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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

U2 to play a concert in Wellington, New Zealand?

Irish band U2 are in talks to play two concerts at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

The Dominion Post understands it was hoped the concerts would be staged in February or March, which would have led to a one-day cricket international between the Black Caps and Australia being moved to the Basin Reserve.

However, negotiations with promoter Michael Coppel Presents on the scheduling of the concerts have been postponed.

Bridget Delaunay, the Kiwi representative for Michael Coppel Presents, did not respond to questions put to her yesterday, but it is understood the concerts could be scheduled for later in the year. Stadium management would not comment.

U2 are using a 50-metre-high stage set dubbed "The Claw" for their 360 world tour, which started in Europe in June.

Because The Claw is round and open on all sides, it would be a perfect fit for Westpac Stadium.
It could be erected in the centre of the grassed area and fans could sit or stand almost anywhere in the stadium to lap up the action.
A suspended video screen wrapped around the centre of the stage would ensure those in the most far-flung corners of the stadium got a good view.

And, in true rock'n'roll tradition, the sound would be loud, with each quadrant of The Claw having its own full-size sound system, each powerful enough for an entire arena.

Rolling Stone magazine said the state-of-the-art stage would add an extra 20,000 fans to each stadium concert during the tour. (Ed- hard to see that happening at The Stadium)
It is understood that sporting fixtures would not be able to use the stadium for about 10 days to give an army of workers time to assemble and dismantle the stage.

U2 Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen last played in Wellington at Athletic Park in 1989 as part of their Lovetown tour, which also took in Auckland and Christchurch. They also played at the Wellington Show Buildings in 1984.

Their last appearance in New Zealand was three years ago at Auckland's Ericsson Stadium.
- By DAVE BURGESS, Dominion Post


According to this news update on the Italian site U2place.com, Larry's drum tech Sam O'Sullivan spilled the beans to fans in Zagreb about some of the band's plans for the next year or so. Here's the scoop:

  • After the North American tour ends, U2 will stay in Vancouver to complete work on the new album, Songs of Ascent. It'll be released in December or early in 2010.
  • U2 may tour Australia/New Zealand ("Oceania" is what U2place.com says) in March 2010, but it depends on the cost of transporting the stage.
  • There'll be another tour of Europe next summer, including a date in Rome.

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