U2 (all kinds of news and reviews gathered here) will begin the first leg of their Vertigo/2005 world tour in San Diego on March, 28th 2005. The band’s 11th album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb has sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide since its release November 23rd, 2004 and met with mostly ecstatic critical reception as a recapitulation and extension of the band’s core sound. The album entered the U.S. charts at #1.
Vertigo/2005 will visit 13 cities in North America before arriving in Brussels on June 10th for the first of 24 scheduled European performances.
Paul McGuinness of Principle Management said: “Now that all the logistics are worked out, the band are really looking forward to getting on the road. I’ve heard the new songs in rehearsal and they sound really great and the new production is going to blow everyone away.”
Arthur Fogel, of tour promoters The Next Adventure (a division of Clear Channel Entertainment) said: “We are thrilled to be involved in what will surely be an amazing touring year for U2. We know the huge success of the Elevation Tour in 2001 and their brilliant new record has created tremendous anticipation around the world.”
The support band for the North American shows will be Kings of Leon.
March 28 San Diego, CA Sports Arena
April1 Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
April 5 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
April 9 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
April 14 Phoenix, AZ Glendale Arena
April 20 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
April 24 Seattle, WA Key Arena
April 28 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
May 7 & May 9 Chicago, IL United Center
May 14 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
May 17 & May 18 East Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena
May 21 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
May 24 & May 26 Boston, MA Fleet Center
Tickets for performances in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and San Diego will go on sale Saturday, January 29th. Tickets for performances in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose go on sale on Sunday, January 30th and tickets for New York and East Rutherford go on sale Monday, January 31st. All additional on sale dates will be announced in the next few weeks.
In North America, general admission floor tickets will be $49.50 (plus applicable service fees). Additional ticket prices will vary per market. There will be an 8 ticket limit per person with a maximum purchase of 2 general admission floor tickets. Subscribers to u2.com will have an opportunity to reserve tickets in advance of the on sale date and will receive an e-mail direct with booking information.
EUROPEAN DATES AND TICKETING INFORMATION
June 10th Brussels – King Baudouin Stadium
June 12th Gelsenkirchen – Schalke Stadium
June 14th Manchester – City of Manchester Stadium
June 18th London – Twickenham Stadium
June 21st Glasgow – Hampden Park
June 24th Dublin – Croke Park
June 29th Cardiff – Millenium Stadium
2nd July Vienna – Ernst Happel Stadium
5th July Katowice – Slaski Stadium
7th July Berlin – Olympic Stadium
9th July Paris – Stade de France
11th July Zurich – Letzigrund Stadium
13th July Amsterdam – Arena
19th July Milan – San Siro
23rd July Rome – Olympic Stadium
27th July Oslo – Vallehovin Stadium;
29th July Gothenburg – Ullevi Stadium
31st July Copenhagen – Parken
3rd August Munich – Olympic Stadium
5th August Nice – Parc des Sports Charles Ehrmann
7th August Barcelona – Camp Nou
9th August San Sebastian – Anoeta Stadium
11th August Madrid – Estadio Vicente Calderon
14th August Lisbon – Alvalade
Tickets for the UK shows go on sale at 9am Friday, January 28th; tickets for
Brussels go on sale Saturday, January 29th and tickets for Dublin go on sale on Friday 4th February. (All additional on sale dates will be announced in the coming weeks.)
In addition, U2 will join Green Day, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw playing live at 47th Grammy Awards hosted by Queen Latifah, February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band’s “Vertigo” single is nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Rock Song, and Best Short Form Music Video. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb was not released in the qualifying period. U2 has already won 13 Grammys.
And just to add to the momentum, U2 will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March.