This week, Billboard magazine will be featuring U2 on its cover, and the band is also showcased on Billboard.com.
Today, Billboard announced details of U2’s plans for their upcoming world tour. LiveNation’s Arthur Fogel says:
“Playing in a 360 configuration will increase the capacity by about 15%-20%, depending on the stadium. The configuration opens up myriad opportunities for scaling ticket prices, an important consideration for Fogel and the band. The top ticket price will be slightly higher than last time and the bottom price will be lower, with the floor seats — the closest to the stage — the lowest priced. In fact, playing larger capacity venues allows for more conservative pricing overall. Field level is going to be $55, and there will be 10,000 tickets a show, every show, at $30, Fogel says. The price points are $250, $90-$95, depending on the market; $55 and $30.”
The feature also has an in-depth interview with The Edge.
Originally the article stated the tour would be called ‘Kiss the future’, but this was later amended to “U2360”.
U2.com states: “Dates for the U2360° Tour will be announced exclusively, here on U2.com, at 8am Dublin time, this Monday, March 9th.”
In the current issue of Billboard magazine, musicians and actors pay tribute to legendary crooner Tony Bennett, who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this month. Many of the musicians who collaborated with Bennett on his Duets: An American Classic album, which will be released on September 26, placed advertisements in the magazine to congratulate him on his successful career and wish him happy birthday. Bono, who sings with Bennett on the song “I Wanna Be Around” on Duets: An American Classic, took out a full-page ad that reads the following:
Trying to sing with you was a humbling if not humiliating experience.
You’re like a house you can’t break into, at least
not by force. You can run at the door, but the doors
are locked…you can bang on the windows…
I got into the House of Bennett, but
only as the cat burglar…looking to steal a place in
this incredible legacy.
I’ve had the pleasure of singing with you, and for you…
I broke in through the bathroom window, up a
drainpipe…I’m not leaving.
BONO THE GREEN TORNADO?
A blast from the past sent to us by Rocco: ‘there’s one band standing between you and assembly-line rock: U2’. It’s the ‘same old’ since 1982.
(This ad from 1982 appeared in Billboard magazine)