"He promised me his car and various other valuables"

After calling KROQ-radio yesterday, today Edge posted a video-message on U2.com addressing Bono’s injury, surgery and recuperation. Inserting a bit of dry Edge-humour he talks for 5 minutes about the postponement of the U2360 tour.
Looking forward to resuming the tour, possibly in Turin, Edge confirms he’s working on new music and even states the band are “intending to play some new songs live”, before recording them.
We’ll have to see that last one to believe it.

Bono undergoes surgery, tour start postponed

According to a statement on U2.com Bono “has today undergone emergency back surgery for an injury sustained during tour preparation training. He was admitted to a specialist neuro surgery unit in a Munich hospital, and is under the care of neuro surgeon Prof. Dr. Jorg Tonn and Dr Muller Wohlfahrt. Bono will spend the next few days there, before returning home to recuperate.
Once his condition has been assessed further, a statement will be made regarding the impact on forthcoming tour dates.

Another post announces the tour opener in Salt Lake city is postponed until further notice.
Update: Audio statement by Paul McGuinnes (mp3)
Get well, mr. B…

U2 to perform at Berlin Brandenburger gate, November 5

U2 are set to perform a ‘free ticketed’ gig in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate next Thursday, November 5.
The gig will be part of of the 16th MTV Europe Music Awards, as a part of it will be beamed into the awards show, held at the O2 World in Berlin.
Paul McGuinness on U2.com:
‘It’ll be an exciting spot to be in, 20 years almost to the day since the wall came down.’ said Paul McGuinness, U2’s manager. ‘Should be fun.’
Tickets to attend ‘MTV EMAs present U2 at the Brandenburg Gate’ will be free of charge and available here from 0900 (CET) on Wednesday 28 October 2009.

Berlin welcomes U2, February 09
Berlin welcomes U2, February '09

Live Nation announces new 2010 US dates for U2360 tour

During an unprecedented live web broadcast of the U2360 Rosebowl show in Pasadena CA, U2 & Live Nation have ‘adapted to the new media’ even more by announcing new 2010 US dates for the U2360 tour via Twitter. This (third?) leg of the tour will kick off in Anaheim on june 6th and will take the band back to places around the US and Canada.
For those of you who missed out on the webcast, a rebroadcast is running now (only to be seen in its entirety as it seems).

Moving Stars and Earth for Water event coming up

As reported a couple of weeks ago, U2 will participate in the Moving Stars and Earth for Water event (from their Tampa U2360 show) tonight.
The “cities & personalities” page for U2/Tampa mentions a chat and a performance:

Guy Laliberté has a space-to-earth conversation with very good chum Bono and U2. They will discuss the uniqueness and beauty of the Earth in the solar system. U2’s performance will be supported by images of our blue planet, taken from the International Space Station.

The 2 hour event starts at 8:00 P.M. EDT and can be viewed online.

Surprise visit to Toronto’s “102.1 The Edge”

The entire band paid a pre-show surprise visit to Toronto’s “102.1 The Edge” radio yesterday.

With a last minute announcement DJ Dave ‘Bookie’ Bookman conducted a short interview which covers among thing the roof of stadium being opened to benefit sound, the lighting of the CN tower, the birthday of B.B. King, the taping of “Spectacle” with Elvis Costello, Snow Patrol, working with Brian Eno on Unforgettable Fire, Michael Franti & seal noises (!)

To wind up the interview the DJ plays Moment of Surrender, which seems to leave Edge pleasantly surprised.

Listen back

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U2360 North America ‘EPK’

An electronic press kit (EPK) has been released presenting the tour/production at the kick off of the North American leg of U2360.

Watch 10 minutes of HD to see:

  • pre-show soundbytes (and hear Bono sing along to Space Oddity…)
  • birdseye view of first Chicago show
  • reflections of the screen in front of Larry’s kit (what’s on there?)
  • Live footage of Unknown Caller, Unforgettable Fire, City of Blinding Lights and Crazy Tonight remix
  • some new merchandise items (baseball jacket to the right and ‘crazy faces’ shirt to the left)…

In the mean time, over at U2.com, they’ve been busy updating their splash screen shots: 1 2

U2 to participate in “Moving Stars and Earth for Water” event

According to this press release U2 are set to appear during Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté’s Poetic Social Mission “Moving Stars and Earth for Water”.

Guy Laliberté, a friend of the band who has been mentioned during several recent shows, is currently preparing for a trip to the ISS space station.
Part of his undertaking is a socalled poetic social mission themed “Moving Stars and Earth for Water” which will take place on October 9, 2009 from “14 cities on five continents… and space”.

Although U2 are not to be found in the participant list, the “mission scenario” tells us Guy will have a “space-to-earth conversation with a close friend” in Tampa, where “They will discuss the uniqueness and beauty of the Earth in the solar system.”

Now guess who’s in Tampa on October 9…

The entire event will be webcast through the website of Guy Laliberté’s “One Drop” foundation. Expect more details to surface soon.