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U2 Crowned The New King Of Touring
ANGELES -- After a sold-out April 10 performance at Morumbi Stadium
in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Irish rock legends U2's '360 tour' has broken
the previous record of tour grosses set by the Rolling Stones.The
previous record, held by the Stones for their 2005 - 2007 'Bigger
Bang' outing, was substantial, with gross ticket sales of more than
ADVERTISEMENT Moreover, U2's '360' still
has an additional 26 dates on the books and Live Nation is expecting
that when all is said and done, ticket sales will have topped the
$700 million mark.Thus far, U2 360 has been seen by more than 5
million fans with performances across Europe, Russia, North America,
South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. By the time
the tour wraps up on July 30, another 2 million people will have
been added to the totals.
"These numbers are staggering, a fantastic result. U2 have invented
a new style of rock show and they continue to deliver their fans the
best possible live experience. An in-the-round transportable stadium
production is something that the touring industry has been trying to
figure out for some time. The extra capacity that the U2 360 creates
also allows for a large number, several thousand in fact, of low
priced tickets at every show," said Live Nation's Arthur Fogel, the
tours promoter/producer."That dollar figure for the gross looks
enormous! Of course I can't tell you what the net is, but I can tell
you that the band spend enormous sums on production for their
audience. Fans all over the world agree that a ticket to U2 360 is
good value for money. We're really proud of this tour and this
achievement is great news, coming as we head back into North
America." added U2's manager Paul McGuinness. - CelebrityAccess
Coachella To Boost Concert Experience With Tech
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Coachella starts on Friday, headlining acts
like Kanye West, the Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and others might
find themselves upstaged by the stage itself.The 80-foot-tall,
140-foot wide structure -- a cube of lights that will "interact"
with the thousands in the audience -- won't just be in the
background, but is expected to play a major role in the performances
of many of the acts. It's part of big push by the Coachella Valley
Music and Arts Festival to infuse the annual extravaganza with
flashy, trippy tech features that are aimed at redefining the
concert experience."I think it will shock people," said Matt Clark
of the United Visual Artists, the firm that designed the stage,
which he described as "architecture."
"This is really a quite unique moment for festivals," he added. "I
think it will just make other festivals feel like they have to up
the ante." The Coachella festival begins on Friday in the desert of
Indio, Calif., and marks the unofficial kickoff of the summer music
festival season. Dozens and dozens of acts -- including Lauryn Hill,
Mumford & Suns, Wiz Khalifa, Robyn and the Strokes -- are slated to
perform until the early morning hours on a variety of stages and
tents. While Coachella has brought innovative artistic elements to
the festival in previous years, this year, its producers called on
The Creators Project -- a year-old art initiative developed by the
media company Vice and tech giant Intel -- to give its festival a
"We felt that we wanted to give the people going to the event
something new, just to keep that show moving," said Paul Tollett,
president of concert promoter Goldenvoice, which is putting on
Coachella. "I believe people are going to love it."
Perhaps the most ambitious project is the main stage, which consists
of a huge, square light fixture that will be closed during
performances, then open to reveal even more lighting. The lighting
will be coordinated with certain performances, and when the stage is
"dark," it will still be lit during the evening hours, responding to
audience motion with light patterns of its own.
"It transforms and changes shape in order to really create a
personality for itself," said Clark, "but it also functions as a
regular stage for the artists. ... It acts as a dynamic canvas for
the acts."Several artists and groups have already planned for
elaborate theatrical components that will play off the huge stage,
all to be kept under wraps. Arcade Fire is planning something with
Chris Milk, who directed their interactive "The Wilderness Downtown"
video; Interpol is also planning something special that guitarist
Daniel Kessler didn't want to reveal, but teased: "Visually, I think
we're presenting something that we haven't done before."
The main stage won't be the only one touched by The Creators
Project. In one tent, there will be a huge light installation; in
another, there will be numerous spotlights that once entered will
play the Spiritualized song "Ladies and Gentleman, We Are Floating
In Space" (the band won't actually be at Coachella, however). "This
is taking performance to a whole new level, where lighting and the
visual experience is as powerful in some cases as the music," said
Deborah Conrad of Intel.
