After U2 frontman Bono recently underwent an emergency spine surgery following a back injury, it was announced that the North American leg of the band’s U2360° tour has been postponed. Bono was given doctor’s orders to complete an eight week rehabilitation program. The show dates are from June 3rd at Salt Lake City through July 19th at New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium, four in Canada and 12 in the US. It was confirmed this morning that the shows have been rescheduled for 2011. Live Nation encourages that ticket holders keep their tickets and assures that more information will follow shortly.
Speaking of the cancellation, Paul Guinness said, “For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow… 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.”
Bono has also confirmed that the band was forced to cancel their headlining appearance at Glastonbury Festival in the UK June 23rd. In telling Michael Eavis, Bono said “I’m heartbroken. We really wanted to be there to do something special- we even wrote a song especially for the festival.” There has been no mention to whether Glastonbury has a backup headlining act.
Once rescheduled dates are announced you can check them here: U2 Schedule & Tickets.
“Not like anything we’ve done before”, is how the Edge described U2′s tentatively titled ‘No Line on the Horizon’ album, set for release in February 2009. The Edge spoke with Mojo magazine about the album and the sound U2 fans can expect to hear. Even after all these years of working with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois the collaboration still has new material and new directions to explore. The Edge, finding it hard to put the sound into words, could only describe some of it as very 21st century sounding.
When Bono spoke about the album last month we heard about the dozens of songs that could possibly make the final cut. The Edge did reveal to Mojo that all of the songs U2 worked with Rick Rubin on, have been shelved for this album. U2 isn’t writing them off entirely, but they won’t make this upcoming album. It’s likely that the material just doesn’t fit with the newer stuff that Eno and Lanois contributed to.
The band is in London putting the finishing touches on the album. Although they expect to work right up until deadline, U2 fans should expect the album sometime in February. Once that is out of the way, we should get some news about a 2009 U2 tour. Let’s hope!
Despite some early reports that a new U2 album would be ready by November of 2008, it looks like 2009 would be more accurate. Speaking with U2. com Bono gushed about the band’s songwriting streak. With around 60 new songs in production the band is in no rush to settle on the final album cuts.
“We’ve hit a rich songwriting vein. It gets a bit dark down here but looks like we’ve found diamonds not coal. I thought a while back we might have the album wrapped by now, but why come up above ground now if there’s more priceless stuff to be found” Bono reported.
If what Bono says is true, U2 fans should be in for a nice treat. Bono is comparing the upcoming shift in musical direction to the shift the band took between the ‘Joshua Tree’ and ‘Achtung Baby’. In any event it sounds like we’ll hear some new U2 in early 2009. Expect the band to follow the album release with a 2009 U2 tour.
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