U2TOURFANS March Madness Giveaway !

You claim to be a U2 fan, you say you have been to every U2 tour possible and you feel that you are the #1 U2 fan in the world. If you are not than skip this promotion because it is the U2 documentary DVD “From The Sky Down” give away for the real fans.

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion). U2’s early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group’s musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals, highlighted by The Edge’s textural guitar playing and Bono’s expressive vocals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

Win your very own copy of “From the Sky Down”. Tell us in 500 words the impact of U2 on rock music.  Do you think U2 is the face of modern Christian music? How did U2’s music affect your life?  

U2 wrote songs about things that were important and resonated with their audience, now it’s your chance to write your own story on U2.

The details – March 1st  thru March 14th we will publish one story per day that we have voted and consider to be a finalist. The story publish will have the facebook voting option setup allowing U2 fans around the world to vote on the story.  On March 14th we will publish the top 5 stories and allow you to vote on them. You the fan will select the winner! Runners up will be entered into a runner up promotion and recieve a CD of their choice.

All entries must be submitted by February 29th - U2STORY@u2tourfans.com  

Disclaimer: All submissions become the property of U2TOURFANS and will not be returned. The Editor-in-Chief has the final approval on all submission prior to publishing. Fans will vote on the submissions via facebook voting. Stories published will include the by line of the writer and must be orginal work. No cash will be exchanged for prizes.  All prizes are shipped direct to the winner.

Tour grosses over $703 million

The Edge / Adam / Bono / U2 360 Tour Denver 2011NEW FIGURES show that U2’s 360° Tour has grossed more than $703 million (€534 million) after seven million rock fans paid to see the band over the past three years.

According to figures published by music industry journal Pollstar, the tour grossed $231.9 million last year after 2.38 million music fans paid to see the band at 34 gigs across 26 cities.

The US-based publisher shows that the tour grossed the highest amount of any rock band last year and on average grossed $8.9 million per gig with an average attendance of 91,828.

The figures show that U2’s three-gig stint at the Morumbi Stadium in São Paolo, Brazil, alone earned $32 million.

The $703 million is a gross figure and does not take into account the significant costs of staging the tour, which involved 110 gigs in 79 cities around the world over three years.

Hundreds of people were employed in transporting and constructing the 360° “Claw” stage, while the concerts provided a major economic boost in the cities where they took place.

The profits from the tour are shared between the four members of the band – Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton – their manager Paul McGuinness, their promoter Live Nation, and the local venue operator.

The 360° production increased the capacity of venues by up to 25%, resulting in record attendances.

The Pollstar figures show that one of the top-earning stints over the three years was the band’s sold-out three-night run at Dublin’s Croke Park, where the tour grossed $28.5 million.

A breakdown of the annual figures shows that the tour grossed $231.9 million in 2011; $160.9 million in 2010; and $311 million in 2009, when three million people paid on average $101 to see the band play.

The year 2009 was the largest grossing year of the tour, when the average gross per concert was $10 million.

The drop-off in revenue in 2010 came as a result of the band postponing a North American leg of the tour after Bono sustained a back injury in Munich.

The latest figures for U2’s main Irish company, U2 Ltd, for the 12 months to the end of 2010 show that its cash pile increased almost fivefold to €4 million.

The principal activity of the company is the creation, protection and licensing of intellectual property.

New Year, New U2 ?

The boys have been pretty busy in 2011 and with some reports coming that they have recorded some new tunes the question remains; when can we expect to see some fresh U2 tunes ? U2 has reinvent its self a come of times already. Fans flocked to the 360 tour in hopes to retain those youthful times of bliss. We start this year with a bit of directional news. U2TOURFANS will be working on a couple of big projects this year. Our goal is to be able to provide a home for all of our images, videos and continue to provide a source for U2 news and conversation. As we begin the process we will be testing out some new features and creating some opportunities for authors to share their U2 expereience. As alway we thank you for all your support and we hope that the changes we make improve your U2 experience.

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

Does U2 still have relevance?

Bono / Nick Walker 2011Bono answers the tough questions with tough answers. U2 are about to release their most expansive reissue project yet, for 1991’s Achtung Baby (Super Deluxe Edition – the album where they traded in earnest uplift for funk, noise, sex, irony and self-doubt. So how does this lavish look back square with the band’s old lyric “You glorify the past when the future dries up”?

