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July 26th, 2004

Attention All Aussie U2 Fans! @ 08:01 pm

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I'm currently feelin: excited excited

The following is taken from today's Sydney Morning Herald, but I found it on @U2. Oh, how I want to believe this is true. The SMH is a big paper - it's got to be true, right?


It is the news U2's Australian fans have been waiting for. The Irish supergroup is set to include Australia in its next world tour and will most likely perform concerts in December next year.

That's the word from a source close to the band, who revealed that plans are in place for a global U2 tour after the release of their new album (believed to be titled Vertigo).

Thousands of Australian fans were left disappointed during U2's last tour, Elevation, when the band did not perform in Australia. (Much of the blame for their absence was attributed to the ailing Australian dollar.)

Until that tour, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen jnr and Adam Clayton were regular visitors to Sydney. (They even performed an impromptu acoustic gig at the Mercantile Hotel in The Rocks, under the name of the Dalton Bros.)

Their last official visit was for the PopMart tour in 1998.

The band's new album, which is due for release later this year, has been at the centre of controversy in Europe after a CD of nearly-completed tracks was stolen from U2's recording studio in the south of France. Fears that some of the fresh tracks would be posted on the internet appear to be unfounded so far, but if the music is released early it could cost the band (and their record company) millions of dollars in lost sales.

A spokesman for Bono in Dublin confirmed the singer was still overseas last week.

As with most U2 tours, the band is likely to perform its new music in the US, UK and Europe first, before finishing up in countries including Australia.

Although few details have been leaked about the new songs on Vertigo, Bono has revealed to some reporters the CD will have a hard, punk-rock sound.

- Christine Sams.

I'm 18, so I was way too young to see U2 the one time they played my city. Is it really sad to decide to keep at least five hundred saved at all times until I find out whether they're coming or not? Even if they only play Sydney or Melbourne [I live in Adelaide] here, there's no way I'd miss out on seeing U2.
 
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From:kryceksfox
Date:July 26th, 2004 03:54 am (UTC)
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*bounces up and down like a raving lunatic*

Thankyouthankyouthankyou for posting the kind of U2 news I've been waiting to hear for a long time! U2 finally to tour Oz again at last!!

*bounces again*

Whee!!!! ^_^
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From:laughing_shadow
Date:July 26th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)
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Anytime! It's nice to see someone is as excited as I am by the news. Over a year to go and yet I am bursting with anticipation :P
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From:laughing_shadow
Date:July 26th, 2004 05:44 am (UTC)
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Too much? I had to stop myself from writing the community a whole ESSAY on how exciting it is to hear I'm actually going to be able to see my favourite band! WTSHNN is my favourite song & they always play it, so it's even more exciting for that reason :)

Heh, I live in Adelaide but will be studying in Canberra next year, so I'll have to leave Canberra, spent a while home in Adelaide, then Sydney for U2, then back to Adelaide... that's like a three airfares instead of just a bus trip from Canberra to Sydney aaaargh :S
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From:axver
Date:July 26th, 2004 04:24 am (UTC)
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Doesn't matter when they're coming for me - I could have the world's biggest exams on and I'd still tell my university to put them on hold, I have more important priorities. Plus, there was absolutely no way they wouldn't come to Australia, especially not after missing us on Elevation. So this wasn't that exciting to me, seeing I knew it would happen all along, though now I feel slightly vindicated and I'm awaiting official confirmation.

I just hope New Zealand gets some love.
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From:laughing_shadow
Date:July 26th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
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Hmmm, you have a lot more faith in either the purity of the band's ideals or Australia's commercial viability as a tour destination than I do. I never assumed that they would play us simply because we missed Elevation, rather I assumed that our exclusion from Elevation was an indicator that an Australian tour was too much of a hassle to be worthwhile. I guess playing one or two gigs out of pure niceness isn't expecting too much.

With regards to university exams - they seem to finish in November, so you won't need to worry. Which is a good thing - don't know about your uni, but Adelaide's policy is that if you have a trip or whatnot planned, cancel it or fail. Ouch.

Hopefully there'll be some cheap airfares for New Zealanders if the Kiwis are forgotten :)
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From:axver
Date:July 26th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Well, they have a massive fanbase here. Have a look at past tours - they quite successfully conducted a whole tour in 1989, and played stadiums in 1993 and 1998 very successfully. What's more, South America is a MASSIVE market for U2, they cannot ignore it, and if they go there, they will certainly come over to this part of the Southern Hemisphere too. There's no way they will miss Australia. I fail to see what people have been worried about. Elevation didn't come down here because it was an arena, back-to-basics tour - any tour down here would be in stadiums and most certainly not back-to-basics. I just don't feel an Australian visit fitted in with what the tour was seeking to achieve.

