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David Byrne's blog - Thank you U2


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Hey guys

David Byrne has a dairy tour on his website

 

And not too long ago this is what he wrote...

 

Thank You U2!

Mark E pointed out as we prepped for our show last night in Warsaw (at a not so big club/venue called Stodoła) that these undersized dates are in effectbeing subsidized by U2's world tour. The promoter of these dates, and of much of the U2 stadium tour, isLive Nation, the global conglomerate. A venue like Stodoła could not possibly afford to pay for us, the catering, or even their local crew given the relativelysmall number of tickets to be sold here - and it's not even an "exclusive" VIP-type venue. It's not like they can charge $200 a seat and makeup their losses that way - this is a standing room club… with a floor made of plywood. So in order to book our date, they must (we figure) be losing money now,then making it up with what they expect to earn on the upcoming U2 stadium dates.

Those stadium shows may possibly be the most extravagant and expensive (production-wise) ever: $40 million to build the stage and, having done the math, weestimate 200 semi trucks crisscrossing Europe for the duration. It could be professional envy speaking here, but it sure looks like, well, overkill, and just awee bit out of balance given all the starving people in Africa and all. Or maybe it's the fact that we were booted off our Letterman spot so U2 could keeptheir exclusive week-long run that's making me less than charitable? Take your pick - but thanks, guys!

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