With the band's recent cancellations and additions to their tour
schedule, U2 fans may soon need scorecards to keep track of the Irish quartet
as they make their way around the U.S.
Here's a quick summary of what's
North Carolina fans are out of luck; some Philadelphia fans will most
certainly be disappointed; while New York fans appear to have lucked out in a
big way. (Stay tuned for updates.)
In a strange turn of events, U2 canceled
today's PopMart show in Raleigh, North Carolina, after leaving the world's
largest video screen out in the rain during their recent stay in Washington,
D.C. U2's publicists released a statement explaining that the mammoth gadget
sustained formidable damage during the D.C. storms, and will take three days of
indoor repairs to fix.
More intriguing, however, is that U2 has also
canceled its June 7 stop in Philadelphia--and that the group is now all but
sure to appear at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York on that day instead.
But nothing is etched in stone for now. (In fact, tickets remain on sale for
the band's June 8 Philly show.)
Maria Ma, a spokesperson for the
compassion-promoting Milarepa Fund which is putting on the concert, cautiously
told ATN Wednesday, "We can neither confirm nor deny" that U2 will play at the
show, before adding with a slight laugh, "No comment--but I'm not denying it
If the band does perform...
If the band does perform, they will join Patti Smith,
Oasis' Noel Gallagher, the Foo Fighters, and several others on the first-day
Speculation about the band's participation in the Tibetan Freedom
Concert has abounded ever since the June 7-8 show was announced earlier this
spring. Last week, the New York Times reported to little attention that,
"U2 has been surreptitiously added to the bill."
Meanwhile, in other
Freedom Concert news, the Milarepa Fund has announced that Chuck D will get
behind the mike for the show--but as a speaker, not a rapper. D, founder of
hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy and now a commentator for cable's Fox News
Channel, will address the theme of nonviolence.
Ma said, "We were looking
for someone who could take all the different themes around the concert--like
nonviolent resistance, and activism, and responsibility--and really make it
relevant to kids living in America. Like it's not just something that's going
on on the other side of the world. You can take a lot of these themes and apply
it to your own life."
Other speakers for the event include Venerable Palden
Gyatso, a Tibetan Buddhist monk imprisoned and tortured by the Chinese
government for 33 years; Xiao Chang from Human Rights in China; and Nane
Alejandre, from Barrios Unidos, an organization working to stop street