Bono and wife on holiday

Helping Bono on his way to recover he seems to have a great deal of support from his friends in high places.

U2’s front man his wife of nearly 29 years, Ali, were snapped lounging on Oracle owner, Larry Ellison’s yacht “The Rising Sun” with Roman Abramovich. “The Rising Sun” is the largest privately owned yacht in the world.

This spotting of Bono comes just weeks after he hung with his friend Lance Armstrong at his villa in the South of France. It must be nice to be in with such circle of friends.

The Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich, met the couple of the massive yacht in the Mediterranean sea just off the French coast.

Bono has been staying at his own holiday home in the South of France. His hope is to be healthy enough to return to performing this fall for the next leg of his “360 Tour”.

If these are the people he calls friends imagine who his doctors are!

Did you know ?

Co-owned by Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, and David Geffen of Geffen Records, Rising Sun carried a price tag of $200 million.

Built with the intention of surpassing Octopus in size, 453 feet long Rising Sun was built by Lürssen in Germany. Not only did Rising Sun surpass Octopus, the yacht is so big that it can’t even dock at most marinas—it exceeds their size limits.

With 82 rooms on five stories, Rising Sun’s living area exceeds 8,000 square meters. Rising Sun is totally pimped-out with onyx countertops, a gym, spa and sauna, Jacuzzi bathrooms and a private movie theater with giant plasma screen.

It also boasts an extensive private wine cellar, 3,300 square meters of teak-layered deck space, and a basketball court on the deck doubles as a helicopter pad.

Also did you know that “The Edge” owns one? 

U2 guitarist The Edge (David Howell Evans)  has banded together with a group of mates to buy £12m luxury yacht The Cyan. Bono had a chance to lease the boat a couple of years back. Wonder if the going rate of 200K is still available ?

Rumours wondered if it was that Bono  had purchased the yacht however the The Edge set the record straight by saying:

 

It’s not Bono’s yacht at all, it’s mine. Bono doesn’t know a thing about boats.

“For years it was a dream of mine to own a yacht, but to be honest, it was a bit out of my league. So myself and a few friends got together, chipped in, and bought the Cyan. I don’t know where the story that Bono owns it came from.”

 

Luxury motor yacht CYAN has a total of 6 cabins able to sleep 10 guests. The yachts master cabin which is full width of the beam on the main deck has a King size bed, a large study, two walk-in closets, and his and hers bathrooms interconnected by a Jacuzzi bath. Aldo located on the main deck is an additional Queen cabin with ensuite which is best suited for a nanny or bodyguard as the entrance for this cabin is via a separate corridor leading to the galley. On lower deck are another 2 Queen staterooms with ensuite bathrooms and 2 Twin cabins with ensuite shower room. All of the cabins have a TV, DVD and VCR. All guest cabins are decorated in limed oak and are light and spacious.

Rock Stars and their toys, you gota love it. Hey what would you do with your rock star money?

 

U2 Earns a Whopping $108M

So U2TOURFANS FILE PHOTO 2009 If money makes the world go round, then U2’s latest tour, which is dubbed “360 Degrees,” proves this saying true.

The veteran act leads Billboard’s 2010 Money Makers list, earning more than $108 million in 2009.

Bruce Springsteen is second with $57 million and Madonna follows with $47 million. AC/DC and Britney Spears round out the top 5 with $43 and $38 million, respectively.

Just in case if you wanted to know how BillBoard determains the leaders of the money train, here is what they had to say.

Billboard compiles the list from monies earned through tours, CD and digital sales, publishing royalties and more. In compiling these rankings, the editors used proprietary data from the Billboard Boxscore archives (concert grosses), Nielsen SoundScan (sales of physical albums, digital albums and digital tracks), Nielsen BDS (tethered downloads, on-demand streams and noninteractive streaming at Rhapsody, Napster, AOL and Yahoo) and Nielsen RingScan (master ringtone sales), and then applied the corresponding mechanical rates and estimates where necessary for each category to determine the industry’s top-earning artists.

The ranking covers the one-year period from the first week of 2009 (which ended Jan. 4) through the last tracking week of the calendar year ended Jan. 3. It combines an artist’s estimated take from those products with box-office results from concert performances that took place during the calendar year.

U2TOURFANS U2 File Photo 2009 Sales data tallies all available titles for each artist during the tracking period. Artists receive 100% credit for sales of a title if credited as the lead artist or as an equally billed lead artist.

In calculating an artist’s share of revenue from recorded-music sales, Billboard used a royalty rate of 20% for superstars and 16% for newer artists, minus producer fees and the usual packaging and free-goods deductions for CDs.

An artist’s take of revenue from on-demand streams was calculated based on the average wholesale rate paid to labels, while revenue from non-interactive streams was based on SoundExchange’s rate settlement with webcasters. An artist’s share of revenue from tethered downloads was calculated on an average-per-download basis. In instances when the artist is a songwriter, Billboard estimated the share of songs written by the artist.

U2TOURFANS 2009 File Photo CD mechanical royalties for artist/songwriters were calculated by assuming the standard royalty rates. For digital downloads for track, album and ringtone sales, Billboard used the current statutory rates, assuming 12 tracks per album. Billboard also subtracted a 10% manager’s fee for each revenue category. For touring revenue, we credited each artist with 34% of gross tour receipts, after the promoter’s fee, the artist manager’s fee and other costs are subtracted.

