New York City: In a strange way, sort of me too statement U2 also will be on their way to Singapore next year (2017) for a possible stadium tour. Coldplay announced their 2017 tour dates with a stop over in Singapore National Stadium.
Some noise around the boys from Dublin suggests that the long-awaited "Songs Of Experience" may be released in 2017 with a massive global stadium tour. The Singapore stop would the first time that U2 has performed in Singapore. Don't start packing as of yet. The boys have not confirmed anything, and sources inside the band have not commented.
We know everyone has been waiting for the next release even talks of a release before Grammy voting season dashed by not releasing anything before October the boys have effectively knocked themselves right off the list of contenders for 2016 which could have been a solid showing for the boys.
Now it surely looks to be a 2017 release. Which as we stated before this is a big album for U2. The release needs a solid entry on the Billboard charts, not just one hit, a couple of solid placements within the top 10 Rock charts to remain relevant and bring along those new fans from the previous album.
Now long-time U2 fans will say that they would rather have a solid album and not care too much about the business side. However, this is a business, and the band has been acutely aware that the machine needs to be treated and fed with a successful release. We hear from U2 fans often that say the business side does not concern them, which our view frankly states that the music has a hard time getting exposure without a solid business plan. In other news, the holidays just around the corner and we have been busy with restructuring the operations side of our community.
Totally not ready for any major announcements however we can say we plan to scale up in some parts of our social communities and scale down within some. The bottom line is that we are looking to streamline our communities to reduce our costs and provide a better experience. Hiring will start in 2017 early for some key members which we will announce shortly.
Yea this is the time of the year we all gather around our friends and family to enjoy some holiday cheer. We have been working with Mark Peterson to produce a couple of exclusive items for this holiday.
Watch for a release in a few days for Holiday Cards that you can personalize, Calendars and two brand new U2 Photo books and as a bonus a digital access key to the picture vault to download some very exclusive items. Yea we thought this was a pretty cool way to finish out the year. All proceeds go directly to Mark's touring budget which if you have been following we had Mark around a few cities during the last tour. Cheers and Be well U2 fans 2017 is right around the corner.
London, Nigel Brown: Boys forth night of six in London the band threw in a surprise into the set list with " All I Want Is You"
Few groups would respect playing six evenings at the O2 as a stage down. For U2, whose past, stadium-filling 360° visit kept going two years and was the most noteworthy earning voyage through unequaled, this keep running of dates considers decidedly imply.
The Irish whizzes are advancing their thirteenth studio collection, a year ago's Songs of Innocence, a record discharged in a welter of debate. Ever welded to the amazing signal, the band dropped the collection complimentary into 500 million iTunes records, setting off some entertaining over-responses from grumblers pompously insulted at being sans given music.
U2 have discussed the collection being the most individual of their close to 40-year vocation, and its cathartic nature is delicately reflected in this present visit's organizing. The band start the set spotlit under a solitary light as they fire into a paean to their adolescent musical epiphany, The Miracle (of Joey Ramone), and the punky The Electric Co from their 1980 presentation collection, Boy.
Bono has talked regularly of the overwhelming impact on his mind of losing his mom to a cerebral aneurysm when he was 14, and new track Iris (Hold Me Close) is less a tune but rather more primal shout treatment conveyed from a stadium rock stage. He murmurs Cedarwood Road, about his childhood road, from a lifted metal enclosure among video projections that make him give off an impression of being strolling down that very road
U2's teases with innovation have dependably veered from the front line to the mushy, a pattern proceeded as they force a lady from the group to film Elevation: the flimsy footage turns into a synchronous live stream for endorsers of a versatile video application. More compelling is Every Breaking Wave, a despairing ditty murmured by Bono joined just by The Edge on piano.
U2 would not be U2 in the event that they didn't enthusiastically merge the individual and the political, and October is joined by frightening pictures of the destruction being fashioned by the besieging of Syria. Escaping transients and Isis preparing camps outline Bullet the Blue Sky, as Bono discusses the grievances of commentators of his worldwide activism: "You're a piece of the issue, not the arrangement."
