Friday, October 21, 2016

U2 i+e Tour Leg 1 USA 2015

In May 2015 U2 hits the road again with a tour called "Innocence and Experience Tour". The tour will start with a North American leg that will be followed after the summer by a second and final European leg.

The fist leg visited a total of 10 cities only but they played multiple shows in every stop so the number of shows reached a total of 36. U2 visited Vancouver, San Jose, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Montreal, Chicago, Toronto, Boston and New York. Opening shows were on May 14th-15th in Vancouver while the final stop was at Madison Square Garden in New York, where they played a total of 8 nights between July 18th and July 31st.

Many crew members confirmed they were traveling with PDFs instead of having a printed itinerary...but as it usually happens, some time later, an itinerary book came up somewhere.

So here it is....completely unexpected but very welcome....itinerary book for the 1st leg of U2's i+e tour.

Cover is quite simple this time. It has a yellow tour logo on a black cover plus a couple of white texts that read "U2 Innocence and Experience tour" and "North America 2015".
By checking the pages, it seems that U2 management printed a few versions of this book, probably because they had to update some of the information included in earlier versions.

The one we are showing here is a version printed on July 17th when the tour was already in New York, the final North American stop.

Dennis had already died by then so the book mentions him as U2's Tour Manager between 1982 and 2105.

It also includes a page with a picture of Dennis and some words about him by the 4 band members.

Unfortunately Dennis was not the only member of the U2 family who died recently. Also Jack Heaslip, Mark Fisher and Run Wrake passed away and are mentioned on the itinerary book together with Dennis Sheehan.

The book includes, as usual, a list of the shows and cities and a list of the tour personnel and companies involved on this "circus".

There is also a page dedicated to the U2 plane, a Boeing 737 that took the band and management form town to town during the 1st leg of the i+e tour. It was later replace by another aircraft when the tour arrived to Europe.

Finally, a page per day is giving the crew all the information they need to know about timings, hotels, trips and so.



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This book is missing in my collection so if you own it and want to sell, trade or just share some information with us please contact me at: xbalart gmail com. 

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Monday, March 7, 2016

U2 The Joshua Tree Tour Leg 3 USA SEPT-DEC 1987 (CREW Itinerary #2)

This is the second Crew itinerary book I ever saw for The Joshua Tree tour. This book is very similar to the other one we saw from this leg of the tour (See HERE).

In fact, it seems to be the second part of that book. Both books were issued for the "SYSTEM A", one of the crew teams that travelled in advance to built up the stage. While the one that we saw has the text "Itinerary #1" on its cover, this one has a "Itinerary #2" text.

This book is quite short, only 12 pages, but the content is very similar to the other one. This itinerary has also two different parts.

First part lists the day to day itinerary from October 29th to November 5th which basically means the arrival of the team to Indianapolis, the load in at the Hoosier Dome, the show day at that venue and the load out.

On the last page of this first part, we can read something that seems very obvious: "A further itinerary will be issued". This means we can expect many other Crew itineraries from this final leg of the tour.

The second part shows all the technical information about the Indianapolis venue, the above mentioned Hoosier Dome (Address, operations manager, promoter details, planning for their works at that venue, staging information, site facilities, and many other useful information the team might need while building up the U2 stage.)

That's it, probably the shortest itinerary we ever saw, with information related to one show only but very focused on the works before and after the show.


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Sunday, March 6, 2016

U2 The Joshua Tree Tour Leg 3 USA SEPT-DEC 1987 (CREW Itinerary #1)

As we saw in the past, it is not rare that the management issues different itineraries for the same leg. It usually happens that one is for the band and management and the other one for the Crew.

We are now in front of one of those Crew itineraries. They are for those teams that travel in advance to the cities where the band is going to play in a few days.  These people are in charge of building up the stage and getting everything ready for the arrival of the band gear.... and the band themselves.

We have already seen Crew books for Zoo TV,  Zooropa and 360º tours but we never saw one from the The Joshua Tree tour so this is at the moment the oldest Crew itinerary we ever saw.

