U2 is expected to prepare for its 2005 Vertigo tour in the scenic city of Vancouver, British Columbia. The legendary rock band and its road crew will spend most of March 2005 holding full production rehearsals at the General Motors Place arena, with staging expected to arrive in town later this week. R.E.M. has also spent significant periods of time in Vancouver, B.C., while they were recording the album "Reveal."
Having spent a year of my life living in Lotus Land myself, I'm hoping that perhaps Bono will get political with the Premiere of the province, Gordon Campbell, and ask him why Main and Hastings still holds the title of poorest zip code in all of North America. Hastings Street and many parts of Vancouver are inflicted with junkies and underage prostitutes and homelessness, but Campbell shut his eyes to these issues in favour of pursuing an Olympic bid. We'll have to wait and see how all the West Coast "tree huggers" react to the Vancouver/Whistler Winter Games when they arrive.
The 2005 U2 Tour officially starts on March 28th in San Diego, California. U2 will return to Vancouver for shows at General Motors Place on April 28th and 29th.
Vancouver radio station CFOX reports that, "U2 will break from rehearsals to attend its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14th in New York City. The Irish quartet will be inducted by Bruce Springsteen and plans to perform that night as well. The ceremony will be telecast on March 19th by VH1."