U2 wows crowd in Joburg

With a roar that could rival the one seen last week in Tahrir square, Cairo, fans at the FNB Stadium last night gave U2 a rousing welcome.

But unlike the relief of Egyptians at President Hosni Mubarak’s exit from his position, fans here were celebrating seeing their favourite band playing in their own back yard.

And as lead singer Bono led the band up a stairway to the stage milking the applause and waving to all corners of the dimly lit cauldron, you knew why they’d sold over 150 million albums worldwide.

After the deafening welcoming screams, Bono wasted no time in belting out one of their biggest hits, Beautiful Day.

For another hit, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela was called on stage - to yet another massive cheer.

Former president Nelson Mandela also got a special mention, and even a video of his speech calling for “a united South Africa” was played on the big screen. Bishop Desmond Tutu sent a video message.

In between songs, Bono said: “We told you in 1998 that we’d be back … never trust a rock star. Anyway, we’re not finished yet … we’re happy to be back.”

Fans marvelled at the massive cylindrical big screen, as it expanded and contracted to create a kaleidoscopic mosaic.

Earlier in the evening, two unruly fans who got involved in a scuffle with security, were kicked out before U2’s roadies were done with sound checks. By the time the Malian duo of Amadou and Mariam, said their “merci beaucoup”, the stadium was rocking.

Local outfit the Springbok Nude Girls, led by the energetic Arno Carstens, played an impressive and compact set, which included the songs Gang Gang, I Love You, Genie and Bubblegum.

Almost an hour and a half before the Irish rock band hit the stage, thousands of fans, some in wheelchairs, others heavily pregnant and others drunk, took pictures and danced under the imposing “Claw” - the name given to the band’s 360-degree stage.

There were scores of fans in their U2 attire, standing in queues for refreshments and for toilet breaks.

Eyewitness News was inundated with calls about long queues, traffic problems and a lack of water at the concert. Jack Longford, CEO of organisers Big Concerts, denied there was a shortage of water or food and said people needed to be patient.

The band will play at the Cape Town Stadium on February 18 before heading to South America. The tour ends in July.

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You will win a backstage tour for 14 people, including 2 VIP tickets and 12 red zone tickets valued at more than $350 each.

The winning group will have to make their own way to the Auckland concert. Winners must cover their own travel to/from Auckland and the venue, plus accommodation.

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The competition closes at 5pm on Friday November 12. The winner will be announced on Monday November 15.

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Hola Mexico ! Second Show Added

U2 will play a SECOND 360° SHOW IN MEXICO.

With the 360° May 14th show at the Azteca Stadium selling out so quickly, news was released today that a second show has been added - this will take place on SUNDAY MAY 15th.

Tickets go on sale to Banamex cardholders on Monday October 4th at 11am (local time) and to the general public on Wednesday October 6th at 11am (local).

But U2.com subscribers can enter a special advance presale ahead of this public onsale beginning tomorrow, SATURDAY October 2nd at 11am and running through to Monday October 4th at 11am (local). Subscribers will be emailed today with details of presale timings.

Portuguese Fans Ready for U2's Arrival

Since August that U2 have been presenting new songs on stage. Portugal should not be the exception.

It is already known that U2 goes far beyond the mere concept of rock concert. When, in 1993, passed the Alvalade Stadium showed him, and in the XXI century it is no wonder that the tour they are carrying out, and passing this week-end in Coimbra, has reached levels truly megalomaniac . Even the health problems affecting Bono eased the band this summer, frequently defined as “the largest in the world.”

Although  U2 just passing through Portugal this week-end, to 360 Tour has been portrayed in the DVD 360 At The Rose Bowl , a concert attended by 97,000 people and was seen by more than 10 million in YouTube. The DVD show is the one Portuguese-ses may attend: a band that acts in the center of a gigantic structure to be viewed from all sides of the stadium.

The group goes on the road to present the songs of the last No Line on the Horizon (2009) since June 30 last year and will only stop in the summer of next year. To note that the first 44 dates were 227.8 million euros in revenues.

However, disappoint those who think that everything that can see in Coimbra has been portrayed in the DVD 360 º At the Rose Bowl. Since the U2 hit the road again in August (two months after the operation stopped the tour), the group has been playing  unreleased songs. In Turin the concert began with “Return of the Stingray Guitar. Shortly afterwards, in Helsinki, had firsthand Every Breaking Wave. However, it has also revealed two other novel: North Star and Glastonbury. The latter is a tribute to the British festival, which is one of the largest in the world and which were provided U2 performing for the first time this year. However, due to the operation of Bono, the group was forced to cancel the date, but has been invited to attend the 2011 edition.

The health problem of lead singer of U2 has cost several million to the band. “Whether or not it will touch, the tour continues to cost - in 500,000 pounds (600,000 euros) per day,” argues the manager, Paul McGuinness. This, just to keep an entire structure that needs 120 trucks to transport all kinds of stuff from city to city.

And though this tour is already one of the most profitable ever (and still not finished), the group has not neglected its social and humanitarian facet. Not only part of the proceeds of these concerts revert to humanitarian organizations, most recently, Bono met with Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia, who addressed the problem of combating AIDS.

The concert in Moscow that gave it an unusual event has generated, since the local police prevented Greenpeace’s actions outside the stadium Lujniki that had been agreed with the administration of the group.

Now it’s time for U2 to present themselves for two nights at Coimbra Stadium, where they surely will not miss the many songs that famous, but without forgetting that the Irish have always something new up its sleeve.



