Entertainment behind the scenes
Beautiful Day for U2, tour to come
U2 played a few tracks from their new album, and an old favourite from an earlier record, to a small crowd at the BBC in London this afternoon. It was part of a hectic promotion schedule for the Dubliners as they publicise their 12th studio album “No Line on the Horizon” which comes out next week.
Bono announced a tour starting this summer, without giving much else away, and assured punters that there would be cheap seats available in these dire economic times. There would, however, still be expensive ones.
“Rich people have feelings too and we want to cater to them also,” he joked.
U2 played “Get On Your Boots”, “Magnificent” and “Breathe” from the new record and “Beautiful Day” from “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”.
The “gig” was a first of sorts. While the band has played Get On Your Boots at awards ceremonies, this was the first time they had played a number of the new tunes to a non-professional audience. Well, having said that, I was there as a journalist and I wasn’t the only one, but there WERE some genuine fans there.
For those who missed it, there could be a bit more U2 action from the roof of Broadcasting House this evening. The speakers are certainly up and ready, but how much you will see from the street (which does have a name and its name is Portland Place) I cannot be sure.