Entries tagged with: U2
Record Store Day 2015 @ Other Music
As we've mentioned a few times, Saturday (4/18) was Record Store Day which had vinyl fans lining up for some of this year's RSD exclusive product. BV photographers and music fans Mimi Hong and PSquared both stopped by Other Music on Saturday and took some pictures of the crowds while shopping. Also hanging out at Other Music was a very cute dog, check out pics below.
U2's 'Songs of Innocence' (#0002) on Ebay $393.00)
Mind you, amongst the many regular record fans were folks -- some call them Flippers -- looking to make some quick cash by immediately putting their score up on Ebay and Discogs. A friend of mine who works at a large store in San Francisco told me there was a guy there trying to put stuff up for auction via his phone before he'd even left the store. Stereogum made a list of some of the most expensive RSD15 flips, which is currently topped by a numbered white label pressing of U2's Song's of Innocense (#0002 of 5000) that is, as of this post, $393 on Ebay (21 bids so far). Another of the most sought after is the double-LP vinyl repress of Brand New's Deja Entendu which is currently listed for $379.99 though there have been zero bids. Same goes for $300 listed copies of Numero Group's Ork Record Box set which was expensive to begin with and there were lots of copies available at Rough Trade at the end of the day Saturday. Other big-ticket RSD items on Ebay: Bob Dylan - The Basement Tape (numbered and autographed by The Band's Garth Hudson), and Phish - New Year's Eve 1995 Live 6LP Box Set. Nothing this year is going for as much as Jack White's "Lazaretto" did last year. Did you find what you were looking for?
More pics from Record Store Day at Other Music below...
U2 have expanded their tour once again, and now the seven-night run at Madison Square Garden became an eight-night run at Madison Square Garden. The newly added show happens July 31. Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday (3/13) at 10 AM with U2.com subscriber/VIP package presales starting today (3/9) at 10 AM, fan club bundles starting Tuesday (3/10) at 10 AM and Live Nation/LN Mobile App/local presales starting Wednesday (3/11) at 10 AM.
Tickets for night 7 (July 30) are still on sale too but the rest are sold out. Updated dates are listed below...
Six nights at MSG are clearly not enough for U2, as the iTunes intruders have now expanded their tour to include a seventh night at The Garden. The newly-added date happens July 30. Tickets for that show are on U2.com subscriber/VIP package presale now. Fan club bundles go on sale at 3 PM on Thursday (2/5) and the general on-sale begins at 10 AM on Tuesday (2/10). Tickets for U2's other MSG shows (except night 1 which is sold out) are still available at that same link.
Updated dates are listed below...
U2 recently announced a tour that includes four nights at MSG, and they've now added additional dates in several cities on the tour, including NYC. Now they'll be playing six MSG shows total: July 18, 19, 22, 23, and newly-added dates on July 26 & 27. Tickets for the new shows go on sale at 10 AM on Monday (12/15) with U2 Subscriber and VIP presales starting 10 AM on Wednesday (12/10) and fan club bundles going on sale 3 PM Thursday (12/11). Tickets (same link) for the other four shows are still available.
U2 are also making a video for every song on their newest album, Songs of Innocence They just put one out for "Song For Someone" which you can watch at NPR. Updated dates are listed below...
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
U2 have announced their 2015 tour supporting their new "free" album Songs Of Innocence which at least one publication thought was super awesome. The tour, which will not be free and is titled 'iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE,' hits NYC next summer with four nights at Madison Square Garden on July 18, 19, 22 & 23. Tickets for the MSG shows go on sale Monday (12/8) at 10 AM with a U2 Fan Club presale starting Thursday (12/4) 10 AM.
Three-fourths of U2 just played Times Square. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Rolling Stone posted their top albums of 2014, and their #1 pick -- U2's invasive Songs of Innocence -- pretty much became the laughing stock of music snob Twitter (not that we weren't guilty of that too). But who isn't a music snob these days?. Even CNN headlined "Huh? Rolling Stone says U2 has 2014's best album." The article says Rolling Stone is "often viewed as being less daring in its tastes than online rivals such as Pitchfork." That's old news, but I guess now we can add that it's less daring than CNN too?
