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Column: off the record..., vol. 9-435

@U2, November 07, 2010
By: Matt McGee / @mattmcgee

 

off the record, from @U2

Bono and Edge are in New York City tonight, working on the Spider-Man production at Foxwoods Theatre. That's the word via Stephen Catanzarite (you may recall that he wrote a book about Achtung Baby a few years back), who said on Facebook that the first orchestra run-through is happening tonight.

We've been reporting on the delays, but I don't know if this has been reported yet: The new, official opening date will be January 8, 2011. The Spider-Man Twitter account shared that news with our forum moderator, Lisa, earlier today.


Thanks to all who followed the link over to U2diary.com last week when I posted about the second edition of the book that's now in progress. U2 fans are the best: Within hours, I'd already received more than a dozen offers of help and several notes of congratulations.

I have to say ... finding new information for the book update is both incredibly satisfying and depressing at the same time. I love getting new dates/events to add to the book, but it also means that I missed something the first time around. So, I sit at my desk, discover something new, and tell myself, "Awesome. You idiot." Such a tortured life I lead....


About a month ago, I started getting Billboard magazine at home. For free. I have no idea why. But it's pretty cool. Not cool enough that I'm gonna pay the subscription fee, which is something like $200 per year, but I'll enjoy it as long as they want to keep sending it to me.

There was an article in the most recent issue about the music video game industry -- Rock Band, Guitar Hero, etc. -- and their hopes for a strong Christmas sales season. The article said that things haven't been going well this year: music video games are selling poorly, down 50% in 2010 compared to last year. Couldn't help but wonder, then, if U2 might see numbers like that and get scared away. Sure hope not; I'll buy a U2 Rock Band at midnight the day it's available. But if the business is slowing down, you can't help thinking that U2 might decide that ship has sailed and not want to get involved.

Two other scary statistics from Billboard about album sales:

  • physical CD sales down 21% in 2010 compared to last year
  • overall album sales down 13.5% this year

Ouch.


Andrew emailed a couple days ago to let us know that Daniel Lanois is featured in a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly. The article includes this quote about U2's album plans:

"We certainly have enough leftovers (from 2009's No Line On The Horizon) to make another very beautiful record. I remember doing this pedal-steel number in Morocco - it was very, very touching, but it wasn't a hit single."


And finally ... an update. Last time I wrote OTR, I mentioned that I would soon be trying out for a spot on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. In early October, I sat through two tapings that were fun, if a bit tedious. (It took about 2.5 hours to tape two, 30-minute shows.) After that, I stayed for the audition test. It was 30 multiple-choice questions and they gave us 10 minutes to complete the test.

I didn't pass. :-(

But, I don't feel all that bad about it: Out of the 100-150 people who took the test, only eight people passed. It was that difficult. Walking out, I heard a lady in front of me say that it was her fourth time taking the test, and this one was the hardest of all. Maybe I'll try again someday ...who knows? In the meantime, the two episodes that I watched are set to air on December 13 and 14. I was sitting right in the camera's line of sight as it showed Meredith Viera, so I might be visible in the background. That'll be my consolation. :-)

 

See you soon!

(c) @U2, 2010.



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