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U2 Helps AIDS Fight With Free iTunes Track Download

U2 Helps AIDS Fight With Free iTunes Track Download

As is the Super Bowl’s modus operandi, numerous totally non-football related announcements have been revealed in the wake of the event, including a new, free track from U2, “Invisible.”

The track came as part of an ad aired during the commercial break at the Super Bowl, which is almost becoming as culturally significant as the event itself.

Bono told USA Today that the purpose of the ad is “to tell Americans how extraordinary they’ve been in the fight against AIDS.” His charity, (RED), estimates that 7 million lives worldwide have been saved due to contributions from Americans. “I’m not sure that American taxpayers know that, and it’s worth for a moment noting how heroic the struggle has been. The seven million, they know, and they’re very grateful. All over the continent of Africa, if you poll people, you’ll find respect for the (US) very high.”

“We’re taking all the energy around the Super Bowl and interest in what U2′s doing and flipping it into the fight against HIV AIDS,” Bono added.

However, Bono says that “Invisible” will not actually be the official debut single from U2′s upcoming new record, which they are hoping to have out by the summer. “We have another song we’re excited about to kick off the album,” he said. “This is just sort of a sneak preview — to remind people we exist.”

“Invisible” went live at 6:00PM Eastern time on Sunday, February 2nd, and will remain online for only 18 hours. You can pick it up right here if that time hasn’t expired yet. (RED) has enlisted the charitable help of Bank of America to contribute one dollar for each download, up to $2 million, to the Global Fund.

U2 recently received an Oscar nomination for their most recent song “Ordinary Love”, which appears on the soundtrack of the film “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” The track won Best Original Song at the Golden Globes.

U2 to Headline Coachella in the 2015?

U2 to Headline Coachella in the 2015?

Though U2 have become known for avoiding the festival circuit in recent years, a report from The Desert Sun suggests that a Coachella headlining spot with the band’s name on it may become available in coming years, with both parties expressing interest in one another, like a musical romance.

According to The Desert Sun, U2 frontman Bono spoke backstage at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala this weekend, and explained that he had attended Coachella as a spectator last year, and was very keen on the prospect of headlining the shindig.

Expressing similar sentiments, Coachella founder Paul Tollett told The Desert Sun that there  ”Ain’t no crime in asking him about Coachella.”

In case you’re wondering what U2 were doing at a Film Festival gala, Bono and The Edge represented U2 (because they are the only members of U2 who are allowed to leave their houses) to accept the Sonny Bono Visionary Award in part for their recording of “Ordinary Love” from the film, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.”

Coachella 2014 is due to take place across two weekends from April 11th-13th and April 18th-20th in Indio, California. The line-up is believed to be announced this week, but acts already rumoured to be appearing include Arcade Fire, Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, HAIM, Pixies, and CHVRCHES. Odds are U2 won’t make the cut this year, but who’s to say whether they’ll be occupying a headlining slot in one of the following years.

In the meantime, U2 are said to be working on a new album with producer Danger Mouse, though there have also been rumours of involvement from Will.i.am, David Guetta and RedOne too. The band has been sketchy on the details about its release date, other than to say it should be out sometime this year. NME suggested that an announcement could be made at the Super Bowl in February. The British music magazine added that the fact that the album is due to be released by Island Records ought to ensure the band’s return to their “spiritual home”, whatever that means.

Coming to a Stadium Near You the Metallica, Green Day, U2 Tour?

Coming to a Stadium Near You the Metallica, Green Day, U2 Tour?

Metallica, U2 and Green Day: together. I smell the distinct scent of worldwide domination and cold, hard cash.

In a recent interview with MTV, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich spoke of his desires to form a joint tour between the three alternative behemoths:

“U2 came to San Francisco two summers ago and we ended up having a lot to drink with them and Green Day following a dinner. I was told in the wee morning hours following this outing that members of U2, Green Day and Metallica agreed to tour together. We haven’t talked about it since, but speaking for myself I’d be very up for that.”

Next time you end up drinking a lot with U2, get the contracts involved and get going – PLEASE.

