"It's a very special song, because it's the first time that we ever really made a statement."
-- Larry, on "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Welcome to @U2 Tours (beta)!
We're still in the process of moving everything from U2tours.com to our new home here on @U2. As you use the site, you might find some bugs and you'll probably find missing information -- particularly setlist details like snippets. We'd love your help as we continue to work on the site! Please see the "welcome guide" web pages for an overview of the new site, as well as details on how to join the effort to finish building the site -- either casually or as a member of the @U2 staff. Thanks!
PS - those concerts listed over on the right in the "Next 5 Shows" section? Fake. We needed something in the database to test what future concert listings look like. Sorry if we got your hopes up.
Latest U2 Concert
March 16, 2015
The entire band performs an acoustic version of "Ordinary Love" during the funeral mass of longtime Irish DJ Tony Fenton, who died recently of cancer. It's U2's first public performance since Bono's bike accident five months ago.
Latest U2 Tour News & Rumors
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 30 at 10 am local time for U2's second (and final) night at Denver's Pepsi Center. For U2.com subscribers who still have a presale code or for new subscribers, the presale will take place March 26 at 10 am through 5 pm on March 27 local time. Live Nation has also taken this opportunity to update the tour marketing graphics to include the new sponsorship deal announced yesterday with Salesforce.
Put your party hats on! U2's Innocence+Experience tour is fast approaching and we're ready to help get the fun going with a casual dinner meetup in Vancouver, BC, the night before U2's first concert. You're invited to join us -- and there'll be a lot of @U2 staffers there -- on May 13, 2015, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Doolin's Irish Pub, where a section of the restaurant is being set aside just for us. There's no cost to attend, and you'll be able to order dinner and drinks right off the menu -- so please bring an appetite!
Here are all the details:
What: @U2 @Vancouver, casual dinner meetup
We need to let Doolin's know how many people to expect, so please RSVP as soon as you're certain you can join us. That links to an Eventbrite page where you can tell us how many in your group are planning to attend. And please share that URL on your favorite U2 Facebook pages/groups and wherever else your U2 friends enjoy hanging out online. On behalf of the @U2 crew, we're looking forward to seeing you on May 13th!
(By the way, we hope to announce details of our 20th anniversary party soon. We're still planning that for July 29th in New York City.)
U2 have announced an additional stop on the Innocence and Experience tour: Denver, Colorado. Only one show is slated (so far): June 6, at the Pepsi Center. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 23, for the general public, and Thursday, March 19, for U2.com members who haven't used their presale codes (10 a.m. for Experience group, 3 p.m. for Innocence) and new subscribers.
Some reassuring words from Bono's wife, Ali, about her husband's health and the impending Innocence+Experience tour. She appeared Friday at a charity lunch in Dublin and, speaking to the Irish Independent, said Bono is on the mend and ready for the tour opener:
"He's doing great, he really is. He's got another six weeks left until the first date in May, so he's very excited -- he'll be ready. Everyone's looking forward to it and we're glad that's all behind us."
There's actually about nine weeks to go before opening night on May 14th, so Ali's comment about six weeks could be a reference to when the band is due to arrive in Vancouver for rehearsals. Either way, it's good to hear an update from Mrs. Hewson.
How would you like to have your U2 concert videos featured on our new Tours site?
The @U2 Tours crew is working feverishly on the site, and now we're looking for some help. We're inviting you to email us links to your favorite 5-10 U2 concert videos -- individual songs or full concerts. They can be videos that you shot and uploaded yourself, or videos from someone else that you think are really great. They can be on YouTube or Vimeo or wherever or any well-known video hosting site. (But no Facebook links, please.)
Why do we need video links? On the new Tours site, we're able to link from every song in a setlist to an online video for that song. Have a look, for example, at the setlist from the Werchter Festival in 1982 below, and notice how several of the songs have links to go watch a song on YouTube.
We've found a few YouTube accounts that have a ton of live U2 songs, but we're looking for as much variety as possible. And we want to help you get more exposure for the great videos you've taken at U2 shows by linking to them from our Tours site.
How To Submit Links
You're welcome to send us 5-10 links via email. Please put the phrase "@U2 Tours Video" in the Subject field, put the links in the email itself, and send it to webmaster....@....atu2.com. We expect that a lot of emails will come in, so individual replies won't be possible. We also can't promise to include links from everyone who submits. Submitting links for high-quality videos will give you the best shot at being featured.
We'll have more @U2 Tours updates coming soon. And we'll close with a reminder that, with the Innocence+Experience tour just a couple months away, now is a great time to register on our Tours site and create your own profile page, listing all the U2 concerts and songs you've seen. (Have a look at my profile page for an example.)
Bono and Edge were spotted at Dublin's 3Arena earlier this week to take in Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and in return Noel Gallagher shared on his blog about how they had flown in from their rehearsals in France. "The Biggest Guns Ireland has to offer had flown in from their own rehearsals in France, just for the night, to have a nosy and see what was being said and of course to talk turkey and generally misbehave and celebrate... well I'm not sure... but celebrate we did..." he writes.
For those keeping track, less than 10 weeks to go before the tour's start in Vancouver.
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