Spidey Opens Today

In their fullest comments yet about the creative clashes this winter inside “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” Bono and the Edge, of U2 — first-time Broadway composers — said they originally embraced Julie Taymor’s script and characters for the show but were wholly ill-prepared for putting her ambitious ideas onstage. They ultimately lost faith in her and quietly maneuvered to overhaul “Spider-Man,” before finally shocking Ms. Taymor, their longtime collaborator, with her ouster in March.

Bono and the Edge expressed regret at not being on site during previews in December, saying they were locked into a U2 tour of New Zealand and Australia. Most Broadway composers, both veterans and especially newcomers, are in their theaters virtually every night during previews, watching and taking notes. The Edge said they watched videos of performances from Australia yet were not in the theater again until early January, by which time the musical had become a late-night TV punch line.

They then went to work on sound design and new lyrics; despite hints and promises of new music, however, there is only one fully new song in the show, a version of which had been pitched to Ms. Taymor.

Even now, Bono and the Edge said, the musical is just 90 percent complete, with a final 10 percent of work — in their view, chiefly involving the relationship between Peter Parker and the villain, the Green Goblin — to be done this summer.

“The first time I loved ‘Spider-Man’ was two and a half weeks ago,” he admitted, but added, “Even when I was really angry about its obtuse story and some of the awful readings of the music — even then I was still saying, it was kind of magical.”

Well lets see what the reviews are.

Bono and The Edge will also be on NBC Nightly News on Tuesday with  Anchorman Brian Williams 

Amazed and Idolised

Frazer Harrison, Getty ImagesBono and The Edge made their appearance on American Idol last night during the season finale at the Nolkia Theatre in LA. The performed “Rise Above 1” Reeve Carney is the singer/actor that plays Peter Park in the Broadway production. The U2 marketing machine has timed this perfect once again with the release of the digital version available on Itunes. As the song comes to an end ana actual Spiderman swung from the ceiling and tried to plant a kiss on the lips of the judge Jo Lo who elected to tap her fingers on his lips.  Twitter was a buzz for a few days when we broke the news that they had planned to appear ( while news of U2 the band was to appear) However it was just Bono with his shades, and The Edge taking full advanatage of the promotional value of American Idol.  Take a look -

 

U2 will release “Songs of Ascent” in advance

Spider Man finely gets some postive reviews. The boys have to be over the whole Spider man deal, at this point is about saving face. The show seems to be heading in the right direction. However the most interesting news coming out of the interview.

Bono and the  boys will release a new studio album named “Songs of Ascent” in advance to their American tour leg. According to U2 manager Paul McGuinness songs including ‘Mercy’, ‘Every Breaking Wave’, and ‘Boys Fall from the Sky’ from the new U2 album have already been released . 

Delay again !

The Spider-Man musical scored by U2’s Bono and The Edge has again been postponed - this time in order to allow the cast rehearse a new ending.

‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ has been plagued by problems, including lead actress Natalie Mendoza pulling out earlier this month following an onstage injury, as well as numerous other delays. In December, another actor from the musical was hospitalised after falling off the set. It will now open officially on Broadway in March, reports BBC News.

The show’s producer, Michael Cohl, said that the delay will be “the final postponement”.

Meanwhile, Bono and The Edge have also been personally working on the show again recently in light of its problems, bringing in producer Steve Lillywhite to work with the cast on its music, reports Deadline.com. Although its problems have been highly-publicised, tickets for the musical are reportedly selling well. 

U2 Tckts North American Tour

The U2TOURFANS staff has returned to work. We are ready to begin our 2011 tour season. We have some amazing projects coming up and we think your going to just enjoy the U2 fan blast. We are in the process of development of a new social media tool just for U2 fans. U2 Fan blast. Its your own live concert channel for those of you attending the shows around the world. South America your included ! The channel supports all types of mobile phones and of course Ipads. Watch for it to appear soon.

We have some staffers looking for GA seats to all shows. If you have extra and want to sell them or of course donate them ( yea we had to throw that line in ) we have a section on the site to sell tickets. NO SCALPERS welcome. Your always welcomed to post them directly to the facebook channel.

A question from the mail bag. ” Whats with the Youtube Channel? It seems to have lots of commercials within the video”  Answer:  Youtube has changed the way they view concerts. Once a upon a time concerts where viewed as fair posts. Now they use a software package that can name the song and start pushing the Itunes, or Amazon links to buy.   We are looking at our options for future posts.  Facebook video seems to be a good choice right now.

