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16 extra U2 shows for North America and Europe

Yesterday morning, tickets for U2's Innocence + Experience Tour went on sale and flew out the door rapidly. Today extra concerts have been announced for multiple cities.

North America

There will be eight extra shows in North America. Extra shows for Montreal will take place on 16 and 17 June 2015. Extra shows for Chicago will take place on 28 and 29 June 2015. Extra shows for Boston will take place on 14 and 15 July 2015. Extra shows for New York will take place on 26 and 27 July 2015.

The two additional shows in Montreal mean that this will be the first time U2 have played four concerts in Montreal on a single tour. U2 are also playing six consecutive concerts in New York for the first time; they have played more shows in New York on a single tour leg when they did seven on Vertigo's third leg but those shows were non-consecutive (a run of five and then two later).

Europe

There will also be eight more shows in Europe. Extra shows for Amsterdam will take place on 12 and 13 September 2015. Extra shows for Stockholm will take place on 20 and 21 September 2015. Extra shows for Berlin will take place on 28 and 29 September 2015. Extra shows for Paris will take place on 14 and 15 November 2015.

These additional shows take the total number of gigs in each city to four, and this is the first time U2 have played four shows on a single tour in any of these cities. In the case of Berlin this tour is the first time U2 have played more than a single show there.


Tickets go on sale on Monday 15 December 2014. A U2.com members presale will begin TOMORROW, Wednesday 10 December 2014 for Experience group subscribers (i.e. those who subscribed before 9 September 2014) and on Thursday 11 December for Innocence group subscribers (i.e. new subscribers). There are no new presale codes being issued, so if you used your code in the first round of presales last week you cannot use it again.

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 Posted by Macphisto on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 @ 09:46:10 CET | permalink | Comments

U2 without Bono keep World AIDS Day commitment

We all know how much different attending a U2 gig is as opposed to watching a concert DVD in the comfort of your living room.

Turn off all the lights in your house, cranking up the stereo and blaring Ultraviolet or dancing to New Year's Day just after the stroke of midnight on January 1st is great, but it's nothing like seeing our four guys jam in person.

Well, even with just three of the four guys rocking out onstage, actually being there at a U2 show is indescribably better, even if it means getting rained on in near freezing temperatures.

I have my fair share of complaints about living in New York City, but seeing two free, unique U2 performances in one year is not one of them.

For those of you hibernating until U2's next tour is announced any second now, the band, minus Bono, played a four song set in Times Square on Monday night, with Coldplay's Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen substituting as U2's frontman.

And like the other few thousand people in attendance, I didn't find out about the concert until about 2:30pm, as I casually checked Instagram while at work.

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 Posted by Macphisto on Friday, December 05, 2014 @ 09:45:17 CET | permalink | Comments

U2's performance at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas CANCELLED

Yesterday, one bit of news got a bit lost in the excitement of U2 announcing their tour for 2015. Unfortunately, the band have had to cancel their performance on 14 December 2014 at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas.

Edge, in a telephone call to KROQ, informed them that Bono is under doctor's orders to stay home. Hence the band have taken the decision to cancel the performance rather than do a repeat of their U2 Minus 1 style set. You can read more quotes from Edge and listen to the full interview here.

If you have tickets to night two of Almost Acoustic Christmas and no longer wish to attend, you can receive a refund via Ticketmaster. You've got roughly a week to get into action; the deadline to claim a refund is 12 December.

And don't forget that U2.COM SUBSCRIBER PRESALES FOR THE 2015 TOUR OF NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE START TODAY. Visit U2.com's tour page for links to ticket sellers, check your email for your presale code, and if you have any further questions then read this very informative thread on Interference.

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 Posted by Axver on Thursday, December 04, 2014 @ 12:04:01 CET | permalink | Comments

Announcement of U2's Innocence and Experience Tour 2015

It's that time again, folks - U2 will be heading back on the road with a new tour! After months of rumours, speculation, promotional performances, and bicycle accidents, U2 have officially announced dates for their tour in 2015. See below for dates and ticketing information.

Today's announcement features two legs, the first in North America and the second in Europe. Both legs will be in arenas. It will be U2's first arena concerts since the North American legs of the Vertigo Tour in 2005, and U2's first arena concerts in Europe since the second leg of Elevation in 2001. The stage will be located in the centre of the arena, spanning the length of the arena floor, with a giant double-sided screen above it. Bono has said that the band aim to provide a different experience from night one to night two in each city, but does not elaborate further, only stating that more information will be revealed later.

The tour dates are:

FIRST LEG: NORTH AMERICA

2015-05-14: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Rogers Arena
2015-05-15: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Rogers Arena
2015-05-18: San Jose, California, USA - SAP Center at San Jose
2015-05-19: San Jose, California, USA - SAP Center at San Jose
2015-05-22: Phoenix, Arizona, USA - US Airways Center
2015-05-23: Phoenix, Arizona, USA - US Airways Center
2015-05-26: Inglewood, California, USA - The Forum
2015-05-27: Inglewood, California, USA - The Forum
2015-05-30: Inglewood, California, USA - The Forum
2015-05-31: Inglewood, California, USA - The Forum
2015-06-12: Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Bell Centre
2015-06-13: Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Bell Centre
2015-06-24: Chicago, Illinois, USA - United Center
2015-06-25: Chicago, Illinois, USA - United Center
2015-07-06: Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Air Canada Centre
2015-07-07: Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Air Canada Centre
2015-07-10: Boston, Massachusetts, USA - TD Garden
2015-07-11: Boston, Massachusetts, USA - TD Garden
2015-07-18: New York, New York, USA - Madison Square Garden
2015-07-19: New York, New York, USA - Madison Square Garden
2015-07-22: New York, New York, USA - Madison Square Garden
2015-07-23: New York, New York, USA - Madison Square Garden

