U2 Experimenting

U2 / U2TOURFANS / Mark Peterson @2016

U2 / U2TOURFANS / Mark Peterson @2016

New York: Back at the studio the boys have been working something fresh, experimental and some may say it feels like Zooropa. Songs of Experience, their fourteenth studio album. 

Bono and the boys are just having fun creating music that will embrace their roots and pull along those new fans and bring them into the fold. U2 has had their challenges during the last tour.

One would think that may come into play with the new music. So the question most of you want to know. When will U2 hit the road again ? Well sources suggest that we should see the boys around the world in 2017 !  Yup that's the noise in the system right now. We tend not to support or agree with the noise however knowing that the marketing machines and the venue routing information would normally kick into gear right about now for a summer tour. 2016 looks likely not be in scope. 

 

The End Of A Great Experience ! U2's Return to Paris

U2 / Bono/ Adam /  Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS

U2 / Bono/ Adam /  Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS

Paris:  It's a rock show !  Its a rock show !  Monday night U2 returned for a second show to a sold out crowd and an expected HBO audience to snub the noses of terrorists that would have us fear for our way of life. Its the final show of a very long tour that for sure will have some interesting watermarks.

From the start this tour had several different issues come up. Last nights show was clearly an emotional evening for many. Bono said “Now there’s nothing left except to introduce you to some people whose lives will forever be a part of the city of Paris,”  The show came to an end with “One.” “These are our brothers, our fellow troubadours. They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, and we would like to offer them ours tonight.”

Then he welcomed the Eagles of Death Metal onstage to lead a rousing rendition of “People Have the Power” by Patti Smith, who had joined U2 for the same song on Sunday  

People that's what a U2 show is about. Its about people connecting to people. This show was packed with a few extra guest. Those in attendance had been the lucky few invited on stage during the tour. Its was a special evening for so many. 

For many fans they noticed that U2's tightly calibrated show was a bit loose a bit free form and yet seemed in control. The band was fully engaged in a ROCK "N" ROLL show and would allow the spirit to be taken away.

The Edge / Bono / Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS

The Edge / Bono / Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS

From the business side. December dates seemed to fit right into the sweet spot for everyone. Dublin was to be the end with the band, crew and equipment to be scattered. Art Fogel with his hands full worked to figure how to make it possible. As Art said “Obviously we figured it out, and everybody was able to stay together to complete the shows. It was something the band really felt was important to do, as we all did, and it ended up working out well for the wrap of the tour for this year.”  Refund amounts was at a minimal with the tickets resold just as quickly.  Security was beefed up however Paris was just back to normal with a little bit more aware.

U2’s 2015 Innocence + Experience tour wraps as a critical and commercial success, though not one without its obstacles, including the death tour manager Dennis Sheehan early on in the tour. Through Nov. 3, the tour reported grosses totaling $133.6 million and attendance of 1,125,624 from 64 shows, according to Boxscore. “[Innocence + Experience] was a run that had some incredible challenges,” says Fogel, “but, in the end, it was a complete triumph, critically and every other way. They are truly a great band and have proven that once again.”


Bono Introduces New Song "The Streets Of Surrender"

Bono has dedicated a new song about freedom and love to the 130 people murdered by terrorists in Paris last month.

During an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Bono revealed he'd written a song for veteran Italian blues and rock singer Zucchero Fornaciari but had decided to reclaim and release it as The Streets of Surrender. 

Then, at length, Bono ran through the song's dramatic lyrics, which boil down to being a plug for all kinds of "freedom".

In the aftermath of the November 13, attacks most bands in the French capital pulled the plug on shows. 

But the U2 concerts were quickly rescheduled. The band appear at the 16,000-capacity AccorHotels Arena in the French capital on Sunday and again on Monday.

 

Via Barcelona ! U2 Rocks October

Luka Biba / U2TOURFANS 2015

Luka Biba / U2TOURFANS 2015

Spain: U2 arrives into Barcelona like a freight train rolling in with a massive thunder to waken the masses.  The first of four shows set the tone for the next few days.  The boys did run a couple of numbers thru song check however the set remains tight.

Consider the amount of technical work that has to go into adding or removing a song from the list. Yes at this point is all pre loaded into the systems however the set list does require couple of changes now and again. "One"  closes out the evening and "Sweetest Thing" was placed in rotation after sitting out a couple of shows.

Bona nit Barcelona!’, shouted U2’ leader, ‘Bono’, to the nearly 17,900 people who filled Palau Sant Jordi. All the shows have been sold out for months.  Rocktober is in full swing for the boys.

Setlist

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet)
  3. Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet) / Words (snippet)
  11. (Intermission - The Fly)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways / Burning Down The House (snippet)
  15. Elevation
  16. Sweetest Thing
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. October
  19. Bullet The Blue Sky / Ode To Joy (snippet) / 19 (snippet)
  20. Zooropa
  21. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  22. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  23. With Or Without You

Encore(s):

  1. City Of Blinding Lights
  2. Beautiful Day
  3. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / One / Invisible (snippet)

* Snips Provided by U2GIGS

U2's Runner Show, Off To Berlin Now

Stockhom: When a tour schedule is this tight the room for error tends to be very slim. The band performed their forth show last night in Stockhom and now its off to Berlin.  Right after the final downbeat the crew swung into LOAD OUT mode and startedbreaking everything down. The exit for a show this size should be about 3 hrs.

Most of the time the crew breaks a show down pretty quick because the band and most of the management has already left the building this allows to the crew to push it out the door fast.

Last nights show was the replacement for the "security breach" on Sunday and as of today still no word on who this "security guard" was or if in fact any details.  Due to the rescheduled many fans were not able to make the return and the area was pretty much empty.

The upper deck was totally closed off and fans had a chance to push forward. Bono apologized to the fans and stated he had no idea how many fans really traveled to Stockhom to see them. 

The set list had a couple of returns "The Electric Co", "Desire" and "Angel Of Harlem"  and to wrap up the evening "Bad" and "40" 

The best video capture goes out to Matt from U2gigs.  He has always had some of the best videos from around the tour.  Well fans its off to Berlin. We will be on site taking photos and looking for you.

Set List:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  3. Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow / (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding (snippet)
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet) / Words (snippet)
  11. (Intermission)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways / Burning Down The House (snippet)
  15. Desire / Love Me Do (snippet)
  16. Angel Of Harlem / Into The Mystic (snippet)
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. October
  19. Bullet The Blue Sky / Ode To Joy (snippet) / 19 (snippet)
  20. Zooropa
  21. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  22. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  23. With Or Without You

Encore(s):

  1. City Of Blinding Lights
  2. Beautiful Day
  3. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Bad / 40 (snippet)
  4. 40

* Snips Provided by U2GIGS