This book is covering just a part of the final leg of this tour. We also know about a second Crew book also related to this part of the TJ Tour, but the thing is that both books are not enough to cover all this leg so we can think that other Crew books were issued to cover the rest of this leg and probably other parts of this Joshua Tree tour.

In terms of design, this is a very simple book. A total of 45 pink pages are held in a plastic folder with no cover.

On the front page we can read "30 day itinerary SYSTEM A     Nº 1" so this was issued for the first of the different Crew teams that worked on the tour. Also on that front page we see the planning for the dates between September 10th 1987 and October 9th 1987, when they where loading in at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburg.

If we check the planning, the first show for this team was in fact the 4th of this leg.

The first 30 pages of this book are a daily plan where the Crew have all the information regarding every specific day and venue, with timings, hotels and some recommendations for their spare time in the area.

As we can see, this A team is only in charge of three of three of the venues that U2 will visit on this first part of the 3rd leg: Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburg.
After those 30 pages, we find 3 different blocks separated by a yellow page. Those 3 block are dedicated to the three  stadiums the team will visit and I just mentioned above. It is rare that no detailed information about Municipal Stadium in Cleveland appears on this books that seems to be 100% complete.

On those 3 blocks dedicated to each one of the 3 stadiums we can find full information including address, operations manager, promoter details, planning for their works at that stadium, staging information, site facilities, and many other useful information the team might need while building up the U2 stage.


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

U2 Tour Diaries

During all these years collecting U2 itineraries, I have come across many other stuff related to U2 tours.  I have mentioned in the past things like tour riders or local itineraries but I never mentioned before the tour diaries.

A tour diary is a personal organiser that the management gives to the tour staff (or to part of them) so they can use it during the tour for planning their days on the road or just writing notes.

The thing is that I always thought there was only a tour diary, the one for Vertigo tour, but I recently discovered I was wrong....once again.

If you check the entry I wrote a long time ago for the The Joshua Tree European leg itinerary book (HERE) , you will see I was talking about the existence of two different versions of that book. One was the standard spiral bound version, and the other one was a leather cover version, similar to the one issued for the later Zooropa tour.

As I mentioned before, I was wrong. I recently knew that the leather cover version is not an itinerary book but a tour diary.  The leather cover comes with a Joshua Tree logo and the words U2, EUROPE, 1987, SUPERMICK and LIGHTS, all of them engraved in gold ink.

By checking the spiral bound itinerary of that european leg of the The Joshua Tree tour I knew that Supermick was the company that was in charge of the lighting system on that leg. I have only seen 2 copies of this diary and the two of them had the same cover, with the Supermick text on it, so we can assume that these diaries were only given to the staff working with the lights on this leg of the tour. If we check the itinerary book again, we see the list of Supermick people is very short, only 10 guys. This means that the number of copies of this The Joshua Tree diary might be very very limited.

I recently got a copy of this diary, still in its original packaging.

As it has already being said, there is another U2 tour diary which is way more easy to find. I'm talking about the one that was given away on the Vertigo tour.

It also comes in a black leather cover, with the U2 Vertigo 2005 tour logo embossed on the cover.

In this last picture you can see both diaries, so it gives you an idea of the size of them.

So, at the moment these are the only U2 tour diaries I have ever seen but if I see any other in the future i will off course update this entry.

The Joshua Tree Tour Diary : A+
Vertigo Tour Diary : C
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Friday, February 12, 2016

U2 The Joshua Tree Tour Leg 3 Itinerary USA SEPT-DEC 1987 (Album cover)

It happened again....When I was 100% that only 3 different books were issued to cover The Joshua Tree tour, a fourth and different one came up.

It was in February 2016, almost 30 years after the tour ended. Incredible isn't it?

This new book is covering the 3rd and final leg of The Joshua Tree tour, the one that travelled up and down North America from September to December 1997.

Wait......we already knew about a book covering that third and final leg (see HERE). Yes... I know, but this one has got a different cover.

This time we see the band on the cover. This book looks very similar to the cover of the The Joshua Tree album. At the top of the cover we read "U2 The Joshua Tree" while at the bottom we have a "SEPT-DEC 1987" text.