Our figures do not include revenue from merchandise sales, sponsorships, synchronization deals and songwriter performance royalties. The data used in this report was compiled and calculated by Billboard Research manager Gordon Murray, senior Billboard correspondent Ed Christman, Nielsen Music special projects manager Deborah Schwartz and Boxscore chart manager Bob Allen.

 

 

U2's Weekly Wrapup

U2TOURFANS Looking for Followers !

 

U2TOURFANS As we get ready to launch our tour season we back here in our cold offices have been thinking about contests that we can hold for our followers, we would never dare call you fans, unless it was in reference to the band of course. Thinking about concests we have come up with a couple of ideas. Of course there not fully baked nor would the boss let us throw them out to you like this, however we can say its going to be tied to Facebook, Youtube and Twitter and our iPhone Application. Refer your friends to sign up to any or all of the three media choices and you could be a winner of a super cool item(s).

U2 weekly wrap up starts now this has been an interesting week. Take a look at the stories you followed. We have our guest writter program kicking off again, as well as a feature writer, if you would like to be a guest writer let us know. Oh before we forget. Remember we asked for your best U2TOURFANS photo. Its not too late to get in on this. Send it to us via Facebook.

U2’s Bono makes diva demands

U2’s BonoDiva alert: U2 front man Bono dined with bandmate Edge at Butter on Tuesday night, and another person dining there says he had more than a few demands.

“He wanted Perrier, which they didn’t have, so a waiter actually ran across the street to a store and bought him a bottle,” says a patron at the next table.

That wasn’t all. Bono needed his food prepared specially. “He demanded that his salad be chopped,” says the spy. “And he made sure it was when it arrived.”

U2 fans stayed out of the Fray

U2 Guitarist’s Plans Don’t Find Green

U2’s The Edge

MALIBU, Calif. — The house that the U2 guitarist longs to build here would have a copper roof, fashioned to resemble fluttering leaves. Boulders that dot the property would be left in place and assigned charming names like Dinosaur Vertebrae and Cistern. The dirt dug up to build would be reused, when possible.

U2 Producer Steve Lillywhite

Steve LillywhiteWe’ve seen a few big names bandied about for the role of next Simon Cowell, including Tommy Mottola, Guy Oseary, Jimmy Iovine, and, most notably, Howard Stern. But seeing as American Idol appears no closer to actually naming a successor, a new contender has thrown his hat in the ring: Steve Lillywhite, the 55-year-old British producer most closely associated with U2, released a YouTube video last week stating his case, and has followed it up today with an interview with Idol Tracker. For the record, Lillywhite — who has also produced the Pogues, She & Him, 30 Seconds to Mars, Guster, Jason Mraz, the one Chris Cornell solo album not everyone hated, most of the big Dave Matthews Band albums plus one that was never released, and a Rolling Stones album from 1986 — is dead serious.

OneRepublic to open for U2 in Munich

OneRepublicThe Universal Music Group newsletter featured OneRepublic outlining the tour schedule for the group and what did we find deep within that newsletter ? Yes, OneRepublic will be the support act opening for U2 on September 15, 2010 in Munich. The details not fully outlined within the newsletter, stand by as we collect more info. Its seems that the boys plan to mix up the tour just a bit with couple of different supporting acts. For those of you keeping track at home here is what we have for opening acts so far.

 

U2TOURFANS Announces launch of iPhone Application

U2TOURFANS Announces launch of iPhone/iTouch Application

Today, U2TOURFANS announced the release of a new iPhone/iTouch application that integrates its multiple services into a single interface, making it easy for iPhone users to find, use and switch between U2TOURFANS social media properties like, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, and more To use the application, iPhone/iTouch users can download directly from the iTunes Applicaition store, by searching U2TOURFANS or clicking here. (Free for a limited time ) Sign up on Facebook Fan Club for ulimited free use.

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To accomplish this, U2TOURFANS partnered with SeattleClouds, SeattleCloud is an online publishing platform that allows you to create your own iPhone applications. You can then submit and sell your apps in the AppStore so people all over the world can download or buy your app.

The people behind SeattleClouds are a team of dedicated individuals with a long history in the technology field. Because of the potential that we saw in iPhone applications, we have developed a platform that can let any user create iPhone applications; no programming skills are required.

U2TOURFANS and SeattleClouds wanted a 360 experience unlike any other fan site connecting all of the elements that make up U2TOURFANS 360 experience. By connecting social applications such as twitter, youtube and facebook fans will be able to have the complete experience.

Editor-in-Chief Dre was quoted last night during the introductionof the application as saying.” This as the greatest birthday present to date, the launch of the application creates the 360 expeience that has always been the main focus of our media property.

These new features provide iPhone users with a desktop-like U2TOURFANS web application experience in terms of ease-of-use, speed, and feature richness but optimized for the iPhone. This experience is made possible by the iPhone’s general usability and the capabilities of its web browser, combined with U2TOURFANS/SeattleClouds innovative mobile web applications. We plan to expand this experience with updated versions as we get closer to tour season. One of our goals is to support a complete U2 experience that are fulfilling the promise of the mobile web - like the iPhone - and to ultimately deliver unique and compelling mobile experiences that provides the best fan experience possible.

Birthday wishes to our Chief from the U2TOURFANS Team ! We selected this one for you !

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