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Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
If you've ever wanted to watch The Edge eat dinner, here's your chance.
The Edge's interview and performance on Dailymotion.com's new series, Feedback Kitchen, premiered online today. If you missed our earlier reports about it, the series has famed chef Mario Batali -- a big music fan -- talking about the creative aspects of both music and food. Yes, it's an odd combination and, in my opinion, the show is a bit awkward, but it's worth watching for Edge's acoustic performance of "Running To Stand Still," if nothing else.
The first half of the program is Edge's interview and performance, and then Chef Batali cooks Edge a meal in the second half of the show. Edge talks about the genesis of "Desire," whether it's better to record on a full stomach and more. He discusses and demonstrates using effects at about the 7:00 mark, which leads into a beautiful "Running To Stand Still."
The video is on Dailymotion.com and embedded below.
U2 and Live Nation have announced a fifth show in Los Angeles later this year, and are promising additional Innocence and Experience tour dates in New York, Chicago, London and Barcelona.
The new Los Angeles show is scheduled June 3rd. U2.com member presales start tomorrow (January 27) and the public ticket sale begins this Friday, January 30.
If you saw our report yesterday afternoon, none of this will be new to you. In that, we detail the cities and dates that are on the travel package provider's website, but hidden from public view (unless you know the URL).
U2's Innocence and Experience tour, which already has 60 shows on its itinerary, could soon have as many as 12 more concerts added.
@U2 reader Tim R. tipped us off to a dozen unannounced shows that are hidden on U2.shop.ticketstoday.com, the website where official VIP Packages are being sold. (If you visit U2.com and click the links for "Travel Package," this is the website where you'll end up.) Each of the already announced concerts has its own web page with a URL like this one for Vancouver, May 14th:
As Tim tells us, if you change the number at the end of the URLs one-by-one, you'll go through the entire list of tour dates -- and in the process you'll find 12 concerts that have web pages, but haven't been announced and don't appear on the master list of concerts. Here are those 12:
Los Angeles, June 3 & 4
(Note: the third URL above, and in the listings below, links to a page where travel packages are sold for both shows in tandem.)
This is all exciting, but it doesn't necessarily mean that all of the above concerts will actually be announced. It's possible that U2 and Live Nation have options to add these shows, and the travel package company listed them online to prepare in case they eventually are announced. But that's not a guarantee that any or all of the 12 shows will be announced.
That said, as we shared on Twitter a couple days ago (see here and here), we do have reports from a previously reliable source that at least one Los Angeles concert is due to be announced tomorrow (January 26). Will that and 11 others be announced? Don't know, but let's hope so.
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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