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U2 to tour Australia and New Zealand?

When U2 announced the Joshua Tree Tour 2017, all was silent on the Australian and New Zealand fronts. It is no longer.

We can report that multiple stadiums are negotiating with Live Nation about major concert events in Australia and New Zealand. U2 are a likely candidate to be the band in question, because other stadium-level Live Nation acts have either toured recently (e.g. Coldplay) or have announced forthcoming dates (e.g. Adele). It is possible, however, that these negotiations may pertain to another act, so do not raise your hopes too high just yet.

In Australia, Etihad Stadium in Melbourne is in discussions about a major concert event in November 2017. Similar conversations have occurred with Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and with Sydney Olympic Park (which could mean ANZ Stadium or the nearby Spotless Stadium). The new Perth Stadium is very keen for a significant opening event to precede the commencement of regular sporting events there with the 2018 Australian rules football season. U2 are one of the few bands who could command a sell-out at this significant 60,000-seater venue.

Meanwhile, in New Zealand, Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium has an undisclosed event booked for November. At the moment we have no rumours for other venues in New Zealand.

These venues are those that U2 played on the 360 Tour, or in the case of Perth is the venue they would play once the new stadium is open to supersede Subiaco. Hence, these rumours are plausible. But as noted they could pertain to another major touring act, not U2. They are also very preliminary discussions subject to change. It remains very possible that any tour, if it happens, could instead take place in 2018.

It should go without saying that we have no information whether these shows, if they are U2, would be part of the Joshua Tree Tour or represent a resumption of the Innocence + Experience Tour. Word on the street is that the indoor form of the IE Tour has not come to Australasia because of how many shows would be required to satisfy demand and problems with fitting the stage into some arenas. Make of that what you will.



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Larry receives lifetime achievement award from Yamaha

Yesterday, Larry Mullen appeared at a gala event held by the National Association of Music Merchants in Anaheim, California. Yamaha, the makers of his drumkits, presented him with an award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Excellence.

As part of the festivities, Larry performed with an all-star band of musicians that included trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist Nathan East, and guitarist Butch Walker, all of whom have extensive and diverse recording careers. We have so far been unable to confirm the total number of songs Larry performed or the exact order, but the setlist included:

 

Our database listing for this performance is here.

There are a number of videos floating around on YouTube and Instagram from this event. Below are a couple:





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Edge performs at the Women's March in Los Angeles

The Edge and his wife Morleigh marched today in the Los Angeles Women's March, one of a series of massive protests in cities worldwide against the election and policies of Donald Trump, whose inauguration as US president occurred yesterday.

During the march Edge joined other musicians on stage to perform Pride on a temporary stage at the intersection of 6th St and Broadway. He played guitar and sang, and the musicians with him were Juliette Lewis (vocals), Abby Travers (bass, of Sumo Princess), and Brad Wilk (drums, of Prophets of Rage). Watch a video of the performance here:


This is the only song in which Edge participated. Our database entry for this event is here.

This performance should come as little surprise. Prior to Trump's election, U2 articulated strong opposition to aspects of his campaign platform they perceived as motivated by greed and hate. This occurred most notably in their performances of Desire on 23 September 2016 and Bullet the Blue Sky on 5 October 2016. The band have also cited the radical shift in global politics to explain their motivation to undertake the Joshua Tree Tour 2017. Unlike those two performances in 2016, however, in which the band attacked Trump directly, this performance of Pride emphasised hope and resistance, with Lewis chanting that "the power of the people trumps the people in power".

U2, or members thereof, have performed at events related to past presidential inaugurations, but this is the first in a protest capacity. On 20 January 1993, Adam and Larry joined REM's Michael Stipe and Mike Mills as "Automatic Baby" for an MTV concert associated with Bill Clinton's inauguration. And then on 18 January 2009, the entire band performed for the inauguration of Barack Obama.



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Extra US shows for the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 + presale info for ALL extra shows

After four dates were added to U2's European schedule yesterday, three more have been added to the North American schedule, all of them in the US, after sales on that continent began today. Tickets sold quickly, with many shows sold out. And remaining tickets are limited for most of those not yet marked sold out on U2.com - Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Miami, Tampa, Washington, and Cleveland.

The three extra shows that have been announced are:

  • 2017-05-21 - Pasadena, California, USA - Rose Bowl
  • 2017-06-04 - Chicago, Illinois, USA - Soldier Field
  • 2017-06-29 - East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA - MetLife Stadium

U2.com have confirmed presale details for all additional concerts, whether in America or Europe. Presales for all shows commence at 9am on Wednesday, 18 January for the Red Hill group (old subscribers), and 9am Thursday for the Wires group (new subscribers). These run to 5pm on Friday. The general sales for all shows are at 10am on Monday, 23 January. All times are local to the venue.



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Extra European shows for the Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Today, tickets went on sale to the general public for U2's European concerts on the 30th anniversary Joshua Tree Tour. As expected, tickets flew out the door - with far too many appearing very quickly on those laughable sanctioned "resale" websites owned by Ticketmaster.

But fortunately some extra shows have been added, as confirmed by U2.com:

Tickets for these shows will go on sale to the general public on Monday, 23 January.

This is all the information to hand at the moment, but presales for fans who have not used their U2.com subscriber allocation will happen. Keep an eye on your U2.com profile and on your emails for details.

Rumours are swirling regarding an extra date in Dublin, but at the moment the chances of an extra show are looking poor. There have also been denials of a second night in Brussels. No word yet on whether Berlin or Barcelona will get extra nights. The tone of the U2.com article, however, in saying these four additional shows "finalise the European leg" suggests that the itinerary is now complete.

This information may still change, especially as the strong demand for more Dublin shows may compel the band to seek permission for an extra show at Croke, so keep an eye on our Twitter account for the latest.



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