Ulrich’s love affair with the Irish megastars is well-documented. Indeed, in a 2010 interview with Australia’s Faster Louder, Ulrich referred to himself as:

“the hugest U2 fan — I would borderline call myself a groupie, actually. Playing with U2… I would fucking play on the parking lot. They’re one of the only other bands that are still functioning after 30 years, just like we are, and I feel a lot of kinship in what they do and I just really admire and appreciate… They’re really inspiring to me. I love their music, I love their way of reinventing themselves, and I love their way or thinking big and small. And it sort of works on all levels.”

Whether or not it happens is another matter, but perhaps slightly closer to the realms of possibility is a Metallica headlining slot at legendary festival Glastonbury. The drummer told MTV UK that he’d be game:

“We’ve been fortunate enough to play every other festival on this planet numerous times, so Glastonbury is the only one that’s eluding us,” Ulrich said. “There’s such a vibe and it’s maybe the most quintessentially English festival.”

U2, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift Take Hardware at Billboard Touring Awards

U2, Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift were among the winners at the 8th annual Billboard Touring Awards, held on November 10 at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel.

The touring awards celebrate excellence in touring, promotion and performance, and are based primarily on global box office numbers. This year’s awards were based on the period from October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.

U2 was presented with both the Top Tour Award and Top Draw Award in honor of its 360 Tour, which was highest grossing and most attended tour of the year.
Jason Aldean received the breakthrough award. Aldean’s most recent record, My Kinda Party, was released in November 2010 and currently is the best-selling country album of 2011.

The Concert Marketing & Promotion Award was presented to Taylor Swift for her Speak Now World Tour 2011, which was sponsored by Covergirl. Swift’s 2010 album Speak Now, for which the tour was named, has sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide.

Other winners at the ceremony included Live Nation for Top Promoter, C3 Presents for Top U.S. Indie Promoter and Front Line Management for Top Manager. The Coachella Music & Arts Festival was named best festival and the Comcast Center in Mansfield Main was named best amphitheater. The 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. won the award for Best Club, an honor that is based on attendance.

Journey was presented with the Legend of Live award, honoring the band’s 38 years of touring. Not merely focusing on music, there was also an award for top comedy tour, which went to Jeff Dunham.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the music trade magazine also hosted a two-day Touring Conference, which was highlighted by a keynote speech from Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell. Farrell also received the first Apple Award, which honors legendary concert promoter Bill Graham.

U2, Lady Gaga, Usher Featured at Clinton Foundation Show

U2, Lady Gaga, Usher Featured at Clinton Foundation Show

Pop icons Usher, U2 and Lady Gaga have been asked to help celebrate the William J. Clinton Foundation’s 10th anniversary. Over the years the organization has made large contributions to different charities.

On Saturday October 15 the three performers will be sharing the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to commemorate the William J. Clinton Foundation’s 10th birthday. The organization has raised more than $10 billion to help with causes like feeding the hungry and global AIDS/HIV treatment. The concert is scheduled to be broadcast via Yahoo exclusively on a worldwide basis. The event will also double as the belated birthday celebration for Clinton. On August 19 he turned 65 years old.

“A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating Ten Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation” is also going to include an acoustic performance by The Edge, the U2 guitarist, along with other celebrity guests and additional performers to be announced later.

Control Room is producing the concert. The organization has been the mastermind behind several other large scale events like Live Earth in 2007. An announcement was made by a spokeswoman that the general public will be able to purchase tickets. It is expected that proceeds will be going to charity.

U2, Roger Waters Lead Concert Industry to 11% Increase in 2011

U2, Roger Waters Lead Concert Industry to 11% Increase in 2011

We already learned this week that albums sales in 2011 have increased, which is the first increase since 2004. Now the music industry has just received more good news. For the first six months of this year concert revenue has increased 11 percent.

Pollstar reported the good news. The company’s figure was arrived at by examining the earnings from the top 50 highest grossing worldwide tours, which earned a total of $1.65 billion. North America’s music industry was particularly strong, with a 16.2 increase in earnings.

Overall ticket sales, however, showed a 2.1 decrease, down to 16.4 million. What this means is fewer tickets were purchased but more was paid. The cost of the average ticket price saw a 13.6 increase to $10.23.

Gary Bongiovanni, Pollstar editor, hypothesized that perhaps the figures could be explained from better artist packaging or artists performing in smaller venues with higher prices, which tend to increase the costs of the show but offer better value for fans when it comes to their money spent on tickets.

