U2 have announced the first dates and details for their globe-spanning U2 360° Tour. As Bono recently told Rolling Stone, the stage's set up is "an engineering feat that creates this real physical proximity to the crowd," and over at U2's 360° Tour page you can check out the virtual blueprints for how the concert will look at each of its stadium stops. As evidenced by the tour's name, a 360° TV screen hovering over the stage will allow the entire stadium a great view of the band as they perform near the center of the field. Plus, the set-up allows Rolling Stone's current cover stars to perform to an entire stadium rather than have the space behind the stage closed off.
First, the bad news: The tour won't hit American shores until a September 12th show at Chicago's Soldier Field. The band will open their trek with a June 30th show in Barcelona, Spain, and then travel across Europe before crossing the Atlantic for the Chicago show. From there, concerts in Toronto, Boston and New Jersey's Giants Stadium have been scheduled, while stops in Atlanta, Charlottesville, Virginia, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Norman, Oklahoma; Phoenix, Tampa, Washington, DC and Vancouver have been promised but not yet announced. Check out all the dates here.
The good news is that as Bono told Rolling Stone, the band will keep prices down for the tour. As U2's manager Paul McGuinness said of the European pricing, "U2 has always been at their best when surrounded by the audience, this staging takes a giant leap forward. With 85 percent of the tickets priced at less than 95 Euro, general admission floor tickets priced at 55 euro and at least 10,000 tickets at every venue priced at the 30 Euro price range, we have worked very hard to ensure that U2 fans can purchase a great priced ticket with a guaranteed great view."
The band will also be taking along some top talent to serve as their opening act, with the Black Eyed Peas, Snow Patrol, the Mercury Prize-winning Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs and Glasvegas all set to join U2 at certain points throughout their travels, with additional artists to be announced as the tour dates keep pouring in. Click below for the North American dates, and for much more U2, check out our new issue now.
September 12- Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
September 16 - Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
September 20 - Boston, MA @ Gilette Stadium
September 24 - New York, NY @ Giants Stadium