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"There is tremendous anticipation for this tour and to experience this revolutionary production."
—-Arthur Fogel, Live Nation
U2360° TOUR LAUNCHES JUNE 30
Tour Will Play Stadiums, with first North American Dates in Chicago, Toronto, Boston, N.Y. in Sept.
U2 360°, the band’s world tour in support of the just-released Interscope No Line on the Horizon album, expected to debut at #1 this week, will begin June 30 in Barcelona, Spain at the Nou Camp Stadium.

The tour is being sponsored by Blackberry and is the band's first since the Vertigo Tour in '05-'06. The group’s 2005-’07 Vertigo tour grossed close to $400 million, second only to the Rolling StonesBigger Bang jaunt.

On their last tour, the band played indoors in the U.S. and stadiums everywhere else, with essentially two different shows. This time, they will play stadiums only in both the U.S. and internationally, a total of 95-100 shows over two years.

This will be the first tour under a 12-year deal with Live Nation for touring, merchandising and digital rights, though the band's relationship with the company's Global Music head Arthur Fogel dates back to a show at the El Mocambo in Toronto in 1979.

The band just performed four of the new songs in a five-night stint on the David Letterman show last week, and topped it off with a live performance last Friday (3/6) on ABC’s Good Morning America from the Fordham University campus in the Bronx.

No Line on the Horizon is already #1 in the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Japan and the Czech Republic.

U2 360° will visit 14 cities across Europe including dates in Milan, Gothenburg, Amsterdam, Paris, Nice, Dublin, Chorzow, Berlin, Gelsenkirchen, London, Sheffield and Glasgow before finishing at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on August 22. This is the first tour U2 has undertaken since signing a reported $100 million-plus 12-year deal with Live Nation for touring, merchandising and digital rights.

The European tour will be followed by dates in North America beginning at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Sept. 12, followed by the Rogers Centre in Toronto (Sept. 16), Gillette Stadium in Boston (Sept. 20) and Giants Stadium in New Jersey (Sept. 24).
 
In September and October, U2 will bring the tour to Atlanta, GA; Charlottesville, VA; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Norman, OK; Phoenix, AZ; Tampa, FL; Washington, DC and Vancouver, BC.

The groundbreaking tour will feature a production that includes a 360° audience configuration, elaborate staging and a cylindrical video screen.

Long-time U2 Show Director Willie Williams and architect Mark Fisher have created the set, which you can see at www.u2.com.

“U2 has always been at their best when surrounded by their audience, this staging takes a giant leap forward. With 85% of the tickets priced at less than $95, general admission floor tickets priced at $55 and at least 10,000 tickets at every venue priced at the $30, we have worked very hard to ensure that U2 fans can purchase a great priced ticket with a guaranteed great view,” said manager Paul McGuinness.
 
Said Live Nation's Fogel: "Following the overwhelming worldwide success of the Vertigo tour, where every available ticket was sold, there is tremendous anticipation for this tour and to experience this revolutionary production. As usual fans will not be disappointed."
 
The support acts on the tour include Glasvegas, Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol and Black Eyed Peas with additional artists to be announced.
 
Tickets for the performances in Milan and Gothenburg go on sale this Friday (3/13) Tickets for the Amsterdam performance go on sale this Saturday (3/14). Full details of all dates and on-sale information as well as a virtual model of the unique production and seating positions can be found on a dedicated microsite at U2.com.
As usual, existing subscribers to U2’s official website u2.com will have an opportunity  to purchase tickets in advance of the public on sale date.
 
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