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  1. U2Community

    Fan Site Of The Week - U2Achtung

    Paris, France in the Autumn is such a beautiful sight to behold. The #U2ieTour has arrived, and this week the Zoo spoke to Judith from French U2 fan site U2Achtung. Bonjour les amis ! We are very happy to have the opportunity to present our French website and community to the Zootopians. U2Achtung was created 15 years ago in 2000 by Bert, Coco and Fab. The team members have changed a lot over the years, people joined and left, but today, the U2Achtung team is made up of Judith, Nadine, Antoine, Benjamin, Florian, Loïc and Matthieu. We are from France, Belgium and Switzerland, but our community is open worldwide, even if we focus on the French speaking fans. Many people have helped, too many to mention, and we thank them very much. Without them, we are nothing. Like other websites in different countries, we provide daily news for our followers about U2, their music, tours and projects. Visitors are also able to find a very rich content about U2 releases, biography, videography and bibliography too. We even translate their lyrics in French. On U2Achtung.com, there are two main areas: a chat forum (in a free section) with over 12,000 members, and the Club U2Achtung (annual subscription access). On the Club U2Achtung site, there are exclusive sections and we regularly organize contests for our members. We give away concert tickets, books, CD, LP, and so on... and of course we are very present on social networks too, like twitter and Facebook Almost every year, we organise a cover contest that we call “Achtung Awards”. It takes place on a dedicated web page of ours and people vote for their favourites. It is a very interesting way to discover new talents among our community, but also to hear some amazing work done on U2 songs, that sounds really professional. It could nearly be on an official U2 Remix CD! It’s open to every musician, and on our last edition, we even had foreigners taking part, who we helped going through the French website. And as we like to work for the fans and U2, we created two mini websites for the big anniversaries of War (30) and Achtung Baby (20). You should take a look, we think our web designer did something great! Over the years, U2Achtung has managed to create strong links with the fans and the record label, so that we organised many events and special occasions. One of the first big fan event in France was the Zoo TV DVD screening at the famous Paris venue “L’Olympia”, in the presence of Michka Assayas, author of Bono par Bono. Our website had invitations to give away for that memorable night. The writer even tried to call Bono in front of everyone, but only got the answerphone. We also managed to get two members of the team to an exclusive listening of No Line on the Horizon in 2009, and we offered tickets twice for a TV show (Le Grand Journal) in 2009 and 2014 where U2 were the musical guests. We even more recently gave away 2 tickets for the Dublin shows in November! A lot is happening within our community, especially through our forum where people can chat, trade tickets, plan trips together to see U2 abroad and meet even when there is no tour. And when there is no U2 activity, people talk about other bands, cinema, their jobs, etc. For many of them, it’s really a part of their daily life. And it’s also a place where friendships were born, have grown and where love stories started, leading to some marriages and U2Achtung babies. Every fan knows that U2 loves France, they always spend a few weeks or months here, in the South. And France loves U2 as well. We showed them this never-ending love and passion on several occasions, like in Stade de France in 2005 with the “White Balloons” initiative, which we repeated in 2010. It was a success and the band publicly said in 2005 that it was an amazing surprise. Now with the 4 U2 shows in Paris this week, we couldn’t be more excited to have U2 back here, especially in arenas, 14 years after the Elevation Tour. For this occasion, we designed an original T-shirt, available through our website. You may bump into fans wearing those t-shirts in Paris. And also, as it’s always a celebration when U2 comes to France, we are going to throw a party on November 13th at Pub O'Connells in Paris, with the help of Universal Music France and French radio Oui FM. Fans from all over the world will be able to meet, dring, sing along watching lives and win more gifts! See you soon in Paris!!! C'est parti !
  2. U2Community