And it's not the first time CNN have been music snobs this year. Anderson Cooper, presenter of CNN show Anderson Cooper 360, ridiculed Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan for posing with cats on the cover of no-kill animal shelter PAWS Chicago's magazine. On his show, he said:
So perhaps Billy Corgan is I don't know, off his alternative rocker, but I think maybe there's more to this. Maybe he's being ironic, or maybe when the cool rock stars start doing less rock starry things, it kind of makes us face our own mortality. See I want R.E.M. to stay just the way I know and love them, I don't want 'Everybody Hurts' to suddenly be used in an Excedrin commercial. I don't ever want to see a product called Eddie Vedder's Prune Jam. I want to see neither Stephen Malkmus nor Thom Yorke on the cover of AARP Magazine.In retaliation, the band sold shirts at their recent Chicago show that read "Fuck you Anderson Cooper" (pictured above). All proceeds from the shirts went to charity.
I wonder what Billy Corgan thinks of the new U2 album? He's openly a fan and has interviewed them. His own new Smashing Pumpkins album is out next week (12/9) and can be streamed in full now via iTunes Radio. Should Rolling Stone have waited for it to publish their year-end list? I mean they did put Foo Fighters and Weezer in the top 20.
Meanwhile, U2 and Rolling Stone's #2 pick Bruce Springsteen performed together in Times Square last night. You can watch a video of that (also including a set from Kanye West and more) below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
Bruce at Hersheypark Stadium in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Yesterday's A-Trak show isn't the only NYC show happening in honor of World Aids Day. Tonight (12/1) there will be a show in Times Square with three of the four members of U2, minus Bono due to his recent injuries. In his place, Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay's Chris Martin will be fronting the band. Also performing their own sets are Kanye West and Carrie Underwood. Bono's organization (RED) is presenting the show.
It takes place at Duffy Square (on Broadway between 46th and 47th) at 7:30, and if you can't make it (or just don't want to deal with Times Square crowds), you can also stream it live HERE.
In related news, this Friday (12/5) PBS will air a Bruce Springsteen tribute at 9 PM EST which features footage of Neil Young, Elton John, Jim James, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples, Patti Smith, Alabama Shakes and others covering The Boss at the 2013 MusiCares Person of the year benefit. There also may or may not be a Bruce biopic on the way starring Brad Pitt.
And in more related news, there's a new fan-made video of footage from Kanye's Yeezus tour (made by John Colandra) which you can watch below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
U2 at the Meadowlands in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
An unfortunate event went down for Bono yesterday. His U2 bandmates posted the following:
It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.Here's to a speedy recovery, Bono.
'I grabbed hold of it, and the rhetoric of change was rock and roll, the platform for change was rock and roll, the desirability, the inevitability of change was rock and roll.'
Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats
Bob Geldof's legacy is a given. Whether with the humanitarian efforts of projects like Live Aid, Band Aid, and Live 8, or the musical endeavors of The Boomtown Rats and his own solo work, the honorary Knight of the British Empire has done more than offer a service to the entertainment industry. The 1980s saw Geldof's name become synonymous with philanthropic empathy that went far beyond the well-timed rhetoric of rock and roll's cause promotion. Geldof backed the attitude with something tangible and inspiring, bringing together events that raised awareness for those often ignored issues of worldwide poverty and famine. Talking to Geldof reveals a kind of casual dismissal of the work he's done as being anything more than a product of rock and roll's power or at least the power it once wielded. With upcoming Boomtown Rats shows this weekend in NYC and Boston, announced just months ago and months after the tragic death of his daughter Peaches (most likely not coincidental timing), Bob spoke with BrooklynVegan about the endearing simplicity and therapy that music still affords him and why he thinks music isn't the force it once was for change and progression.
BV: You've got these two Boomtown Rats shows coming up in New York and Boston. Obviously in the context of everything you've done both in the musical and in the humanitarian realm, reunion gigs seem almost like a no-brainer. What is it that continues to drive you now after all these years?
