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December 05, 2018
Bono ends up singing a bit of "13 (There Is a Light)" towards the end of his speech at the (RED) charity auction in Miami.
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U2 has picked up three nominations for the upcoming Pollstar Awards. Two of the nominations are specific to the Experience + Innocence tour: Major Tour of the Year and Best Rock Tour. The band's third nomination actually belongs to longtime production manager Jake Berry, who's nominated in the "Road Warrior" category.
This is the 30th installment of Pollstar's tour-related awards. Winners are chosen by industry/peer voting, but in a change this year, box office data including gross revenue and ticket sales will also be taken into account to decide the winners in certain categories (including the band's two categories, presumably).
The awards will be announced during the Pollstar Live! Conference, which takes place February 11-13, 2019, in Los Angeles.
U2's Experience + Innocence tour grossed $126.2 million on sales of 923,733 tickets, according to data from Billboard Boxscore. That's less overall than what the I+E tour did back in 2015, but that's because U2 played fewer shows this year -- 59, compared to 76 that year. As Billboard points out, this year's tour earned more per show than I+E did three years ago.
The biggest earning cities this year were Paris from the European tour, with $9.4 million earned from four shows, and New York City from the North American tour, with $8.7 million earned from three shows.
Billboard Boxscore lists all 59 U2 shows this year as sold out, which we believe is a reflection of how promoters are able to fudge their reporting of tickets available vs. tickets sold. There were several shows early in the North American tour where large blocks of the upper levels were curtained off and fans with tickets in those sections were upgraded to better seats.
U2 now has earned $2.15 billion on sales of 27.7 million concert tickets dating back to 1990 (when Billboard Boxscore first began tracking this stuff).
U2 was back at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin on Thursday night and did another abbreviated dress rehearsal for Friday's concert. Tonight's rehearsal was shorter than last night's, and again found the band working primarily through the main sets and not rehearsing the encore.
The good folks at U2tour.de were tweeting again today, and here's what they were able to hear from outside the arena:
Tomorrow night it's the real thing -- opening night of the second leg of the Experience + Innocence tour!
With just two days left until the second leg of the Experience + Innocence tour, U2 had what was almost a full rehearsal Wednesday night at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. In the process, they answered a few questions about what would change as the show transitions from North America to Europe.
Fortunately, the good folks at U2tour.de were tweeting as it happened, and here's what they were able to hear from outside the arena:
If you followed the first leg of the tour, you know that looks similar to the main and second sets ... but there are a few notable changes: "Even Better Than The Real Thing" was rehearsed in the spot where "Desire" was played before, "Summer Of Love" replaced "Staring At The Sun" and "New Year's Day" was rehearsed in place of "American Soul." If those changes stay in place on opening night Friday, it would be
Since tonight's rehearsal wasn't a full run-through, we're guessing that the band will rehearse again on Thursday.
Related: If you're free on Thursday, join us as we record a tour preview episode of the @U2 podcast. You can watch live on Twitch and join the discussion there as it happens. We're planning to begin at 4:30 pm ET/1:30 pm PT!
(Note: "The Blackout" has been added after the fact, it was the first song rehearsed. "Summer Of Love" was not played full-band as this article originally stated. U2BR.com tells us it was Bono & Edge acoustic, just as they did for "Staring At The Sun" on the first leg.)
Bono has written a lengthy essay that seems to serve as a preview of the primary themes and ideas that U2 will address as the Experience + Innocence tour plays across Europe over the next couple months.
The essay, which appears in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), suggests that the second leg of the tour will address civic issues in Europe in much the same way that the first leg addresses them in the United States.
"Europe is the theatre of powerful, emotional, clashing forces that will shape our future," Bono writes. "I say our future, because there is no way to deny that we are all in this boat together, in seas churned up by extreme weather and extremist politics."
He begins the essay by telling readers that the tour begins this week in Berlin and "we've just had one of our more provocative ideas: during the show we're going to wave a big, bright, blue EU flag." If you followed the first leg of the tour, you shouldn't have any trouble connecting that visual to the giant US flag that the band unfurled during "American Soul."
Stay tuned ... opening night is Friday in Berlin.
After nearly two months off, U2's Experience + Innocence tour returns this week!
The second leg will begin Friday night at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin; a second show there will follow on Saturday. After that, the tour heads to Cologne, Germany for a pair of shows and then does four nights in Paris. That's the first of three cities -- along with Milan and Dublin -- to get four shows. (On the first leg, the New York City area was the only place to get four shows.)
Various members of U2's team have been arriving in Berlin over the past several days. The fans at U2tour.de reported today that the trucks have started arriving at the arena, too.
As the second leg approaches, two reminders:
1) If you're looking to sell or trade tickets (at face value), we're helping U2tour.de with the @U2tickets Twitter account. Learn more about how that works here.
2) We have a set of free #U2eitour wallpapers for your smartphone with the full list of upcoming U2 tour dates -- one wallpaper per month all the way through the Dublin shows in November. They're free to download and install. Enjoy!
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