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A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.

@U2 Originals: February 2015

Posted: March 02, 2015
By: Tassoula E. Kokkoris

Here at @U2, one of the things we're most proud of is the original content we provide, created exclusively by our staff. In case you missed any of it in February, the highlights are posted here:

In our weekly Off the Record column, Sherry Lawrence recalled some wonderful memories from U2 documentaries past. The following week, Tim Neufeld looked back on some of his favorite U2 opening acts. Later in the month, Fernanda Bottini remembered U2's visit to Carnival in Brazil, while Tassoula E. Kokkoris fondly reminisced about U2's SNL performance in 2004. .

Sherry Lawrence continued our "Like a Video" series with an essay on "A Celebration."

The next U2 Lists entry in our series was done by Carol Foster, as she shared her "Top 5 U2 Songs I Want to Hear Live."

Tim Neufeld also posted 'Our North Star': Tribute to Jack Heaslip in honor of the band's pastor, who passed away on Feb. 25.

To leave feedback on any of these @U2 originals, please visit our forum.

 

 

 

 

Now Available: Our New iOS App

Posted: February 27, 2015
By: Matt McGee

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As I promised a few months ago in an OTR column, we have a new @U2 iOS app that's finally finished and ready for you to enjoy! You can download it via the web here, or by doing a search for "atu2" in the iOS app store. (That's important -- due to Apple regulations, we weren't allowed to continue calling our app "@U2," so it doesn't currently show up if you just search "u2." You have to specify "atu2" when searching.)

This app completely replaces our old iOS app, so please delete that one.

The new app is version 1.2 (we pushed out a couple small improvements before making this announcement) and it'll be familiar to you if you used the previous version. But there are some important changes in the new app:

  • it's optimized for retina screens, so reading will be easier and the overall user experience is cleaner
  • the inclusion of content from our Twitter and YouTube accounts is better
  • we're using the built-in sharing options in iOS
  • we now have full control of the app, which means we can continue to push out updates and improvements

Along those lines, U2 fan Jason Peterson has joined our staff and is managing our mobile apps. (You'll see my name listed as the app owner, but Jason's name is inside on the info screen as the developer.) Now that we've pushed out the new iOS app, Jason is planning to work on our Android app next. Stay tuned for more on that in the coming months!

 

Bono: 'A Battle' To Be Ready for Innocence+Experience Tour Opener

Posted: February 26, 2015
By: Matt McGee

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Bono has been talking to RollingStone.com about his rehab work to get ready for the start of the Innocence+Experience tour, which is about 2.5 months away. The article is primarily about the recent news that many iOS users are listening to U2, but it begins with an update on Bono's condition after his horrific bike accident in November.

"It'll be a battle to be match fit for May 14th," Bono confesses, referring to the opening date in Vancouver of U2's impending tour. Asked to describe the state of his health after the bicycle accident in New York last November that left him with multiple injuries, including a facial fracture, the singer says, "My southpaw is a bit tricky, but my right hook is ready to rumble for sure." As for the shows, dubbed the Innocence and Experience tour, with alternating set lists each night, Bono promises, "We've got something beyond incredible planned. And I'm ready to fight for it."

Bono has been spotted a few times out and about since the accident, most recently on Wednesday at Jack Heaslip's funeral in Dublin (where the whole band was in attendance). The Herald said that Bono "moved gingerly" as he walked to the altar for a Bible reading. That link also has photos of Bono and the band outside St. Mary's Church.

 

Report: iOS Listeners Like U2

Posted: February 24, 2015
By: Karen Lindell

Yes, the "I don't want free music from U2" haters are still out there, but according to a report from the Kantar Group research firm, U2 topped the list of artists listened to by iOS device users in January.

The study found that 23 percent of iOS device users listened to U2 in January. More users listened to U2 than Taylor Swift (in second place at 11 percent) and Katy Perry (third at 8 percent) combined.

Ninety-five percent of the U2 listeners listened to one or more tracks from Songs Of Innocence.

According to a news release, the band made the following comments:

“This is fantastic news. If these figures suggest that these songs still matter to people, then we’re knocked out. That’s all any songwriter wants." — Bono

"It's nice to know that five months on so many people have discovered Songs Of Innocence. In the end we just wanted people to hear the album. We took a big risk but today we can say that the experiment worked.” — The Edge

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Looking to Buy/Sell/Trade U2 Concert Tickets? Try Our Forum

Posted: January 15, 2015
By: Matt McGee

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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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