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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
December 01, 2014 , 7:30 pm
U2, minus Bono, performed at the free "A (RED) Thank You presented by Bank of America" concert in New York City. U2 was introduced by former President Bill Clinton, who said he was there at Bono's request. The show was billed as "U2 minus 1."
Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin filled in for Bono, who's still recovering from his bicycle accident injuries.
Chris Martin was the first guest vocalist performing "Beautiful Day" and "With Or Without You" as the concert opened. The Edge would return to the stage to accompany Carrie Underwood on her song "Change." Underwood would remain on stage for another song with her own band. Kanye West then took the stage for a short set after an introduction by Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen.
U2 would later return to the stage, with Times Square in red, to play "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with Bruce Springsteen contributing vocals. Bruce dedicated "I Still Haven't Found" to Bono and the song closed the performances for the evening.
Latest U2 Tour News & Rumors
U2's Innocence and Experience tour, which already has 60 shows on its itinerary, could soon have as many as 12 more concerts added.
@U2 reader Tim R. tipped us off to a dozen unannounced shows that are hidden on U2.shop.ticketstoday.com, the website where official VIP Packages are being sold. (If you visit U2.com and click the links for "Travel Package," this is the website where you'll end up.) Each of the already announced concerts has its own web page with a URL like this one for Vancouver, May 14th:
As Tim tells us, if you change the number at the end of the URLs one-by-one, you'll go through the entire list of tour dates -- and in the process you'll find 12 concerts that have web pages, but haven't been announced and don't appear on the master list of concerts. Here are those 12:
Los Angeles, June 3 & 4
(Note: the third URL above, and in the listings below, links to a page where travel packages are sold for both shows in tandem.)
This is all exciting, but it doesn't necessarily mean that all of the above concerts will actually be announced. It's possible that U2 and Live Nation have options to add these shows, and the travel package company listed them online to prepare in case they eventually are announced. But that's not a guarantee that any or all of the 12 shows will be announced.
That said, as we shared on Twitter a couple days ago (see here and here), we do have reports from a previously reliable source that at least one Los Angeles concert is due to be announced tomorrow (January 26). Will that and 11 others be announced? Don't know, but let's hope so.
We've had a few questions come in about legitimate places to buy, sell or trade U2 concert tickets with other fans, so consider this a Public Service Announcement aimed at answering a question that may be on a lot of fans' minds.
Officially, there are still some tickets for certain shows available via official ticket outlets (i.e., Ticketmaster in North America). The tour page on U2.com appears to be pretty up-to-date about which shows still have tickets available.
Beyond that, we also have a dedicated board in our forum for fans to buy, sell and trade tickets directly with other fans and only at face value. All of the existing shows are listed individually, so just find the show(s) you're interested in and add your post or see what others have already posted. Selling or trading GA tickets may be difficult due to the paperless ticket requirements, so keep that in mind as you offer those tickets or search for them.
And be sure, if you do use this section of our forum, to read the post at the top of the board -- "Rules for Ticket Buying/Selling/Trading." We don't hesitate to boot people that try to make a profit from selling tickets in our forum.
Citing "overwhelming demand," U2 and Live Nation have added 16 additional concert dates to the 2015 Innocence and Experience Tour. The new dates involve two concerts in each of seven cities:
All of the new dates will have a U2.com members presale running this Wednesday (December 10) through Friday (December 12), with the public ticket sales beginning next Monday, December 15. New ticket codes will not be issued for existing U2.com members. If you didn't use up your code yet, or if you're a new U2.com member, you can buy during the presales this week.
You can see the full list of U2 Innocence and Experience tour dates on @U2 Tours. And while you're there, now's a good time to claim your profile (if you've ever left a review on our old site, U2tours.com) or create a new profile. Here's how to get started.
The Edge provided fans with an update on Bono’s biking accident and injuries while speaking with KROQ’s Kevin and Bean on Wednesday morning to announce U2’s world tour and the news that U2 wouldn't be performing at the radio station's Almost Acoustic Christmas concert.
Edge confirmed that Bono’s accident occurred on Sunday morning, Nov. 16, while he was cycling in Central Park as part of his workout regime, and that the injuries were akin to being in a car crash. "There were a lot of people in the park and he just wasn’t paying enough attention," Edge said. "He was going fast down a bit of a hill and somebody come out onto the cycle way. He swerved to avoid them and just went straight over the handlebars.”
