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Title: Additional shows?
Post by: bossfan92 on December 05, 2014, 06:42:29 AM
I have a question regarding how people think the band will add additional shows, for the cities we know are getting more like NY and LA. Any idea if the new dates be put up for sale on Ticketmaster immediately once the shows sell out on Monday, or will there be a new pre-sale/general sale set up for the new dates? I know that it's impossible to know for sure at this point, but looking for any insight as to how it was handled on Elevation and Vertigo tours? Thanks!
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: mofomat on December 05, 2014, 06:46:32 AM
Hard to say definitively, but in the past they have added dates immediately during the process of buying tickets. London for example has plenty of space after the current four dates in the schedule to add a few more, and in fact there was a screen shot of the webpage which implies extra dates will be added on the 2nd and 3rd November.

I would guess by the time the pre-sales finish tomorrow, the majority of tickets for London could have gone. By offering new dates when the tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, they have a way of satisfying demand that surely still exists.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: Hohat on December 08, 2014, 03:56:29 AM
I am intrigued by the reference to a screen shot implying additional London dates on 2 and 3 November - has anyone got a link to this...?

I've got tickets for 29 October, but struggling to get what I want for 30 October - so wondering whether to hold out for additional dates...
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: olimar on December 08, 2014, 04:43:50 AM
Id be amazed if they dont add additional London dates, because there is such a big gap in the schedule between London and Glasgow. Id expect these to be announced once the original dates are sold out, or pretty close to sold out. Its good marketing to make a big fanfare that your tickets are red hot, they sold out quickly, just as you are announcing some new dates, but also, if there are still expensive tickets available for the existing dates, then they are likely to remain unsold for a little while longer if people can pick up cheaper tickets for the new dates.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: shesarainbow on December 08, 2014, 04:53:31 AM
You might find that additional dates are announced today or tomorrow. I'm pretty sure there will be a whole new presale/general sale. If my memory serves me correctly, the tickets don't go straight up for sale on the day they are announced.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: briscoetheque on December 08, 2014, 06:29:08 AM
You'd think Paris and Berlin would get a couple of extras.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: mofomat on December 08, 2014, 06:38:22 AM
In Europe, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Barcelona, Cologne, London, and Paris all have gaps of 7 days or more after them. Clearly there are either going to be new dates added to existing venues or they're going to add new cities. Munich is a big gap in the schedule. Zurich deserves two nights, as does Madrid or Lisbon. Nowhere in the South of France? Seems strange.

These dates could be added before the end of today or they may be waiting until the announce the Dublin dates, and then put all the extra dates on sale along with the Dublin ones.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: il_capo on December 08, 2014, 08:07:41 AM
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In Europe, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Barcelona, Cologne, London, and Paris all have gaps of 7 days or more after them. Clearly there are either going to be new dates added to existing venues or they're going to add new cities. Munich is a big gap in the schedule. Zurich deserves two nights, as does Madrid or Lisbon. Nowhere in the South of France? Seems strange.

These dates could be added before the end of today or they may be waiting until the announce the Dublin dates, and then put all the extra dates on sale along with the Dublin ones.

Hope you're right about extra dates.  The large gaps between shows could be due to the time it takes to put the stage up.  Then again, there is no reason for them not to play the O2 6 nights instead of 4 nights given the 2 night gap between performances, unless they find that too tiring.  I recall in 1992 they just did 4 indoor gigs across the whole of the UK, and the London one was at Earls Court, and that precedent doesn't bode well for extra dates.  I am sounding ancient today...  :)
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: shesarainbow on December 08, 2014, 08:15:35 AM
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In Europe, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Barcelona, Cologne, London, and Paris all have gaps of 7 days or more after them. Clearly there are either going to be new dates added to existing venues or they're going to add new cities. Munich is a big gap in the schedule. Zurich deserves two nights, as does Madrid or Lisbon. Nowhere in the South of France? Seems strange.

These dates could be added before the end of today or they may be waiting until the announce the Dublin dates, and then put all the extra dates on sale along with the Dublin ones.