So who were the artists driving the increased revenues? The leader was U2, unsurprisingly, with revenues of $164. The band was followed by $97.9 million from Roger Waters, $921 million from Bon Jovi, $65.3 million from Lady Gaga and $62.2 million from Usher.

Later this month the gigantic “360 Tour” of U2′s is coming to end. Hopefully the music industry will be able to remain strong once it current biggest earner is no longer on the road.

U2 Set to Outgross Rolling Stones Record Tour

U2 Set to Outgross Rolling Stones Record Tour

U2 is poised to set the record for having the all-time highest grossing tour. The gross for U2′s “360 World Tour” after their second show in Sao Paulo, Brazil at Morumbi Stadium, will exceed $558 million, which was the take for the Rolling Stones’ “Bigger Bang Tour” from 2005-07. Once the band has wrapped up their North American leg in Moncton, New Brunswick in Canada on July 30, the band will have made a projected $700 million.

U2 will also set the record as the all-time most-attended tour with their “360 World Tour.” This is in part due to the unique staging of the band, which enables stadiums to increase their seating capacity by 15-20 percent.

The 360 tour’s success is a testament to the enduring global popularity of U2. However it is still surprising in some ways that the band decided to tour to back “No Line on the Horizon.” The album hasn’t spawned any major hits and has underperformed in terms of retail sales.

U2′s New Album ‘Songs of Ascent’ Scheduled for Release in Early 2011

U2′s New Album ‘Songs of Ascent’ Scheduled for Release in Early 2011

In an interview with the Irish Times Paul McGuinness, U2 manager, said a new album from U2 should be released early next year.

McGuinness said, I am expecting a new album from U2 sooner than people think.  My guess is early 2011, right before their next American tour leg which begins in May.

U2′s new album has a tentative title of “Songs of Ascent.”

Reportedly some of the songs that the band has been playing on their tour this year include “Boys Fall from the Sky,” “Every Breaking Wave” and “Mercy.”

In the meantime the band’s “360 Tour” itinerary continues to expand.  New shows have been added to two continents on two different hemispheres.

Two South African soccer venues for the World Cup- on February 13 in Johannesburg and on February 18 in Cape Town- will be staging the first live concerts there when U2 performs its recently confirmed gigs.  Other new stops for U2 include a May 29 visit to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The tour now has a total of four Canadian stops.

For the two South African gigs, ticket onsales will start on October 23.  Winnipeg show tickets will go on  sale starting on October 25, according to the promoters.

The last time U2 played in Winnipeg and South Africa was on the “PopMart” tour in 1997.  Earlier this summer, the North American leg of the “360 Tour” was postponed when frontman Bono sustained a back injury.  The leg is now occurring a year later from its original schedule.

The next leg for U2′s North American tour will open in Denver on May 21, followed by 18 more shows in 14 cities.  Meanwhile the next stops for the band will be on November 25-26 in Auckland New Zealand.

U2 Wraps Up 2011 North American Leg with Pittsburgh Show

U2 Wraps Up 2011 North American Leg with Pittsburgh Show

With Bono almost in full recovery after going through an intensive emergency back surgery last summer, U2 has just finalized the North American leg of their 360° world tour which had to be postponed due to the lead singer’s medical condition.

As previously announced, the North American slate which was originally set for last summer is now moved to spring-summer of next year with a show in Denver’s Invesco Field at Mile High on May 21, 2011 to kick things off.  The kick-off show follows the band’s two-night stint in Mexico City, Mexico on May 14 and 15.

The itinerary will also include several stops in the west coast and the Midwest such as Salt Lake City, Alberta, Canada, Seattle, Oakland, a two-nighter in Anaheim, East Lansing, MI, Chicago and Minneapolis which will be scattered throughout June and July.  The tour will also entail a few east coast stops including a two-nighter n Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, East Rutherford and finally in Pittsburgh which is the latest addition to the slate and will mark the tour’s new final stop.  The Pittsburgh show will take place on July 26 at the Heinz Field.  Ticket information for each of the North American stops are posted on the band’s website.

