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A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
U2's third stop on the Innocence + Experience tour is now in the books, as the band played its second show in Phoenix on Saturday night. Bono celebrated Friday's Irish vote in favor of marriage equality in a couple different ways during the show, and also did a new set piece involving books during the climax of the first set.
The full Phoenix 2 set list is available on our Tours site, and that's where you can post your photos and review of the show, too.
We knew something was up when U2 took the stage to new entrance music, and when Bono made his first appearance out on the E-stage, not the main stage with the rest of the band. And then, for the next 2.5 hours, a very loud and energetic audience in Phoenix was treated to one of the best U2 concerts this fan has seen. Bono's voice sounded better than it's been in years, maybe even a decade or two. The band was loose and fun during the acoustic portion of the show, and several fans brought on stage almost stole the show -- actually, for about 15 minutes, they did. The Phoenix audience sang along to the new songs and went nuts for U2's biggest hits. We even spotted U2 manager Guy Oseary air-drumming to the "100-200" portion of "Bullet The Blue Sky," then dancing on the GA floor later during "Pride."
Visit @U2 Tours for the full Phoenix #1 setlist and a lengthy recap of a fantastic show -- and that's where you can post your review and photos, too.
We can't help but share this video from tonight's show, one of the highlights of the evening: the first full version of "In God's Country" since December 2, 2001. It wasn't on the setlist, and was made all the better by the super-enthusiastic fan who played guitar and had U2 and the audience smiling the whole time. (Other videos from tonight are available on our YouTube channel.)
U2 is among a long list of performers joining in tonight's NBC benefit to raise money to lift children out of poverty in the U.S. and around the world. Bono dedicated the band's latest single, "Song For Someone" during the show in Vancouver on May 15 to all who support Red Nose Day in America. If you're in the U.S., the show is on from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. EDT. If you're outside the U.S., I'm told you can watch online here (just watch for pop-ups). (Thanks, John.)
U2 wrapped up its short stay in the Bay Area with its second show at the SAP Center in San Jose, and for Bono it was a chance to remember and pay tribute to a variety of different people. At various points during the show, he remembered Joey Ramone's birthday and sung a The Who snippet in honor of Pete Townshend's birthday. He also dedicated songs to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (a ONE board member) and her late husband, Dave Goldberg, who died earlier this month. As far as the music is concerned, "The Electric Co." was played for the first time since the Vertigo tour and "Bad" made a surprise appearance -- it wasn't on the printed setlist.
You can check out the full San Jose 2 setlist on @U2 Tours, and that's where you can also share your review and photo's from tonight's show. Next up? Two shows this weekend in Phoenix.
You are formally invited to party with the @U2 crew in New York City, because we're turning 20 years old this year!
@U2 launched on October 23, 1995, and we're going to celebrate this summer while U2 is touring here in our home country. Our 20th anniversary bash is set for July 29, 2015, the night before U2 plays the last two North American shows of the Innocence + Experience tour. And we'll be celebrating in one of the coolest venues in the city: We've rented out The Cutting Room, located just a few blocks away from Madison Square Garden! (Seriously, go check out the photos if you've never been there before.)
Our special guests for the evening will be the fantastic U2 tribute band, Unforgettable Fire, whom I first saw when they blew everyone away at the U2 Conference in 2013. And how's this for a perfect match: Unforgettable Fire is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year!
Sound fun? It will be. Here are all the details for our 20th anniversary party:
When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
We have a few surprises and giveaways in the works before and after Unforgettable Fire's set, so do plan on showing up at 7:00 pm to make sure you don't miss out.
Tickets are available now and can be bought online here: Get your 20th Anniversary Party tickets today!
On behalf of the @U2 crew, we can't wait to see you and celebrate with you in New York City on July 29!
We've had a few questions come in about legitimate places to buy, sell or trade U2 concert tickets with other fans, so consider this a Public Service Announcement aimed at answering a question that may be on a lot of fans' minds.
Officially, there are still some tickets for certain shows available via official ticket outlets (i.e., Ticketmaster in North America). The tour page on U2.com appears to be pretty up-to-date about which shows still have tickets available.
Beyond that, we also have a dedicated board in our forum for fans to buy, sell and trade tickets directly with other fans and only at face value. All of the existing shows are listed individually, so just find the show(s) you're interested in and add your post or see what others have already posted. Selling or trading GA tickets may be difficult due to the paperless ticket requirements, so keep that in mind as you offer those tickets or search for them.
And be sure, if you do use this section of our forum, to read the post at the top of the board -- "Rules for Ticket Buying/Selling/Trading." We don't hesitate to boot people that try to make a profit from selling tickets in our forum.
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