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  1. There’s nothing that says they have to issue unreleased performances. “Three”, “Songs of Innocence”, “Boy”, “The Blackout”, “Red Hill Mining Town” etc. were all previously released materials. They have issued just as many items for RSD events with no new material as they have with new material. And as a good friend once said, “if you don’t want it, you don’t have to buy it.” There will be plenty of interest in the item from collectors, and at this point I’m sure U2 has a pretty good idea how something like this may sell.
  2. There was a wonderful book a few years back that collected a lot of the Propaganda material. It was called “U2 The Best of Propaganda” and was edited by Ian Gittins. Covered the full run of the magazine from the early pre-Prop mags right up to the last issue of Propaganda. Worth keeping your eyes out for - pops up on Amazon for decent prices too...
  3. I for one am happy with CDs and would like to see the gifts continue in that medium. I prefer audio over video. I prefer unreleased material over releases material. And I love previously unreleased live stuff. Would love a CD of all the early demo tapes. All of them, not just the three songs done for iTunes. We know RTÉ has some of the early in studio sessions as well. Something like that would be top of my list. But I’ve been really happy with most of the gifts. Except the prints, sadly those are still in a tube somewhere.
  4. I called a second phone number that a friend gave me when I mentioned the staff training and development. I got right through when I used the second number. (The number on the invoice itself still says they are closed for training and development, I tried back after I had spoken to someone.) I was told there have been production delays with the Elevation Tour program, and they hope to start shipping them in the next two to three weeks. I was also asked what design of luggage tag I had been sent, and told that they are sending the other two designs within 24hours of the problem being reported.
  5. I placed my order on 10/30/20 like others for the ATYCLB listening listening party merchandise. (Not the earlier ornament / pin merchandise) I actually split it between the UK store and the US store. And yes I ordered some of the same items from both stores. Although a long delay in the UK order, it was fulfilled in early January. The order was complete. And there were three luggage tags packaged together in a plastic bag, one of each design, as ordered. Almost a month after the order from the UK arrived, my order from the US arrived today. The order is in good shape, and everything I ordered is in there. However, like others, instead of three luggage tags as ordered, only one was in the package. It was in a bubble wrap yellow envelope by itself. There is no sign of the other two. I called the 1-800 number on the invoice and got a message that due to "staff training and development" they aren't currently taking phone calls and I should call back at a later time. The invoice does say "1 ATYCLB Felt Luggage Tags" And the replica Elevation Tour program has still not shipped. When I call about the missing luggage tags, I will ask about that program as well.
  6. Adam has to be one of the most entertaining musicians to watch live. The way he interacts with the crowd, the way he winks and smiles, and lets you know he sees you out there. I always find it a great night when I end up able to see it up close. As he turns 60, I want to extend my birthday greetings, and also to thank him for all the entertainment over the years.
  7. Back in 1979 U2 were trying to record demos, and doing a lot of live appearances trying to attract attention to gain a record contract. John Fisher and his partner Eoin O'Shea had just started a performance space at the Dandelion Market to try to entice young punks by their stand which sold badges and other paraphernalia by bands that were making it big at the time. Bands had to help repair the stage after playing a gig, a stage constructed of beer crates and chipboard. And U2 would play that stage, a total of eight times in 1979. That's where they said goodbye to Dublin before their first tour of London, and that's where they played when they came back. They first saw printed copies of their EP "Three" at that venue. The performances are part of the U2 legend. Over at U2Songs, John Fisher, one of the guys who set up the Dandelion Market performance venue sat down and answered a few questions about those days. How the venue started, stories of the band, and more. For anyone interested in reading about those days, you can find it here: https://www.u2songs.com/news/u2_at_the_dandelion_an_interview_with_john_fisher
    Brilliant show tonight and even though not in the stadium you could feel Bono’s emotions coming through the wires loud and clear during “One Tree Hill.” “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” was another highlight. Goosebumps hearing a chorus of voices from New Zealand singing it so strong. Looking forward to what they have up their sleeves for tomorrow night.
