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A new interview in the New York Times checks in with U2 as they prepare for a series of arena shows. However, Bono says he is still healing from his bike crash in New York last year. Most of his remaining injuries are in his left hand and forearm, and still cannot play guitar. “It feels like I have somebody else’s hand,” he said, adding that his forearm and elbow are "all numb" and titanium, adding that "The shoulder’s better, the face is better.”
The feature also gives a look into the setup for U2's next tour. The band is aiming to play two sets, with an intermission. The first set would essentially be identical each night, with changes in the second set. A triple platform stage has been built, with the sound system fixed to the ceiling rather than the traditional placement around the stage.
Their now-infamous iTunes release of last year's Song Of Innocence was discussed as well. Bono's longtime friend and collaborator Gavin Friday is involved in the production of the tour and told the Times, "The way the album was released, Apple overshadowed the whole thing, so the album was never really listened to. I was told to make the song really real.”
U2's Innocence + Experience Tour begins in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 14, with dates set well into November around the world. In a recently recorded interview, Bono revealed that U2 is planning to play their homeland of Ireland around Christmastime.
- See more at: http://fmqb.com/article.asp?id=2923448#sthash.PdNRLmBi.dpuf
Intern Back Pay Suit Against Cumulus, WPLJ/New York Moves To Federal Court
A lawsuit by a former intern at CUMULUS Hot AC WPLJ/NEW YORK against CUMULUS MEDIA INC. and WPLJ RADIO, LLC for back pay has been removed from NEW YORK STATE Supreme Court to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NEW YORK upon a Notice of Removal by the defendants.
iHeartMedia Seattle Realigns Programming
· KBKS 106.1 CHR will become a HOT AC station with the new slogan "More Music, More Variety." The highly rated hugely popular morning show with Bender and Molly will continue to broadcast weekday mornings
Cox Media Group Atlanta Radio Taps Tad Lemire for B98.5
Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta Radio has tapped Tad Lemire to join Melissa Carter on B98.5. Lemire, formerly on CMG Tulsa’s Mix 96, will join Carter on the new Tad & Melissa Show weekday mornings 5 to 9 a.m. beginning Feb 1.
Mark Hunter Upped To PD Of WJSE & WCZT/Atlantic City
COASTAL BROADCASTING Alternative WJSE/ATLANTIC CITY, NJ middayer MARK HUNTER (a.k.a. THE HOFF) is upped to PD of WJSE and sister Hot AC WCZT (98.7 THE COAST). He replaces JIM MASCHIO, who exits next month to be an official WALT DISNEY WORLD cast member in FLORIDA.
WHNN/Tri-Cities, MI, Drops Classic Hits For AC
CUMULUS MEDIA Classic HIts WHNN (96.,1)/SAGINAW/BAY CITY/MIDLAND, MI, is dropping its Classic Hits format for an AC-style "music from the '80s, '90 and today" playlist, effective today at 5p (ET).
Longtime iconic morning show hosts JOHNNY BURKE and BLONDIE have exited the station.
Stan Atkinson Exits WLDB-WZTI-A/Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE RADIO ALLIANCE Hot AC WLDB (TRENDING RADIO 93.3) and PD/afternoon host STAN ATKINSON have parted ways. ATKINSON was also the OM of Oldies WZTI-A.