"The whole convergence isn't just about music," she said. "It's a
convergence of art and technology in a way that's truly a first."
Shane Smith, co-founder of Vice, said many bands are already tapping
into technology for the videos and shows, and Coachella's revamp
this year is another extension of that. "You really want to keep
taking things forward. You don't want to say music is a static
things let's just keep it there," said Smith. "As a big festival,
you either embrace it or you run the risk of being left behind." Yet
while Spiritualized frontman Jason Pierce is excited over the light
installation -- calling it a kind of beautiful "planetarium" -- he
also said that adding new bells and whistles wasn't critical to
enhance music's connection with its fans.
"Kids have always interacted with music, that's nothing new," he
said. "I don't think it's a new level for music. ... maybe people
are not pushing themselves in other areas if they're looking for a
little light box as some kind of panacea to it all, or some kind of
step up." Kessler also said technical wizardry wasn't necessary to
get fans excited about Coachella, but commended its promoters for
attempting to create a new artistic space."I give Coachella a lot of
credit that they try to do something different this year," he said.
"For them to try and do something different, I think it shows a
great character of the people behind the festival."
VitalSigns: The Industry Beat
The Agency Group Ltd. - London
Ace Of Base have signed with Neil
Warnock for exclusive UK & European representation.
APA / Agency For The Performing Arts
Engelbert Humperdinck have signed with
Keith Naisbitt for exclusive representation.
The Billions Corporation
Scattered Trees have signed with Andrew
Morgan for exclusive representation.
CAA / Creative Artists Agency
Blondie have signed with Mario Tirado &
Chris Dalston for exclusive representation.
Ground Control Touring
Jonny Corndawg has signed with Sarah
Mroue for exclusive representation.
Widowspeak has signed with John Chavez
for exclusive representation.
ICM / International Creative Management
Kid Ink has signed with Mitch Blackman
for exclusive representation.
Madison House Inc.
Creep have signed with Jake Schneider
for exclusive representation.
Rubblebucket have signed with Alicia
Karlin & Jake Schneider for exclusive representation.
Sole have signed with Jake Schneider for
Sole & The Skyrider Band have signed
with Jake Schneider for exclusive representation.
Monterey International Inc.
Emerson Hart (of Tonic) have signed with
Brodie Becker & Ryan Owens for exclusive representation.
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter have signed with
Paul Goldman for exclusive representation.
John Denver A Rocky Mountain High have
signed with Garry Buck for exclusive representation.
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers have
signed with Jerry Lima for exclusive representation.
Staff Benda Bilili have signed with
Brian Swanson for exclusive representation.
Sunny War have signed with Patrick
McAuliff & Ron Kaplan for exclusive representation.
Tonic have signed with Brodie Becker &
Ryan Owens for exclusive representation.
Tribal Seeds have signed with Patrick
McAuliff for exclusive representation.
WME Entertainment - Nashville
Blessid Union of Souls have signed with
Ember Tanksley for exclusive representation.
• Billy Joe Walker
Jr. has signed with Stan Moress & Al Schiltz.
• Sarah Lee Guthrie
& Johnny Irion have signed with
Hard 8 Management
• Sleeper Agent
have signed with Rich Egan & Jeffrey Azoff.
Legend Entertainment Corp.
• Blessid Union of
Souls have signed with Mark Liggett.
• Boston Spaceships
have signed with David Newgarden.
Media Consultants Inc.
• Adam Barta
has signed with Gehrig Peterson.
• Life On Repeat
have signed with Jim Present.
• Jessa Anderson
Century Media Records
7 Horns 7 Eyes
• Savannah Robinson
• MSO PR / The Mitch Schneider
• Chris Lake
have signed with Alexandra Greenberg & Bari Lieberman.
• Golden State
have signed with Angela Villanueva.
have signed with Alexandra Greenberg.
Kleinenberg have signed with Alexandra Greenberg & John
• Taryn Manning
have signed with Alexandra Greenberg & Angela Villanueva.
have signed with Libby Coffey.
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