Posted in To Do | music | tour dates on September 23, 2009

U2

Billboard: So you feel good about the live part of U2's business?

U2's manager, Paul McGuinness: Absolutely, because in a way there's a memory in the audience. They've always known that when you come to a U2 show -- even when we were doing theaters -- we would do as much production as we could afford. Once we got into arenas, we loved it -- we always played in the round in the arenas -- so this seems natural to be in the round in the stadiums.

The engineering problems are enormous and costly. We had to find a way for it to be aesthetic and figure out a way of doing video. That cylindrical screen we have -- that didn't exist, we had to get somebody to invent that. We had to design this four-legged thing (the claw) -- and build three of them.

Billboard: How long will it take to get into the black?

McGuinness: When do we hit the break-even point? We haven't hit it yet. But we will sometime between now and the end of this leg.

Billboard: So next year is gravy?

McGuinness: Not exactly gravy, because whether we're playing or not, the overhead is about $750,000 daily. That's just to have the crew on payroll, to rent the trucks, all that. There's about 200 trucks. Each stage is 37 trucks, so you're up to nearly 120 there. And then the universal production is another 50-odd trucks, and there are merchandise trucks and catering trucks.

U2, along with opener Muse, will spend the next two nights (9/23-24) at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Tonight's show (9/23) was originally supposed to happen Friday.

Bono and The Edge will be back in NYC on October 4th for a benefit at Carnegie Hall. All U2 dats below...

U2 - 2009 Tour Dates
23 September, 2009 E. Rutherford NJ US Giants Stadium Muse
24 September, 2009 E. Rutherford NJ US Giants Stadium Muse
29 September, 2009 Washington DC US FedEx Field Muse
01 October, 2009 Charlottesville VA US Scott Stadium Muse
03 October, 2009 Raleigh NC US Carter-Finley Stadium Muse NA
06 October, 2009 Atlanta GA US Georgia Dome Muse
09 October, 2009 Tampa FL US Raymond James Stadium Muse
12 October, 2009 Dallas TX US New Cowboys Stadium Muse
14 October, 2009 Houston TX US Reliant Stadium Muse
18 October, 2009 Norman OK US Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Black Eyed Peas
20 October, 2009 Phoenix AZ US Univ. of Phoenix Stadium Black Eyed Peas
23 October, 2009 Las Vegas NV US Sam Boyd Stadium Black Eyed Peas
25 October, 2009 Los Angeles CA US Rose Bowl Black Eyed Peas
28 October, 2009 Vancouver BC CA BC Place Stadium Black Eyed Peas

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Comments (68)

whole new meaning for a "green tour"

Posted by sloweducation | September 23, 2009 4:16 PM

Does anyone have any idea the set times for Muse & U2?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:17 PM

Do those claws=obstructed views?

I would go to see Muse, but I can't stand anything U2 has done in the last 10 years.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:20 PM

I don't like the latest era of U2 but this tour seems worth the price of admission (a measly $33.00) just to see this insane curved screen. Rock.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:28 PM

fuck Bono

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:34 PM

im seeing this tour with my dad. makes sense

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:44 PM

MUSE = 7pm

No idea on U2 but get there early...

Posted by Funderburgh | September 23, 2009 4:44 PM

Man, really dodge a golden shower by having MUSE! at Houston.

THANK YOU U2

Posted by TXn | September 23, 2009 4:46 PM

$33? The cheapest tickets are $65.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:46 PM

Awful

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:47 PM

Good point 4:20---

Anyone know where the PRIME *seats* are?
If any?
Gotta go StubHub and want an EXPERIENCE.
Any help appreciated....THANKS!

Posted by TXn | September 23, 2009 4:48 PM

recession? what recession?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:54 PM

I got 3rd row seats at Giants Stadium during the Pop tour. Tickets were $52.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:55 PM

Anyone taking the train there from Penn Station? I'm curious to find out how much of a pain in the ass that is going to be...especially for getting back to Manhattan when the show ends.

Posted by Funderburgh | September 23, 2009 4:56 PM

Major pain in the ass on the way back.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:59 PM

thanks 4:59, can't wait! ugh.

Friend of mine who was at one of the shows in MA earlier this week said it took her 3hrs to get out of the parking lot following the show.