BG: Time is short. Curiosity. The road less traveled. I think those things. I mean, you know, in the course of this conversation you might say something that sort of piques my interest or I sort of ask you about it, and we go way off piece on the interview. Some people come out of that or something. That tends to be what happens, but the spine of it all - and I'm not trying to drag the conversation this way - but the spine of it all is music, because practically everything that happens spins off of that. I need to come back to the music thing, and I know this sounds completely ridiculous and cliché, but it's completely true. Last night we were playing in Cornwall at a festival there, tomorrow I'm going over to Missouri, and then coming back here to do another gig, and then going back to New York and Boston for those shows. Really you don't need to do that, not at this stage in the game, but I absolutely love it. Just beyond love it. It's a pure function - a necessary function for me. That function itself is incredibly cathartic if you've got a load of stuff going on in your head and in your life, and it works itself out whether in songs or on stage. There's two sort of parts of that. One's the solo stuff I do, and that's sort of internalized. I play the guitar, and I talk. The gigs kick off. And then the Rats, which is a different character like a sort of Bobby Boomtown comes out in a snakeskin suit and something else goes off. I know it's something a million rock and roll guys say, but it's absolutely true. I'd give up everything else, but I wouldn't give up that.
"Many, many people really, really like U2. It hasn't always been easy to remember that fact amid the caustic--and often hilarious--responses to the band's Sept. 9 release of Songs of Innocence. U2's decision to team up with Apple to deliver the new album to every iTunes subscriber, unasked, raised valid questions about consumer choice and personal space in a world that routinely infringes on both. Moreover, while Apple paid U2 for the album, critics of the deal suggest this point may have been lost on iTunes customers who got it for free. If so, that messaging is certainly at odds with U2's intentions.TIME also points out that U2 have ANOTHER album on the way soon, "a whole new album and a world tour." In related news, Neil Young's Pono is "is shipping on time and as promised for its slated October release, hand-in-hand with its dedicated music service."
As an article in the new issue of TIME reveals, Bono, Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr believe so strongly that artists should be compensated for their work that they have embarked on a secret project with Apple to try to make that happen, no easy task when free-to-access music is everywhere (no) thanks to piracy and legitimate websites such as YouTube. Bono tells TIME he hopes that a new digital music format in the works will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music--whole albums as well as individual tracks. The point isn't just to help U2 but less well known artists and others in the industry who can't make money, as U2 does, from live performance. "Songwriters aren't touring people," says Bono. "Cole Porter wouldn't have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium near you."" [TIME]
U2 surprised the world last week when they announced their new album, Songs of Innocence, was ready to be heard and being given away by iTunes. What iTunes users soon realized is they were getting whether they wanted it or not, as it basically downloaded to everyone automatically. (You might have it and not even realize it.) For some who didn't want the record, getting it off their iTunes/iPhones/iPads has proven tricky. So much so that Apple now has a dedicated page with one-click removal of Songs of Innocence:
If you would like U2's Songs of Innocence removed from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases, you can choose to have it removed. Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase. If you later decide you want the album, you will need to get it again. The album is free to everyone until October 13, 2014 and will be available for purchase after that date.Click away to say bye bye Bono.
Apple reportedly spent $100 million on the album.
Lykke Li (more by Gretchen Robinette)
U2 just surprised the world with a free new album, and now we're even more surprised to find out that Lykke Li is on there. She tweeted, "Pretty surreal to be duetting with Bono. Listen to these voodoo vibes Xx". Download the album for free at iTunes.
Catch Lykke Li on tour with Mapei, and at Radio City Music Hall this fall.
Rumors abounded as to what U2's role would be in today's big Apple iPhone 6 announcement, maybe play a song, star in a commercial. But what we got was a brand new album by the Irish megastars, titled Songs of Innocence, which the band are giving away free to anyone with an iTunes account (which is pretty much everyone, probably even your Aunt Edna, though she doesn't know her password). It's available right now through October. U2 debuted the record's first single "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" at the press conference in Cupertino, CA. The song "The Troubles" is a duet with Lykke Li.
In not free news, the new iPhone 6 is available in regular and plus sizes (both have bigger screens than the iPhone 5) starting next week, and there'll also be the Apple Watch in early 2015. And seeing how they take so much of your money already, you might as well convert all your dough over to their just-announced Apple Pay system. The new iOS 8 operating system will be available for iPhone 4s and above starting September 17.
