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U2 Announce First Batch of 2010 North American 360 Tour Dates

October 26, 2009 11:04 AM ET

Hours after broadcasting their 360° Tour stop at California's Rose Bowl to the entire world via a YouTube live stream, U2 announced plans to bring "The Biggest Rock Show Ever" back to North America in 2010. Last night's Rose Bowl gig was the band's final concert in the states on this leg of the 360° Tour, but YouTube has promised to rebroadcast the full show and the band has confirmed they'll return with their innovative stage dubbed "the Spaceship" in June.

U2's 360° Tour: photos of the band's opening night.

Twelve concerts have been announced for the band's next North American trek, including a performance at Chicago's Soldier Field — where the band launched its U.S. leg earlier this year — and a July 19th stop at New York's New Meadowlands Stadium.

Look back at three decades of U2, onstage and off.

U2.com subscribers will get first crack at tickets starting tomorrow, October 27th, when the presale begins for the Oakland, Toronto and Edmonton shows.

June 6 - Anaheim, CA @ Angel Stadium
June 12 - Denver, CO @ Invesco Field
June 16 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Coliseum
June 20 - Seattle, WA @ Qwest Field
June 23 - Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium
June 30 - East Lansing, MI @ Spartan Stadium
July 3 - Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
July 6 - Chicago. IL @ Soldier Field
July 9 - Miami, FL @ Land Shark Stadium
July 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
July 16 - Montreal. QC @ Venue TBA
July 19 - New York, NY @ New Meadowlands Stadium

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Riding With U2: Watch the Band Prep For 360 Opener in Chicago
U2 Reinvent the Stadium Show as 360 Tour Launches in Chicago

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