Reissuing 1991’s Achtung Baby (Super Deluxe Edition) with a new companion documentary wasn’t an easy decision for a forward-looking band averse to rearview glances, says Edge, 50. “How big a deal do we make of an anniversary when we’re in the middle of what we’re doing now? We had a hard time figuring that out. We’re not a heritage act. We’re still very active. But this record was so pivotal that we felt it was OK to revisit it.”

“I’m not so sure the future hasn’t dried up,” says Bono, who’s been irritating his bandmates lately by publicly questioning U2’s relevance – despite the fact that they just finished the highest-grossing tour of all time. “The band are like, ‘Will you shut up about being irrelevant?’” he says. But Bono can’t help himself – even though U2 have been in and out of the studio with various producers recently, he raises the possibility that the band may have released its final album. “We’d be very pleased to end on No Line on the Horizon ,” he says, before acknowledging the unlikelihood of that scenario: “I doubt that.”

Bono concedes that revisiting the album where U2 punched themselves out of a tight corner – after 1988’s Rattle and Hum Movie and album helped convince some music fans they were hopelessly solemn and pompous – suggested a way forward. “Ironically, being forced to look back at this period reminds me of how we might re-emerge for the next phase,” says Bono. “And that doesn’t mean that you have to wear some mad welder’s goggles or dress up in women’s clothing. Reinvention is much deeper than that.”

Moving forward has never been easy for U2, as chronicled in the outtakes, B sides and early versions of Achtung songs unearthed for a new box set – and set forth in moving detail in From the Sky Down, a documentary about Achtung Baby’s genesis by It Might Get Loud director Davis Guggenheim. The movie, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival, makes it clear that trying to find a new sound led to what the Edge calls “a potentially career-ending series of difficulties.” In tracing the creation of “One,” the film also reveals that lyrics such as “We’re one, but we’re not the same” are as much about the band’s fraught brotherhood as anything else. “I thought [Achtung Baby] was a really supercool moment in a not always supercool life,” Bono says with a laugh, “and [Guggenheim] goes and makes an uncool film about us!”

Bono / Nick Walker 2011 Rattle and Hum, and the horn-section-and-B.B.-King-accompanied Lovetown Tour that followed, were U2’s rootsiest moment. But for a band whose actual roots were in late-Seventies post-punk, the cowboy hats and denim were starting to chafe. The Edge was listening to My Bloody Valentine,  Nine Inch Nails and Einstürzende Neubauten, while also noting the fusion of rock and dance coming out of Manchester, with groups like the Stone Roses. “I always remember the intense embarrassment when I happened to be in a club and a generous-spirited DJ would put on one of our tunes from the War album,” the Edge says. “It was so evident we had never been thinking about how it would go down in clubs. So we just wanted to stretch ourselves in the area of rhythm and backbeat and groove.”

The band recorded the bulk of the album in Berlin’s Hansa Studios , just as Germany was reunifying – and as co-producer Brian Eno wrote, aesthetic guidelines soon emerged: “Buzzwords on this record were trashy, throwaway, dark, sexy and industrial.” “We found it was more interesting to start from an extreme place,” says the Edge.

Hence the buzz-saw guitars that kick off the opening track, “Zoo Station ,” followed by a blast of Larry Mullen Jr.’s drums distorted almost beyond recognition. “Some of the extreme sounds weren’t achieved with sophisticated, outboard equipment, dialed in carefully,” says the Edge. Instead, they simply overloaded their vintage recording console. “It was literally, ‘What happens if you try to go to 11?’” says the guitarist.

Adam Clayton / Nick Walker 2011 For the band, rediscovering the wildly different lyrics and arrangements on the early “kindergarten” versions of the songs was revelatory – “Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World,” for instance, sounds like an Irish folk tune. “The first time the paint goes on the canvas is a very, very exciting moment,” says Bono. He was intrigued by a line in the early “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” that recasts its story as a “parasitic” love affair (“Your innocence I’ve experienced”), while the Edge is convinced the more restrained vocal melody on that version is superior to the released track.

One of the more intriguing outtakes, “Down All the Days,” has the same backing track as “Numb,” from U2’s 1993 follow-up, Zooropa, with Bono singing an entirely different song. “It’s this quite unhinged electronic backing track with a very traditional melody and lyrics,” says the Edge. “It almost worked.”