Hope you're right about extra dates.  The large gaps between shows could be due to the time it takes to put the stage up.  Then again, there is no reason for them not to play the O2 6 nights instead of 4 nights given the 2 night gap between performances, unless they find that too tiring.  I recall in 1992 they just did 4 indoor gigs across the whole of the UK, and the London one was at Earls Court, and that precedent doesn't bode well for extra dates.  I am sounding ancient today...  :)

And the Birmingham one was at the NEC. I queued 12 hours for tickets, which somehow seems infinitely easier than the hoops we have to jump through to get tickets nowadays ...  :-\
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: Saint1322 on December 08, 2014, 10:16:10 AM
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You might find that additional dates are announced today or tomorrow. I'm pretty sure there will be a whole new presale/general sale. If my memory serves me correctly, the tickets don't go straight up for sale on the day they are announced.

For what my opinion matters, I think you are 100 percent right. The new dates will be announced pretty quickly and the presale/general sale will start within 1-2 days of the announcements with another round of presales before the general sale. 
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: EdgeUK8_my_mind on December 08, 2014, 10:58:00 AM
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You might find that additional dates are announced today or tomorrow. I'm pretty sure there will be a whole new presale/general sale. If my memory serves me correctly, the tickets don't go straight up for sale on the day they are announced.

For what my opinion matters, I think you are 100 percent right. The new dates will be announced pretty quickly and the presale/general sale will start within 1-2 days of the announcements with another round of presales before the general sale. 

This sounds correct.  I would almost expect additional shows where there is a gap (between NYC2 and 3, for example), as the stage will already be set up then and there are 2 extra days that are wide open.  We also may get 1-3 additional shows where is a huge gap between those shows and the next ones on the tour.  I would expect a few days off, but if they quickly sell out and there is a big gap, we might get an extra day or 2 tacked on.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: LToy on December 08, 2014, 11:15:27 AM
I'm going against the grain on this thread & say that IF U2 does not announce additional shows by the end of this week, we will see this tour itinerary remain intact which would signal that the band is committed to finishing Songs of Experience with the goal of releasing it by the end of 2015.

I think U2 does their best work when they're on tour and they're at their creative & artistic peak.  With the large gaps between tour dates, this will give the band plenty of time to go into a local recording studio, depending on which city they're in, and work on unfinished songs in the hopes of completing SOE.  This has the potential to mirror the recording situation that occurred in May 1993 during the first month of the Zooropa leg of the ZOO TV Tour.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: mofomat on December 08, 2014, 01:16:02 PM
They're not in their early 30's any more. I doubt they'll be trying to pull off what they did through the first month of the Zooropa Tour.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: LToy on December 08, 2014, 01:40:34 PM
Agreed, I probably should've clarified that we could see this process stretched out over the course of the entire year of 2015.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: rcamu2 on December 08, 2014, 01:43:16 PM
There won't be any new LA dates added, still TONS of seats for the Tuesday and Wednesday shows. Mostly the Platinum and $300 seats.

I would laugh so hard if they played to huge chunks of unsold seats. Hubris is not an endearing trait.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: Geronimo on December 08, 2014, 03:45:41 PM
I think They will Use this Tour to "Experience" and we all have to see this "first Leg" like the one from ZOO TV indoor…

And we can make ourselves up for a Grand World tour in Arena's after this "smaller one"
And then they will visit all the continents and make this the longest tour any band has done before….untill the end of 2017
Start saving more cash and be prepared…!
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: zoolov on December 09, 2014, 01:31:44 AM
Two shows added in Stockholm:
9/20 and 9/21 2015.
The first ones, 9/16 and 9/17, are sold out.