    Fan Site Of The Week - @U2

    As the #U2ieTour arrives home to Dublin, in the final U2 FSOTW feature for this year, the Zoo managed to grab a chat with Matt McGee, founder & editor of one of the longest running U2 fan websites - @U2. They were there at the beginning of this tour in Vancouver and many of their team are making the pilgrimage over to Ireland this week to see the 4 shows. As he was packing his suitcase, we asked Matt to tell us about atu2.com, and what this year has meant to him. In his own words : "I have a confession: I don't like the term "fan site." More often than not, when you tell someone that you're involved with a fan site for a music artist, they instantly think you're Chris Farley trying to have a coherent conversation with Paul McCartney. Back in the day, in fact, when we were just beginning to develop relationships with various music industry professionals, I'd go out of my way to explain that I was a stable, married, adult male, not a 15-year-old kid with pimples all over my face... But confessions aside, it's an honor for all of us involved with @U2 to be chosen "Fan Site Of The Week" as U2 arrives home for four shows in Dublin! It's such a privilege to be able to see the band play in its hometown. I vividly remember seeing the two PopMart concerts at Lansdowne Road Stadium and being overcome with emotion as I heard songs like "I Will Follow" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday" -- songs that were written and recorded just a few miles away. @U2 turned 20 years old last month. Twenty years is a long time to do anything, much less work on an all-volunteer fan site. But doing @U2 is as much fun as it is work, and that's thanks to three things: U2's ongoing greatness, the wonderful group of fans that have worked on @U2, and the generous readers that have said so many kind things to us and about us over the years. Thank you, all. @U2 has a team of about three dozen fans that work on various aspects of the website, and many of us are in Dublin for this week's shows. We'll be there, of course, to enjoy this incredible Innocence + Experience tour -- but also to share it with U2 fans around the world who can't be with us this week. That's always been our purpose: "to bridge the distance between the band and its fans." That's a quote from the 17-page "welcome guide" that we give to U2 fans when they first join our staff. (Yep, we really have such a document and it's really 17 pages. I'm Irish. Brevity has never been a strength.) When @U2 began 20 years ago, we bridged that distance primarily by posting news sent in to us by fans around the world. The snowball effect kicked in quickly: The more news we posted, the more new readers came to the website. The more new readers came to the website, the more they sent in additional news to be posted. That attracted even more readers, and on and on it went. In the late 1990s, based on reader requests, we started writing original news stories, commentaries and personal essays about U2, the music, concerts and even about being a U2 fan. In 2001, about a week before the tragic attacks of 9/11, we started posting a weekly column called "off the record....". More than 14 years later, that column is still going strong and is one of our most popular features. Today, @U2 has a library of more than 8,400 articles about U2, including what we believe is the first newspaper article ever written about U2 -- a March 1978 piece recapping the band's victory in the Limerick Civic Week talent contest. Today, we still take great pride in our news reporting, but we're much more than just a U2 news site. We have a group of fans working on our Tours site, going back and listening to every known live recording of U2 concerts to confirm that our setlists are as accurate as possible. We do a weekly podcast. We have a complete U2 lyrics site, a calendar of upcoming U2-related events and -- lest anyone think we take U2 or ourselves too seriously -- we have 15 years worth of hysterical U2 cartoons in a feature we call Achtoon Baby. We've also become pretty well known for our live events, which date back to 2003 when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum asked us to co-host an international U2 fan party during their U2 exhibit. We've hosted numerous album- and tour-related parties since then, including one this summer that made headlines around the world when The Edge and Adam crashed our 20th anniversary celebration and played two songs with our special guests that night, the tribute band Unforgettable Fire. It was an amazing and unforgettable night for all of us, and we don't consider it just a gift for @U2 -- it was a gift for the entire online U2 fan community. It was U2 doing their part to bridge the distance between band and fans, and doing it in amazing fashion. That party, and really this entire year of Innocence + Experience, has been a real blessing for all of us involved with @U2. We were there in Vancouver to watch it begin, and we're thrilled to see it wind down this week in Dublin.