For fans of the classic click-wheel iPods... they're being put to pasture. Get 'em while you can. RIP iPod Classic.
Karen O at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O was nominated for an Oscar for "Moon Song," the song she co-wrote with Spike Jonze for his film Her, which Arcade Fire's Will Butler and Owen Pallett scored (they're nominated too). It's since been announced that Karen will also perform "Moon Song" at the awards ceremony. U2 and Pharrell will perform too. The ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, airs on Sunday, March 2 at 7 PM on ABC.
In related news, Karen just released another version of "Moon Song" which features a duet with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. You can stream that, along with the original version, below...
Meyers, Armisen and the new 'Late Night' house band...
Fred Armisen will be the bandleader on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. The host (and former SNL Weekend Update anchor) tweeted the above picture this afternoon writing, "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia." The rest of the band includes Girls Vs. Boys bassist (and big time indie rock producer ) Eli Janney and, as Stereogum notes, that the band looks to include Seth Jabour and Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav. Armisen and LSV are old pals. The new Late Night makes its debut on February 24 on NBC.
The Roots, meanwhile, will remain Jimmy Fallon's house band when he takes over The Tonight Show on February 17. (Keeping Questlove and crew was part of the reason the show is moving back to NYC.) Guests the first week of the show include Will Smith and U2 (2/17), Lady Gaga (2/18), The Arcade Fire (2/20) and, here's a shocker, Justin Timberlake (2/21).
In related news, Portlandia returns February 27 for its fourth season on IFC. Musical guest stars to look out for include TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and QOTSA frontman Josh Homme.
The 2014 Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning, with American Hustle and Gravity leading the way with 10 each. On the musical tip, The Arcade Fire's Will Butler and Owen Pallett were nominated for the score to Spike Jonze's Her, and Karen O got nominated for "Moon Song" from Her which she co-wrote with Jonze. Also: Pharrell Williams got a nomination for "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 as did U2's "Ordinary Love" from Mandella: Long Walk to Freedom (which won the Golden Globe on Sunday).
One movie that might seem missing from the Best Original Song category is the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis but almost all the songs from the film were traditional folk, which is why its novelty song "Hey Mr. Kennedy" got a Golden Globe nomination. The Oscars will be given out Sunday, March 2. Full list of 2014 Oscar Nominations and a stream of Karen O's "Moon Song" below...
by Doug Moore
A bit of background first: unless you're well into your 40s, you probably don't remember the US Festivals. The US Fests were two huge music festivals thrown in 1982 and 1983 by Apple co-founder & kajillionaire Steve Wozniak, who pretty much paid for the whole thing out of pocket (including a whopping $1.5 million fee for Van Halen, on top of $1m for David Bowie). Though the festivals both drew massive crowds that numbered into the hundreds of thousands, Wozniak took a total bath on them and lost millions. The name is pronounced like "us" rather than like the abbreviation for United States; the name is an abbreviation for "Unite Us In Song," but don't ask me how.
Now, after 30 years, the second US Fest is seeing a concert-film treatment. The footage lineup for US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 is simultaneously timeless and hilariously '80s: U2, The Clash, Stevie Nicks, Scorpions, INXS, Men At Work, Stray Cats, Triumph, and Missing Persons all put in appearances. (Incidentally, this festival was Mick Jones's last performance with the Clash before his dismissal.) If you need evidence of the thorough '80s-ness of this event, look no further than the footage of Judas Priest playing "Breaking the Law" that we have streaming exclusively below. Exhibit A: the band members' outfits, which push the boundaries of sanity even by JP standards. Exhibit B: the fact that thousands and thousands of people are getting down to Judas Priest in the audience with nary a hint of irony or reserve. It's kind of beautiful.
US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 comes out on 12/3 via MVD and will be available to rent or download at iTunes. There are some other preview vids available online, too: U2 playing "Sunday Bloody Sunday" at Rolling Stone; Stray Cats playing "Rock This Town" at Purevolume; and the Clash playing "Should I Stay or Should I Go" at Spin. Check out the JP video along with the full tracklisting below (and keep an eye out for another on Invisible Oranges tomorrow)...
