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Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
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.)
Edge shared his thoughts on Songs Of Experience during a radio interview that aired today on TodayFM's The Mix Up show (starts around 29:00).
"The question of when the album gets finished is very open," he said, adding that the band is busy with tour prep right now. "We are pushing hard to try to get the album done and out within, we hope, 18 months or so, but it's so hard to predict. ... (W)e don't want to release anything that we haven't had a chance to really finish to our satisfaction. ... It's not a case of putting six weeks aside to make an album. It's that we want it to be everything we want it to be."
The interview was recorded recently at the Meteor Irish Music Awards in Dublin.
U2 have announced an additional stop on the Innocence and Experience tour: Denver, Colorado. Only one show is slated (so far): June 6, at the Pepsi Center. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 23, for the general public, and Thursday, March 19, for U2.com members who haven't used their presale codes (10 a.m. for Experience group, 3 p.m. for Innocence) and new subscribers.
And now for my least favorite thing to do as @U2's founder: Ask our readers for financial help.
It's been almost six years since we last put out a call for contributions, and you helped us raise the money we needed in 2009 for a website redesign and upgrade. The website hasn't changed in those six years, which is an incredibly long time, but we need to make some major improvements this year ... and since we only have a couple hundred dollars on hand, we're turning again to our loyal readers.
But this time, we're doing something new: t-shirts!
We've opened a little shop on Teespring and currently have eight (8) t-shirt options for you to choose from, with slogans and sayings on the front like "We'll shine like stars in the summer night" and "Talk like this. Act like that. Dream out loud." On the back, we've put our website URL in very small print. There are mens, womens and kids options available, and some also have a long-sleeve version, too. Since it's our 20th anniversary year, we've priced each shirt option at about $20, which gives us a profit of about $6 per shirt. Use the link below to check out the shirts and we'd love for you to order as many shirts as you want! It's a great way to contribute to @U2 and get something tangible in return (that you can wear proudly to all of your Innocence+Experience shows this year).
Notice, by the way, that the shirt sales are only open for the next 1-2 weeks. If there's enough interest after the deadline, we can re-open sales on any individual shirt.
If you don't want a t-shirt, but still want to show support for what we do, you can still make a direct donation via Paypal in any amount -- we're always grateful for those contributions. Use the link below to learn more about direct contributions.
If you can't contribute at this time, or just don't care to contribute at all -- that's fine and we totally understand. It won't change our commitment to bringing you accurate and trustworthy news and features, just like we've been doing for 20 years.
For those who do contribute by buying t-shirts or making a direct contribution, I offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you from all of us at @U2.
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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