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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
With Bono spotted in Vancouver on Saturday night, it sounds like the whole band has joined him and live rehearsals have begun. @U2 reader Stephen K. sent us a short audio clip of "Invisible" that he recorded with his iPhone out in the parking lot on Monday, along with a few photos of the scene at Pacific Coliseum. We've done our best to boost the audio levels and put it all together in the short YouTube video below.
You should hear Bono singing in the first couple seconds -- it sounds like he sings "It's yours" twice, then he stops and seems to say "sorry" at about the 6-second mark, and continues with "I finally found my real name...." Later, you'll hear Stephen talking to a security guard, who says "yep" when asked if the sound is live.
Stephen says he didn't see any of the band members while he was at the Coliseum, but there was a lot of activity beyond just the crew. There's a tent set up outside (you can see it in on the right in the last couple seconds of the video), portable toilets and so forth.
If you're one of our Vancouver-based readers, late afternoon/early evening is probably the best time to check out the scene. If you get any video, audio or photos, please send them in to email@example.com.
If they haven't already, it looks like U2's formal tour rehearsals could begin soon in Vancouver. Fans have been hearing U2 songs coming from Pacific Coliseum for about a week now, but no band member has been seen in the city ... until last night. Ashley Wray posted this photo of Bono at a club called The Diamond to Instagram late Saturday night. (Sourced via our forum, @U2start and @U2_News.)
None of the other band members have been spotted in Vancouver yet, but with the tour due to start in less than four weeks, the bet here is that everyone will be there soon and live rehearsals will get underway.
Meanwhile, rumors are circulating today that U2 is set to announce what should be its final concerts of 2015. The Sunday World reported today that U2 will soon announce five shows at Dublin's 3Arena. The rumor is that the shows will happen in late November/early December, and tickets will go on sale in the next few weeks. The article isn't on the Sunday World's website (as far as we can tell), but @U2 reader David G. tweeted us this photo of the article.
It's not much of a secret at this point: U2 is moving into the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver (a second indoor arena in the city) for rehearsals prior to the start of the Innocence + Experience tour on May 14th at Rogers Arena. Local media outlets have been scouting the scene at Pacific Coliseum since the start of the week and generally finding nothing more than those red/white Upstaging trucks in the parking lot -- trucks that U2 fans have seen before on previous tours.
U2 fan Jonathan Vervaet (well, his wife, actually) paid a visit to Pacific Coliseum on Tuesday night and heard what sure sounds to us like a live U2 rehearsal, complete with Bono singing. It's a brief clip of "Vertigo" with the music really kicking in at about the :20 mark. Have a listen.
There's a chance that this is pre-recorded audio and the crew is using it to test audio levels and equipment. But the way the song stops leads me to think otherwise. You can decide for yourself.
UPDATE: Jonathan has uploaded more than one clip from Tuesday's rehearsal. Here's a longer take on "Vertigo."
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.
Live Nation announced a global sponsorship agreement with sales management software company Salesforce today. According to the company's press release, Salesforce will "power U2's next world tour." This is the first major sponsor to be linked to the Innocence and Experience tour. It is unclear if more sponsors will be added to the tour.
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.)
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