As we compare both versions of this itinerary book we see there are some other differences apart from the mentioned alternative cover.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How difficult to find are these nice itinerary books?

It's not a secret that these books are printed in limited quantities and only given to tour staff.

I did already talk about how difficult to find these books are on a previous ENTRY.

What I did explain then is that it seems obvious that a big tour (stadiums) with more people involved should also mean more copies printed. Also that books from recent tours might seem easier to find...and those from older tours more difficult to get.

But...that is not always so simple. Each book, whatever tour, leg or continent it belongs to, can be really hard ....or quite simple to find.

For this reason I have decided to create some kind of scale or rating based on my own experience after more than 10 years collecting U2 itinerary books. I won't be talking about prices but about the number of copies I have seen of each book and that will determine if the book is higher or lower in the scale.

The scale would be as follows:

A+...... I have only seen ONE copy of this book ever.
A........ I have seen less than 3 copies of this book.
A-....... I have seen less than 5 copies of this book.
B ....... I have seen less than 10 copies of this book.
C........ I have seen more than 10 copies of this book.

As you see I am trying to keep it simple.

So when you want to know how difficult to find a specific book is, just look for it on the blog and read down to the bottom of the entry. You will find the letter at the end of every entry on this blog.

In addition I have added a new column on the itinerary books list that you can find HERE, so you can easily check how difficult to find each book is.

I hope it helps and...please, contact me if any doubts or suggestions.

The Collector.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

U2 October Tour Leg 4 USA 1982

If knowing about the existence of an itinerary book for WAR tour was a huge surprise, imagine how I felt when I knew about this one. We are talking about OCTOBER tour which means 1981-82. 

The tour had 3 legs in Europe and 2 in the USA with a total of 102 shows but.... 2 of the European legs where really short with only 5 and 9 shows. How many itineraries for this tour should exist? Answer might be 5 but I have confirmed with someone who worked on the tour, that leg 3 Europe had no itinerary at all. It was just 5 shows and 3 of them where in Ireland so they decided not to print itineraries for the staff. Conclusion: A maximum of 4 different itineraries were issued for the OCTOBER tour.
This OCTOBER tour itinerary that I'm showing covers the 1982 North American leg of the tour. That was the 4th leg of the tour and travelled across the States for a month and a half during February and March 1982.

Concert dates go from a first one at SS President Riverboat in New Orleans on February 11th to a final show at San Francisco Civic Center on March 30th.

As usual, the book is including a day to day coverage of the tour, a list of all the companies working on the tour (Travel Agents, Press and promotion, PA, Lighting, Tracking,....), a list of contact information (management, Promoter,...) and a detailed page for every day on the road with all the info on travelling, hotels, soundchecks,....

On one of the pages there is some writing that gives some details about interviews that Bono, Edge and Adam were having on that day.

Another amazing detail is that the band and tour staff were traveling by rented cars or vans when the distances weren't too big. For instance they used three 4 door sedans rented from Herth to drive from Hartford to Armherts, about 52 miles.

All in all an amazing way of touring if we compare it to nowadays.

Hopefully I can find some other books from this tour very soon. Till then...enjoy !

UPDATE: On July 18th 2015, Bono signed my copy of this itinerary in front of MSG in New York before the U2 show. 

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

U2 ZOO TV Tour Leg 4 Europe 1993 ZOOROPA (Steel Itinerary)

Once again I had a nice surprise when I knew about this book in 2014, 21 years after the Zooropa tour did hit Europe.

This is a CREW book, not issued for the band or the direct management but for the teams that travel in advance to build the stage town to town and leave it ready for the band to play. We have already seen this kind of books issued also for the Outside Broadcast leg of the ZOO TV or more recently for the 360º tour. 

 Only 23 people are on the Crew list on this book so you can imagine how difficult can be to find a copy of this book nowadays. 

This book comes with a big black ZOO TV ZOOROPA'93 logo on a yellow cover that has also got the "Steel Itinerary" text plus the Upfront logo. 

