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Another great weekend with D.

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Fun times this weekend.

Usually D and I don’t get together two weekends in a row, but between seeing La Cage Aux Folles and Dark Shadows in his neck of the woods last weekend, and with Men In Black 3, which we really wanted to see leaving IMAX on Thursday, he made the drive up here already so we could catch it on the big screen in 3D this weekend before it got the boot at the IMAX in favor of Rock of Ages next weekend.

So we grabbed a quick dinner at Boston Market yesterday and headed downtown to get the $5 PowerPass IMAX tickets I’d preordered Wednesday, found out when we got there that it was “Power Pass holders Appreciation Week” so unexpectedly found ourselves with medium popcorns for only a buck apiece, and prime seats for MIB3 (in addition to the great prices Power Passes get you, you also get first crack at the GA seating with a special spot at the head of the line. LOVE that, no more 2nd row seating like we had for Avatar! Ouch!)

Men In Black 3 was awesome. Great effects, they made very dizzying use of the 3D (particularly the falling sequences, almost tossed my popcorn – er – cookies) , and thought Josh Brolin did great portraying the younger Tommy Lee Jones as “K”.

And after doing so much go go go last weekend with the musical, the movie, and miniature golf, today we just chilled at home. Watched last night’s Graham Norton from BBCA (love that show, sometimes it depends on the guests, but usually it’s great fun to watch, really hilarious), the first two episodes of Fringe from Season 1, and The Big Year on DVD from Netflix. And somewhere in there, caught bits and piece of D’s Mets getting swept by his LEAST fave team, the Yankees. And my new U2.com membership perk came in this weekend as well, U22, the 2 CD set of 22 live tracks from the 360 tour. Came with a great photo book as well. Already ripped the CD’s to my PC, looks like I’ll be burning yet ANOTHER cd for the car very shortly. :)

Now time to get caught up on all the online stuff I missed while I was doing other things. Currently listening to the ancient but newly d/l’d from Amazon mp3 album Out of the Blue by ELO. Had it on double vinyl years ago, played it to death, great to have it back in the collection again. Takes me back a WHOLE lotta years, but funny how fast the songs come back to you after all this time, head bobbing and singing along to “Summer and Lightning” and “Mr. Blue Sky” as we speak.

US U2 360 Tour Postponed until 2011!

Well, THIS changes my summer plans a bit. Already had the motel reservations up in Long Island and East Rutherford for the nights leading up to the concert. D and I will have to discuss what to do this weekend.

But sometimes I really love Twitter, you get breaking news, like the postponement of the entire US leg of the 2010 U2 360 tour, P.D.Q.

I’d wondered, if Bono had to be taken in for emergency back surgery, if he was going to be back on his feet and at 100% in time for ANY part of the summer tour, and it turns out, he won’t be.

Got the official news of the tour postponement via an email from Ticketmaster earlier today.

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Bono Discharged From Munich Hospital Following Surgery

U2 North American Tour Dates Postponed

(LOS ANGELES, CA) May 25, 2010 – As announced earlier today, Live Nation has confirmed that the U2 360° North American Tour will be postponed until 2011.

U2’s Bono has now been discharged from Ludwig Maximilians-University (LMU) Hospital in Munich where he underwent emergency surgery on Friday, following a back injury. In order to fully recover, he is under doctor’s orders to start a rehabilitation program and to recuperate for at least eight weeks.

This will necessitate the postponement of 16 shows on the U2 360° Tour from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th.

Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt confirmed, “Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve. On review of his MRI scan, I realized there was a serious tear in the ligament and a herniated disc, and that conservative treatment would not suffice. I recommended Bono have emergency spine surgery with Professor Tonn at Munich’s LMU University Hospital on Friday.”

Professor Tonn, who carried out the operation, added, “Bono was referred to me by Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt late last week with a sudden onset disease. He was already in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg. The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8mm tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal. This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis. Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit. The prognosis is excellent, but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation.”

Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt continued, “We are treating Bono as we would treat any of our athletes, and while the surgery has gone very well, the coming weeks are crucial for a return to full health. In the next days, he will start a light rehabilitation program, with increasing intensity over the next 8 weeks. In our experience, this is the minimum time.”

U2’s manager, Paul McGuinness, was also at the Hospital in Munich and said, “Our biggest and I believe best tour has been interrupted and we’re all devastated. For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow. He feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience. Which is of course nonsense. His concerns about more than a million ticket buyers whose plans have been turned upside down, we all share, but the most important thing right now is that Bono make a full recovery. We’re working as fast as we can with Live Nation to reschedule these dates.”

