Bonos Aires, part 2

Tickets for the second Vertigo concert in Buenos Aires on March 2nd will go on sale tonight at midnight through The only credit card allowed to purchase tickets is a VISA, as this is the main sponsor of the tour in Argentina. The other sponsors are Coca-Cola and Movistar.

Franz Ferdinand will open for the band at both shows.

It is rumoured that local TV channel Telefe will broadcast the second show for the Argentinean audience.

Do you hear what I hear?

Just as in years past, we are carrying forward’s tradition of sharing holiday gifts with our readers. This year we are again pleased to offer some previously unreleased tracks.

First off, from a French acetate comes Ruff’s New Club Anthem of Discothèque. This was a track that never saw the light of day as other mixes were favored for the Pop singles.

Furthermore, from a rare Nanci Griffith advance screening copy of her album Flyer come alternative versions of the tracks This Heart and On Grafton Street.

These downloads will be available for a limited time only.

Merry Christmas!

Fluxblog sees Kanye West and U2 in St Louis

Fluxblog’s Matthew travels to Missouri to see the band in concert at the Savvis Center in St. Louis. He reviews both the opening act and U2, and touches on the political implications of the current ‘heart of darkness’ part of the band’s set. There are some good reactions in the comments.

“Love and Peace Or Else” was far better in St. Louis than in the 10/8/2005 MSG set, as was the rest of the so-called ‘heart of darkness’ mini-set that also includes “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Bullet The Blue Sky.” Though I quite enjoy “Love and Peace,” this is by far the weakest part of the Vertigo tour – for one thing, these three songs in a row feels more than a little redundant on a musical level, but more than that, there are very troubling political implications in the repurposing of the latter two songs…”

Read more at Fluxblog.

Get Religion on Bono-Helms meeting

Terry Mattingly comments on Bono’s recent meeting with Jesse Helms in his nationally syndicated ‘On Religion’ column. Mattingly writes:

‘I suspect that politics, or even foreign affairs, was not the main topic of discussion. […] Having listened in on at least one short chat between these men I can tell you that they probably talked about faith, compassion and love.’

Relevant links:

Help a child in Congo, win a U2 photo

Dutch radio station 3FM and the Red Cross are raising money for children in Congo with various fundraising activities on and off air. 3FM photographer Hans Peter van Velthoven has donated a framed picture of The Edge and Bono, for auction on E-bay. The photo was taken at U2’s Amsterdam concert on July 13.

To bid, go to It’s for a good cause!

(Though personally, I’m bidding on the backstage acoustic set by dEUS’ Tom Barman.)