This book covers from April 4th 1993 to August 31st and it is covering all the process since the stage was built in Cardington (U.K.) for the Production Rehearsals to the day when the stage is loaded in containers at the end of the tour. 

This book covers from April 4th 1993 to August 31st and it is covering all the process since the stage was built in Cardington (U.K.) for the Production Rehearsals to the day when the stage is loaded in containers at the end of the tour. 

 As I mentioned before, the book was basically issued for the crew so it does not contain too much relevant information related to the band. 

Every day on the road has got a specific page where we find all the information for the 2 teams (SYSTEM A and SYSTEM B) that where traveling up and down Europe. As usual, the information included on this itinerary is related to hotels, travel times, phone numbers, venues details and so on.

As Europe was still "un-united" there is also a page with the exchange rates to help the crew on the tour. Also a page with AT&T information on how to call to the USA form the different european countries.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

JAY-Z BP TOUR (U2 Australian Tour 2010) Itinerary

This is not a U2 itinerary book but it is related to U2 as it is an itinerary for an artist who was the support act during the australian part of the 360º tour.

Jay-Z was in fact supporting U2 not only in Australia but also in New Zealand for a total of 10 shows. This was the forth leg of the 360º tour which started in Auckland on November 25th 2010 and had its final date in Perth on December 19th 2010.

The book is of course full of information for Jay-Z crew but it also contains 5 pages with the names of several members of the U2 crew.

The rest is as usual daily information related to trips, hotels, venues and so. A very nice Australia map is also included.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Fake or Original? How to know it?

We have seen some fake itineraries recently being sold on Ebay so I will try to give you some tips on this entry in order to help you when thinking about getting a new itinerary for your collection.

It seems quite simple to copy an itinerary and sell it online as you can imagine. You just pay a few bucks for a bunch of photocopies and then you sell them on Ebay where you can get even hundreds of dollars.

I strongly recommend you to follow these tips in order to make sure you are not buying a fake itinerary book:

1. Check the PICTURES that you can find on this blog and compare them to the ones that the seller is showing. Ask the seller as many pictures as you need. Details are important. Pictures on this blog are always from original itinerary books so you can use them all as a reference.

2. Make sure the book you want to buy hasn't got PHOTOCOPY MARKS. If you take an original book, take out the spiral bound and then try to put a new spiral bound on the copies, the original holes will be for sure noticeable on the copies.

3. SPIRAL BOUND POSITION is also important. If the seller wants to avoid the marks I mentioned above, he will probably change the position where the spiral bound originally was. The trick would be to move the spiral bound to the right...not too much.....but enough to avoid those photocopy marks by leaving them out on the left of the book. So one of the things that can make you think you are in front of a fake is that the design/text on the cover is too close to the spiral bound and..... on the right side of the cover you see too much space without text/design.

4. Another important thing to check is the SPIRAL BOUND KIND. Every itinerary book has got only one kind of spiral bound so once again check the pictures on this blog to know which is the right spiral bound for every itinerary book. For example, the itinerary book for Popmart Tour US Leg 1 is blue so if you find this book with a black spiral bound you are probably in front of a fake. In addition to the color, it is also important to check the material (plastic, wire,...) and the size or diameter.

5. One more thing to check is the COVER of the book. Some itinerary books where issued with a laminated cover. Those books are quite difficult to copy as the cover will look quite different....I's not easy to get a good result if you photocopy a laminated cover.

6. And last but not least the SMELL of the book. Off course you can not check that if you are buying an itinerary book on the internet but you can do it when you have it at home. An itinerary book from early tours has to smell like a bunch of old papers 10 or 20 years old....because that's actually what it is. Itinerary books from 360º are off course quite new to smell like that...Vertigo books probably too....but when we talk about Elevation tour...that was more than 10 years ago......believe me...they smell quite "bad".

If after checking all those points above you still have doubts, just ASK ME. I'm happy to help you and to avoid collectors to be ripped off. You can contact me on the blog and also on our U2 itinerary books group on Facebook.