SECOND LEG: EUROPE

2015-09-04: Turin, Italy - Palasports Olimpico
2015-09-05: Turin, Italy - Palasports Olimpico
2015-09-08: Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
2015-09-09: Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
2015-09-16: Stockholm, Sweden - Globen
2015-09-17: Stockholm, Sweden - Globen
2015-09-24: Berlin, Germany - O2 World
2015-09-25: Berlin, Germany - O2 World
2015-10-05: Barcelona, Spain - Palau Sant Jordi
2015-10-06: Barcelona, Spain - Palau Sant Jordi
2015-10-13: Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis
2015-10-14: Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis
2015-10-17: Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
2015-10-18: Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
2015-10-25: London, England - O2 Arena
2015-10-26: London, England - O2 Arena
2015-10-29: London, England - O2 Arena
2015-10-30: London, England - O2 Arena
2015-10-06: Glasgow, Scotland - SSE Hydro
2015-10-07: Glasgow, Scotland - SSE Hydro
2015-10-10: Paris, France - Palais Omnisports De Bercy
2015-10-11: Paris, France - Palais Omnisports De Bercy

Our database listings for these shows can be found here. The astute among you will notice some pretty big gaps have been left in the schedule for extra shows to be added once these sell out. We already have rumours, for instance, that there will be additional shows in Paris on 14 and/or 15 November. The earlier rumours of a residency-style tour have only somewhat come true. Although U2 are not setting up camp exclusively in seven cities, the touring schedule is rather restricted. The band have stuck with playing lots of shows in tried-and-true markets on the logic of "built it and they will come".

On neither leg are U2 performing shows in countries or even cities they have never visited before. However, this is the first time a U2 tour will begin in Canada.

The Glasgow dates are exactly 31 years since two epic gigs on the Unforgettable Fire Tour at the Barrowlands Ballroom on 6 and 7 November 1984.

Some of you may be surprised that there are no shows in Dublin or elsewhere in Ireland. There is, however, precedent for this. On Zoo TV, U2 did not perform in Dublin until the end of the fourth leg, a year and a half after the tour began. Irish fans likely won't have to wait that long this time though. U2.com confirm that U2 are booking special shows for the end of 2015, the arrangements for which are yet to be finalised.

TICKETING INFORMATION

Tickets in both North America and Europe will go on general sale on Monday, 8 December 2014. There will be a U2.com presale commencing Thursday, 4 December. That's tomorrow! U2.com subscribers should keep an eye on their emails for their presale code. The presale on the 4th is only for legacy subscribers, i.e. those of you signed up before 9 September 2014; you're called the "Experience Group". For new subscribers since that date, the "Innocence Group", there will be a presale the next day, 5 December. There is a two ticket limit, which you can use either for two tickets to one show or one ticket each to two shows. If you do not use the code now, it will be valid when further shows are announced, including the Dublin gigs. See U2.com's FAQ for more.

In the US, general admission tickets will cost US$65. The most expensive seats will be $250–275 and will work their way down to very cheap $30 seats. The Red Zone from 360 in a corner of the general admission floor will be repeated this tour, and there are are also VIP packages being offered that include merchandise, travel, etc. along with a seated ticket.

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 Posted by Axver on Wednesday, December 03, 2014 @ 15:39:54 CET | permalink | Comments

U2 Minus 1 in New York

Today U2 performed for the first time since Bono's bicycle accident in mid-November. The concert was organised by Project Red for World AIDS Day and held in Times Square, New York. Bono, however, was banned from performing by his doctor, so "U2 Minus 1" were fronted by Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen.

The concert began with Chris Martin fronting U2 for two songs: "Beautiful Day" and "With or Without You". Martin wore a shirt saying "SUBSTITU2". Carrie Underwood then performed a set and The Edge joined her for one song, "Change". The third performer of the night was Kanye West, introduced by Larry and Adam. Larry was particularly enthusiastic.

U2 closed proceedings with a second set, this time with Bruce Springsteen on vocals. They began with "Where the Streets Have No Name" and followed it with "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". U2 have performed with Springsteen on many previous occasions; the first was back on 25 September 1987. Perhaps their most famous live performance together was at the Rock Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary concert on 30 October 2009.

Our database listing for this show is here. Watch the full concert below:




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Previous articles:

· "U2 Minus 1" to perform in New York today December 1st, 2014
· U2's residency with Jimmy Fallon POSTPONED November 17th, 2014
· Video of U2 at the Bambi Awards November 14th, 2014
· U2 perform at the Bambi Awards November 13th, 2014
· More European tour rumours November 12th, 2014
· Axver's Tour Predictions: All That You Can't Leave Behind November 11th, 2014
· U2 will headline KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas November 10th, 2014
· U2 perform ''Every Breaking Wave'' at the EMAs November 9th, 2014
· U2 to perform at the MTV European Music Awards November 8th, 2014
· U2 to receive Bambi Award November 5th, 2014

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