Mexican Pre-Sale Codes !

U2 are taking the 360° Tour to Mexico.

The U2 360° Tour will visit Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on May 14th, 2011 - just over five years since the band last played in Mexico, on the Vertigo Tour in 2006.

From Friday, ahead of next week’s public onsale, U2.com subscribers can enter a special advance presale.

The subscriber presale for Group 1 (Horizon, Breathe, Magnificent, Boots) begins this Friday, September 24th at 11AM and is open until next Tuesday, September 28th, 10AM (local time).

You’ll be able to purchase up to FOUR TICKETS for the Estadio Azteca show in May in a single transaction.

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U2-Konzert in München

U2 Concert the Irish rock band U2 has thrilled thousands of fans in Munich on Wednesday with the 360-degree stage. Bono thanked extensively with his German doctors and nurses that he had emergency surgery about four months after a herniated disc in Munich. This has become part of the show, remember “I’ve been rebuilt by German engineering “

“They have made it possible that we can make the show,” he called to the 75 000 fans at the sold out Olympic Stadium. He then voted “I still have not found what I’m looking for” and showed the audience with show and dance that is left of his back pain anymore and he is doing well.

During the two-hour remake of the 2009 launched “360 degree tour” which already is considered one of the most successful ever, U2 also played hits like “Beautiful Day,” “Miss Sarajevo” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. The band members were fans from all sides on the round stage in the middle of the Olympic stadium. Bridge connected the main stage with an outer ring on which Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Junior running around. About the musicians floated a circular video screen and through the curved beam saw from the stage set like a giant octopus. At the end of the elaborate stage show, Bono thanked his fans - and showed up with red FC Bayern Munich jersey. dpa

360 ° Tour Degree: Yesterday was the Munich Olympics and the station has attracted a lot of music fans from near and far. While were at the Allianz Arena football fans visiting it said in the Olympic Stadium U2 Live. There, U2 gave their final concert of the current 360-degree tour.

Pittsburgh ! The End of U2 World Tour

After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, sources say U2 has decided to end their two-year world tour “360” in Pittsburgh.

The venue – Heinz Field on the North Shore.

Heinz Field had been trying to book U2 all along, but until recently the band had no plans of playing here, deciding to end its tour in Minneapolis on July 23, 2011.

But Pittsburgh had a powerful ally – U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and former Steelers chairman Dan Rooney.

Sources say it was Rooney’s influence that convinced the band to add one more date to the tour and play  in Pittsburgh.

Ambassador Rooney flew back from Ireland Wednesday for the Steelers opener, but through a spokesman declined to comment on U2 and the concert negotiations.

Dan Rooney is a fan of U2, has attended their concerts and sources say the band is coming to Pittsburgh at his behest after making a personal appeal to the band’s management.

Barring any last-minute snag, an official announcement on the Heinz Field show will be made in the next few weeks with tickets going on sale for a concert scheduled for July 26, 2011.

U2 announces second Auckland show

Irish rockers U2 have added a second Auckland date to their “360 degrees” world tour.

Tickets for the first concert at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on November 25 sold out in less than an hour on Friday. The second conert will be on November 26, and tickets will go on sale on Thursday.

Second dates were also announced for Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and Perth.

The band will bring American rapper Jay-Z. It will be the first New Zealand stage appearance by the hip hop artist and partner of singer Beyonce Knowles.

Ticket prices start from $39.90, but a surcharge of almost $20 per transaction by an online outlet has upset many concert goers.



U2's Spectacular Night in Athens

Crowded with thousands of spectators greeted the Olympic Stadium of U2, who 13 years after its appearance in Greece, landed in Athens for a single concert.


Umpteen people came from numerous places to Athens to watch the unique concert of the irish band U2! Everything was spetacular from the stage, which in fact was part of a spacecraft, to Bono’s magnifiscent coat with red led lights! The concert took place yesterday, at the Greek Olympic stadium with thousands of fans.

At 19:20 p.m Avin Geffen, came on stage to prepare the audience. An hour later, the band Snow Patrol followed and their singer said he was excited for being in Greece.

At 21:58 p.m the legendary rock band appeared on stage, and Bono together with the others caused delirium to the thousands of fans. Bono sang numerous great hits such as “Magnificent” and “in the name of love” , ‘passenger’ . The singer was really obliging with his fans and he roused enthusiasm to the whole stadium by saying to his Greek audience that ” I fully understand the difficult situation of the country due to the fiscal crisis, but i am convinced that Greece will be once more the winner!”

At 23:42, Bono said ” Goodnight Athens” . However, a few minutes later, he came again on stage singing ” With or Without you” wearing, a coat with red led lights! At 23:56 p.m Bono said goodbye and thanked Greece for its cordiality and hospitality, being really fluent in Greek.  However, the thousands of fans did not leave the stadium and kept on singing their great hits!

U2, gave a spectacular concert, which was full of energy, joy and of course… rock!

Second Perth Show Added

U2 and Jay-Z sure know how to sell out a gig.

Their Subiaco Oval performance scheduled for Saturday December 18 went on sale this morning at 9am and has already sold out.

More than 43,000 tickets sold within 10 minutes.

U2's Bono is set to rock full circle in Perth with a second 360 'degrees' concert.

 

The gig will take place on Sunday December 19.

Be quick to secure tickets to this unmissable performance, with arguably the world’s most popular band bringing to Australia the biggest concert set-up we have ever seen.