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Old 12-10-2004, 12:00 PM   #1
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(12-10-2004) Tour To Kick off March, Tickets January - U2.com

Tour To Kick off March, Tickets January


U2 will begin a ten month world tour on March 1st in the US, manager Paul McGuinness has told U2.Com.

The band are set to play 115 shows beginning in Florida in the Spring, reaching Europe in June, heading back to North America in the Autumn before finishing up in Japan and Australia in November and December.

In an interview with U2.Com, Paul McGuinness revealed that two different productions were underway for the tour as it would open indoors in the US and then play outdoors through the summer in Europe. ‘Willie Williams and Mark Fisher are already at work on designing the shows.’

Some dates and venues are still being finalized - no official announcement will be made until the New Year .

McGuinness said he had had no doubt that ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’ was going to be one of the bands most popular records – not only is ‘Vertigo’ a worldwide hit but the advance orders for the new album outstripped those of ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’, which went on to sell more than 10m copies to date.

Still, on the day of the US release, there was no harm in judging first hand if the initial industry signs would be borne out by popular interest .

‘When we were on the truck making the video in New York, - which was a bit scary at times, with so many fans following us - it was the day of the American release, and you could tell as we passed the retailers that people were buying the record.’

At the end of filming, after the free concert under Brooklyn Bridge, McGuinness had a celebratory cocktail with Doug Morris, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group and Jimmy Iovine who heads up Interscope.

‘We thought we’d see how the album was going,’ he said. ‘So we popped down to Sam Goody’s music store by Radio City and when we went in, there was only one copy left – so I bought it!

‘They told us they’d been re-ordering it all day.’

Next the threesome walked down to Times Square to the Virgin store. ‘The racks were being filled and emptied as we watched – they were even selling imported vinyl copies.’

But all of this was no great surprise to the man who has been managing U2 for more than a quarter of a century – they do know how to kick off an album release in style. The free gig was a great idea he said, and the collaboration with iTunes on ‘Vertigo’ had reminded the public in no uncertain terms that U2 were back. That said - they take nothing for granted.

‘Every time a new record comes out, I say that we have to break the band again.’

As for the 2005 tour, he predicts it will be as exciting as ever – some of the new songs are just begging for live performance. While the exact tour itinerary should be announced in the New Year, with tickets on sale later in January, members of U2.Com will get a window of opportunity ahead of everyone else to buy tickets of their choice at every venue.

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so when should we be finding out about ticket sales?
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It's Jan 1, *taps foot* I'm waiting anxiously for news,...
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ME TOO!!!

I know what you mean!!! I don't think i can wait any longer!
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Old 12-31-2004, 08:44 PM   #6
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Where are the dates???? Its 2005.
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Last I read it will be Jan 5 or 6 for announing the dates with Jan 15 for the sales
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Has anyone else had problems with their U2.com subscription?
I paid for it at the beginning of Dec. and still do not have access to the premium content. I have been billed for it though. I have e-mailed them several times, but only get a computer generated response of "we'll get back to you as soon as possible". I'm getting really mad about this. I'm concerned that I will miss out on the pre-sale tickets which is the primary reason why I paid for the subscription. Has anyone else had this problem...any ideas on how to fix it?
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Hey Hollywood--

Has your CC been charged the 20.00 (or 40.00) by Fanfire? If not, then it probably did not go through due to a server problem maybe, or they lost your info somewhere in cyberspace. Meaning, you may need to try it again. I was able to get access immediately, and they charged my CC two days after I registered.
Give them a call if they did charge your card but you can't access it.

Good luck!
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No news whatsoever from FanFire about the Propaganda ticket sales. No individual emails, no "online order from", with alternate choices, buying at face value without additional fees (like the old Prop did), etc. arrangements.

This means that Propaganda does not exist, and buying tickets from the U2 site's supposed "presale to Prop members" will be no different then a typical Ticketmaster sale. Agonizing over that card and letter, as if it gave us the advantages fo the old Prop, like it meant anything. It comforts me now to know that being a emember of U2.com means absolutely nothing as far as having a "ticket privalege" is concerned. It still is going to be about who has the fastest computer, we fans are not "special" anymore. The difference being, from what I have read from someone in another group who sounds like she knows what she's talking about, that the Fan club seats will be the better seats, that they will be MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE then the regular seats, and to top it off, these seats will not be onsale to the general public later.

So it's a choice between fighting like dogs for an expensive good seat, or paying slighty less, but still too murderously much I'm afraid, for crappy seats. Don't be shocked when you see what is going to happen. I've been preparing myself for this. It has been a painful experience to write off Boston; Boston was my dream. But it is impossible for me to get a Boston ticket, no matter how many shows, without Prop. I will count myselrf lucky to get Albany and NYC.

Then again, in my current mood about entertainment in the wake of the tsunami trafedy, I feel guilty about blowing money on a U2 show at all. Even after giving money.
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Hey Hollywood--

Has your CC been charged the 20.00 (or 40.00) by Fanfire? If not, then it probably did not go through due to a server problem maybe, or they lost your info somewhere in cyberspace. Meaning, you may need to try it again. I was able to get access immediately, and they charged my CC two days after I registered.
Give them a call if they did charge your card but you can't access it.

Good luck!
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Yes, my CC was billed $40 on Dec 18th. I registered on Dec. 7th.
One of the most frustrating things is not getting any response to my many e-mails from them. How do I get in touch with them?
Thank you very much for responding to my question. ;-)
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It's January 5th. where's the news?
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I am getting antsy to hear tour news too!
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