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@Team_Barrowman Appearances Labor Day Weekend

John Barrowman new CD coverPosted this over on the newsgroup, but given the timely nature of the post, and how busy the mods are with posts about the new CD, the new tour, Torchwood Miracle Day, in case it doesn’t make it there, thought I’d post it here as well… :)

For those who don’t know, John Barrowman has a new Best of CD coming out on Monday (preordered mine from Amazon UK – so much cheaper than Amazon US, since they consider JB’s stuff “imports” so charge through the nose for it –  and just got an email from them that it has been shipped, yay!), so has been/will be EVERYWHERE promoting it last week and this week.

I sat down last night and consolidated all the John Barrowman website news and tweets about his radio/TV appearances and put them all in order from earliest to latest, and well, let’s just say I’m glad this is a three day holiday weekend here in the states and I don’t have to go to work on Monday. 😀

Get a reprieve today, Saturday, from all the radio shows last week, and only Michael Ball tomorrow, but MONDAY! Oy vey! So many! And for us East Coast-ers, so EARLY, most of them!

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Monday, 5 September:

Daybreak, ITV1 – 6.00am to 8.30am (1am -3:30am ET)
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Swansea Sound – Kev Johns’ Breakfast Show
– Expected broadcast: around 8am on Monday 5 September (3:00am ET)
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Bridge FM (Town and Country Broadcasting, Cardiff) – Mark Franklin
– Expected broadcast: around 8am on Monday 5 September (3:00am ET)
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BBC Devon – Judi Spiers – 10.15am  [show starts at 9am/4am ET] (5:15AM ET)
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BBC Scotland – Fred MacAulay – 10.45am [show starts at 5:30am ET](5:45am ET)
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BBC Radio London: 12.00pm – 3pm The Robert Elms Show (7am-10am)
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Monday, 5 September: QVC Selection, QVC – 7.00pm to 8.00pm (2-3pm ET)

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And I’m not even sure that’s ALL of them.

Still not sure how I’m going to handle the overlap of the two radio shows that are both at 3 am (kudos to the one DJ who actually replied to my email, if I have to pick between the two radio shows, HE gets my bandwidth); throw the ITV thing into the mix and all bets are off. Hopefully where JB overlaps, he’ll be off of one before the next one starts.

At least a lot of the BBC radio programs have Listen Again or Podcast options, so that’ll help.  And I’ve got a laptop that can pick up some of it.

Love the way that “Daybreak” comes on at 1am the night before here. I’m tired already. LOL

But on the bright side, at least very little of it, since most of it other than QVC is in the wee hours, won’t interfere with any daylight holiday plans. So won’t have to be pausing any movies, or skipping out on any Wii games to go switch something on on the PC.

Let the JB holiday weekend commence! 😀

SEPTEMBER 4 EDIT:

Several interview audio files uploaded to my JB audio page here.

U2 – It Was Twenty Five Years Ago This Month…

“… that I went to go see U2 live for the first time. March 7, 1985. My first concert ever, for The Unforgettable Fire tour, at the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA.”

Yes, I finally started the U2 page that I mentioned on one of my OTHER pages. Figured this was the 25th anniversary month of when I saw them live for the first time, that should be inspiration enough to start it.  That, and Amazing Race was delayed for nearly an hour tonight on CBS, I needed SOMETHING to do. 😀

Here be the linkie. Several photos and one marginal video up so far, spanning from the first show, to the start of the Elevation tour, with more to follow.

Oooh, and check out that HubbleSite Daily Image of Saturn. How cool is THAT!?!

John Barrowman Tour dates announced by @Team_Barrowman…

… and they’re all in Europe (go here for the schedule). I’m a newbie to JB, does he ever tour the states, I wonder? I’ve been to Europe, once, a three week trip back in high school. Would love to go again, and a trek to see JB perform live would be great.

Alas, after paying off 3 pairs of U2 concert tickets, $500 for the new camcorder to take to said U2 concerts, the flight from NC to VT to see one of said U2 shows in MA (notice a trend there? :) ), plus *ugh* $700 for the new bumper on the Prius after my fender-bender before Christmas, I don’t think a trip to Europe for a John Barrowman concert is financially in my near future.

Hoping a lot of video shows up on YouTube from everyone who goes! Please, thank you! :)

Well, paying off a credit card bill then going to bed early tonight. That tossing and turning until 2:30 in the morning last night wiped me out today… Looks like it’s back to the laptop at lunchtime tomorrow for the next chapter in my JB webpage. As soon as I finish that, I’ve got more astronomy pics lined up to publish, but I kinda DO want to finish that page first.

@Team_Barrowman "Evening With" Virtual Tour Updated

Well, I’ve tweeted about this, and posted about it on my Live Journal account, and the response seems to be pretty positive so far, so thought, since I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit lately, I’d post the update to my “Evening With John Barrowman Virtual Tour” here this time instead and try to pick up anyone who might still be oblivious to my latest project in those other locations. :)

Essentially, JB started his month long plus UK only tour last Friday. And given that I’m over on THIS side of the pond and he’s on THAT side of the pond, getting to one of the tour dates over there was clearly NOT in the cards for me. But google geek that I am, AND the fact that I really didn’t know where half the cities were where he was playing, or what any of the venues looked like, I decided to follow along via a virtual internet road trip. And thinking that some of my other Stateside Barrowfans might find it of interest as well, opted to turn it into a new webpage (or three, or four…).

