Bono Meets Turkish PM

With his band’s visit one of the most anticipated events on Istanbul’s cultural calendar this year, U2 singer Bono took time out of preparations for Monday’s concert by meeting Sunday with Turkey’s prime minister.

The meeting at the prime minister’s office at Dolmabahçe Palace featured Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader’s daughter, Sümeyye Erdoğan, Turkey’s chief European Union negotiator, Egemen Bağış, and State Minister Hayati Yazıcı.

Bono gave the Turkish prime minister a red iPod Nano, which he said would benefit the Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS.

The Irish rock star also told Erdoğan he knew the prime minister was a great fan of Turkish classical music. The prime minister then posed with the band for the press to take photos although the rest of their meeting occurred behind closed doors.

Bono’s program for the later part of the day was to include a walk on the Bosphorus Bridge with ministers.

Yazıcı and Bağış were to accompany him as the Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review went to print.

U2 will perform in Istanbul for the very first time Monday as part of its 360º Tour on Monday evening.

The rock band will be on stage at the Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium, contributing to Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture festivities. The U2 Istanbul concert is being organized by LiveNation, in collaboration with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, or İKSV, and Pozitif.

New Zealand Ticket Alert

Tickets to New Zealand’s one and only U2 360 concert are already appearing on TradeMe, two days before they go on sale to the public. subscribers had until yesterday to purchase tickets to the November concert, before they go on sale to the public this Friday.

Tickets are already appearing on auction website Trade Me for inflated prices - some have a ‘buy now’ of $1000 for two.

U2 360 organisers would not comment on scalping but the band website states: “We reserve the right to block access to or cancel a ticket order of any user that we believe, in our sole and absolute discretion is or is associated with any ticket broker or scalper.”

Wellingtonian Shelly Mackey subscribed for $50 just to ensure she could get tickets after almost missing out four years ago when U2 last performed in New Zealand.

“The main reason why I did it was because I wanted to get tickets. Last time they had a concert I lived in Hamilton and we broke up into groups, I lined up at the stadium, others were in town and another was online,” she says.

She missed out on tickets which were being sold at Waikato Stadium and at the ticket store in town, but did get them online.

“We almost missed out, so this time I thought ‘stuff it’ and paid the $50.”

She says it was worth paying the extra money because the previous concert was so good.

“Their concert was awesome last time.”

Miss Mackey says she purchased four of the $39.90 tickets, which ended up costing about $62 each after the subscription fee and postage.

New Zealand U2 360 spokeswoman Bridget de Launay says the subscribers allocation for $349.50 Red Zone tickets sold out, but could not comment on how many were sold.

She says there are still Red Zone tickets available to the public.

Miss Mackey says it is tempting to sell her spare two tickets.

“I am definitely considering it but I would feel a little greedy doing it.”

She says she might just sell them to friends for the amount she paid for them.

“I will just see what happens.”

The Irish superband will be joined by Jay-Z at Mt Smart Stadium on Thursday, November 25, exactly four years after U2 last performed in New Zealand.

About 54 percent of tickets are priced under $100, starting at $39.90.

The low prices are due to the specially built 50m-high stage with rotating bridges and a giant video system.

“The extra capacity U2 360 gives us means that there are a large number, several thousand in fact, of low priced tickets at every show,” says U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, chief executive of Live Nation Global Touring.

Bringing the U2 360 production to New Zealand is no small feat. Six 747 freighters are required to fly the production to New Zealand.

The stage weighs 590 tonnes with all of the production gear hanging from it, and covers 6000 square metres.

‘The Claw’ itself stands 30.53m high, and with the pylon it’s 51.8m. That means it’s higher than most stadium roofs. Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium roof will have to be “cracked” and stay open to allow the pylon to be installed.

U2's Club Sound

Bono / U2 360 Tour 2010 In the September issue of the Rolling Stone which hits newstands Friday in North America Bono tells all about a new album with a club sound.

As already reported the band has plans to release a rock album, and SOngs of Ascent a set of songs from the recording session of their 2009 album “No Line On the Horizon” also Bono and The Edge have been busy with Spider- Man the musical.

Bono says he thinks he “could have made a limp work.”

He adds: “There are a lot bigger problems out there than the ones I was facing. … But I came out of it perfect. And I feel incredibly grateful.”


U2 and the 700-ton monster arrive in Hanover

Just over a week before the start of the Bundesliga season in the AWD Arena in Hanover from the green grass is not much to see.  

A total of 700 tons of steel and technology currently dominate the stadium on Thursday evening and prepare the stage for the concert. 

After 13 years, the band is the first time to see again live in the state capital.

Six days and more than 8,000 hours was the construction of the 360-degree stage - a futuristic, spider-like structure - claim that it has, according to organizers in these dimensions so before given only U2.

The approximately 50,000 fans are expected to forward to an appropriate spectacle, production manager Jake Barry promised yesterday, while in the truest sense of the word were the latest work on the stage.

Hanover, the second of three German stations during the 2009 world tour the band started. On Tuesday evening, the rocker is already in the Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena had occurred.

It had come to the end of the presentation for a moving invocation. Before the very last song called “Moment of Surrender” singer Bono recalled the 21 victims of the Love Parade in Duisburg. He then expressed his hope that the disaster should not lead to perish in Germany, the joy of music.