  3. As the U2 circus gets ready to pack up and leave London town, we chatted to the good people behind long-running fan site U2Wanderer. Earlier this year they celebrated 20 years online, and we chatted to founder Aaron back then - check that out here. They have been busy since then, preparing a long-planned whole new look and name for U2Wanderer - U2SONGS, and it was great to catch up with them recently, where they told us all about it.. u2songs.com? What is that site that you ask? It’s the newest version of u2wanderer.org. Literally days old. We are just re-launching the site now with a brand new backbone, and we will continue to keep the old one running until we have the new one well established. We aren’t quite finished yet, but we’re at a point where we wanted to show people what we are working on. We’ve been working on this update for the last seven years. We hoped to have it ready when the new U2 album launch happened, but they took us by surprise with the release of Songs of Innocence - and then they got us all distracted with a tour.. Fans are always looking out for information on new U2 stuff and where it can be found. So it’s time to let go of that more recent information, in hopes that it will assist other fans, even while the site is still in construction. Why u2songs? Many will think that maybe it was inspired by the recent Songs of Innocence album title, but we’ve actually had the domain name since 2002 and always planned on this being our final home. The site deals with U2’s songs, where to find them, what they’ve released, and what they’ve been. So the site made sense to us. It just took us a little while to get to the final destination. U2 being stuck in a “songs” place as well? Just a happy coincidence! u2wanderer.org was founded in April 1995, and celebrated its 20th birthday earlier this year. Our site started out as a discography site and still focuses on discography and lyrics as well as collecting. We have expanded at times, and like making lists...including recent lists like documenting the confetti being “exploded” at shows, and listing the books Bono is throwing from stage on the #U2ieTour. This year we set up a separate news section for the old site to tide us over while moving and we also brought several new ideas to the site that we look forward to carrying to the new site, such as the map tracking where in the wild you could find copies of the RSD release. We also maintain an active presence on twitter and also maintain an active forum where a small group of collectors gather to talk and discuss collectibles and lyrics. U2Wanderer staff and friends at our 20th birthday gathering The current core team at U2Wanderer.Org is made up of Aaron (AJ) Sams, Aaron Govern, Brad Hood, Carl Uebelhart, Don Morgan, George Dias, Harry Kantas and Mike Long. We aren’t located in one geographical area like some sites, but have staff from Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and United States. For a number of years it was just Aaron and Carl running things before Brad came on board in 2005, and the others over the years that followed. We would be remiss if we weren’t to give a shout out to our frequent collaborators Chris Jenkins and Shawn Rocco, as well as thanking all the others that have helped over the years. In the 20 years we have been working on the site the biggest ‘wow’ comes from realizing how many people have contributed and helped make this little corner of the web better. Carl and Harry handle most of the technical side of things. Carl and Mike are our lyrics staff listening for every nuance in every song and transcribing each from scratch. The rest of us approach things from the collectors side of things. AJ, Harry and Brad are always looking for and reporting on discography updates and also man the twitter account most frequently. George tracks the digital releases and digital streams. Aaron G, one of our newer staff members, is often found hunched away over a scanner producing some lovely images of some rare items. And Don has the unenviable task of going through all of the content in the discography and trying to edit and tidy it up. Over the years, our staff have been proud to be used for reference and to contribute items to exhibits at both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Little Museum of Dublin. We also contributed to the launch of “The Complete U2” on iTunes. The site has also been used as a reference for many books on U2, and the staff here have directly contributed to some of these publications. We also like a good giveaway. In the past we’ve given away the U2 branded iPod to a lucky fan. We’ve given away books, and albums, and collectibles. When we helped co-host the kick off party for the Elevation tour in 2001, we took armloads of posters and promotional CDs to the Hard Rock Cafe in Sunrise FL. It was one of the first big events we ever helped out with. Upcoming plans include some of our staff taking in the shows in London, Glasgow, Paris and Dublin. After that we have a few other plans for the site to improve and hopefully surprise. And definitely looking forward to a third leg and beyond. Looking for more opportunities to hang out together, to work together, and to bounce new ideas off of each other. With a staff that is spread out around the world we try to make the most of opportunities where we all end up in one place.
  4. U2Community

