April 12, 2011
U2 isn't a band that does things on the cheap. When frontman Bono and guitarist the Edge went to Broadway, they did so via "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," which has earned itself the distinction of being the most expensive show in Broadway history. The band's 360 Tour has been no bargain either, with costs tallying at least $750,000 per day, according to Billboard, whether or not the band even has a gig that night. So perhaps the announcement Monday from concert promoter Live Nation that trumpets the 360 Tour as the highest-grossing rock 'n' roll endeavor ever should come with an asterisk.
October 29, 2011 |
U2, the Irish pop band, is the subject of a fascinating new documentary, "From the Sky Down," premiering Saturday on Showtime. Like most modern rockumentaries, it was commissioned by the people it is about, and it will be included in some of the versions of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of "Achtung Baby," coming in November. (The most deluxe of these, the Uber-Deluxe package, which costs upward of $400, also comes with a pair of sunglasses like those singer Bono wore in his guise of the Fly.)
October 27, 2009 |
U2's concert at the Rose Bowl shattered attendance records at the venue as more than 100,000 people, including Rose Bowl staff, took in the band's Southern California stop on its 360 Tour, according to the venue's general manager, Darryl Dunn. Yet the number of fans who watched the concert online probably dwarfs that tally. Final figures aren't in yet from Google-owned YouTube, which streamed the concert live, but the page housing the concert has received close to 7 million "channel views."
July 6, 2012 |
U2 may have asked how to dismantle an atomic bomb on a recent album, but from 2004 to 2008 Carol Hawkins dismantled U2 bassist Adam Clayton's finances. Hawkins, a domestic aide Clayton hired to attend to his south Dublin mansion, was sentenced Friday for embezzling $3.6 million from Clayton's bank accounts to fund pricey purchases such as first-class flights, a car, university educations for her children and nearly two dozen thoroughbred horses. Hawkins had been found guilty last week on 181 counts of writing checks from Clayton's bank account for personal purchases, and Friday an Irish jury unanimously sentenced her to a seven-year sentence.
January 1, 2010 |
In just 20 beautiful days on the concert trail last year, U2 racked up the highest-grossing North American tour of 2009, pulling in $123 million at the box office in a year in which overall concert business was one of the music industry's remaining bright spots. The Irish quartet's bar-raising 360 Tour of sports stadiums, which visited 16 cities, sold more than 1.3 million tickets, translating to a nightly average of just more than 82,000 fans, according to Pollstar, the concert-industry tracking publication.
December 23, 2001
I agreed with Robert Hilburn that the U2 shows of late reflected added intensity and spirit compared with the April shows--and I wouldn't have thought that was possible ("Joy Makes a Return," Dec. 16). My two U2 concert experiences this year were joyous, uplifting and redemptive. To remain connected with a band like U2 at age 44 gives me great hope for rock music. JIM KEEGAN Seal Beach