After saying that Bono was made of tough stuff, Edge described the injuries: “The poor guy. Basically his left elbow was shattered, so a lot of the work was reconstructing the joint and putting in wires and plates. He showed us an X-ray a couple of days later and it looked like a miniature of the Eiffel Tower was in his elbow. Then the same had to happen with the fracture of his pinkie. The joint there was totally messed up. That needed a bone graft. Then the most vulnerable was his upper back and scapula. They couldn’t put any plates in there. They decided to not do surgery. So, basically he’s got to be very still and not move around until that’s healed.”
Edge said Bono’s doing physical therapy twice a day to keep his joints active.
Because of Bono being sidelined, the band almost canceled out on the World AIDS Day event in New York City, but didn't because it was a charity event, Times Square was shut down for the night, and they were fortunate to have a little help with lead vocals. “It was an amazing experience, but it feels a little bit like we were cheating on Bono,” he said.
Edge told Kevin and Bean that he has never performed without Bono. “It never happens and it’s not an experience I want to repeat again.” He reiterated that as one of the reasons why U2 was pulling out of the KROQ Acoustic Christmas event. “We can’t have somebody fronting U2 for a whole show. That would be ridiculous.”
We've received the official press release for U2's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015. Here's what the statement says:
The tour follows the recent release of U2’s thirteenth studio album Songs Of Innocence by Island Records, which was given to U2.com subscribers and gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide. To date, Songs of Innocence has been streamed 81m times and has been downloaded by 30m fans.
“We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two” said Bono, “and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!”
“The anticipation for a U2 tour is always extraordinary, as it should be,” said Arthur Fogel | President - Global Touring and Chairman - Global Music - “Following the record-setting 360° Tour I’m amazed that they still want to be ground-breaking, this time on a more intimate scale.”
Tickets for the U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 go on general sale beginning Monday, December 8th. As usual, there is an exclusive priority presale for U2 Fan Club subscribers at U2.com, from Thursday, December 4th at 10am through Saturday, December 6th at noon (all times local). Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands.
UPS is the logistics supplier to the tour. Ron Rogowski, UPS Vice President, Global Brand and Sponsorships said - “We’re excited to work closely with U2 and Live Nation on this amazing tour in the most sustainable and environmentally responsible manner while providing them speed, efficiency and reliability.”
iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE TOUR ITINERARY
NORTH AMERICA 2015
Rumors are flying today about U2's plans to announce a 2015 world tour and put tickets on sale -- both of which are expected to happen within the next week.
Before we get to the rumors, this disclaimer: U2's official reps have not confirmed any of the rumors we've shared and asked them about over the past few weeks, and it's possible that all of this is wrong. As always, don't make any travel plans or buy any ticket offers until dates are officially announced and tickets are sold through official channels.
Now, on to the rumors....
The Italian fan site U2place.com is reporting that the tour will be called the "Innocence and Experience Tour." (Let's hope so, because that name would all but lock U2 into releasing Songs Of Experience while the tour is happening.)
Emails we've received say that tour dates will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9 am ET (USA). Ticket pre-sales will reportedly begin a day later, on Thursday, December 4, for U2.com members. We've received tips from readers saying that public ticket sales will begin next week, either Monday or Tuesday (December 8-9).
The tour is rumored to start with two shows in Vancouver, Canada, on May 14-15. Other rumored dates and cities that U2place.com is reporting include:
Los Angeles: eight concerts between May 26 and June 8 at the Staples Center. (Note: Our tips are slightly different. We've heard U2 will use the The Forum with shows on May 26, 27, 30 and 31. It's possible the band could use both venues, although scheduling around the LA Clippers expected playoff games might be tough at the Staples Center. We've also heard U2 may play at the Honda Center in Anaheim.)
Montreal and Boston: four concerts in each city
Chicago: six concerts at the United Center
Toronto: at least one concert on July 6 at the Air Canada Centre (probably more than one show)
New York City: eight concerts at the end of July
Turin, Italy: beginning of the European tour in early September
Sources on the above are primarily U2place.com, a Facebook page called U2niverse citing Live Nation, and emails we've received from readers/sources over the past couple weeks. Again, U2's reps have not confirmed or commented on any of the above. If the rumors are true, we'll have official details on Wednesday.
UPDATE, 5:20 pm PT: We've been contacted by a source at a Canadian radio station letting us know that the station is set to begin airing commercials at 6 am PT tomorrow (that's 9 am ET) promoting U2 ticket sales. The commercials will announce two concerts -- May 14 and 15, 2015 -- at Rogers Arena and that public ticket sales will begin on December 8th. In other words, this confirms several of the rumors above.
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