Tagging along with the Irish rockers as opening acts for their North American jaunt are The Fray for the first three shows, Lenny Kravitz for the west coast shows, Florence and the Machine providing support for the East Lansing and Miami shows and finally, Interpol for the remainder of the tour.

Meanwhile, the band’s three-week gig in Australia and New Zealand later this year will push through as originally planned with a two-night engagement in Auckland’s Mt. Smart Stadium on November 25 and 26 to open the leg and another two-night gig in Perth, Australia on December 18 and 19 to cap things off.  Three other cities are also included in the band’s Australian itinerary.

2011 U2 Concert Tour
November 2010
25, 26 – Auckland, New Zealand – Mt. Smart Stadium

December 2010
1, 3 – Melbourne, Australia – Etihad Stadium
8, 9 – Brisbane, Australia – Suncorp Stadium
13, 14 – Sydney, Australia – ANZ Stadium
18, 19 – Perth, Australia – Subiaco Oval

February 2011
13 – Johannesburg, South Africa – FNB Stadium
18 – Cape Town, South Africa – South Africa Stadium

May 2011
14, 15 – Mexico City, Mexico – Azteca Stadium
21 – Denver, CO – Invesco Field (formerly June 12, 2010)
24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Rice Eccles Stadium (formerly June 3, 2010)
29 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canad Inns Stadium

June 2011
1 – Edmonton, Alberta – Commonwealth Stadium (formerly June 23, 2010)
4 – Seattle, WA – Qwest Field (formerly June 20, 2010)
7 – Oakland, CA – McAfee Coliseum (formerly June 16, 2010)
17, 18 – Anaheim, CA – Angels Stadium (formerly June 6-7, 2010)
26 – East Lansing, MI – Spartan Stadium at MSU (formerly June 30, 2010)
29 – Miami, FL – Sun Life Stadium (previously Dolphin Stadium) (formerly July 9, 2010)

July 2011
5 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (formerly July 6, 2010)
8, 9- Montreal, Quebec – Hippodrome (formerly July 16-17, 2010)
11 – Toronto, Ontario – Rogers Centre (formerly July 3, 2010)
14 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field (formerly July 12, 2010)
20 – East Rutherford, NJ – New Meadowlands Stadium (formerly July 19, 2010)
23 – Minneapolis, MN – TCF Bank Stadium (formerly June 27, 2010)
26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz FieldNovember 2010
25, 26 – Auckland, New Zealand – Mt. Smart Stadium

December 2010
1, 3 – Melbourne, Australia – Etihad Stadium
8, 9 – Brisbane, Australia – Suncorp Stadium
13, 14 – Sydney, Australia – ANZ Stadium
18, 19 – Perth, Australia – Subiaco Oval

February 2010
13 – Johannesburg, South Africa – FNB Stadium
18 – Cape Town, South Africa – South Africa Stadium

May 2011
14, 15 – Mexico City, Mexico – Azteca Stadium
21 – Denver, CO – Invesco Field (formerly June 12, 2010)
24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Rice Eccles Stadium (formerly June 3, 2010)
29 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canad Inns Stadium

June 2011
1 – Edmonton, Alberta – Commonwealth Stadium (formerly June 23, 2010)
4 – Seattle, WA – Qwest Field (formerly June 20, 2010)
7 – Oakland, CA – McAfee Coliseum (formerly June 16, 2010)
17, 18 – Anaheim, CA – Angels Stadium (formerly June 6-7, 2010)
22 – Baltimore, MD – M & T Bank Stadium
26 – East Lansing, MI – Spartan Stadium at MSU (formerly June 30, 2010)
29 – Miami, FL – Sun Life Stadium (previously Dolphin Stadium) (formerly July 9, 2010)

July 2011
2 – Nashville, TN – Vanderbilt Stadium
5 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (formerly July 6, 2010)
8, 9 – Montreal, Quebec – Hippodrome (formerly July 16-17, 2010)
11 – Toronto, Ontario – Rogers Centre (formerly July 3, 2010)
14 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field (formerly July 12, 2010)
17 – St. Louis MO – Busch Stadium
20 – East Rutherford, NJ – New Meadowlands Stadium (formerly July 19, 2010)
23 – Minneapolis, MN – TCF Bank Stadium (formerly June 27, 2010)
26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field

Bono's Back Surgery Resets U2 Tour Dates for 2011

Iconic Irish rockers U2 will be back in the touring scene after almost a year since front man Bono threw his back out severely and had to undergo an immediate intensive surgery last May at a hospital in Germany.