The full setlist was:
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet) / Live Forever (snippet)
Rock 'n' Roll High School (snippet) / Vertigo
I Will Follow
Iris (Hold Me Close) / Hold Me Close (snippet)
Song For Someone
Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
Until The End Of The World / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet) / Words (snippet)
(Intermission - The Fly)
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Mysterious Ways / Burning Down The House (snippet)
Desire / Not Fade Away (snippet) / Clair (snippet)
All I Want Is You / Into The Mystic (snippet)
Every Breaking Wave
Bullet The Blue Sky / Ode To Joy (snippet) / 19 (snippet)
Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
With Or Without You / Shine Like Stars (snippet)
City Of Blinding Lights
Beautiful Day / Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (snippet) / Blackbird (snippet)
Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / One / Invisible (snippet) / Hold Me Close (snippet)
U2's iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 has confirmed a sixth and final show at The O2 Arena in London, on November 3rd.
The tour will travel through Canada and the US, culminating in eight shows at Madison Square Gardens before it moves to Turin, Italy on September 4th and 5th followed by sold out concerts in Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Barcelona, Antwerp, Koln, London, Glasgow and Paris.
Tickets for this sixth London show will go on sale this Friday, March 27th, at 9am local time.
U2.com subscribers who have not yet used their unique pre-sale access code - or new subscribers - can take part in a ticket pre-sale for this additional show from tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th at 10am, running until Thursday March 26th at 3pm. (All times local to venue.)
Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands.
U2 payed a special tribute to convicted Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi last night (August 15) after her prison sentence was recently extended.
The Dublin four-piece have heavily campaigned for her release for the last nine years and even penned the Grammy award winning single 'Walk On', taken from their 2000 album 'All That You Can't Leave Behind', in her name.
Ms Suu Kyi won the Burmese elections in 1990 with the National League for Democracy but was never allowed to take power and has been under house arrest ever since.
She was due to be freed but her sentence was extended for a further 18 months last week when she let a US national, John Yettaw, into her lakeside home after he swam there uninvited, preventing her from taking part in elections scheduled for 2010.
"Her name is Aung San Suu Kyi. I send a prayer from London to Burma for her safety."
The frontman then urged the crowd to don masks of the pro-democracy leader, which were handed out during the gig, as the band launched into 'Walk On' while volunteers marched onstage with her face on.
The band played a mammoth two hour set under their giant 'claw' stage as they blasted through a host of their greatest hits plus seven tracks from their recent album 'No Line On The Horizon' including an elecro version of 'I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight'.
Later the whole stadium also belted out the words to fan favourites 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' and 'Pride (In The Name Of Love)' while the likes of Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey and Mel C watched the show from the sidelines.
Bono was on jovial form throughout the show often throwing in snatches of tracks by The Rolling Stones, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Black Grape mid-song.
He also paid tribute to the city of London on numerous occasions and joked: "If you want our claw for the Olympic Games we'll give you a good deal when the tour finishes."
The band rounded off the show with a poignant rendition of 'One' before Bono urged the crowd to lift up their mobile phones and light up the stadium for closing track 'Moment Of Surrender.
'Breathe' 'No Line On The Horizon' 'Get On Your Boots' 'Magnificent' 'Beautiful Day' 'Until The End Of The World' 'New Year's Day' 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' 'Stay' 'Unknown Caller' 'The Unforgettable Fire' 'City Of Blinding Lights' 'Vertigo' 'I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (Remix)' 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' 'Pride (In The Name of Love)' 'MLK' 'Walk On' 'Where The Streets Have No Name' 'One' 'Bad' 'Ultraviolet (Light My Way)' 'With Or Without You' 'Moment of Surrender'
This is a strange time for U2. Their latest album, No Line on the Horizon, has by their standards sold weakly; yet on Friday they played to 88,000 people, the greatest number a band has crammed into Wembley.
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Now back to the London Day 1 Show Review
A whopping 88,000 fans lapped up the band's performance on what critics have described as their "mindblowing" Claw stage, which graced Croke Park three weeks ago. The record was previously held by Foo Fighters, who drew crowds of 83,000 last year.
