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Column: off the record ..., vol. 16-738

@U2, August 28, 2016
By: Matt McGee


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Judging from my email inbox, our Twitter mentions and comments on our Facebook posts, a lot of you are waiting for more information on our #U240 events -- specifically, #U240Cleveland. We don't have a ton to share as I type this on Sunday evening, but I can pass along two new developments:

1.) The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is going to make some space available for our very own Kelly Eddington to do an exhibit showing some of her fantastic U2 artwork that's been featured in Achtoon Baby over the years! We're very excited she'll get this well-deserved opportunity.

2.) We've signed the contract and paid the rental fee for use of a downtown Cleveland movie theater on Saturday night (Sept. 24), where will be showing Rattle And Hum on the big screen! This will be a ticketed event that's separate from what's happening at the Rock Hall. We hope to have a link by the end of this week where you can buy tickets in advance.

Beyond that, nothing new since our update last Sunday. The Rock Hall should have main event tickets for sale in the next day or two, and we'll announce that on our home page when it happens. They're still working on all the other plans we mentioned last weekend. As always, thanks to all who are patiently waiting for more news -- we're sharing things as fast as they're confirmed.

We're running a poll on our home page asking fans to let us know if you like/don't like the U2/Kygo collaboration, "The Best Thing." The "like" votes are dominating right now, which I find surprising because what we heard from that festival didn't sound like anything like U2. (Maybe that's what fans want right now?)

I don't feel strongly about it one way or another, mainly because I'm not sure what we heard. Is it a Kygo song? A U2 song? If it's a U2 song, was it a remix? I know a lot of fans are assuming it is (a remix of a U2 song), but has that been confirmed anywhere? The fact that fan-made videos of the song were quickly taken down from YouTube and elsewhere leads me to assume it's U2's next single. And I'd assume the U2 single will sound very different from what Kygo played. So, may as well wait to decide if I like it or not until then.

If it is a new U2 single, I suspect we'll see more of the band than just the two upcoming performances that have been announced -- the iHeartRadio festival and the Dreamforce charity concert. I've seen some speculation on Twitter that U2 might play the Apple Music Festival, which runs for almost two weeks late next month in London. It looks like there are a few open nights -- the website doesn't list any performers for Sept. 22, 24 or 29. Since U2's in Las Vegas on the 23rd, I'd guess the 29th is most likely, but it may not happen at all.

No matter, it's fun to start guessing and speculating about U2 getting back into the spotlight, isn't it?

And finally, with some help from Valerie and Eoin on Twitter, we have a copy of the contract associated with U2's performance at the Waterford Regional Technical College way back on February 28, 1980. The band made £300 that night, and tickets were £2 each. You can see/read it on our Tours site.

Any opinions expressed in this column are those of the individual author and do not necessarily represent the views of @U2 as a whole.

(c) @U2, 2016.

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