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
Dave Mutaine picks his candidate (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Megadeth is currently on the road with Motorhead as part of Gigantour. The show came to The Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC, and even more recently to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Right before that they stopped in Canada and that's where MusicRadar caught up with frontman Dave Mustaine. Here's part of their chat:
Speaking of news, you were a correspondent for MTV during the 1992 presidential election. What's your take on US politics in 2012?Gigantour continues.
Dave: "I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican. I can't bear to watch what's happened to our great country. Everybody's got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job...' I don't think so. Not from what I see.
"Looking at the Republican candidates, I've got to tell you, I was floored the other day to see that Mitt Romney's five boys have a $100 million trust fund. Where does a guy make that much money? So there's some questions there. And watching Newt Gingrich, I was pretty excited for a while, but now he's just gone back to being that person that everybody said he was - that angry little man. I still like him, but I don't think I'd vote for him.
"Ron Paul... you know, I heard somebody say he was like insecticide - 98 percent of it's inert gases, but it's the two percent that's left that will kill you. What that means is that he'll make total sense for a while, and then he'll say something so way out that it negates everything else. I like the guy because he knows how to excite the youth of America and fill them in on some things. But when he says that we're like the Taliban... I'm sorry, Congressman Paul, but I'm nothing like the Taliban.
"Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable. Also, just watching how he hasn't gotten into doing these horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney's done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at which Newt has gone back at Romney... You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House... and that it's Rick Santorum."
Good thing there was no Megadeth in Obama's Spotify playlist which contains some of what you would expect like Wilco, Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire, and at least one "whoah!" aka a fairly small band from Portland who are signed to Knitting Factory Records and that is AgesandAges. Congrats to them! (though of course it should be noted that, to be more specific, the Spotify playlist "features picks by the campaign staff--including a few of President Obama's favorites." Check out the whole thing on Spotify.
Patti Smith at Escape to NY in August (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Like she did last year and many years before that, Patti Smith and her band will ring in the new year in her hometown of NYC over the course of three nights at Bowery Ballroom (12/29, 12/30, 12/31). Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday (11/18) at noon.
Patti is playing solo in NYC even sooner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 2 with Jesse Smith and friends, "saluting Alfred Stieglitz and his circle, focusing on his collaborative relationship with Georgia O'Keeffe. Unfortunately, this show is sold out.
She is also one of the contributors to Q Magazine's tribute to U2's Achtung Baby, which was recently reissued in honor of its 20th anniversary, along with Jack White, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and others. You check out the full tracklist and stream her cover of "Until the End of the World", alongside a list of all of her upcoming dates, below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Last night, U2 arrived at New Jersey's New Meadowlands Stadium in a giant green-and-orange spaceship. At least that's what the nearly 100,000 people in attendance might have assumed upon first seeing the blinking, glowing, four-legged, 167 foot tall contraption straddling the area that otherwise serves as the Jets' and Giants' home turf.Interpol opened for U2 last night (7/20) at the Meadowlands, and will again for two more shows before U2 plays a final '360' date in Canada with Arcade Fire and Carney (the band who plays in the Spiderman musical!).
More confusion may have ensued around half past nine when the base of the structure began to smoke furiously; shortly thereafter, David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' announced a countdown over the loudspeakers. At zero, the sound of live guitars cut through the heavy air and U2 charged onto the stage as the stadium heaved with applause. The band played for over two hours, rocking through hits like 'Beautiful Day' and 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday,' punctuated with shout-outs to Amnesty International and bits of banter by Bono.
'I'm a man of simple needs, just 200 trucks, 400 tons of equipment,' he said of the group's current tour. 'A work in progress.'...
...The group's  tour takes its name from the aforementioned structure that allows U2 to play stadiums 'in the round'; in other words, to open up thousands of seats that would ordinarily be behind a stage - and actually sell out 80,000-seat venues (or larger). The contraption is dismantled and trucked from city to city between shows along with all the group's equipment. As a result, U2 has been playing to average crowds of 96,000 people per night and grossing just shy of $10 million per show. By comparison, Bon Jovi, the second-highest earning musical act over the past year, drew an average of 34,000 fans and grossed $3.5 million per night. [Forbes]
More pictures and the setlists from last night in NJ below....