"[T]hey failed to see that War was an emotional LP rather than a political one.
-- Bono, on Americans' view of the album
Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
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.
The Innocence + Experience tour arrived in the U.S. on Monday night as U2 played the first of two shows at the SAP Center in San Jose. A few members of the San Francisco Giants baseball team and San Francisco 49ers football teams were in attendance, and saw U2 play a 23-song set that was similar to the first show in Vancouver last week. A couple notable changes were the last minute, on stage decision to skip "The Troubles," which was on the printed setlist, and a new intermission video; the punk music montage was replaced by a video of Johnny Cash singing "The Wanderer" (seen above).
We have the full setlist and recap on @U2 Tours, and that's where you can post your review and photos from the show.
U2 is back in San Jose for another show on Tuesday night.
Bono announced on KROQ's Kevin & Bean Show this morning that U2 will do a private show for lucky KROQ listeners on May 28 at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. According to KROQ's website, you need to be a California resident to qualify. To win you need to "listen every-hour, on-the-hour, 9am-9pm this week for your chance to win tickets. Be caller 20 at 800-520-1067 when you hear the cue and win instant access to this exclusive show! You also can listen to The Kevin & Bean Show and the Furious 5 @ 9 daily for more chance to win."
KROQ is also offering a chance to win tickets through a trivia contest, but you need to get a perfect score to qualify.
Bono also shared that his favorite number is 22, that they call the end of the stage the "e" stage (not the B stage) and that perhaps his facial hair in the busking skit on The Tonight Show might have been "a little too correct." We'll link to the podcast with the full interview once it's available.
U2 wrapped up the opening stop of the Innocence + Experience with a show that was much looser than opening night, and also involved six new songs in the set list. Bono told jokes about Edge's falling-off-the-stage accident on opening night, a couple different fans were brought on stage during the show and the band paid its respects to the late BB King with the first tour performance of "When Love Comes To Town" since August 28, 1993.
Here's the full set list on @U2 Tours, where you can post your review and photos and have them added to your U2 fan profile page.
We have several videos to upload this weekend to our YouTube channel, so please subscribe to us there. In the meantime, here's tonight's version of "Bad."
The first show of the Innocence + Experience tour is in the books, and the @U2 crew in Vancouver is already getting ready for show No. 2. But we do have lots of opening night coverage to share with you:
Last, but not least, I put together some random observations about show No. 1 in this article: 11 Things I Think About U2's Innocence + Experience Tour Opener in Vancouver.
Before the amazing opening show of Innocence + Experience tour in Vancouver last night (details here), Edge said to Independent.ie that Songs of Experience is not finished yet but could be complete later this year.
“We have a lot of material that we are really happy with. We have been working on it, recently, but it is coming together. I would say it is a lot more developed than Zooropa was when we started the Zoo TV Tour. I guess it really depends whether we feel it is worth pushing for within the ten weeks that we have at the end of this tour. We might just go for it. We might just say, ‘It is more important to get it out than to make it perfect.’ Which was the truth with Zooropa. And it is a lot of people’s favourite album!
We love to do stuff that kind of breaks rhyme and you are not doing the obvious shit. It gets more challenging. In the case of Passengers, it was not so bad because no one thought of it as a U2 album. But there are no kind of small U2 albums any more. You can’t sneak anything out."
The Edge also said Songs of Experience might have an influence of dance and electronica “but it’s quite malleable”.
“And actually the last few mixes are quite raw again. So, it is really too early to say, I have to be honest. We could make all the announcements but then it would probably serve to make a fool out of us at the end when the album comes out – and the album is a country and western album!” he laughs.
Just to make a note, Edge had a little accident last night at the end of the show. He fell of the stage during “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (see the video). It was a bit scary at the moment but soon we saw he was fine and later he made a joke posting a photo on U2’s Instagram with the caption “Didn’t see the edge, I’m ok”.
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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