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Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
RTE 2fm radio DJ Dan Hegarty released a book last week in Dublin with contributions by artists including Dave Fanning, Imelda May, Glen Hansard and Larry Mullen Jr.
The book, Buried Treasure, is a collection of underrated albums that Hegarty thinks need to be remembered. Larry wrote the book's foreword.
According to Independent.ie, Larry mentions Richard Ashcroft's album Alone with Everybody. That's the solo debut album for The Verve lead singer. Larry revealed that when it was released in 2000, the album was one of just two he had in his New York apartment. The other was Van Morrison's Moondance. Good choice!
The book can be ordered at the Liberties Press website.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 30 at 10 am local time for U2's second (and final) night at Denver's Pepsi Center. For U2.com subscribers who still have a presale code or for new subscribers, the presale will take place March 26 at 10 am through 5 pm on March 27 local time. Live Nation has also taken this opportunity to update the tour marketing graphics to include the new sponsorship deal announced yesterday with Salesforce.
Live Nation announced a global sponsorship agreement with sales management software company Salesforce today. According to the company's press release, Salesforce will "power U2's next world tour." This is the first major sponsor to be linked to the Innocence and Experience tour. It is unclear if more sponsors will be added to the tour.
Pre-sales begin tomorrow for the just announced sixth - and final - Innocence and Experience Tour stop on Nov. 3 at London's O2 Arena. According to the band's statement, "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 23rd, at 10am, running until Thursday March 26th at 3pm. (All times local to venue.)"
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 27 at 9 am local time.
Put your party hats on! U2's Innocence+Experience tour is fast approaching and we're ready to help get the fun going with a casual dinner meetup in Vancouver, BC, the night before U2's first concert. You're invited to join us -- and there'll be a lot of @U2 staffers there -- on May 13, 2015, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Doolin's Irish Pub, where a section of the restaurant is being set aside just for us. There's no cost to attend, and you'll be able to order dinner and drinks right off the menu -- so please bring an appetite!
Here are all the details:
What: @U2 @Vancouver, casual dinner meetup
We need to let Doolin's know how many people to expect, so please RSVP as soon as you're certain you can join us. That links to an Eventbrite page where you can tell us how many in your group are planning to attend. And please share that URL on your favorite U2 Facebook pages/groups and wherever else your U2 friends enjoy hanging out online. On behalf of the @U2 crew, we're looking forward to seeing you on May 13th!
(By the way, we hope to announce details of our 20th anniversary party soon. We're still planning that for July 29th in New York City.)
How would you like to have your U2 concert videos featured on our new Tours site?
The @U2 Tours crew is working feverishly on the site, and now we're looking for some help. We're inviting you to email us links to your favorite 5-10 U2 concert videos -- individual songs or full concerts. They can be videos that you shot and uploaded yourself, or videos from someone else that you think are really great. They can be on YouTube or Vimeo or wherever or any well-known video hosting site. (But no Facebook links, please.)
Why do we need video links? On the new Tours site, we're able to link from every song in a setlist to an online video for that song. Have a look, for example, at the setlist from the Werchter Festival in 1982 below, and notice how several of the songs have links to go watch a song on YouTube.
We've found a few YouTube accounts that have a ton of live U2 songs, but we're looking for as much variety as possible. And we want to help you get more exposure for the great videos you've taken at U2 shows by linking to them from our Tours site.
How To Submit Links
You're welcome to send us 5-10 links via email. Please put the phrase "@U2 Tours Video" in the Subject field, put the links in the email itself, and send it to webmaster....@....atu2.com. We expect that a lot of emails will come in, so individual replies won't be possible. We also can't promise to include links from everyone who submits. Submitting links for high-quality videos will give you the best shot at being featured.
We'll have more @U2 Tours updates coming soon. And we'll close with a reminder that, with the Innocence+Experience tour just a couple months away, now is a great time to register on our Tours site and create your own profile page, listing all the U2 concerts and songs you've seen. (Have a look at my profile page for an example.)
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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