Quite easily, the German tour start was, however, does not. During the construction stage to comply with the giant screens, there was in Frankfurt a lot of trouble.

At 52 meters height, the steel structure for the stadium roof was too high. “In Hanover, there has been no trouble,” said the head of production.

Ensure that the lawn just before the season start of the Bundesliga season is not damaged, make special shoes. If the Green still suffer, there is a new turf by U2.

Opening is Kasabian. U2 starts at 20.45 Local Time

The current time in Hanover

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New U2 Book

Backbeat Books is proud to announce the September 15th release of U2 FAQ, a new 400-plus page book on the revered rock band by award-winning music journalist John D. Luerssen.

Due September 15th in the U.S. and globally this fall, the latest in Backbeat’s acclaimed FAQ series (Fab Four FAQ, Fab Four FAQ 2.0, Pink Floyd FAQ), U2 FAQ promises Anything You’d Ever Want to Know About the Biggest Band in the World … and More!

Featuring an introduction by Cowboy Mouth’s John Thomas Griffith, the one-time frontman for Red Rockers, who opened for U2 on its Unforgettable Fire trek, U2FAQ also boasts rare artifacts and photos from U2 fans and collectors worldwide.

Active and relevant for nearly thirty-five years, Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen, Jr. have been masters of reinvention, thriving artistically while continuing to sell out concerts across the globe. From their start at Dublin’s Mount Temple School in 1976 up to the 2009 Rose Bowl show that shattered a U.S. concert attendance record (previously set by the group in 1987), U2’s members have experienced some amazing collective highs. But in its ascent, the band has seen its share of personal, artistic, and commercial setbacks, including Bono’s recent debilitating back injury, which prompted the postponement of its U.S. tour until 2011.

These are just some of the topics U2 FAQ explores: How did Bono recover his cherished suitcase of lyrics 23 years after its 1981 disappearance? What movie dialogue is sampled in the middle of Seconds? What effect did bull’s blood have on Larry’s drumming? How did Bono’s visit to Central America inform The Joshua Tree? What are the details of Adam’s 1989 marijuana bust? How did Mick Jagger wind up on “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”? Can Bono really save the world?

“What makes U2 FAQ different from the other books written about the band, is that – aside from all of the information it gathers – is the fact that it explores the band’s vulnerabilities,” Luerssen says. “I think that with U2’s enormous popularity, it’s easy to forget that Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam are human beings like the rest of us. And I explore that in chapters like Broken Nose to the Floor: Public Debacles, Dangers, and Embarrassments, and Don’t Talk Out of Time—True U2 Stories. It’s a must-read book, whether you love or loathe U2.”

Luerssen – a regular AOL Music/Spinner contributor who has also written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, All Music Guide, and American Songwriter and penned 2004’s highly praised Rivers’ Edge: The Weezer Story (ECW Press) goes beyond the essential facts, delving into the legendary fables and unique anecdotes that make

“U2 FAQ” an indispensable read for all U2 disciples.

U2 Fan Experience

Dave Long /U2TOURFANS 2009As most fans begin to look at their calendar they see that the next round of shows happen to be much closer than you think, One fan capsured their feeling of the last leg.

What was yours ? How did the show move you ? What was your experience?

Of course we have tons of videos and photos and intereviews, what about your story ? Lets reach back in time and enjoy this fans experience.

U2 is an experience. And I know that sounds kitsch and over the top if you don’t like them, and have never been to one of their shows.

I’ve heard that said over and over again, and I thought I understood it. I’ve got the dvd’s of previous tours, and watch them a fair amount.

But when I got there, and stood in front of Edge’s amps as he drove out perfect note after perfect note on ‘Breathe’, taking a rather normal base chord structure to levels you wouldn’t think it could go to, and as Bono quite literally sang his heart out, and 97,000 people for just 2 hours got to drop their learned inhibitions and allow songs to take them somewhere they might not otherwise be able to go……as over the top as it might sound, it is a spiritual experience.

So as much as I joke about the night not being fulfilled until security escorts me out for trying too hard to touch Edge, Bono, Larry, Adam, or even one of the stage crew, once you get there, it’s just about letting yourself go.

Now, U2 is not for everybody. They’re obviously for a lot of people, but not for everybody. But I can pretty much guarantee you that if you were to go to a live show of theirs, and leave any preconceived notions at the door, you would at the very least feel something.

Dave Long / U2TOURFANS 2009 Something you weren’t expecting. For me, U2 has a way of lending these orchestrations with the perfect mix of countering yet simplistic lines, to support a melody that aches and yearns as much as it gives joy. In fact, the joy probably comes out of the ache. And they do it with power and with passion, and it sings to people. Not to everyone, but to at least 97,000 people last evening at the Rose Bowl. To be able to sing with my wife with tears in our eyes during ‘City of Blinding Lights’.

To be able to be crushed by 2490 fans in the inner circle jumping to ‘No Line on the Horizon’ as I in turn crush the 10 in front of me. To sing ‘No more!’ until you think you’re going to collapse, but it’s okay because thousands of other people from 5 years old to 65 years old are singing the same thing with the same intensity around you.

And of course, to almost be able to touch Edge’s guitar when he leaned over the rail. And above absolutely everything else, to hear the untouched and pre-mic’d tone directly from his amps.  Not to sound overly sentimental