successful of all time, earning an estimated $ 700 million.
Prior to the performance of the group Snow Patrol opening act, as he did last Wednesday and on Saturday, far exceeded expectations, U2 came out to the tune introductory Space Oddity by David Bowie to play Even Better Than The Real Thing from his acclaimed album Achtung Baby! which this year celebrates 20 years of its appearance.
With the public on the stock since the beginning of his show, the quartet demonstrated that falls short of its lavish trappings as it did the day before, made some variations in the setlist to include songs such as New Year’s Day, Pride (In The Name Of Love) All I Want Is You “and” Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me.
Except these minor adjustments, the huge machinery of U2 hows work in his two previous concerts with the desired response of a given audience participatory start to finish that marked both the sensory and surround sound experience in his background as a successful implementation and to peace speeches by Bono, alluding to the sale of U.S. arms to Mexico’s northern border for drug trafficking.
After his first and only encore that included One, Amazing Grace, Where the Streets Have No Name, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, With Or Without You “and” Moment of Surrender, Bono and his “cronies” as he singer summoned his bandmates, they said goodbye to the jubilation of his followers and the desire for a new visit to a consensual bands and more power convcatoria the country.
Mexico: A U2 fan who arrived at 4:00 am at St. Regis hotel to set aside a good place to get a firm bond, decided to organize an access list and place numbers entering the meeting with the band, order broke down and the meeting with the Irish musicians almost frustrated. Around 16:50 hours the lead singer of the band, and guitarist The Edge, left the St. Regis hotel, located in Paseo de la Reforma, to live with their fans before the second concert in the stadium offer Azteca. However, in the presence of so many people, around 2 thousand fans, Bono decided to transfer the fences in place and assess the size of the call, action taken by surprise to just over 20 security features in order guarding expected. Such was the excitement of the people to see the artist up close, they immediately began jostling that occurred to the entrance of parking space that did not have any type of fence, so that at times the Irish singer was cornered . Realizing this, the security features sought ways to intervene, leading to the singer of “Vertigo” inside the hotel back to shelter.
The Edge continued to sign and posing for the cameras on the other side of the fence, as far as was also surprised by his followers. After a few minutes, in which it was to reorganize the spontaneous coexistence with the singer, Bono stepped forward to continue the firm with his followers, being 320 of which had the access granted by the spontaneous organizer. Always friendly and a great smile, altruistic causes the driver put his signature on CDs, books, shirts, hats and even a couple of guitars. For those who chose to spontaneous signing nothing where the Irish capture his signature, some vendors chose to stand near the hotel to offer books, shirts and posters, which ranged between 50 and 250 pesos. Although discreet in his speech, Bono said to be thrilled to see so many people gathered and realize that you have love Mexicans. Twenty minutes after leaving, the pair of musicians concluded the meeting with the upper hand and waving still at the bottom of the van that would take up the Coloso de Santa Ursula, where around 100 000 fans awaiting for the next show.
The second U2 concert in Mexico City, at 360 ° Tour, had among its viewers by Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon.
The night of Saturday, at the end of the presentation of the Irish group, Calderon sent a message to Twitter, which praised the group:
“Extraordinary U2 concert. Thanks to Bono to encourage Mexico and defend the best causes, “wrote the president from his official account using a BlackBerry.
Along with his message sent a photograph of the scene of U2, The Claw, as seen from some point in the Estadio Azteca.
The “tweet” the Mexican president reactions generated network. Many criticized him for attending this concert, claimed that there are other parts of the country where people can not go out at night, by insecurity.
On Thursday, President Calderón spoke at the official residence of Los Pinos with Bono.
Bono thanked his words of encouragement for the Mexican people to the struggle being waged against crime, according to a statement from the presidency.
In their dialogue also exchanged views on issues like poverty and development financing, as well as the importance of synergy between society and government “against the great challenge of climate change. “
This Sunday the band U2 has scheduled its third concert at the Estadio Azteca, in the 360 ° Tour tour, which already has more than $ 560 million profit in ticket sales worldwide.