July 15, 1993 |
U2's new "Zooropa" album will enter the U.S. sales charts Saturday at No. 1 after selling more than 377,000 copies--the biggest first-week sales of the year. The Dublin rock band's collection knocks Barbra Streisand's "Back to Broadway" album out of the top spot, outselling it by more than 267,000 copies. The "Zooropa" total is the fifth highest first-week figure since the New York research firm SoundScan began monitoring record sales in May, 1991.
October 16, 1992 |
Irish band U2 will end its North American tour with a show at Anaheim Stadium on Nov. 14--the first rock concert at the stadium in more than five years. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m., by phone, at Ticketmaster outlets at Music Plus and Tower Records stores, and at Gate 3 at Anaheim Stadium. Numbered wristbands will be issued at 8 a.m. at all outlets, with no lining up permitted before 7 a.m. The numbers for phone orders are (714) 740-2000 and (213) 480-3232.
April 10, 1992 |
So much for trying to beat the scalpers. Despite elaborate efforts to thwart scalping at U2's upcoming Los Angeles Sports Arena shows, prime seats are being sold by independent brokers for as much as $1,200 each. That's 48 times the tickets' $25 face value--double what brokers got for seats to Madonna's 1990 concerts at the same arena, the previous ticket high in Los Angeles.
March 25, 1992 |
If your phone went dead Monday night, blame it on the Irish rock band U2. About 26,000 tickets to two upcoming L.A. concerts sold out in approximately 3 1/2 hours. Pacific Bell officials said Tuesday that about 1 million calls from U2 fans jammed the lines between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. attempting to purchase tickets for U2's shows at the 16,000-seat Los Angeles Sports Arena on April 12 and 13.
March 23, 1992 |
Twenty-five-dollar tickets for Irish rock sensation U2's first Southern California concerts in five years will go on sale tonight at 7. But chances are you will not get one. And if you do, you could wind up paying a ticket broker as much as $600 for it. Demand is so high for seats at the band's two shows at the 16,000-seat Los Angeles Sports Arena on April 12 and 13 that they could sell out in the time it takes to read this article. U2's "ZOO TV" tour is the hottest rock show of the year.
March 1, 1992 |
The surprise still shows on U2 drummer Larry Mullen's face as he recalls his reaction after picking up a copy of Rolling Stone magazine's recent critics' poll and seeing that his band had been picked as "comeback of the year." "I couldn't believe it," the young man with classic James Dean good looks says, sitting in a chair during a break in a video shoot on a sound stage at suburban Pinewood Studios, where many of the James Bond movies were shot.
October 27, 1991 |
Metallica's music roars through the massive speakers at the Oakland Coliseum with such force on this warm October evening that the sound vibrates against your chest and triggers a ringing in your ears. It's a merciless torrent of guitar, drums and top-heavy bass that demands total surrender, which is one reason the band appeals so strongly to millions of teen-age rock and metal fans. This is music that offers a total, if temporary, escape from the frustrations and confusions of the day.
October 6, 1991 |
The title of U2's upcoming album--"Achtung Baby"--might sound loud, but the Irish group is going to keep quiet when the package comes out Nov. 18. Detecting ripples of backlash after all the media exposure that accompanied the 1989 release of the "Rattle and Hum" album and concert film, Bono and the boys won't be doing any interviews this year--and only a few before embarking on a short U.S. arena tour in February, which will be followed next summer by a more ambitious series of dates.
December 2, 1990 |
Rock Losing Its Grip as Other Genres Gain. That recent headline on a Billboard magazine article documenting rock's dwindling share of the pop album market was sobering, but it wasn't unexpected. It has been clear for some time now that rock is no longer the creative heart of pop music. Rather than reflect the imagination and daring that it did in past decades, most rock deals shamelessly in hollow or recycled gestures--and all too often represents nothing more than casual entertainment.
November 20, 1988 |
"This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles," Bono Hewson says at the begining of U2's new "Rattle and Hum" album. " We're stealing it back." Hewson must have realized the words--an introduction to U2's concert version of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter"--would be a red flag to those who had already complained about the Irish rock band taking itself too seriously. The obvious dig: "Oh my God, now these guys think they're the Beatles."