So I’m adding dates and times for each venue, maps of where each venue is, external photos of the venues themselves, and when available, shots of the interiors as well.

Then thought that adding links to concert photos and YouTube videos for each location might be a nice idea as well, so added that to the mix as well.

With the last update completed tonight, I’ve finished Week 1 and Week 2 venues, started a page for Week 3, and have added links to all the video clips I’ve found thus far to their respective first three venues. Whew! People went crazy at Oxford, being the first show and all, I guess. :)

In any case, it’ll be interesting to see how, once everything is mapped out, the google map started out looking like THIS:
Start of Tour
And, once all the tour dates are added, ends up looking like THIS:
Tour End

First stop on the tour is HERE.

Anyhoo, check it out. There are some really nifty venues in the UK, and they all look so different from each other.

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!

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Still No US @Team_Barrowman Tour Dates?

Not wanting to rain on anyone’s parade (song pun fully intended 😉 ) in the John Barrowman newsgroup, I’m opting to not wait until Festivus in December (thank you Seinfeld, lol) and having an “Airing of the Grievances” here, now, instead. And yes, I’d like a little brie with my upcoming whine, thank you. 😉

Am I somewhat bummed that JB’s scheduling gurus have him touring all over the UK again this fall, with NO dates, once again, scheduled in the US, despite the fact that he’s actually very conveniently already HERE at the moment?

Why yes, yes I am. Starting to feel a little like the forgotten, neglected American skeleton in JB’s closet in London, lol.

I’m sure that the fact that there are simply more Barrowfans per square mile in the UK than there are in the US has a lot to do with it; JB can squeeze in more performances in front of more fans covering less distance and less time, if he plays in the UK vs playing in the US. (Nerd factoid: The US Barrowfans here are spread out across nearly 4,000,000 square miles, vs the distance he has to travel to perform in the UK, a whole 95,000 square miles. If you were to put that into terms of surface area, he’s essentially covering the equivalent of the state of Oregon when he tours the whole of the UK.)

So I do get the logistics of all that. It just seems like it should be doable somehow. He IS the All Powerfull John Barrowman after all. 😉 And I wouldn’t even require a tour with all the bells and whistles of the last tour. “Uncle John Unplugged”, something like his Kennedy Center performance, would suit me just fine. :)

And it wouldn’t be so bad missing out on yet another tour, if it weren’t for the number of people in the UK who are complaining that the 2011 tour isn’t coming anywhere “near” them. Exsqueeze me? I could understand that if y’all lived in the very south of the country, and the only place he was performing was in the very north, that’s something like 700 miles, definitely a long haul if you’re driving. But he’s playing twenty seven dates scattered across the whole of the UK. I’ve just started mapping the tour stops for my Virtual Tour 2011 webpage, so don’t know where they all are as of yet, but based on where they were LAST year, surely ONE of those dates, even one that’s halfway across the country, should be considered “near” enough to get to.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just what you’re used to. When I first moved from California to North Carolina, I went into a bit of “mileage shock” myself; after being used to having to drive all of 20-45 minutes max to get to most concerts my entire time in the Bay Area, to come here and discover I would have to drive anywhere from two to eight hours if I wanted to see any of my favorite performers was a bit of a jolt. And I’d have to cross state lines to do it?!? Completely unneeded in California, which being a fairly good sized state, you have to drive for hours before you cross a state line there. :)

But now I’m getting used to it. 3 hour drive to Charlotte? 5 hour drive into Virginia or South Carolina? 8 hour drive to New Jersey? Been there, done that, bought a Prius for the gas mileage because of it. LOL. Longest trek thus far has been the flight from Raleigh to Vermont to see U2 in Boston in 2009. Pretty good for someone who was used to driving 15-20 minutes to just pop downtown for a concert in San Jose.

Okay, end of rant. Honestly happy for the folks in the UK who get to see JB perform, as well as the folks in the US who are lucky enough to be able to fly overseas to go see him.

And looking on the bright side of JB not touring here:

  • I didn’t have to take part in a mad frantic scramble to get tickets when they went on sale this week.
  • And didn’t have to figure out where I was going to come up with the money for said tickets.
  • And didn’t have to try to figure out the logistics of getting to a concert that most likely WOULD be REALLY considered to be too far away to get to, since the odds of him playing in my state even if he were to play here would be slim to none (If he were to play LA only, that alone would be a 3000 mile jaunt!)
  • AND making sure that I could fit it into the 3 concerts (Cirque 2.5 hours; Third Day 1.5 hours; and U2 8 hours away) and a Mets game in NY that are already on my schedule for the year so far.

So all in all, maybe not a bad thing that he’s not playing here?

Yes, I’m kidding. STILL hoping for some US dates SOMEDAY! “Puh-puh-puh-pleeeze, Eddie!” 😀

Meanwhile, it’s on to working on the John Barrowman Virtual Online Tour: The 2011 Edition.