U2 Claw Their Way Down Under

Live Nation Global Touring and Michael Coppel have confirmed that U2 will end the year with live dates in New Zealand and Australia. The U2 360° Tour will visit Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and the tour also includes U2′s first Perth date since Popmart in 1998.
Tour promotor Arthur Fogel announced that the extra capacity of U2 360° means that there are a large number of low priced tickets at every show. Tickets in all 5 cities will be available starting at $39.90 with general admission floor tickets available at $99.90. Additional reserved seat tickets also available starting at $99.90.
Tickets for the U2 performances in Australia and New Zealand will go on sale Friday, September 3rd at all usual outlets. U2.com subscribers will be able to buy tickets ahead of the public on-sale.
Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates
November 25 Auckland, NZ Mt. Smart Stadium
December 01 Melbourne, AU Etihad Stadium
December 08 Brisbane, AU Suncorp Stadium
December 13 Sydney, AU ANZ Stadium
December 18 Perth, AU Subiaco Oval
Bookings: Ticketek.co.nz/U2360 or 0800 TICKETEK
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U2360 – Olympic Stadium – Helsinki, Finland (II)

Surprise… during the soundcheck for the second show in Helsinki the band rehearses Bad, No Line on the Horizon acoustically, as well as Pride and I will follow (just the riff at first and then full band).
It’s ‘crazy set’ night and U2 prove they are definitely confident and in a great mood this leg of the tour.They mix it up completely, bringing back I will follow, No Line on the Horizon and Pride, as well as Edge and Bono playing a totally new song together called ‘Every breaking wave’ (mp3). “No one’s heard that before, including the two of us…”
Continuing his series of madcap band introductions, this show Bono says: “On my left, on bass guitar, the Aapo of this band, Adam Clayton; behind me on the drums, Lauri Mullen Jnr; to my right on lead guitar, The Eero … and who does that make me, I’m somewhere between Simeoni and Juhani…” Gobbledegook for most, but to the Finns it’s crystal clear. Bono’s refering to a 19th century Finnish novel called Seven Brothers, by Aleksis Kivi. Aapo is ‘logical and peaceful’, Lauri is ‘solemn and a loner’, Eero is ‘intelligent and clever’, while Simeoni is both ‘alcoholic and religious’ and Juhani is the most ‘stubborn’.
Before ‘I still haven’t found’ Bono mentions a lot of U2 family members are in the audience: his daughter Jordan, nephews, nearly all of The Edge’s family including kids Holly, Sian and Levi as well as his parents Garvin and Gwenda who are ‘on the road’ with the band. Bono thanks Gwenda for being the first member of U2’s road crew.

Picture by Oli
Watch parts of the show: part 1 (33mins), part 2.
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U2360 – Olympic Stadium – Helsinki, Finland

First of two shows in Helsinki, Finland. It is the first time the band have played here since Popmart (August 09, 1997). Between 3 and 3.30pm the band rehearsed Discotheque (riff), North star, Glastonbury, Miss Sarajevo, City of Blinding Lights.
Around 8pm there appears to be a problem with the screen. It’s fully extended and won’t budge. Crew member Rocco tells the crowd they want to try to fix it. Meanwhile the crowd entertains itself: no less than 3 simultaneous waves go around the stadium. Around 8pm the problem is fixed (video). However, during the show not everything on the screen works as it should. ‘Crazy’ also suffers from technical problems with the backing track.
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Setlist and videos

U2360 – Casa Arena – Horsens, Denmark (II)

The second of two nights at Horsens’ tiny stadium. In the afternoon the band rehearsed. U2gigs.com reports that In a little while, Miss Sarajevo, City of blinding lights, Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me (Bono: “We have to fix this problem. We need another bass sound.”) and Ultra Violet were played. U2start.com reports they heard Pride, Breathe and No Line On the Horizon. (When U2 start rehearsing songs for their shows, it usually takes a few concerts before they actually play them in front of an audience. Helsinki II, get ready.)
Eventually, the band dropped The Unforgettable Fire and Until the end of the world from the set and instead played Ultra Violet after HMTMKMKM, the first time it’s played on this leg of the tour. Having introduced the band as Star Wars characters and luxury cars at previous shows, this time he referred to them as Helena Christensen (Adam), Heidi Klum (Edge) & Brigitte Nielsen (Larry).
Return of the Stingray guitar
Beautiful Day
New Year’s Day
Get on your boots
Mysterious Ways
I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
In a little while
Miss Sarajevo
City Of Blinding Lights
I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Walk On
Where The Streets Have No Name
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
Ultra Violet
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender
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U2360 – Casa Arena – Horsens, Denmark

(Pretty picture shot by U2gigs.com)
First of two nights in the smallest venue (35,000) on the tour. The Danish crown prince and princess Danish Frederik and Mary are at the show. Bono praises Denmark for its work on debt relief and thanks Helena Christensen for her efforts.
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Horsens Folkbladet photo gallery
Pro-shot footage and interview – Danish news on TV2
BT.dk photo set
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