Live Nation said in a statement before last night's show: "The U2 360 shows at Wembley Stadium on August 14 and 15 will see an expected attendance of between 165,000 to 170,000 over the two days with an expected attendance of 88,000 on Friday breaking the previous attendance record at Wembley." Old favourites, including Beautiful Day, Mysterious Ways and With or Without You, were lapped up the crowd.
BAD REVIEWS POURING IN - telegraph.co.uk
After about 25 minutes, though, either the sound improved or my ears got used to it, and the band unfurled two lovely ballads: a huge and hymnal I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and a gentle acoustic version of Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of. They decently kept to a minimum the songs from the dreary No Line on the Horizon: six, from a setlist of 22.
The older hits (Sunday Bloody Sunday, Pride, a glittering Where the Streets Have No Name) were best, except for One, ruined by Bono, who sang much of it lackadaisically off the beat.
Perhaps he’s performed it so many times it bores him. Well, it doesn’t bore the fans and they’d paid through the nose to hear it. Still, he didn’t overburden us with his politics; just a tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner, and a cheery video message from Desmond Tutu.
There was a striking scene at the end. Before the final song, Moment of Surrender, Bono ordered the stage lights to be turned off. Suddenly all was a galaxy of mobile phone screens, winking in the dark. U2 can spend what they like on their swanky stage but the most beautiful sight came when we couldn’t see it.
U2's first UK gig in their current tourhas broken the attendance record for a Wembley Stadium concert, organizers have said.
About 88,000 people arrived at the Irish group's concert on Friday - 5,000 more than what is thought to have been the stadium's previous record.
U2's radical "claw" stage has enabled tour organizers Live Nation to increase the capacity for the sold-out show.
Wembley's previous biggest crowd is believed to have been the 83,000 who saw Rod Stewart perform there in 1995.
Elbow, who won the Mercury Prize last year with their fourth studio album The Seldom Seen Kid, were supporting on Friday.
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A Behind the scenes look at the London show and comments from the U2 360 Tour.
Jake Berry, Production Director Said “The band's reaction upon seeing the stage for the first time was like Wow. Every show, every production has a wow factor. Our show just lasts a little longer than anybody else's. They were just amazed. Everything they thought it could have been the whole idea from Mark (Fischer) and Willie Williams the set designer and the show designer, the whole concept was to make something big enough so the whole stage would be intimate. And believe it or not the larger the show was, the more intimate the show looked. So it's accomplished all those goals."
Willie Williams had this to say "It's a very interesting dynamic when we all sit round a table and talk about things because what's unusual about U2 is they really are a group. There are four of them and they all have their input. And in the live show, Bono does really has more of an input because, at the end of the day, he's the one that has to pull it off. He can't turn around and fiddle with his amplifier when something's going wrong. But they all have the power of veto and they're all involved and they all come up with ideas. It's a wonderfully collaborative process."
A name we have not heard from Arthur Fogel, CEO of Global Touring and chair of Live Music for Live Nation had this to say "Certainly with respect to U2, there really are no masters of performing live. It's a privilege to be able to work with them. They're really an inspiration to a lot of artists to keep pushing the envelope to develop shows that excite people and that are really what live shows are all about."
Mark Fischer, Architect had a comment as well, "It's something you can't replicate in your living room or on your Ipod. And in the digital world, you need to know why you're going to bother to shell out a hundred and odd pounds for you and your lover to come see and this thing rather than stay at home and that's what we're in the business of doing. So it's memory, you'll remember this. Anyone who comes to this show, in 20 years time will say 'Remember when you were at Wembley, when you saw U2, 360degrees? It was amazing.'"
Crew News: Production workers, lighting and sound technicians and video production staff were busy with the final preparations ahead of the Irish rockers "360 Degree" shows on Friday (August 14) and Saturday (August 15) at the Wembley Stadium. The whole stage comes in three parts. First, comprises of covering the entire pitch with flooring which enables them to drive cranes and trucks onto the field. The second part takes four days to build the steel structure and the last day composes of testing the lights, sound, video equipment, sound check and any last minute changes. Taking down the entire production takes approximately two days.
Supporting acts for the London shows will be Mercury Prize winning band Elbow on Friday and Mercury Prize nominated Scottish rockers Glasvegas.
U2 will continue to tour Europe until the end of August and move onto the United States and Canada in September.
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