U2 Singapore, U2 Holidays and 2017

New York City:  In a strange way, sort of me too statement U2 also will be on their way to Singapore next year (2017) for a possible stadium tour. Coldplay announced their 2017 tour dates with a stop over in Singapore National Stadium. 

Some noise around the boys from Dublin suggests that the long-awaited "Songs Of Experience" may be released in 2017 with a massive global stadium tour.  The Singapore stop would the first time that U2 has performed in Singapore.  Don't start packing as of yet. The boys have not confirmed anything, and sources inside the band have not commented.

We know everyone has been waiting for the next release even talks of a release before Grammy voting season dashed by not releasing anything before October the boys have effectively knocked themselves right off the list of contenders for 2016 which could have been a solid showing for the boys. 

Now it surely looks to be a 2017 release. Which as we stated before this is a big album for U2. The release needs a solid entry on the Billboard charts, not just one hit, a couple of solid placements within the top 10 Rock charts to remain relevant and bring along those new fans from the previous album. 

Now long-time U2 fans will say that they would rather have a solid album and not care too much about the business side. However, this is a business, and the band has been acutely aware that the machine needs to be treated and fed with a successful release.  We hear from U2 fans often that say the business side does not concern them, which our view frankly states that the music has a hard time getting exposure without a solid business plan. In other news, the holidays just around the corner and we have been busy with restructuring the operations side of our community. 

Totally not ready for any major announcements however we can say we plan to scale up in some parts of our social communities and scale down within some.  The bottom line is that we are looking to streamline our communities to reduce our costs and provide a better experience.  Hiring will start in 2017 early for some key members which we will announce shortly.

Holidays !

Yea this is the time of the year we all gather around our friends and family to enjoy some holiday cheer.  We have been working with Mark Peterson to produce a couple of exclusive items for this holiday.

Watch for a release in a few days for Holiday Cards that you can personalize, Calendars and two brand new U2 Photo books and as a bonus a digital access key to the picture vault to download some very exclusive items.  Yea we thought this was a pretty cool way to finish out the year. All proceeds go directly to Mark's touring budget which if you have been following we had Mark around a few cities during the last tour.  Cheers and Be well U2 fans 2017 is right around the corner.

Bono To Trump Wake Up Dream Over

Salesforce.com was the sponsor of the last U2 concert. Have you ever attended the DreamFest party?  The party is the annual fundraising benefit for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. Ticket prices for the fundraiser are sold out and started at $1,000 and ran all the way up to a $1 million sponsorship package that includes perks such as access to exclusive viewing areas. The total fundraising goal for the event was $10 million.

We all know that Bono speaks his mind about politics, live and the concept of treating people with respect. He and the boys took the stage on Wednesday night ( using the Vertigo stage)

Last night's version of Bullet was a political version taking aim at Donald Trump. Bono engaged in a lengthy mocking "conversation" with Trump, criticizing his temperament and a range of his policies, and also accusing him of trying to steal the "American dream" and hurt many groups of people.  The song turned out to be a very long because of the interaction with Donald. A very powerful message just weeks before the election.

Now, candidate, you understand it’s not just Mexican people who are going to have a problem with this wall of yours,” he said. “It’s everyone who loves the idea of America. Like the Irish, for example, or the French, or the Brazilians. Everyone who believes what they read at the foot of the Statue of Liberty: 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’”

U2 pretty much played the hits from their earlier works. No surprises unless you count just one song from the 90's. A total of 15 songs, no breaks straight thru performance. The gig pretty much a solid corporate gig.  

The full setlist was:

  1.     Vertigo
  2.     Elevation
  3.     I Will Follow
  4.     Beautiful Day / Zooropa (snippet) / Blackbird (snippet)
  5.     California Dreamin' (snippet) / California (There Is No End To Love)
  6.     Angel Of Harlem
  7.     Stuck In A Moment
  8.     Every Breaking Wave
  9.     Bullet The Blue Sky
  10.     The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  11.     One / My Sweet Lord (snippet)
  12.     Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
  13.     With Or Without You
  14.     I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  15.     40

U2 Live

New York City: Remember your first U2 concert? How about your last U2 concert. It does not matter if it's your first because your last has yet to come. U2 has been working on a new album yet to be released however we can expect something very shortly. 

Meantime as we prepare for an upcoming tour announcement we have a very exclusive limited offer available to a few U2 fans around the world.  As you know, our photographer teams have attended lots of shows over the years.  

Mark Peterson has created his third edition concert photo series called the Belfast/Dublin Shows. 

Mark's unique attention to details and a keen sense of what the fans would like to see has allowed him to create a photo book that will bring you right back to those concert days.  Turn up your music kick back and enjoy these limited edition images.  Bands around the world have recognized Mark quality work, and this collection is no different.  This limited edition book is only available for a short time.  Special offer for the first 40 orders to celebrate U2's 40th birthday, will be a $40 credit for digital images from his website.   You can order you books today for arrival in time for the holiday.  All orders processed via secure PayPal and you can click on the link below or to the side of the website. We believe in supporting our photographers and Mark is one the best.  

Belfast/Dublin Photo Book Choices

Drummer Looking For Good Musicans

Call Larry Mullen Jr. at 555 3164.  That was about 40 years ago, and the rest is history as one would say. The history that has outlasted marriages, wars, hunger, thirst, and desire for more from inside a Dublin primary school; Yep! Its U2 say Bill Graham introduces a promising new four piece band.  Real U2 fans know everything there is to know about U2 and most likely more than we could ever write or do justice to the real U2 fans.  However, it's a special day in the hearts of millions of U2 fans around the world. Yes around the world. U2 may be four boys from Dublin they now belong to the world.  

It all started with Larry's desire to form a band while in school. A simple post and a few trials the boys found each other. Coming up with a name was a challenge, the first of many opportunities for conversations that developed the debate.  XTC ? Designer Steve introduced the name "U2".  

Over the next week, we will have lots of great stories to share about the boys from Dublin, and we will have a special promotion for U2 fans.

Many marriages could not least 40 years. However, four young men from Dublin found a way to make it work and continue to make it work every day

Lillywhite, iPhone Mixed U2 Song

New York:  By now you heard that that Steve has been in Singapore for a music festival and bumped into to our friend Alan Cross who happened to be at the conference too. Alan posted on his blog:

Steve had better hang on tight to his phone while he's here in Singapore. He told everyone during a keynote address that Bono had given him a ring and asked if he'd have a go at mixing the new U2 single. That mix is on his phone.

No, the name of the single was not released nor can we speculate which song Steve happened to be mixing. 

Humm what could it be? 

Anyway we will all have to wait and see