    Fan Site Of The Week - U2gigs

    As the band moves this week to Antwerp, Belgium and Koln in Germany, the Zoo spoke to Matt & Ax, the guys behind @U2gigs... "U2gigs.com is a global effort. At its core it is two people: Matthias in Berlin and André (better known as Axver or Ax) in Melbourne". Matt handles the technical side and photos/videos, while Ax describes himself as a "setlistorian" who handles setlists, live trivia, and other information. "We are lucky to enjoy the written contributions of Matkin (aka Matthew) of Toronto and Chris of New York, the videos of Stefan of Bielefeld and Frank of Hannover, the recordings archive run by Marc of Cologne, and assistance with coverage of live shows by Ashley and Travis of Los Angeles". The site began in 2000 as U2Setlists.com, with elevation-tour.com a spinoff in 2001; Matthias was assisted by Martin from Vienna in creating the database in those early days. Both sites still exist, using data from the U2gigs database. In 2005, Matt created a new website, U2-Vertigo-Tour.com, and Ax came on board. This site changed to a new, permanent name of U2gigs in early 2008. The recordings archive was added in 2009. Matt : "Since my early days building U2 websites in 2000 I wanted to create something unique and outstanding. I have loved U2 since the eighties, as well as computers and photography, so it was only a matter of time before I made something like U2gigs.com. My goal was clear from the beginning: collect accurate setlist data and attract readers by offering something more than just plain setlists. Today we have a comprehensive tour archive with lots of details, photos, videos, and connections between data, and we still add features when ideas come up or are suggested by visitors. Our setlists are also used by other fan sites too. "Every few years I take the opportunity to travel the world to see U2 and document the concerts through photography and video. It's something I really love and it has taken me to many places I would not have seen otherwise. Highlights so far were the Australia/New Zealand trip for the fifth leg of the Vertigo Tour in 2006 and the 360° South American leg in 2011. This year I'm on the road again to see the Innocence + Experience Tour in Europe and I'm feeding our Twitter page with live coverage, taking photo sets for each concert I see, and adding videos to our YouTube channel." Ax : "I discovered U2gigs back in the elevation-tour.com days in 2003, when I was 16. I thought it was the best U2 setlist database and I spent hours sneaking onto it during boring lessons at school. By early 2005 I had practically committed it to memory and I could not believe it when Matt invited me to join him. Today I take real pride in what we have created. "I started running live setlists on the main page during Vertigo Tour concerts, something we still do to this day. Since the 360 Tour these have been more prominent on our Twitter account. Matt originally linked to press articles about shows, but during Vertigo's first leg I started writing summaries with trivia and these gradually became larger and more significant. "We have tried really hard to make the site as comprehensive a resource as possible. Our photo database is massive: it has over 30,000 images. We created the first personal show charts feature in 2006 - it was based on a suggestion by somebody on the Interference fan forums and I'm sorry to say I can't remember who! I created a setlist FAQ that has now become quite detailed. I'm a historian by training so I'm drawn to any hint of new information. In 2005-06 I spent weeks listening to recordings to make our snippet listings more extensive and precise. "I think I've now heard practically every U2 show that's ever been recorded - the last two tours usually from listening live thanks to the dedication and mobile data of other fans sharing the shows. But that's got nothing on Matt, who has travelled the world to see and film the band. His videos from Australia and New Zealand in 2006 attracted great attention on a nascent YouTube and laid a foundation for the HD videos that began with Barcelona 2009. Matt's videos - and those of Frank and Stefan - are probably our most popular feature now. European legs are a particular thrill, when Matt is able to attend most shows of a leg."
  5. U2Community