Don't let the bastards grind you down !  :)

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

U2 The Unforgettable Fire Tour Spring Tour USA 1985

In October 2012, 27 years after the Unforgettable Fire Tour hit America I knew about the existance of itinerary books for that amazing tour. It was awesome to find this out......but not a big surprise after having discovered months earlier that U2 had already issued in 1983 itinerary books for WAR tour.

As I said on previous entries, if there were itineraries for War was more than possible that there were Unforgettable Fire tour itineraries also. And here they are......

This is the only book I have found from this tour right now but we can expect at least five other books in order to cover the different legs of the 1984-85 tour (a total of 6 including 1985 european summer festivals).

Under a transparent plastic cover,  the red and black cover shows, starting at the top, a big U2 logo, the name of the album The Unforgettable Fire, a picture of the band (the same used on Pride (in the name of love) single) and the text Spring Tour USA 1985. The book comes with a thick black plastic spiral bound.
The book belongs to the 5th leg of The Unforgettable Fire tour, which travelled across North America for almost 2 months and a half on Spring 1985. U2 played a total of 40 shows starting in Dallas on February 25th and closing with 2 shows in Fort Lauderdale on May 3rd and 4th.

If we check the shows listed on the book, just a few differences can be found versus the final list of concerts.

A 2nd show in Honolulu on March 3rd was on the schedule but actually never happened. On the opposite U2 played three shows in East Rutherford, so March 15th concert was a last minute addition. Those three shows were scheduled at Brendan Byrne Arena but they were finally held at Meadowlads Arena.

The last curiosity in terms of shows list is that close to the Forth Lauderdale Sportatorium name we can read the word "Possibly" in reference to the May 5th show so it seems that this 2nd show at the sunny city was not confirmed when the book was printed.

This leg not only included shows in the United States but also 3 shows in Canada (Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa).

Regarding the shows, this leg saw U2 playing at Madison Square Garden for the first time. Same happened for San Francisco's Cow Palace or The Spectrum at Philly.

It's also nice to see that tour personnel was still quite limited if we compare it with later tours. U2 and close personnel were a total of 11 people only while Crew were a total of 27 people. All in all a total of 38 people that now seems a tiny group of people for U2. It's curious to find Greg Carrol listed among the Crew members. The band met him on the Aussie leg and he joined the Crew for the rest of the tour.

As usual the book also includes Hotel master pages for band and crew, a contact sheet page with information about the companies involved in the tour and a specific page to cover every single day on the road.

That's all.... let's see if we can see itineraries for the rest of the legs of this tour.
Enjoy !

UPDATE: I got Bono and Adam Clayton to sign this rare book in Barcelona when the i+e tour arrived to the city in the beginning of October 2015.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

U2 360º Tour Leg 1 Europe 2009 CREW Itinerary (Short term)

Three years after the first leg of the 360º tour I knew about the existance of this itinerary book.

This is quite rare as according to the information I had, there was only one itinerary book printed for both Band and Crew for the first leg of 360º tour so I did not expect to find a book made specially for the Crew.

According to the seller this was a "short term itinerary produced before U2 agree to be printed" so I understand this was kind of a test pressing or printing proof.

The book shows U2 Europe routing for summer 2009, starting on Tuesday June 30th at Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona and ending on Sunday August 23rd at Cardiff Millennium Stadium...but when you go deeper into its pages it only contains detailed information for the dates from Milano to Berlin both included.

It has a total of 32 pages and apart from some general information related to the tour as a calendar and a personnel list, this book has basically information related to the crew, including their travel plans, hotels and so.

As the rest of the Crew itineraries issued by U2 for the 360º tour we notice that the staff is divided in 3 big groups called Blue, Red and Green Steel that are working as advance teams stadium to stadium.

The book contains two different pages for every day on the road. One contains the info for the 3 staff groups (hotels, travels and everything) while the other page contains info related to the venue, promoter and phone numbers.

As mentioned before, the detailed information covers from Milano first show (July 7th'09) to Berlin load in (July 17th'09). This is why this is called a "short term itinerary". Considering this, shall we expect a new "short term itinerary" for the second part of this 1st leg of 360º tour? Who knows.....

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