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November 8th, 2005

Melbourne News Headline: Achtung, baby! U2 aiming to crash Games finale @ 06:42 pm

The kings of motor sport are idling, laughter is taking a holiday and there will be no new movies. But Irish rock singer Bono is planning to crash Melbourne's Commonwealth Games Party.

One of the worlds biggest music acts, Bono' U2 [Bono's U2? WTF, Mate?] is expected to play two shows at Telstra Dome in March in front of up to 80,000 fans on the same weekend as the Commonwealth Games closing Ceremony.

After 18 months of negotiations, promoter Michael Coppel Presents is expected to announce the two shows for Telstra Dome on March 24 and 25.

If the dates are comfirmed, several hundred can be expected in the city centre for the shows and sold out games events at the MCG and Vodaphone Arena.

Blue-ribbon Games events such as the men's and women's 4x100 metre running relays, finals in the women's pole vault — likely to feature Australia's Tatiana Grigorieva — and sold-out finals of the netball competition are the pick of Games finals on those days.

The Age believes the rock shows are not of major concern to Melbourne 2006 organisers, who have had strong ticket sales for the nights in question.

But the prospect of adding tens of thousands of concert-goers to Melbourne's public transport system — which is expected to carry 70 per cent of Games patrons — is a headache for the State Government, which is already under fire for its public transport policy.

Adding to the pressure, much of Melbourne, including the Docklands precinct around Telstra Dome, will be mired in traffic restrictions on those dates.

The men's 50-kilometre walk travels through Docklands on the day of the first U2 concert, causing many streets around Telstra Dome to be blocked off between midnight and 3.30pm.

Games chairman Ron Walker played down concerns and denied that Games organisers had tried to get the band to play at the closing ceremony.

Most major events have observed an unwritten rule not to schedule events during the Games, from March 15 to 26. Even movie distributors such as Village Roadshow have opted to not release new films during the Games, despite the period coinciding with school holidays.

As well as sports events, the Games will include a multimillion-dollar program of cultural events throughout the city — including at Docklands.

The Grand Prix and the Comedy Festival are among organisations to have rescheduled around the Commonwealth Games. Plans for Moomba have shifted several times. It will now take place on Monday, March 13.

Rumours of the U2 tour increased after Bono phoned horse trainer Lee Freedman to congratulate him on Makybe Diva's Melbourne Cup win, saying he hoped to meet the mare when he was next in Australia.

-all from The Age newspaper, Melbourne.

A big thanks to that horse for bringing the boys to town!

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Date:November 8th, 2005 08:16 am (UTC)
"Bono's U2"? That's a really stupid way for an entertainment journalist to put it. Do people say "Billy Corgan's Smashing Pumpkins"? Or "Freddie Mercury's Queen"?
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Date:November 8th, 2005 09:38 am (UTC)
*books flights to Australia*



*breathes, and waits for the official news*

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Date:November 8th, 2005 11:18 am (UTC)
YES!!!!!!*punches air* I can finally see them!!!! They are finally going to play here!!!!! *does happy dance of doom*
Date:November 8th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
Sorry, just got one question...cause I'm doing something for my art lesson, gonna draw The Edge and Bono, and I'm wondering if anyone, know their fav colour?
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Date:November 10th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
oh ok...we'll I think I've seen something about that Bono likes Amber, but I have no idea about The Edge :(
But that's a brilliant idea about the hands...have to check that out ;)
Thanks alot!!!
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Date:November 8th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Date:November 9th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
Right after I canceled with The Age, figures! Um, this sounds too much like unsubstantiated gossip. This may go no further than the report from the Boston Globe and Headline News that Bono and Pavarotti were “reportedly” (from whom?) going to play a gig in Baghdad. That came to naught, and this might as well.

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