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March 6th, 2009

More U2 News! @ 11:30 am

zoostation:
First things first:



This is the best thing they have ever done, hands down.



Exclusive: U2 To 'Kiss The Future' On Global Stadium Tour
U2 reveal "Kiss The Future" tour details.
March 06, 2009 09:00 AM ET
Ray Waddell, Nashville

Kiss The Future, U2's world tour in support of its new album "No Line on the Horizon," will play stadiums around the world, beginning June 30 in Barcelona, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Details of the tour will be announced March 9.

It’s a groundbreaking tour with production that includes a 360-degree audience configuration, ambitious staging and a cylindrical video screen. “We’re very excited about the idea to go on the road with this album,” the Edge says. “It’s an album that I think is going to translate so well to the live context. The songs we’ve tried in rehearsal are sounding fantastic, so that’s got everyone really fired up.”

U2 will be playing in a setting unique among all previous tours, by any artist. The tour will be global and lengthy. U2 will stay in Europe through Aug. 22, then hit American shores on Sept. 12 with a show at Soldier Field in Chicago. The band will play in North America until Oct. 28 and plans on working the globe until the fall of 2010. In addition to its production firsts, the tour is destined to become one of the highest-grossing tours ever; at $389 million, the band’s 2005-2007 Vertigo tour is second only to the Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang trek.

Playing in a 360 configuration will increase the capacity by about 15%-20%, depending on the stadium. The configuration opens up myriad opportunities for scaling ticket prices, an important consideration for Fogel and the band. The top ticket price will be slightly higher than last time and the bottom price will be lower, with the floor seats -- the closest to the stage -- the lowest priced. In fact, playing larger capacity venues allows for more conservative pricing overall. Field level is going to be $55, and there will be 10,000 tickets a show, every show, at $30, Fogel says. The price points are $250, $90-$95, depending on the market; $55 and $30.

On-sales will begin in Europe in mid-March, and North American on-sales will start in late March/early April. U2 will also resurrect its random upgrade program first seen on the Elevation tour in 2001, where select fans purchasing GA tickets will be moved closest to the stage.


The basic layout of the tour is Europe in July and August, America in September and October with a total of 40-45 shows this year; more stadiums in America in June and July next year, then August and September in Europe. The trek then tentatively will hit South America in the fall of 2010, for potentially as many as 90-100 shows over the next two years.

Read the whole thing here: http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/exclusive-u2-to-kiss-the-future-on-global-1003948418.story


$30 GA(?) TICKETS!
 
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From:steffi_ca
Date:March 6th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
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and to add more news:
Dates for the U2360° Tour will be announced exclusively, here on U2.com, at 8am Dublin time, this Monday, March 9th.
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From:steffi_ca
Date:March 6th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
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oh and btw:
"U2 will also resurrect its random upgrade program first seen on the Elevation tour in 2001, where select fans purchasing GA tickets will be moved closest to the stage."

does that mean no 'first comes, first serve'?
haven't been to an Elevation show, so i'm curious about that...
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From:writergeek313
Date:March 6th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
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I think what the article is saying is that GA (field level) will be $55, and that there will be 10,000 tickets (probably the high tier) that are $30. $55 is still a lot lower than I was expecting.
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From:zoostation
Date:March 6th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Why do you wanna burst my bubble? :(
From:7sadforests
Date:March 6th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Oh how nifty. Sounds like GA will be the tickets I'll be able to afford. Except, I've never ever bought GA before and I have no idea how it works. Anyone wanna explain it to me? Do you have to show up hours early and stand in line?

And that video was hilarious! haha.
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From:corianderstem
Date:March 6th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
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If they work it like they did the Vertigo tour, random GA tickets will be selected to be into a special area closest to the stage. So some people who show up late in the day still could be very close.

However, it's still worth it to line up early, because even if you then don't scan into the closer area, you would then be at or near the front of the next closest area. :-)
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From:_rackham_
Date:March 6th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Damn, I definitely won't be able to attend European shows in July... Hoping for August. Or 2010.
The only thing I am already not hoping is their show in Russia. Although I had even dreamt about it a couple of times recently, I don't think it will come true. =)
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From:zoostation
Date:March 6th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Well it's a little unclear as to what is $55 and what is $30. I didn't do GA last time, but I think it was less expensive than the least expensive seat (which is what I had and sucked unbelievably!)

We should know for sure by Tuesday, at least, when LiveNation gets the pages set up.
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From:fadedgalaxia
Date:March 6th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
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EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

*is very excited*

This will probably be a dumb question, but when they announce the dates, will the tickets be on sale?
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From:steffi_ca
Date:March 6th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
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as posted here: http://www.u2.com/stream/article/display/id/4620
dates will be announced this monday (09 march) and rumours say tickets for the europe shows will go on sale on 14 march, for north america mid of march/early april
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From:verlindahenning
Date:March 6th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! What a great clip--for everyone who says that U2 are all a bunch of po'faced wonks! I love it--and I so hope they come here to Memphis! I cannot WAIT! ! !
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From:anidada
Date:March 6th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Mine, too. :)
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From:snowfall36
Date:March 6th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
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It makes me insanely happy that, with U2 tours, the only tickets I would ever consider are the ones that are the cheapest!

Reading this has me so damn excited!!!!! Looks like I'm going to be saving my money like woah! IS IT FALL YET?!?
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From:trinimacphisto
Date:March 6th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
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HAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY HAVE TO COME HERE!!!! PREFERABLY PORTO ALEGRE, BUT I CAN DO SÃO PAULO!!!! I HAVE TO GO THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*freaks out*
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From:ringlunatic
Date:March 6th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
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If they play the Netherlands on July 1-3 I will kill someone. Just sayin'
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From:t4_flirt
Date:March 7th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
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Oooh. Two sets of North American dates, spaced out so that I can afford to go more than once? *grin*

Looks like I'll be planning for not one, but TWO shows! Especially if field level seats are $30. That ain't bad.

*starts planning strategy for early arrivals*
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From:almadri
Date:March 7th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
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Awesomeness for the video!!!!
I am starting to like David Letterman again!

And wow, they jump from $95 to $250?? Are they going to be 2.5 times closer?
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From:zoostation
Date:March 7th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
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I have a feeling those will be for the box seats. I could be wrong.
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From:lothuial
Date:March 7th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
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That was too fucking funny! They are such good sports!
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From:scruby
Date:March 7th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
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Wait, wait, wait, does that mean I can but a ticket for a U2 concert today or inly from the 9th of March?
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From:zoostation
Date:March 7th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
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They're announcing the tour on March 9th. Nothing's on sale at the moment.

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