    Fan Site Of The Week - U2Tour

    Continuing our link ups with fan sites across the globe, this week, as the band moves to Berlin, we are delighted to feature U2Tour. The Zoo spoke to Hans from the core team : U2tour.de was founded on 22 September 2000, and this year celebrates its 15th birthday. The site started out as a common portal and chat forum for several German U2 fan sites, at the start of the Elevation Tour in 2001 & its message board is now the biggest German language U2 online forum. After the site’s success during the Elevation Tour, we decided to turn the then purely concert and tour focused site into a general U2 fan site, and since 2002 the site hosts news about the band and its releases. Over the subsequent years, more and more content was added. Today u2tour.de contains a comprehensive U2 gig archive, an overview of U2 side projects, regular specials featuring interviews with e.g. Anton Corbijn, a U2 travel guide for fans travelling to Dublin, Berlin or the US, a list of all awards won by U2, a book corner, and much more. The current u2tour.de core team of Björn, Daniel, Didi and Hans, have been with the site from the beginning, and previously were also involved in several U2 fanzines. Flo joined the team as database expert in 2002.This sumer Sabine, Christoph and Oliver joined the adminteam and will take greater responsibility for the site in the future.Over time, and with the site’s growing content, we needed ever more members for our team - these now include Conny, Sarah, Hanna, Dirk, Torsten, Caro, Navid, Sebastian, Andreas and Anne, and also supporters, who have got "special tasks" in our team: Malte, Phaser For the 2015 Innocence and Experience Tour u2tour.de is a fantastic online resource for information about the tour, and has members of its team at EVERY show of the European leg of the tour, reporting live via Twitter and other channels. In 2009, u2tour.de was the first fan site to use CoverItLive to report from U2 concerts, but this has has now been replaced by a new live blog during the European shows. And they are planning other flash mob during shows... Apart from the general site, u2tour.de has also been known to throw a good party or two! Our highlight so far was a large party at the Hansa Studios in Berlin in 2005, where U2 did early recordings for Achtung Baby, most famously One. The next day Bono mentioned the party on stage at the Olympiastadium, and we were proud to host not only hundreds of fans from around the world, but also members of U2’s crew (such as Dennis Sheehan) and The Killers. This year we are planning for another party at the Hansa Studios on the night of 26 September - (it’s already sold out!) Finally, and in line with U2 fan site tradition, u2tour.de also supports a number of charities, and has been able to donate significant sums from our work.
  6. U2Community

    Fan Site Of The Week - U2Valencia

    Hola amigos! U2V began 15 years ago (2000) as the result of a meeting between Rafa Gallant and Javi Vara, two U2 fans in Valencia. We organized the first parties and tributes in the area of ​​Valencia as a celebration of the releases of the U2 Go Home DVD (Live from Slane Castle) and The Best Of collection. The passion and friendship inspired by U2 lead a group of friends (Valvi, Mata and Vara) to create our website U2Valencia.com. That was in April 2004, a few months before the release of the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. and so began one of the first Spanish U2 fan clubs, with followers from all over Spain and abroad. U2V also reports and publishes daily news about U2. The U2V Staff is: Maria José, Fernando, Pere, Javi, José Manuel, Raul, Oscar, Leo, Carlos, Cheli, Angel, Esther, Sergi and Juanjo. On our website, (in Spanish), you can find many different sections about U2 (updated daily, 365 days a year): History, Discography, U2 Staff and Collaborators, A U2 Guide of Dublin: "The Dublin of U2", Bono's different Sunglasses, Vertigo Radio, U2 Tribute bands, U2 Experiences, Forum, Agenda and connection with all our social networks... We also have our own smartphone App for both Android and iOS operating systems. It has just been updated with a new #U2ieTour section and compatibility with the most recent iOS devices. U2V activities are carried out not only on the internet. We collaborate in events and U2 parties, supporting all U2 tribute bands in Spain. We have organized fan meetings, even our own U2 tribute bands tour called "A Celebration Tour 2010", our 10th anniversary. We have also collaborated with “ONE” Pobreza Campaign in Spain and in other charity events for the fight against Cancer or the Fibromyalgia desease. In April 2005, Javier Vara had the idea to create a radio program dedicated to U2 called "Vertigo Radio" on Radio 105.7FM Manises. It is one of a few radio programs devoted to U2 in the world, and the only one with more than 10 years broadcasting without interruption. Currently the team of "Vertigo Radio" is formed by Carlos, Oscar, Raul, Leo, Javi, Francisco, Rodrigo and Pilar (from U2Chile). At this time, Vertigo Radio staff has attended all recent U2 tours, and numerous events such as Glastonbury Festival (Uk), Electric Burma and Tosca in Dublin, and other promotional U2 events. They also have been lucky to interview Bono a few times, Bono always makes jokes in the interviews: "vértigo radio, the only radio station that doesn't know how to count!" And "I worked there as a DJ but they fired me!". In Seville while attending the U2360º show (or recently in #U2ieTour Vancouver, New York and Amsterdam), Bono dedicated the song "Vertigo" to the "Spanish mafia": "Spanish Lessons for Vertigo Radio!”. To celebrate the different U2 concerts in Spain we have organized numerous initiatives: In Vertigo Tour 44,000 red balloons were prepared to celebrate the “The Edge” 44th birthday, in the 360 tour, At the start of the tour in Barcelona we also organized a warm welcome for the band with thousands of orange balloons floating in the Camp Nou Stadium. For this new tour U2 Innocence + Experience Tour we will give a big welcome to the band with numerous proposals and events in Valencia and Barcelona: we will celebrate different tribute band shows like Spyplane in Valencia Oct the 2th, (Achtung Babies) oct 4th and (Red Rocks) oct 8th in Barcelona. We also created the website www.u23d.es when the movie was launched in Spain. We opened it again to commemorate the re-screening of the U2 3D movie in theaters all over Spain this month. The schedule of all events is available in our website and in our "Vertigo Radio and U2Valencia" App for iOS and Android.
  7. U2Community