Posted by Funderburgh | September 23, 2009 5:02 PM

BEWARE THE CLAW

u2 pretty much only tours when the claw is hungry at this point. also, the edge is jealous

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 5:03 PM

I got a $33 ticket!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 5:05 PM

get on your gay sexy boots- woohoo

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 5:07 PM

I would rather see CATS

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 5:09 PM

i hate everything about this tour/band/hypocrites

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 5:13 PM

U2 needs to disappear.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 5:33 PM

What an awful waste of resources.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 5:49 PM

U2 > your favorite band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 6:24 PM

sucks for the people who get the leg of the tour with black eyed peas opening. pretty big drop off from muse.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 6:42 PM

Are all the special effects intended to divert the audience's attention from the terrible music being played?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 6:44 PM

best Bono Lyric:

YEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAH!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 6:56 PM

U2 plus Muse, how fitting. Defining mediocrity

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 7:48 PM

the edge is so fucking cool!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 7:53 PM

the whole thing is just idiotic.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 8:43 PM

friend texted me the muse setlist...

hysteria
supermassive
resistance
eurasia
starlight
undisclosed
time
uprising
knights

weak, if u ask me

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 8:53 PM

They should talk about the environment some more and then pull out with their 50000 trucks to drive their worthless entourage. What a bunch of tools.

Posted by none | September 23, 2009 9:14 PM

Can someone post the set times from each band?

Posted by Donkey Boner Jr | September 23, 2009 9:19 PM

Didn't their manager, Paul McGuiness, a few years back, claim the internet should be shut down due to file sharing? What a sad twat.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 9:40 PM

Hilarious 5:09!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 9:41 PM

what a fucking mess!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 11:43 PM

Those who hate U2...hate themselves(bitter twats)

all U2 haters go take a long walk off a short pier

Posted by Dave | September 24, 2009 12:37 AM

Drowning in a sea of people getting NJ Transit. Only if I were an African child would Bono save me.

Posted by kb | September 24, 2009 12:38 AM

hey, would somebody mind posting set times? and when do doors actually open?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:00 AM

Muse started at 7:15, U2 around 9. Since we were on the floor, we got out fast. Waited a little for NJ transit and were back in Manhattan in no time. I genuinely feel bad for all U2 haters.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:21 AM

thanks for the info!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:26 AM

doors open when?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:27 AM

They were great. I wish death on NJ Transit for making people wait 40 mins for the train to the Stadium from Secaucus.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:38 AM

I went to see Muse and was pleased. Stayed for U2 but left before "One" came on. Hate that song. Highlight was "Unforgettable Fire" during the brief drizzle.. truly magical..

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:46 AM

you people are such fucking snobs...interpol..pavememt..mgmt..and dan deacon will never be anywhere close to succesful as U2..

dan deacon is gonna die fuckin his laptop/electrical cord next year..so..

and who the FUCK cares about Pavement...WOOEEE ZOWEE...yeah..that's musical magic..please..

U2 may spend too much $ on crap stages..but they can fill stadiums full of people who ENJOY music..and not just bitch on blogs all day

Posted by Candy Striper Slut | September 24, 2009 3:52 AM

u2's music is mediocre and safe, don't kid yourself, that's what sells records to the mass populus. they suck.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 4:59 AM

Achtung Baby was safe? i think not.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 6:53 AM

Tell me U2's Zooropa and Pop were safe? That was a huge risk musically and offered some of the stranger U2 songs...

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 7:23 AM

Successful? Their new stuff is crap; people are going just to hear their old (REALLY old) stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 7:33 AM

I hadn't even heard the new record and the stuff off it they did play sounded decent..

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 7:38 AM

I see the haters are out on BV again as they all appear when a successful band gets mentioned. I have posted many times onthis board that all the indoe bands that are written about here ALL would love to have the stature, popularity and money that U2 have. That is why they sign their record deals. They dont want to play Cakeshop and Williamsburgh all the time. That is the reality.

U2 have done something right as they get 80,000 people every night going crazy for them. I have seen 5 shows so far on this tour (6th tonight) and I have never seen anything like it.

I know some of you like to hate anyone that sells more than 10 records so it may be moot talking to you about it.

Posted by Loop | September 24, 2009 9:02 AM

I am absolutely dreading going tonight because of NJ Transit.

Was the bus from the Port Authority any more reliable/punctual than these light rail nightmares I'm hearing about?

