Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Recent Reads and Links

U2 biographer Neil McCormick has his review of the new U2 disc at this link. He may be biased, but it's a damn great read. Jeff Giles of Bullz-Eye has an excellent review of the disc as well.

Jamsbio Magazine has a great review of the new Bruce Springsteen record at this link. I don't agree with the praise (its OK, not great) but this is a good read and well written. It's worth checking out.

Blabbermouth has the stats on the most recent Motley Crue concerts and it's underwhelming. After a dozen shows, not one broke the 10,000 barrier. The full outline is here. In a day and age where Motley's core audience is out of work, one would think they would have every ticket between $10 and $60. Besides, what are they performing on this leg that they've never done before?

The jam band Phish reunited this week and the first two shows appeared to be for the books. Billboard has a report from night one here and the second show with some killer covers. Here's the best part, the first two shows are available for FREE download at this link.

Bob Lefsetz even hops on the Phish bandwagon praising them at his recent blog post.

U2 has officially announced the outlines for their world tour. It appears less than 50 shows will be performed in 2009 with the tour to continue in 2010. The tour hits America shores on September 12th at Chicago's Soldier Field. While the $250 price tag is utterly insane for a stadium, it's good to see the band will have 10,000 tickets per show at $30 each and all field tickets will be $55.

I hate stadium shows but count me as jazzed for this tour. This could be a way to revolutionize stadium tours in the future. Here are the tour dates below. Only one Midwest date. I am guessing that Chicago, Toronto, Boston, New York/New Jersey will each get at least one show added (and in NJ's case, I am guessing 3 total).

Check out a virtual demonstration at this link. (Wow is all I can say)

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