    Fan Site Of The Week - U2.SE

    Launched on September 1st 2003 as (oh, oh, oh!) “The Swedish Thing” - u2.se has just celebrated their 12th birthday. The founding members have since moved on but left duties to four dedicated fans (Simon 26, Malin 38, Fredrik 24, and Matilda, 20). Simon told zootopia : “For the iNNOCENCE+eXPERIENCE Tour, we want to (literally!) highlight Sweden’s leading role in development and aid. Inspired by the #U2ieTour bare lightbulb imagery, we decided to extend that idea to the U2 audience and their cell phones. Everyone should have a guiding light in their lives, and we can all be one. Over the years, we have organised fan gatherings, a release party for “No Line on The Horizon” and the Vifta Vitt (which translates as “Wave White”) - a ‘Swedish flash mob’ (initiated by former u2.se-contributor Olov Hjärtström Baudin for the Vertigo Tour). ”Vifta Vitt” this time round aims to welcome U2 to Sweden right at the moment the band takes the stage and support the fight against extreme poverty shared by the band and the ONE Campaign. We really do support the ONE Campaign and encourage U2 fans to register as volunteers with #ONEonTour to help recruit more members in Stockholm. Let me take this opportunity to thank colleagues, collaborators and visitors alike for their support.” To find out more about U2.SE & organised fan meet-ups before and after each show this week] - check out their website, on twitter, @u2_se (#ViftaVitt) - or watch the video below to learn how to join the flash mob.
  8. U2Community

    Fan Site Of The Week - U2Place

    During the next few months, as the #U2ieTour moves through Europe we will try to connect up with U2 fan sites from each country the band is visiting.. This week, we are in Turin, Italy, and (big!) thanks to zootop Monica Martino, we hooked up with Rudy, founder of U2Place.com and asked him to let us know a bit about the site and who is involved. They are organising something very special at the Turin shows, check out their twitter feed for more details, and the hashtag #AmplyRed U2place.com started in 1999 as a simple blog in Italian... quickly became a real website with news , photos , concerts of U2 and a community . Community that has grown over the years to have about 18,000 members. Over the years we have organized several flashmob such as in Milan in 2005 , Milan in 2009 and the big " One" in Rome in 2010. To manage the community and the site we are 20 people . I am the founder and owner , Rudy 35, then there are the news updater ( Massimo 44 , Marco 28, Andrea 30, Stefano 45, Mikaela 40 ) and event & meeting organisers : Adele 38 , Eleonora 38 , Lucia 38, Alessandro 42. Also Marco, 38, forum moderator, Luca, 34, audio specialist, Alessandro, 39, forum moderator and Dennis, 42, special coordinator. I wrote a book about U2 : " Sogni ad Alta Voce " (Dreams Out Loud) I attach some photos showing the years about our U2 life experience Ciao Rudy