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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.

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. :)

Oooh, two posts in one night!

I noticed that with Doug being here this past weekend, I got a little behind on the blogging, so thought I’d get caught up with an extra post tonight. :)

But he came up in the afternoon, in enough time for us to watch Nuno and Kim’s DVD of their shoot at the Foxboro, MA U2 360 concert that Doug and I had gone to back in September. They were two rows back from the stage, smack dab in front of Bono, so their forward facing view was MUCH better than where we were from the inner circle along side of the stage. We definitely had the advantage for some of the walkway moments, though, like when Bono walked right over my head during Beautiful Day, and during The Unforgettable Fire, when he was THISCLOSE to Doug and me. But I LOVED their shoot, saw so much of what we missed from where we were, and they got the WHOLE show vs the one hour I shot that night. Pretty amazing stuff. Thank you again for sharing it, N & K!

Then it was off to the hockey game. Carolina vs Phoenix. Reminded me of Jason Mitchener, a Third Day boardie mod from Arizona who passed away late last year. He would have been so proud of the way the Coyotes kicked the Canes collective butts Saturday night. Yes, the Canes lost 4 to ZIP! Had to have been one of the worst hockey games I’ve seen in a while, one of those kinds that you just watch the clock and will it to be over. But D and I had fun anyway.

Next day it was sleep late (made even later by the time change), read the paper, watch a bunch of Craig Ferguson clips from YouTube and the CBS website,  then it was off to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (which for the record looks NOTHING like what is represented on Big Bang Theory. It actually looks EXACTLY like the link to their website shows. Still wanted to ask if we could get Penny as our waitress while we were there, but figured they probably wouldn’t get the joke…)

They’ve got some GREAT food there. D and I split an order of the Factory Nachos, and I ended up splurging on the Wasabi Encrusted Ahi Tuna. Which was good, just wish I’d asked for it to be seared as little as possible, compared to what I used to get at Bahama Breeze before they took it off the menu, for “rare”, it was kind of overdone. Then we finished off with gooey chocolate desserts to take home. In the immortal words of the LOLCats: “Nom nom nom!” 😀 But man, between the appetizer, the desserts, and the fact that I got the Ahi Tuna, we burned through 2 $25 gift cards, and still ended up charging nearly that much on the Visa. :-O It was SO good though.

Anyhoo, came home, watched that new show Minute To Win It, then switched over to the Amazing Race, then D took off for home.

Good weekend, even if the Canes got shut out and I ended up eating WAY too much! Nom nom nom, INDEED! 😀

@Team_Barrowman vs @U2_360Tour ;-)

Well, THAT was a bit of a shock to my ears this morning. In a good way, though. Got in the car, hit the start button to boot up the car, and “Don’t Fence Me In” from “John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter” started playing in the CD deck. Swap it out for U2’s “Artificial Horizon” CD that just came in yesterday, and *bam* I’m just as easily jamming to the opening remix of “Elevation”.

Quite a jump from:

Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the western skies
On my Cayuse, let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise.

to

A mole,living in a hole
Digging up my soul
Now going down, excavation
I and I in the sky
You make me feel like I can fly
So high, elevation

Weeeee!

The kicker was when I was about half way to work, and the Live remix of “I’m Gonna Go Crazy” from Croke Park starts blaring through the speakers, and it’s all I can do to NOT start pogoing right there in the driver’s seat. Took me right back to the inner circle in Foxborough. MILES away from riding my Cayuse anywhere. 😀

I love having eclectic musical tastes. My mp3 deck is “like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” when you hit the start button and boot up the car. :)

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! 😀