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Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
Universal Music has released a new version of "Every Breaking Wave," which is the second single from the Songs Of Innocence album. You may have heard the song played on Ireland's Today FM Thursday morning (listen here, start at the 7:30 mark), but the U2wanderer.org crew tell us that it was distributed this past Tuesday and other stations may have aired it earlier.
This new track is similar to the acoustic version that U2 played on the SOI promo tour last year, and the vocals are really close to how Bono sang the song in Glasgow and Berlin at the end of that tour, with the final note of the song sung in falsetto and held for several seconds.
In the event that Today FM link above isn't permanent, here are a couple fan uploads -- one from Soundcloud and one from YouTube.
Dailymotion's new online series, "Feedback Kitchen," launches next week with one episode featuring The Edge. The series was recorded a year ago at Brooklyn Fire Proof studios and then announced last February, but still hasn't seen the light of day. That's about to change.
Dailymotion announced today that the five-episode series will launch next Monday, January 26th. In one show, renowned chef Mario Batali sits down with The Edge to "discuss creativity, creation and the similarities between food and music." The preview video below shows parts of their conversation, as well brief bits of The Edge doing acoustic versions of "Desire" and "Running To Stand Still" and Batali making some kind of scallops dish.
Just between us? Cool to see and hear The Edge, but the combo of food and music looks a bit forced.
We've been doing U2 fan polls for at least the past 7.5 years (if not longer), and we've never had a vote as close as this one.
For about two weeks in early December, we asked you to choose who was the better guest vocalist -- Chris Martin or Bruce Springsteen -- when U2 performed on December 1st at the World AIDS Day/(RED) event in New York City. Bono's bike accident injuries kept him at home, so Martin began the show by singing a pair of songs and The Boss did the same to close the show.
We had more than 3,100 votes cast and the results are incredible: Bruce Springsteen won by three (3) votes! Have a look:
There you go ... proof that every vote counts. :-)
If you haven't voted in our current poll question, don't delay. We want to know how many U2 concerts you plan to see in 2015. Voting is open now on our home page.
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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