Posted by Funderburgh | September 24, 2009 9:31 AM

The key is sadly to leave during the encore if you decided to go via public transportation. Again, I left during "one" and was back at Penn at 11:40!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 9:37 AM

I"m worried about tonight too. Did port authority stop the buses - is the train the only option now?

Posted by me too | September 24, 2009 9:40 AM

If you are taking the train to the show tonight, I suggest you leave as early as you can and buy your ticket early in the day if possible. The ticket lines at Penn were RIDICULOUS last night, as were the ones at the Secaucus station.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 9:52 AM

artistic success and epic popularity are not the same thing.

u2 are decent enough musicians, bono is a great singer, but they haven't done anything musically worthwhile in ages; it's staggering that the general public doesn't seem to care about or notice this.

that's why people rag on u2. it's a case of level of popularity being totally disproportionate to the quality of the music. but, alas, the people have spoken.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 9:55 AM

@ 9:52

I'm assuming you mean the ticket lines at Penn Station were ridiculous from like, 5pm on? I heard about all the nightmares at Seacaucus with transfer delays and whatnot. Anyway, seeing as I have a real job and can't just get over to there whenever I want to buy a goddamn ticket I guess I'm just going to drive. I highly doubt they'll "learn" from any of last night's headaches and improve anything either. Wish mass transit wasn't such a pain in the ass!

Posted by Funderburgh | September 24, 2009 10:16 AM

Anyone go from Broboken last night? Also, how easy is it to barge into the GA section?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:30 AM

What time did the show end last night? Trying to figure out transportation...

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:42 AM

U2 are far more talented than 99% of the indie bands talked about on BKvegan and other blogs. That they are popular does not equate with them being good; it's their musicianship, and showmanship. They are spectacular entertainers. True, their recent work is mediocre, but they have a catalog of classics and a sound that is uniquely theirs and instantly recognizable, yet different from album to album, era to era. Very very few bands have truly created a unique sound, and U2 has done that. Nothing sounded like Unforgettable Fire and Joshua Tree when they came out. Nothing sounded like Achtung Baby when that came out.

Posted by Z | September 24, 2009 10:49 AM

Their manager is wrong, U2 did not play in the round for Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree or Actung Baby tours in arenas, I saw all 3 and all were conventional arena set up. Weird statement? My 2 cents, great band, amazing live, but the new album was just really boring and bland, so would have been cool to see this show simply for the spectacle of it, from friends who went heard they played 6 or 7 new songs, so glad I passed on it. But they are a great band...

Posted by brian roach | September 24, 2009 11:39 AM

I feel same as Brian except.. this was an insane stage set up. Really fantastic..

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 12:00 PM

What was the parking situation like last night???

Posted by jd | September 24, 2009 12:13 PM

NJ Transit needs to die.

Took me 3 hours to get from Penn Station to my seats in the stadium. Apparently the geniuses in Jersey (that was sarcasm) didn't figure that 20,000 people were going to take the train. Normally, they estimate 7,000. Oops.

On the way home, left the stadium at 11:30 and the massive sea of people stretched out as far as the eye could see. Didn't even get on a train until 1:15am. Didn't get home until around 2am. What an absolute sh*t show.

As for the concert, it was great. People who hate U2 should just relax, let people live, we like the music and entertainment, chill.

Posted by Cowman | September 24, 2009 12:20 PM

@Funderburgh
I got to Penn at 5:30 and stood in line for about 40 minutes to get a ticket (Most of the people taking the train never rode it before I'm assuming so had trouble with the machines)

@Funderburgh and JD
Parking was a nightmare as well (I took the train there but left the show with my friends who drove there). They had to route a lot of the cars to the raceway parking lot and getting out of there took forever. We stayed til the very end but lots of people left after the 1st encore 'cause they knew leaving would be a major headache.

Oh and also it costs $25 to park.

But it was kind of all worth it to hear a stadium full of people singing "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:43 PM

bono is my hero

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:32 PM

I don't like the latest era of U2 but this tour seems worth the price of admission (a measly $33.00) just to see this insane curved screen. Rock.

Posted by FLV to AVI | September 30, 2009 10:46 AM

i hate everything about this tour/band/hypocrites

Posted by fedex locations | March 26, 2010 10:29 AM

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