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Beautiful Day for U2, tour to come

February 27, 2009

bono1U2 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.


I have to say that I am shocked at just how incomprehesibly bad the new music is. This can not be the same band that that produced atclb, how to dismantle…,war, unforget, this is awful! They either do not care anymore, or have completely lost it. This will be the first tour since the unforgettable fire that I pass on. I never thought u2 would become irrelevant, but they have officially become one of those bands that you will now say, remmeber when they were great?

Posted by ronald harris | Report as abusive

Utter drivel, Mr Harris. The new album is great, far better than the safe, cynical HTDAAB and ATYCLB. U2 have become inventive again, like they were in the 1990s- thank goodness!


Agree Dan. The new album is the best since Actung Baby. Magnificent is an anthem in the waiting, Breathe is unbelievable and Stand Up Comedy absolutely outstanding – to name just three!! Loving the new sound, pure class as usual.

Posted by Martin | Report as abusive

Totally agree with you guys. This album is incredible. “Breathe” is definitely a great song, same with “Moment of Surrender”. I bet this upcoming tour will be amazing. If you haven’t bought the cd yet I bought mine off amazon for $3.99..I couldn’t believe it. izon/dp/B001S6HZTE/ref=amb_link_83789591 _2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=browse& pf_rd_r=1J3SP4MBPQ73JVFCBAR1&pf_rd_t=101 &pf_rd_p=470912571&pf_rd_i=163856011

Posted by Josh Briggs | Report as abusive

Bidding on tickets, are you serious?? Sell outs to ticketmaster, way to go guys!


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