Future of U2TOURFANS: Well folks our Editor has informed us that we are running very low on funds for 2011 and we should cut costs where we can. Of course that’s nothing new with a non profit so we are looking at new ways to raise funds.  As promised we are no longer ad supported - We have removed all of the ads from our site besides iTunes and JimmyJane. 

Sponsorship: We have a sponsorship package for a company that want to be infront of 500K fans age range 25-45 audience that is very mixed. ( male/Female). The package will include our concert team as well. Our North American team will be out at every show and can be a major part of your product or service. Your company name, product and or service can be featured. Send an email directly to 2011 at u2tourfans.com   At this time we are only looking for one sponsor.

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U2 Fans Go to Broadway

U2 fans if your in NYC anytime soon and subscribe to U2.com you have a promo code in your email waiting for you. You can get to see Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the musical featuring a score by Bono and The Edge for half price.

“Some specially priced seats have been made available if you’d like to see the show and hear the new songs ahead of everyone else,” read the message, which offers the discount for preview shows running from Nov. 17 - December 20.

The musical officially opens on Dec. 21.



U2 performs first song from 'Spider-Man' musical

That’s one way to resuscitate the buzz around your new Broadway musical.

Over the weekend in Portugal, U2 reportedly performed the first song from the superhero show “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark,” the Bono/The Edge/Julie Taymor production that begins previews next month in New York. The first tune — featured recently on the morning talk-show circuit — is titled, “Boy Falls From the Sky.”

The long-hampered, mega-million-dollar production announced last month that it will begin previews Nov. 14 and open Dec. 21. After a much-publicized casting call, Reeve Carney was cast as Peter Parker.



Bono embracing 50

 U2’s vibrant frontman Bono has the kind schedule that would make us normal people spin uncontrollably. However he did take the time to reflect on what he would like to accomplish this year, as a member of U2 and as a regular guy.

The February issue of the UK’s “Q” magazine, Bono lets loose in a small feature titled “Bono’s 5 Step Plan to Take over the World”. First on the list for Bono is obviously any new music that U2 are testing out.

“We’ve been listening to new material for “Songs of Ascent”. We haven’t fully decided to press ‘go’ on that,” Bono admitted about the spiritual record where the “360” opener “Kingdom of Your Love” came from. While still unsure as to what the band will focus on, he does feel the need for audiences this summer to hear some fresh tracks. “Even if it’s an EP or a single song,” he said.

Bono said  that the work he and Edge contributed to the “Spider-Man” musical for Broadway is “potentially one of the best things we’ve ever done” and while waiting for the show’s financial problems to be worked out, he expects the show to be running later this year.

Bono also discussed U2’s upcoming debut at the Glastonbury festival in June. He said that “everyone is excited” and because it’s on a smaller scale than “360”, expect a performance without so much spectacle. “I think it will just be about the music on that day,” Bono said.

Also on his mind was (RED) and Bono was happy to report new developments shaping up. Nike has joined the campaign, he revealed, and Africa’s hosting of the World Cup this year is something he is truly thrilled about. “It’s important that the world gets to see the majesty and magical side of that most extraordinary continent,” he said.

As incredible as Bono’s year sounds so far, perhaps the most special event will take place on May 10, when he turns 50. And he already feels the pressure. After attending a Leonard Cohen concert last year where he got emotional during the show, Bono confessed, “I realized that all my favorite songs he wrote in his 50s and 60s. That, to me, was a throwdown.” However daunting as turning 50 seems, Age is nothing but a number, Bono!

'Spider-Man' turns on the lights

“Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark,” the $50 million Broadway musical by Bono and The Edge, is back on – but not until fall 2010.

The show, the most expensive in Broadway history, was supposed to open in March at the Hilton Theater. It ran aground when David Garfinkle, its inexperienced and inept lead producer, failed to come with the money.Bono’s longtime business partner, Michael Cohl, stepped in to clean up the mess.

The financing is now in place, with a chunk coming from Disney, which recently acquired Marvel Comics. The show will likely begin previews in September and open in November, sources have said Refunds are now available for people who bought tickets for performances this spring — previews were supposed to have begun next month — and do not want to exchange them for new dates in the fall. “Cohl and Disney have sorted it all out,” one source said. “Garfinkle is around in name only.” Julie Taymor, who directed “The Lion King,” is staging “Spider-Man.” Alan Cumming is still on board as the Green Goblin. Spider-Man will be played by newcomer Reeve Carney.

 

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