U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring, also expressed, “Although we understand the disappointment to U2 fans, first and foremost comes the recovery of Bono.”

Additional details on rescheduled dates will follow shortly and fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets. Please visit: www.U2.com for ongoing tour updates.

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Bono “…feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience”?

Bono, just worry about YOU right now, the disappointed fans will get over it, and we’ll all see you back up and “doing what you best” again before you know it.

See you in 2011!

Bono Avatar 2

U2 360 Tour Videos

Shot about an hour of footage each at both the Raleigh, NC and Foxboro, MA U2 shows, and after getting all hopped up this morning listening to the Croke Park remix of “I’ll Go Crazy”, went hunting down the few clips that I put online from both shows. There’s a couple on YouTube, a few on yFrog, and one or two over at U2.com.

“I’ll Go Crazy” remix from Raleigh
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0b-00xeSnw&fmt=35[/youtube]

“Moment of Surrender” (full song) from Raleigh
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d77pAGhdzh0&fmt=35[/youtube]

From my first trip inside the inner circle in Foxboro:

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
Listen as 60,000+ people take over singing for the band. Incredible. One of my favorite clips, once the walkway scoots out of the way.



“Unforgettable Fire” (entire song)
I just about keel over watching Bono singing from the catwalk just feet away from me. Weee! :)



“Ultraviolet” from Foxboro, from where I posted it at U2.com:



And a couple of slideshows with some of my better pics, both from Foxboro, here and here.

All I can say is I be VERY happy that Doug and I splurged and got tickets for the last US show in NJ in June. LOVE knowing that we get to go and do this one more time this year. :)

Did some homework for the @U2_360Tour vacation today.

Doug was here today after I picked him back up from the airport yesterday, so while we were actually in the same place at the same time in a place that has a computer, we hopped online to see about booking our rooms for our 9ish day trip up north this summer.

First up was to find a place to stay the days we visited with his NY buddies, and we ended up booking a room right directly across the street from the beach in Long Island. Great proximity to his friends AND well, can’t beat the beach being within walking distance right across the street. :)

Next up (or down, since we then have to head south again): a place to crash in New Jersey for the night before and the night of the final US tour stop of the U2 360 Tour there at the New Meadowlands Stadium, the closest stop that the tour makes to NC on that leg of the tour, and the main reason I’m heading up north in July. Actually found a place within walking distance of the stadium that was reasonably priced. And when you consider that parking – which we will now NOT have to pay for – for the U2 tour the last two shows that we saw was $40 (in Foxboro, MA) and $20 (in Raleigh), that’s a nice chunk of change we saved right there as well.

U2 360 Tour New Meadowlands Stadium, NJ

We’ll be staying with other friends or family in NH and Vermont for the next several days after that, and will be coming home that following weekend. Will have one more motel stay that last weekend, but since we have no idea how far we’ll get from New England down to Raleigh during that last days’ drive, we’ll be picking a place to spend the night that night most likely.

But the three initial most important nights are now officially reserved. Yay.

Then Doug mentioned that he thought he saw that the opening band for our show had finally actually been decided upon, so we headed over to where he saw it, over at @U2 to check it out, and assuming that they know what they’re talking about, apparently the Jersey show is getting a band called Interpol, an indie band from NY. Never heard of them (they’ve been around since 1997, and are still in “opening band” mode?), so we hopped over to their myspace page and took a listen to a few of their songs. Not too bad, they reminded me a little of a cross between Icehouse and the Psychedelic Furs, if you can think of how that might sound. :) I figure U2 hadn’t let us down with either Snow Patrol or Muse when we saw the 360 tour the last two times (although the best opening band they’ve had, IMHO, was when Institute – ie “Bush 2.0” 😉 – opened for them for the Vertigo tour. I LOVED finally seeing Gavin Rossdale live), so I’m game to see Interpol. Better than the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy from their ZooTV tour way back when; *gak!* THAT was a great time to make a bathroom run, let me tell you.

So it looks like it’s official. I’ve got the vacation time put in at work for taking that whole week off, we’ve had the U2 tickets for months now (at least I THINK we have, hate getting tickets that soon in advance, I haven’t actually seen them in a while, LOL. No worries, I’ve not lost tickets yet), and now we’ve got room reservations set up. Rock and ROOOOOLLLL! 😀