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Ireland Banned by U2??
ShowBizIreland.com (which reaches millions
people in over 100 countries) has been sensationally
banned from attending U2's first concert on
their world tour in Miami next week. Last week ShowBizIreland.com
was told by U2's Irish PR company that they had a
ticket for the concert on Saturday week. Then last
night in a confusing phone call from the same company
told that we would NOT now be getting any tickets
despite the fact that we were funding the trip.
(holding a ShowBizIreland.com card) and our Jason
O'Callaghan recently [pic:
© Mark Doyle]
unbelievable incident comes after Bono threw
ShowBizIreland.com out of a party at the
Brits and another person connected with the band
verbally attacked us at another Brit party.
this for no reason bar giving U2 fans all over the
world GOOD articles promoting U2? U2's
Astoria gig in London, the performance at the
Brits, and at the MTV awards in Stockholm were all
covered by ShowBizIreland.com and the site
is extremely upset at this incident. More-so since
the we pleaded with our users to e-mail the Irish
Government so that U2 could play a second concert
fans however need not worry as we will still be covering
the event and Bono himself will have to stand at the
gates of the venue in Miami to stop us - we will be
there in person. Going live on Irish radio, in print,
and right here on ShowBizIreland.com you will
be able to see pictures of the band in Miami and get
a honest view on the biggest band in the world first
YOU OBJECT TO SHOWBIZIRELAND.COM BEING BARRED FROM
U2'S MIAMI SHOW E-MAIL THE PR COMPANY THAT BARRED
US AT: firstname.lastname@example.org
- THANK YOU :-)
despite this ShowBizIreland.com is still U2's
biggest fan and prove it here again by giving fans
around the world Bono's transcript on Irish television
begging the Irish Government for a second concert
Sun 11 March 2001
(Dave Fanning): We're going to go to a different
story here now because we want to talk to somebody
on the phone - good morning Bono.
Bono: How're you doing?
I'm doing all right - how are you?
Bono: I'm very very well this morning. Well
I'd feel a lot better if there wasn't so many angry
and upset U2 Fans. They have given the band a very
good life and we don't like to see them on the streets
and disappointed and we're also very disappointed.
Is there a solution Bono at all that you might think
I suppose to let the people know that we are available
for another gig in Slane and that we'd very much like
to do that and would ask Bertie Ahern or Noel Dempsey
or the Pope or God or more importantly the good people
of Slane if they could suffer the inconvenience of
another day we could really do something really historic
here. What is a disaster right now as far as we are
concerned could turn into just one of the greatest
events ever you know.
Okay, well look - if it doesn't happen Bono that's
the one thing it isn't a necessary disaster. Loads
of gigs get sold out and people can't get tickets
and that's the way it is and a second gig can't be...for
Gods sake last Thursday night I went to see Badly
Drawn Boy at the Olympia not exactly an A division
league thing, there was no second gig but there could
have been that would have sold out. It's not exactly
the end of the world, it's just a lot of people are
I think the years have changed your hard head - it's
the public we're talking about here...
No, I understand - I'm just getting to a simple point
of sometimes you can't get a ticket for a gig, my
hard luck. My simple point is this, it's just as easy
to make a law that' s already there to enact that
damn law and just do it. Just because a gig in Slane
can only be June July and August once, let's just
change it for this year and make it twice. Hello -
it's not that difficult to do.
Well this is your idea and a few other people
are hoping to - you know I've heard this suggestion
over the last few days to try and change the law.
I don't know how difficult that is. Surely there's
somebody out there who can see the big picture and
there's just a lot of people around the country, and
I think the tickets were put on sale as fairly as
they could be actually in trying to give all parts
of the country access there's no point in queuing
all night and I understand because I'm like that about
music and I'm still like that about - I want to go
to a gig and I can't get there, some of it would you
know upset me. It's like a cup final as far as - you
know - if you are into music this is it and it's hard
to be told just go home there son and that's the end
of it you know.
Presenter: Listen, just one thing about the
gig itself. It is the biggest gig you're playing on
this tour isn't it?
Bono: Yes we're trying not to play these big
dates. We have productions designed for the smaller
intimate venues like Madison Square Gardens you know,
little club gigs and we're very excited about playing
indoors but we know that the Point was just too small
to do that and we have to camp for a few weeks there
and now it get's like going to work. You are playing
you know 20 nights in one venue, you lose the fire,
the spark. So we decided with Slane we'd have to play
Slane, we didn't even want to play large out door
thing but now we're ready we're prepared to play two
and if you guys, whomever, and the deities are here,
could change the law for us.
Presenter: Okay well then finally Bono is this
- I presume you are not feeling too great about this
at all. In other words you have had a great year so
far. You've had your Grammies, You've had your Brits,
the NME's and the album has sold six or seven million
- you are only on the second single in this part of
the world. Beautiful Day won't leave the American
Charts. The Tour is going to go great - is this the
first big black dot and can we just clear it up -
is that the point?
Bono: Yes that's it. I'm just looking at the
newspapers today and just felt a bit sick, and got
a bit kind of annoyed myself and I just thought there
was an Ireland where bureaucracy would be the enemy
of good sense. I don't believe that's the way it is
right now. I think there's smart people in Government,
there's smart people in the local communities and
I just kind of figure it's worth the shot anyway and
thanks for letting me on your programme. It's a good
programme by the way, I watch it every time I'm here.
Good man yourself Bono. Thank you very much indeed
for ringing in this morning. I think a second gig
is really all that counts now at this stage of the
game. See you Bono good luck, thanks.
So what do you think, a second gig?
Bianca: A second gig would be absolutely fantastic.
It would be the absolute dream for everybody. It's
a really important thing.
Presenter: It's not beyond the bounds of possibility
- let's face it. Certainly logistically - U2 are willing.
I don't know about Slane and MCD and all the rest,
they can all work it out, but I'm sure they can you
know....just because it hasn't happened before doesn't
mean it can't happen. I have been at every single
Slane since day one. I remember U2 supporting Hazel
O'Connor - sorry, Hazel O'Connor supporting U2 and
it was Thin Lizzy on top. I remember Thin Lizzy giving
out because they got a helicopter.....but there's
never been two Slanes.
from 2TV, Sun 11 March 2001)