Meanwhile, U2’s future plans are not set. “It’s quite likely you might hear from us next year, but it’s equally possible that you won’t,” says the Edge. Adds Bono, “We have so many [new] songs, some of our best. But I’m putting some time aside to just go and get lost in the music. I want to take my young boys and my wife and just disappear with my iPod Nano and some books and an acoustic guitar.”

Read more about Bono’s interview in the new issue of Rolling Stone

Rumors contiue of the end of U2, over the next few days we will revisit some of the rumors and lay to rest some thoughts of the future that lay on the past.

1991 Last Year of Great Music ?

By Eric Shivers:
Music is my lifeblood. It’s a plain and simple fact. From Bowie to The Cure to Nirvana to U2 and well beyond, I listen to a very eclectic group of genres. However, I’m no longer a consumer of music like I was in my post-college years. I still “listen” to newer bands, but have not been very impressed with recent releases. The last time we had a major shift change in music was in 1991.
Call me old, but is was a vintage year. I believe it was the last great year of musical releases. R.E.M., The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and U2 all put out records that changed music and all of those works have stood the test of time.
There haven’t been too many runs since then that have made such an impact. Yes, I may be naïve to the fact that other great albums have come out, indie or otherwise, and changed the world, but these were commercial releases.
Releases that took risks, bore their soul and stood out of the crowd. Of the three, Out of Time by R.E.M. is the weakest. I would call it a filler album in R.E.M.’s catalog as they began to wander through their Warner Brothers contract. Not so with The Red Hot Chili Peppers whose work on Blood, Sex, Sugar, Magic stands tall amongst others in their catalog. It’s their brilliant masterpiece, which was aided by producer Rick Rubin. Another producer, Butch Vig, worked with a little known Seattle band, Nirvana, who would make as much of an impact on the musical world as the Sex Pistols did 14 years earlier, with their album Nevermind. Added to the mix was the debut release of Pearl Jam’s Ten, which aided in exploding the flannel wearing Seattle grunge scene into the musical landscape of America at the time. And then came Achtung Baby, U2’s long awaited release.
For this U2 fan, Achtung Baby was one of the most anticipated albums. We had no Internet back in 1991. One had to stay in touch with “someone in the know” in order to get release information. My insider worked for Rose Records here in Chicago.
I can still remember the day I bashfully set foot into her store looking for answers to my questions about U2. I had not heard news of them for a while and feared that they may have split up. I would have been heart broken if that had happened. I walked into Rose Records on Sherman Avenue, in Evanston, on a late spring day in 1991.
I asked the store clerk about U2. She asked me if I was a fan. I said yes and she proceeded to review her cluttered surroundings for a release list. Her search ended with success. She gave me the date and then introduced herself as Phyllis. She became my “someone in the know” as she settled the unease in my stomach.
I was now filled with anticipation. What I wasn’t prepared for was how much of a metamorphosis would take place in Hansa Studio where the Irish quartet initially recorded the album.
On the day of the U2 release and with a mouth full of Novocain, I bought the newly minted U2 disc and headed home with wariness and excitement. I put the CD into my player with trepidation. I turned off all the lights in my apartment and let the gray, overcast sky outside my window blanket my room. What seeped out of my stereo moments later was something so different and transformative that I asked myself if this was still U2.
I would come to learn that Bono and Edge were knee deep into the Manchester dance sound.
Those influences can be heard on Even Better Than the Real Thing and Mysterious Ways. By the end of the first run through of the disc, including a couple song repeats, I wanted to hear it again. U2, like Nirvana and all of the other releases that year, were transforming music. The likes of which have not been seen since.
You can read all about Eric’s joy for U2 in his book    I’m a Fan: How I married U2 into my life without going to the altar

Social Media Brings U2 Closer

MONCTON – 75,000 plus fans descended on Magnetic Hill for the final U2 show of its 360 tour, millions of diehard fans were in Moncton in spirit as social media and smart devices became the eyes and ears of the show to the world. 

Fans around the world that could not attend the show live could follow any show via twitter with show hastags assigned to them, Moncton was #U2360MON the tags used communicate news, comments, share the set list, photos to bring fans even closer. 

Fans from Brazil, Chile, Portugal and Australia shared the tweets, photos and kept communication going with the pleas for more show details.

“It’s kind of funny that I’ve never heard of Moncton before in my life, but now I’ll never forget it! Wish I was there!!” tweeted @U2junkie, a fan from the United States. Our social media channels had over 1 milllion vistors on Saturday night. At one point it looks as if U2 was trending on every social media outlet.