Tickets go on sale monday.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: An Cat Dubh on December 09, 2014, 01:35:12 AM
16 more shows added folks.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: il_capo on December 09, 2014, 05:09:49 AM
Gah none in London.  Given London is sold out and there's 2 empty nights between the shows when the stage is all set up wonder why they aren't doing those dates?
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: miryclay on December 09, 2014, 06:23:38 AM
updated:

http://www.u2.com/tour

this is great. Kill the scaplers
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: ormy28 on December 09, 2014, 06:49:48 AM
Hopefully the gap between London and Glasgow means they are considering Manchester in between. Makes sense. Easier for those in Northern England to attend and the Phones4U arena is massive. Makes more sense than another London show.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: briscoetheque on December 09, 2014, 07:06:02 AM
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updated:

http://www.u2.com/tour

this is great. Kill the scaplers

May lower the price of existing tout tickets slightly but also adds a heap of new opportunities.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: mofomat on December 09, 2014, 07:22:42 AM
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Hopefully the gap between London and Glasgow means they are considering Manchester in between. Makes sense. Easier for those in Northern England to attend and the Phones4U arena is massive. Makes more sense than another London show.

Not going to happen.

They're neglecting whole COUNTRIES. Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, Denmark. It makes me laugh that people are complaining about having to travel all the way to London when it's two hours on a train and they're every 20 minutes from Piccadilly.  ::)
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: blissfulmitch on December 09, 2014, 09:01:33 AM
I would love for them to go to India, especially given how many Indian U2 fans there are in the world.

But as a half-Indian New Yorker, I'm overjoyed at the two new dates and being able to use my U2.com code for them! I had no luck for the past few sales.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: ormy28 on December 09, 2014, 11:25:52 AM
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Hopefully the gap between London and Glasgow means they are considering Manchester in between. Makes sense. Easier for those in Northern England to attend and the Phones4U arena is massive. Makes more sense than another London show.

Not going to happen.

They're neglecting whole COUNTRIES. Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, Denmark. It makes me laugh that people are complaining about having to travel all the way to London when it's two hours on a train and they're every 20 minutes from Piccadilly.  ::)

No one's complaining. Although I agree it's perhaps not fair they haven't any gigs in these countries, I think it's pretty obvious those dates were left spare for additional UK slots. And if that is the case, it might as well be Manchester. Logistically it makes sense.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: The Stingray Guitar on December 09, 2014, 11:58:13 AM
Wouldn't they have announced more UK dates  today with the other additional 16 shows?
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: ormy28 on December 09, 2014, 12:38:27 PM
I don't think London has quite sold out yet has it?
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: il_capo on December 09, 2014, 02:04:32 PM
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I don't think London has quite sold out yet has it?

Well, it has now.  So here's hoping they add a couple more shows.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: The Unknown Caller on December 09, 2014, 02:28:11 PM
There's space for a few more dates, mostly in Europe. Note especially the gap around Barcelona, a city which went on sale late (Thus didn't sell out with the rest) but which can easily support four shows. Concievable that they could announce extra London dates along with announcing new Barcelona dates in the next few days.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: briscoetheque on December 09, 2014, 02:31:50 PM
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I don't think London has quite sold out yet has it?

Well, it has now.  So here's hoping they add a couple more shows.
Yep, me too. London has been cruelly neglected.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: keaton on December 09, 2014, 03:03:04 PM
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They're neglecting whole COUNTRIES. Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, Denmark.

The whole Central-Eastern Europe actually.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: keaton on December 09, 2014, 03:04:07 PM
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There's space for a few more dates, mostly in Europe. Note especially the gap around Barcelona, a city which went on sale late (Thus didn't sell out with the rest) but which can easily support four shows. Concievable that they could announce extra London dates along with announcing new Barcelona dates in the next few days.

Barcelona is practically sold out now (11 pm CET) so there will be additional dates there too... probably.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: mofomat on December 09, 2014, 04:40:13 PM
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Hopefully the gap between London and Glasgow means they are considering Manchester in between. Makes sense. Easier for those in Northern England to attend and the Phones4U arena is massive. Makes more sense than another London show.

Not going to happen.

They're neglecting whole COUNTRIES. Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, Denmark. It makes me laugh that people are complaining about having to travel all the way to London when it's two hours on a train and they're every 20 minutes from Piccadilly.  ::)

No one's complaining. Although I agree it's perhaps not fair they haven't any gigs in these countries, I think it's pretty obvious those dates were left spare for additional UK slots. And if that is the case, it might as well be Manchester. Logistically it makes sense.