The U2 360° world tour was launched last year but had to be cancelled during its North American trek to give way for Bono’s surgery and recuperation. The said leg of the tour has been rescheduled for May 2011 with a show in Denver on May 21. Tickets are still available for the new tour schedule and tickets previously bought for the original show dates will still be honored for the rescheduled dates. Those who have changed their minds about the event can have their tickets refunded from where they purchased it.

However, fans of the quartet in Europe won’t have to wait that long since Bono and the rest of U2 will be going back on the road this summer consistent with their original tour schedule. They will be hitting back the European trail on August 6 with a show in Turin, Italy with Kasabian as support act. They will be in the continent till October.

Bono’s recuperation has come off as a blessing in disguise of some sorts. In a video clip posted over the band’s website, the singer said that being bedridden for a few months after the surgery has helped him brainstorm ideas for new songs that they might sample during the world tour. At present, the singer is no longer immobile and is gradually regaining back his strength.

The world tour will feature the band performing their greatest hits – both classics and current hits – including some material from their 12th and most recent studio effort, “No Line on the Horizon”, which hit the shelves in February last year. The album landed atop not only on the Billboard 200 but also on several album charts worldwide. It also moved close to half a million copies during its first week in the market.

2011 U2 Concert Tour
August 2010
6 – Turin, Italy – Stadio Olimpico (w/ Kasabian)
10 – Frankfurt, Germany – Commerzbank Arena (w/ Kasabian)
12 – Hannover, Germany – AWD Stadium (w/ Kasabian)
15, 16 – Horsens, Germany – Casa Arena (w/ Snow Patrol)
20, 21 – Helsinki, Finland – Olympic Stadium (w/ Razorlight)
25 – Moscow, Russia – Luzhniki (w/ Snow Patrol)
30 – Vienna, Austria – Stadium (w/ One Republic)

September 2010
3 – Athens, Greece -Olympic Stadium (w/ Snow Patrol)
6 – Istanbul, Turkey – Ataturk Olympic Stadium (w/ Snow Patrol)
11, 12 – Zurich, Switzerland (w/ One Republic)
15 – Munich, Germany – Olympic Stadium (w/ One Republic)
18 – Paris, France – Stade De France (w/ Interpol)
22, 23 – Brussels, Belgium – Stade Roi Boudoin (w/ Interpol)
26 – San Sebastian, Spain – Anoeta Stadium (w/ Interpol)
29 – Seville, Spain – Olympic Stadium (w/ Interpol)

October 2010
2, 3 – Coimbra, Portugul – Estadio Cidade (w/ Interpol)
8 – Rome, Italy – Olympic Stadium (w/ Interpol)

May 2011
21 – Denver, CO – Invesco Field (formerly June 12, 2010)
24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Rice Eccles Stadium (formerly June 3, 2010)

June 2011
1 – Edmonton, Alberta – Commonwealth Stadium (formerly June 23, 2010)
4 – Seattle, WA – Qwest Field (formerly June 20, 2010)
7 – Oakland, CA – McAfee Coliseum (formerly June 16, 2010)
17 – Anaheim, CA – Angels Stadium (formerly June 6, 2010)
18 – Anaheim, CA – Angels Stadium (formerly June 7, 2010)
26 – East Lansing, MI – Spartan Stadium at MSU (formerly June 30, 2010)
29 – Miami, FL – Sun Life Stadium (previously Dolphin Stadium) (formerly July 9, 2010)

July 2011
5 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (formerly July 6, 2010)
8 – Montreal, Quebec – Hippodrome (formerly July 16, 2010)
9 – Montreal, Quebec – Hippodrome (formerly July 17, 2010)
11 – Toronto, Ontario – Rogers Centre (formerly July 3, 2010)
14 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field (formerly July 12, 2010)
20 – East Rutherford, NJ – New Meadowlands Stadium (formerly July 19, 2010)
23 – Minneapolis, MN – TCF Bank Stadium (formerly June 27, 2010)

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