Honestly, if the University of Queensland told me to cancel the trip or fail, I'd take the fail. There are some things more important in life than university exams. I can take them again next year, but a U2 tour is a once-in-a-lifetime event. It's all about priorities, and I rank U2's tour higher than exams. (And this coming from the ultra-nerd bloke who everyone thinks is obsessed with exams, ha)

I'm just hoping they play decent setlists with pre-JT songs ...
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From:laughing_shadow
Date:July 29th, 2004 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Sad re stadiums, because I'd love to see U2 in that more personal context. Yet your logic is reassuring. U2, I'm going to see U2...

Oh wow, I am impressed by your committment to U2. Either I have met someone more obsessive about them than I am, or you have met someone more obsessive about exams than you are. Five years of arts/law is enough for me... I don't think I could survive law of contracts twice [I'd also get kicked out of law school for getting less than a credit, but most people aren't in that situation]. Plus, HECS is sooo much money... another semester of work is thousands of dollars. Double plus, unless you're doing something so free-form as arts or science, it messes up the whole degree structure. But then I'll be studying @ ANU, so it's very quick to fly to Sydney if it was in exams... unless I am really unlucky, and the concert is the night before. It'd be on a Friday or Saturday hopefully, so we'll both be right :)

Hmm, remember what Edge said about the most recent Best Of, about picking the songs that haven't dated? I like a lot of pre-JT stuff, but I don't think there are oh-so-many earlier songs that have that "timeless" feel to them, & I think that's going to influence their setlist. Like so many U2 fans though, JT is my favourite album [WTSHNN is my absolute favourite song, I put it on repeat and played it all night prior to all my yr 12 exams], so I won't be as disappointed by that as you will be...
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From:axver
Date:July 31st, 2004 05:26 am (UTC)
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I too would prefer arenas, but for a much different reason - more shows and therefore an obligation to vary the setlist! *begins drooling at the thought of Lovetown-era setlists*

Well, you most certainly make the prospect of missing exams sound extremely uninviting! Regardless, I am going ahead with my plans. When I set my priorities, I look at what is once-in-a-lifetime and what I will enjoy and benefit from more. OK, so maybe I won't benefit from a U2 concert, but it wins in the other two criteria, and that's good enough for me. I have seriously considered beginning university a year late so I can follow U2 around next year, but I simply don't have the cash or other resources to do something like that (my parents have quite explicitly told me that they have money saved up for university, and I really don't think I can convince them that U2 are an equally worthy cause).

When listening to studio material, I will almost never listen to anything more recent than The Unforgettable Fire. I believe their early eighties stuff is the best, and I do not think it's dated at all. After all, UF (the album) basically defined the atmospheric, ethereal genre and showed how an album is meant to flow. Songs such as The Electric Co., Gloria, Surrender, and A Sort Of Homecoming are simply begging to be brought back into the setlist. However, I just hope they vary setlists up in any manner - I'll be just as happy with Last Night On Earth and Love Is Blindness as I would be with Tomorrow and Wire. I'm one of these random U2 fans who thinks U2 hit their peak, studiowise, with The Unforgettable Fire and live on Lovetown. Streets on Lovetown was to die for.
From:lick_my_heart
Date:July 26th, 2004 04:59 am (UTC)
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I had the impression they were coming earlier then that but it's good to see they WILL be coming! you made my day
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From:laughing_shadow
Date:July 26th, 2004 05:30 am (UTC)
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:) Always good to hear.
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From:zoeverve
Date:July 26th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
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Do they mean December 2005? Because I could have sworn I heard they were starting the tour in March 2005 in Miami, Florida - and not only does this article say that countries like Australia would FINISH the tour, but also, it seems kind of crazy that they would be all the way in Australia less than a month after their album hits stores...

Peace,
~*~Zoe
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From:laughing_shadow
Date:July 26th, 2004 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Since the article is from yesterday's paper and mentions "December next year", I'd assume they're talking about 2005. Which is good, because I badly want an Australian tour to happen :)
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From:3sidedcircle
Date:July 26th, 2004 11:08 am (UTC)
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are there any other exact dates for tours anywhere else?
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From:laughing_shadow
Date:July 27th, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC)
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not that i'm aware of - but i can't say i've been paying attention, since flying overseas for U2 is sadly not within my means :P
From:ex_satellite451
Date:July 26th, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC)
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:screams:

THAT. is the best news I've heard all year. =D

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From:laughing_shadow
Date:July 29th, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC)
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I know! & That post on meeting Bono at the Democrat Convention in Boston has gotten me all excited, I mean, is it not possible that there actually might be an opportunity to meet the band??? Hang out outside the back door just to watch them walk out? Seriously, I am totally obsessed, and just to see them walk by would be really special for me.

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