Recurso: ATU2


(U2FANLIFE) Datos importantes que ha comentado el manager de U2:

1. Va a ser la gira más grande de U2
2. El escenario de 360º estará ligeramente escorado del centro
3. No hay ‘parte de atrás’. Desde todas la grada se podrá ver a U2
4. Habra entradas muy baratas… y otras no tanto
5. Comienza en Europa. 6 semanas de descanso y continua en América del Norte.
6. Se anunciara probablemente el 9 de Marzo de 2009


Exclusive: Paul McGuinness on U2’s World Tour
04 Mar 2009

Paul McGuinness has been talking to Hot Press about the imminent
announcement of U2’s world tour, which is likely to include three
Croke Park stop-offs in July.

“This is going to be a very big tour, the biggest shows we’ve ever
done,” he reveals. “We’re going to play stadiums only. Football
stadiums. That excludes, for instance, baseball stadiums because the
production that we’ve designed is 360 degrees. It’s a stage with the
audience on all sides.”

Will the stage be in the centre of the arena?

“Not quite in the centre, it will be towards one end of the field in a
typical football stadium, so the places we’re playing will be tiered
football stadiums; no flat fields, no festivals, no baseball stadiums.
Only big, tiered stadiums.”

As with previous U2 productions, there’s a heavy emphasis on new

“Well, yeah. I mean the engineering to do this, obviously it has to be
a freestanding structure that has to support sound, lighting and
video. And that’s never been done before. Some people have performed
in the middle of a field or maybe in a stadium on a one-off basis, but
this is a touring production designed by Mark Fischer and Willie
Williams, as usual. We’ve been talking about it for years, and this is
the time we’re going to do it. It will be necessary to tell people a
bit about the production before the tickets go on sale because
otherwise they’re going to say, ‘hold on, that seat is behind the
stage’. Now, it’s not behind the stage. There is no behind. So we’ll
be playing to very large capacities and that gives us an opportunity,
or we think it’s an opportunity, to scale the house in quite a radical
way. So I think, when the tour is announced, which will probably be on
March 9th, certainly we are going to start in Europe, and basically do
six weeks in Europe, take a logistical break and then six weeks in
North America. The large capacities give us an opportunity to scale
the house and have some seats at very low prices, and there will be
higher prices as well. But the breadth of the scaling will be wider
than anyone has ever done in our business. That’s kinda news.”

Asked about all the Croke Park speculation, McGuinness says: “It’s
always best to know when you are going to announce it, because there
are so many things affected by this, like hotels and airlines, and
there’s speculation on those commodities which have nothing to do with
us. So we try to be disciplined about it, otherwise there can be
unforeseen circumstances. Also, sometimes with sports facilities that
we are looking to use around the world, we have to wait for sports
leagues to resolve. Sometimes if a team loses, such-and-such a stadium
becomes available. And all those things are a part of the planning so
it’s better to build up to it.”

It’s Hot Press’ understanding that U2 will initially announce two
Croke Park shows on July 24 and 25, with the option of a third on July
27 if, as expected, those sell-out.

Fans hoping for something a little more intimate will be heartened by
McGuiness’ observation that: “The new O² in Dublin is not what I would
call an arena, it’s an amphitheatre in layout, but it has the same
capacity as an arena, and it’s an amazing facility. And this tour is
exclusively outdoors, there will be no indoor shows, but I look
forward to a tour when we will be indoors again.”