“It seemed like a whole other audience had tuned into the gig, reading rather than listening. It’s not my idea of rock ‘n’ roll but whatever turns you on. Virtual music. Read the tweet, hear it in your head.”

From Tyler, Texas, Lauralynn Wagner followed the show on Twitter from beginning to end. People around the world were interacting on Twitter during the set, she said, giving the event the feel of a “global experience.”

“It’s just really amazing how technology has been able to connect us, as fans, that way,” Wagner said, adding that she saw people re-tweeting concert tweets from as far away as Argentina.

“There were tweets in Spanish. To get to talk to people from all over the place sharing in this experience - it was just really cool to be able to do that.”

For fans who couldn’t make it to the show, Twitter provided the next best thing, said Dale Rideout-Moores from Paradise, Newfoundland. Rideout-Moores, a U2 fan since the 1980s, followed a handful of Moncton concert-goers online along with a group of about 50 other U2 fans who didn’t make it to Moncton.

“A bunch of us stayed online and talked about the songs as we got individual updates on Facebook or on Twitter,” she said.

“It was nice, because even though you couldn’t be there in person, you sort of had the opportunity to be online and feel like you were at the last show.”

The hashtag #U2360Mon had close to 5,000 significant mentions by the end of the concert, according to the social media analytics site Topsy.

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.

Bono / U2 360 Tour / Mark Peterson

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

U2 Rocks Steel City

U2 360 Tour/ Mark Peterson 2011 PITTSBURGH – The final USA show of the 360 Tour after 24 months was out of this world.  U2 had a couple of surprises.  The 2 ½ hour show ended as normal with “Moment of Surrender” which has been the last encore song for a couple of shows. Out of Control had appeared as the last song a couple of times. Well last night after a brief huddle the boys belted out “Bad” and snip of “40” Bono said the song “Bad” was inspired from someone around here. 

The boys took the stage a few minutes after 9 pm with the normal opener; “Space Oddity” by David Bowie and during “Beautiful Day” a snippet of Bowie’s song reappeared to support the space station clip. 

Bono referred to Pittsburg as “The Steel City” a few times a reference to some pretty cool people that have come from around here such as Andy Warhol, Perry Como and Bronson – We will spare you the references to the boys.

U2’s first gig was way back in 81 a place called “The Decade” Bono said “I was proud of my mullet” an interesting look during the time period.

The show was the last of a very long tour, which had its bumps along the way. However last night was not the night to rehash all of the bumps; Bono did have his chance to talk about politics, and social causes, shoot out to Aung San Suu Kyi and brief word on Amnesty International.

This was the final night of the band’s U.S. tour — the last stop of the two-year trek is Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick — and Bono thanked fans “For this grand madness,” motioning to the band’s gargantuan, record-sized stage with its 150-foot tower.

Bittersweet U2's Final US Show Tonight

U2 360 Tour / Mark Peterson 2011 PITTSBURGH – 7 million spectators, 110 shows, 30 countries and today the 2nd to last show. U2 arrives tonight to Heinz Field. This is the last U.S.A stop for the boys.  Craig Evans completed the media peek yesterday by running down the normal details of the stage the massive size, the fact that this stage has three versions and takes about 8 days to build. Craig Evans uses one word to describe what Pittsburgh will see tonight at Heinz Field when it hosts U2’s 360 Tour: ambitious.

“It was very ambitious for us to think that two years ago, we could put together a production of this scale, and take it to 30 countries around the world,” said Evans, U2’s tour director, as work crews assembled the last pieces of the mammoth stage set-up on Monday. “And it really required for its success a 360-degree configuration at all these venues to make it all work for the band visually for what they had in mind. But here we are, 108 shows later and it’s been a magnificent success.”

The boys will finalize the set list a few hours before the show to be able to react to any late breaking news events. Tonight’s show songs will be selected with Pittsburg in mind so you can expect a tribute to Steelers chairmen emeritus Dan Rooney, the U.S, Ambassador to Ireland who is said to played a roll in getting U2 to play in Pittsburgh.  

As of Monday evening tickets are still available and attendance is expected to exceed  60,000  

On Monday, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravensthal declared Tuesday “U2 360 World Tour Day.”

“We are honored that U2 has chosen Pittsburgh as their last U.S. stop in what is now the highest grossing concert tour of all time,” Ravenstahl said in a statement.