Last week, what had been rumoured for several weeks was actually announced. U2 were to tour again in 2009.
The U2 360° World Tour 2009 will be a major stadium rock extravaganza; and with all major events U2 tickets sold out within minutes of being put on sale.
The ticket frenzy was apparently so mad in Dublin that a second night’s performance was confirmed at Dublin’s Croke Park even before tickets went on sale. Yes of course this is just clever marketing, but it works!
Tickets for the two Dublin shows went on sale today with UK tickets for London, Glasgow, Sheffield and Cardiff; along with tickets for the European concerts in Paris & Nice in France and Chorzow, Poland.
The World Tour begins in the Nou Camp Stadium, Barcelona where according to the official Barcelona FC website, 14,000 tickets have been allocated to members of the Spanish football club, who will be able to purchase them tomorrow, Saturday 21st March before they go on public sale next Wednesday, 25th March.
The tour seemed inevitable as soon as rumours began to circulate in January, as U2 also announce the release of their 12th studio album, No Line On The Horizon. But I’m sure U2 will also glean hits from their previous albums such as How To Dismantle A Bomb (2004), Pop (1997), Zooropa (1993), Achtung Baby (1991), Rattle & Hum (1988) and The Unforgettable Fire (1984).
U2 have continually shown an interest in choosing the support acts for previous tours, including the Pop Tour where support came from house music dj Howie B, warming the crowds before each performance. He went on to produce a great remix of U2’s cover version, Pop Music.
For the 360° World Tour 2009, U2 have chosen several support acts including Glasvegas (Dublin, Glasgow, Cardiff), Elbow (London, Sheffield), Kaiser Chiefs (Paris, Dublin), Snow Patrol (Milan, Nice, Gothenburg); and Black Eyed Peas with further support acts still to be announced.
Concert tickets for all major events are now so difficult to buy when they go on sale and U2 concert tickets are no different.
The U2 360° World Tour 2009 European Dates:
30 June Barcelona, Spain, Nou Camp
07 July Milan, Italy, San Siro
08 July Milan, Italy, San Siro
11 July Paris, France, Stade De France
15 July Nice, France Charles Ehrmann
18 July Berlin, Germany, Olympic Stadium
20 July Amsterdam, Netherlands, Arena
21 July Amsterdam, Netherlands, Arena
24 July Dublin, Ireland, Croke Park
25 July Dublin, Ireland, Croke Park
31 July Gothenburg, Sweden, Ullevi
01 Aug Gothenburg, Sweden, Ullevi
06 Aug Chorzow, Poland, Slaski Stadium
10 Aug Zagreb, Hungary, Maksimar Stadium
14 Aug London, Wembley Stadium
18 Aug Glasgow, Scotland, Hampden Park
22 Aug Cardiff, Millennium Stadium
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