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More 2011 tour and album rumours; not much more Turin news

There is not much to report from Turin today. Just like the last few days, construction has been proceeding steadily on the 360° Tour stage. Those of you who have been checking on the stadium webcam and its daily time-lapse movies will have seen that the Claw is now clearly visible, prominently sticking out of the top of Stadio Olimpico. There may well be much more exciting news to report tomorrow, or at the very least in the coming days, when U2 are rumoured to commence rehearsals.

Speaking of rumours, today's interesting content comes in the form of rumours regarding the band's activity next year. Chilean newspaper La Tercera reports (in Spanish) that U2 may perform at the renovated Estadio Nacional in March 2011, along with concerts in Brazil and Argentina. According to La Tercera's source, tickets could go on sale from the second week of September.

Additional rumours indicate that these South American shows would follow a visit to Australia, and lead the band up to Mexico and the already-announced North American dates. Australian rumours indicate that both November/December 2010 and February/March 2011 are pencilled in as possibilities. Although February/March 2011 may seem more logical, in conjunction with shows in South America, the November/December 2010 timeframe is being championed by some sources. Radio station Triple M has reported this multiple times, most recently last Tuesday, and the rumour has been repeated in yesterday's edition (25 July) of Melbourne tabloid the Herald Sun. Both Triple M and the Herald Sun's reports come from the same music journalist, Nui Te Koha.

And how about some new music as well as more concerts? Well, a new rumour claims that U2 have made contact with Black Rock Studios in Greece with regards to recording there sometime in 2011. The studio is located on the Greek island of Santorini, and it looks more like a luxurious resort than a studio. What a far cry from U2's early days at Windmill Lane!

As always, until anything is officially confirmed, take these rumours with a grain of salt, or perhaps an entire salt lick.

Posted on by Axver

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