Posts tagged U2
The 3rd leg of the record breaking tour was due to hit America this summer but was canceled at the last minute due to lead singer Bono needing an operation on his back. Disappointingly for fans though is the near year long wait they will now have to endure as the new dates do not start until 2011, kicking off in Denver on May 21st.
U2’s manager Paul McGuinness thanked fans on the U2 website for their ongoing support, “We’re delighted the dates are rescheduled and in all the same venues we originally planned to play. It hasn’t been easy to accomplish this and I’d like to thank the managers of the many venues and sports teams across North America and Live Nation Global Touring for their help and cooperation in making this complex new plan possible. Above all we want to thank the U2 fans for bearing with us. They’re the best and the band wants to get back to where they belong, surrounded by their audience.”
Rumours have also emerged of a forth leg of the tour, travelling over to Australia, New Zealand and the Far East, this would be their first tour of Oceania since Popmart in 1997 and would probably happen after the European leg at the end of 2010 into early 2011.
The big question for me though is whether they have been penciled in to play Glastonbury 2011 or not? This year they were going to fit an appearance in between the show in Edmonton on the 23rd of June, play Glastonbury on Friday 25th of June, then back to the US to play Minneapolis on the 27th of June.
That was a tight schedule, but one they could easily repeat next year as well, playing Anaheim on the 18th of June, over to Glastonbury for friday 24th of June, then back to East Lansing for the gig on the 26th of June.
All speculation at the moment but keep your fingers crossed!
Occasionally I get an idea in my head that I won’t like something and it sticks there like a stubborn mule until reason finally kicks in. My Disitation at Uni was all about how the Internet was just a passing fad that would never take off and quickly be surpassed by the next big thing (at the time I truly believed this).
I was firmly behind DVD, buying my first player way back in 1998 when discs were few and far between, quite often on 2 sides that you had to flip halfway through. The best way to get your hands on a film was to buy from a little known mailorder company called Play (whatever happened to them). I understood DVD I knew the reason of its being, VHS was a dead duck and this was the future.
But then Blu-Ray came along and maybe it as too soon for me but I resented it. I resented the original asking price, I resented its battle with Toshiba HD-DVD, I resented the fact that Sony were getting too big for their boots and so I have resented it ever since. Despite it quickly slaying the HD-DVD with its cool name and cool logo, its inclusion in the Playstation3, even its subsequent price cuts.
But over the last couple of years I’ve realises that DVD isn’t tomorrow anymore, its 11pm and soon to become yesterday. My desire for HD content began to swell and I needed to get a fix somewhere other than BluRay, so a couple of Chrstmases back I purchased an 160gb Apple TV. This little box has served me extreamly well over the last few years supplying me with HD content of all my favourate shows 24, Lost, Battlestar, All downloaded with a few simple clicks. Add in HD film rentals, music and photos and what more could you possibly ever need from a media player?
Well the answer is true High Definition, 720p on an Apple TV is great but 1080p is even better. Epsecially when 2 killer must have discs are now on there way that I absolutely must see as soon as possible.
The first one, out now is last years U2 360 Tour Live from The Rose Bowl, while I watched this live on YouTube at the time this Blu-Ray disc is the closest thing to being there you can get (except for the Imax movie U23D – but thats a whole other story). The other disc is still specualtion at the moment but you know its coming its just a question of when. Thats right, The Star Wars saga, all 6 movies in yet another box set. I’ve got them on DVD twice and VHS twice hopefully I’ll only need them the once on Blu-Ray. Unless Uncle George starts tinkering again.
So it’s finally out in the open, “I want Blu-Ray”. The next question is which machine do I go for?
Yes I know its not all about the main stages and yes I know the real gems are to be found at the smaller far out stages but please! DIZZY Rascal, The Scissor Sisters and Shakera should not be anywhere near our premier summer festival. T4 on the Beach Yes! Glastonbury No!
It was like some middle aged dad trying to prove he’s down with the kids instead of embracing what he knows and loves best.
What happened to the plan of having an act from each of the last 40 years appearing on the Pyramid stage, resulting in some of the smaller stages having to accommodate some of the bigger new names? Sounded like a fantastic idea to me.
Fair enough, U2 had a legitimate excuse for pulling out and The Gorillaz did their best, but you can see Muse live at any old festival on any old year.
Where was Bowie? The Rolling Stones? Led Zeppelin? The remaining members of Pink Floyd? Radiohead? A Smiths reunion? A Stone Roses Reunion? Macca? Pulp even?
None of the big acts from the last 40 years were there (Except for Rolf) and to me it all felt a bit meh! It lacked that magical moment that sends a shiver down your spine so exquisitely provided by Blur last year.
Roll on Glastonbury 41, lets hope you remember your senior years and act accordingly.