U2’s thank you card to support act One Republic (via their tweet)
Afternoon soundcheck (crew only): City of blinding lights, Vertigo, Moment of Surrender, New Year’s Day, Miss Sarajevo, Walk On, Desire.
Bono is in a talkative mood, but he has to be as there are some technical issues that leave space between songs. At one point he resorts to discussing Adam’s farting. Meanwhile, The Edge bears the brunt of the problems. First he doesn’t get his guitar in time for ‘In a little while’, then his guitar fails during ‘Mysterious Ways’, then has to change guitars during COBL and finally it doesn’t seem to be turned up loud enough on ‘Walk On’. ‘Glastonbury’ was listed on the setlist, but not played. The German news site oe24.at claims Bono was given an injection before the show to make him fit to play (“Und dabei musste er heute für das Wien-Konzert extra fitgespritzt werden!”). U2start.com commented: “Great show […] Bono just didn’t look good at the end.” He was however, in good spirits. Enough to slip in a ‘Rock me Amadeus‘ snippet during Vertigo.
Here’s a cool initiative organised by German-language U2 fansite U2tour.de. They rallied fans to stage a Flashmob promoting U2’s ‘No Line on the Horizon’ in the centre of Vienna, Austria on the day of the album’s release in Europe.
Fans from all over Austria gathered on Stephansplatz in Vienna at three in the afternoon. The fans formed a line, holding up print outs of the words ‘No Line’ (see picture) . They recruited passers-by to join in and ended the line with a fan holding up the words ‘On the Horizon’.
TV station ORF filmed the flashmob (see above), which was broadcast in their TV programme ZIB Flash as well as online in their ZIB 24 live stream.
We think a round of applause for this grass roots promotional event is in order.