  8. Safe travels. And as always, some wise words.
  9. Hi Sherry -- There is a UK distribution center. Most of what I get from the store comes from the UK to Canada. So the question should be why they aren't using that to service customers in Europe? The last items I was sent in December all came from the UK, although on occasion I get material from the US as well. In the case of Canada they ship from the US routinely, but if something isn't available in the US, they then will ship from the UK instead. But on the gift, please DO NOT suggest that it be labeled a gift on the tag with no value. A gift being sent from a corporation? It always flags the item for customs in my case. Which results in the 'gift' being opened, examined, sometimes damaged, and delays things quite a bit. Even a gift must be assigned value in Canada on our customs declaration, and not doing so only makes the package look suspicious. The last package, the 3-D dance mixes, were sent with a low value on the customs declaration, and that worked far better (I think it was listed as $5). And yes, in Canada, it is the law, that customs duty can be charged on gifts. I've added the documentation below. You can see it clearly states that a gift cannot be sent by a business. And in the past marking these as gifts has caused hassle for some. It will likely be different for every country. I know it sucks having to pay duty on a gift, but attempting to get around that by setting it to a zero value or marking it as a gift only raises suspicions and increases the chances you aren't going to get the gift or it will be heavily delayed. From the Canada Customs and Border Agency website: Gifts For an item to qualify as a "gift", a friend or relative must send it to you personally and include a card or other notice indicating that it is a gift. If you receive an imported gift by mail that is worth CAN$60 or less, you will not have to pay duty and/or tax on it. If the gift is worth more than CAN$60, you will have to pay any applicable duty and/or taxes on any amount over CAN$60. For example, if a relative sends you a gift worth CAN$200, you must pay any applicable duty, GST or HST and/or PST on CAN$140. Items that do not qualify for the CAN$60 gift exemption include the following: tobacco; alcoholic beverages; advertising material; and items sent by a business. As well, the CAN$60 gift exemption cannot be combined with the CAN$20 exemption that is available on most items valued at CAN$20 or less.
  10. For the 2019 gift a friend of mine has asked the following: "Is there a 2019 subscription thread? My 2018 subscription ends on November 10. (Saturday) There is no option to renew for a new gift. Only the gifts I already have. When will a 2019 option be available? Should I susbscribe on Saturday if a new option doesn't come up?" I've asked her to post here, but thought I'd pass this along as well. She's in Dublin and unable to post herself at the moment.
  11. U2 are releasing a new commercial single after midnight tonight, featuring three new remixes by producers HP Hoeger and Rusty Egan. The duo worked on the mixes together, and unlike the previous dance-oriented remixes, these are far more ambient and a different sound for the song, really featuring Bono's voice. Rusty Egan has over 40 years in the music business, and he's also shared some stories with us about that time, as well as how the mixes came about, and more. The interview and more information about the release are available here: http://www.u2songs.com/news/love_is_bigger_rusty_egan_interview #LoveIsBigger
  12. Hi All -- Over the last few weeks, a number of DJs and producers have been putting together official remixes of the song "Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way". Three of these have been released commercially (Will Clarke's, Daybreakers, and The Funk Hunters versions) and a number of others have been released to DJs for promotion currently, including remixes by DrewG, David Alvarado, Twisted Dee, VibePosse, Moody Boy, Robbie Rivera, and Jesus Montanez. Over at U2Songs.Com we've had a chance to talk with a number of the producers about how they got involved in these remixes, how they approached remixing a U2 track, U2's involvement if any in the remix and more. To date we've spoken with almost all of the DJs, and we've managed to get four of these interviews up on the site to date: Daybreakers Interview: http://www.u2songs.com/news/love_is_bigger_interview_with_daybreakers Will Clarke Interview: http://www.u2songs.com/news/love_is_bigger_will_clarke_interview DrewG Interview: http://www.u2songs.com/news/love_is_bigger_drewg_interview David Alvarado Interview: http://www.u2songs.com/news/love_is_bigger_david_alvarado_interview More remixes are coming soon from DJs like Offer Nissim, Dirty Pop, Brian Cua etc as well. This could end up being U2's biggest set of remixes since "Magnificent" - the song has already made it onto the Billboard Dance Club Charts this week making it in on the chart at #49.
  13. Thanks for those who have done the questions. They are still open, so if anyone wants to jump in they can be answered this week. We'll start putting together the results soon for everyone to see.
  14. Hi All -- The team over at U2Songs.Com have put together a short questionnaire consisting of 24 questions relating to the new U2 album, "Songs of Experience". They include questions about what version you bought, your favorite songs, which songs you want to see live and more. We'd appreciate it if you could pop over for a few minutes and let us know your answers. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKtaNI-BZOluFGUPBApo6sI0kjqukppZ7_ZKY-j9N6lPnkog/viewform?usp=sf_link In a week or two we will share the answers with the community. Many thanks in advance.
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