There certainly is in other threads.  ;D

There was a screenshot posted about five days ago showing that 2nd and 3rd November dates in London are planned. So there's your extra UK dates.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: briscoetheque on December 09, 2014, 04:46:25 PM
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There's space for a few more dates, mostly in Europe. Note especially the gap around Barcelona, a city which went on sale late (Thus didn't sell out with the rest) but which can easily support four shows. Concievable that they could announce extra London dates along with announcing new Barcelona dates in the next few days.

Barcelona is practically sold out now (11 pm CET) so there will be additional dates there too... probably.
Asia from 1980 - 2014 says hi as well.

Most populous continent on earth.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: rcamu2 on December 09, 2014, 08:05:03 PM
a handful of dates in Japan doesn't cover Asia ?
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: briscoetheque on December 09, 2014, 09:07:22 PM
Why yes, Paul mcguinness, I suppose it does. :-)
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: renno on December 10, 2014, 04:03:05 AM
There will be a 2nd wave of added dates next tuesday i think and they will go down the pre sale route just like this week
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: il_capo on December 10, 2014, 04:16:41 AM
Not sure it's really fair to criticise the band for touring so heavily in Western countries.  I am not in the industry but should imagine it very difficult to tour in places not on the usual circuit - are there venues across India where rock bands can play?  What kind of management/companies exist there to help them put on shows?  I'm not sure I've heard of any kind of Western musician who has toured in India, no punk or alternative band either - unless my friends going busking whilst travelling around the country counts.  Of course it'd be great if a band like U2 were the first to attempt to put on rock concerts in countries that have not been served before, but I don't think it'd be easy.  No doubt the fact it would probably not be as profitable as performing in affluent Western countries with ready-built venues for their shows is going to make it even less likely to happen.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: mofomat on December 10, 2014, 04:29:11 AM
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Why yes, Paul mcguinness, I suppose it does. :-)

And whilst I completely agree with your point, they also played Tel Aviv on the 30th September 1997 on the Popmart Tour, which is Asia even though it was bundled in with the European dates, and they played Istanbul on the 6th September 2010, and although the stadium was on the European side of the city, half of the city of Istanbul is in Asia.

But I'm being pedantic.  ;D
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: EdgeUK8_my_mind on December 10, 2014, 07:37:37 AM
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Not sure it's really fair to criticise the band for touring so heavily in Western countries.  I am not in the industry but should imagine it very difficult to tour in places not on the usual circuit - are there venues across India where rock bands can play?  What kind of management/companies exist there to help them put on shows?  I'm not sure I've heard of any kind of Western musician who has toured in India, no punk or alternative band either - unless my friends going busking whilst travelling around the country counts.  Of course it'd be great if a band like U2 were the first to attempt to put on rock concerts in countries that have not been served before, but I don't think it'd be easy.  No doubt the fact it would probably not be as profitable as performing in affluent Western countries with ready-built venues for their shows is going to make it even less likely to happen.

My guess is that if they were to do Asia and Australia, it would make much more sense to tour those places with a stadium show - leg 5 or leg 7.  That way they can sell a lot of tickets and make it worth lugging their gear to the other side of the world.  They have done this sort of thing before (Lovetown, Zoomerang, PopMart leg 4, Vertigo, 360).  I agree that they should consider adding shows in India, China, Indonesia and the Phillipines (if local governments allow it and if there were enough SoI downloads), plus the usual shows in Aus, NZ and Japan (and SAmer, SAfr)
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: rcamu2 on December 10, 2014, 08:05:52 AM
I know that iron Maiden and metallica have played India as well as other places in Asia.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: briscoetheque on December 10, 2014, 01:46:48 PM
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My guess is that if they were to do Asia and Australia, it would make much more sense to tour those places with a stadium show - leg 5 or leg 7. 

That's exactly what will happen. Well, the Australia bit. Japan will get a few shows. And that will be asia done.
Title: Re: Additional shows?
Post by: il_capo on December 15, 2014, 04:59:42 AM
Any more news as if to more dates will be added tomorrow?