U2 Joshua Tree Tour 2017
· U2's Mumbai setlist, 15/12/19
· U2's Manila setlist and videos, 11/12/19
· U2's Seoul setlist and videos, 08/12/19
· U2's Tokyo #1 and #2 setlists and videos, 4/12/19 and 5/12/19
· U2's Singapore #2 setlist and videos, 01/12/19
· U2's Singapore #1 setlist and videos, 30/11/19
· U2's Perth setlist, 27/11/19
· U2's Sydney #2 setlist, 23/11/19
· U2's Sydney #1 setlist, 22/11/19
· U2's Adelaide setlist, 19/11/19
U2 Tour To Begin March 24 In Miami|
Posted on Saturday, January 06 @ 03:58:14 UTC by Macphisto
(Billboard.com) -- U2 is poised to take on the world yet again with its upcoming 80-show arena tour, which Billboard can exclusively reveal will roll out March 24 in Miami. Tuesday (Jan. 9), the band is expected to announce a world tour in support of its new Interscope release "All That You Can't Leave Behind," which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200. SFX will produce all dates, beginning with 50 North American shows, followed by 30 shows in Europe.
More regions could be added, and multiple dates for certain markets will be tacked on as ticket sales warrant. As previously reported, U.K. rock outfit PJ Harvey will open the North American dates. Initial ticket on-sales for the first few markets will begin Jan. 13, with the rest going up in the following weeks.
As is typical of U2 tours, production will be unique and high-tech, with a 360-degree end-stage configuration. What is atypical, however, particularly among top-shelf rock acts such as U2, is a general admission (GA) setup on the entire floor.
Sources close to the tour say the ticket scale in the U.S. will be $130 for gold circle (the seats in the first rows on either side of the stage), $85 reserved, and $45 for the GA floor. Eighty percent of the house is priced at $85 or less.
GA floors are more popular in Europe, and the situation is "really what the band wants" this time out, the source says. "When you see the design of the stage, it makes sense." Production will be less elaborate than past tours, following the overall feel of U2's more stripped-down new album. There will, however, be some "show-stopper" production elements, the source says.
"We're playing arenas, which for us is the equivalent to a club date," Bono told Billboard's Larry Flick last September. "I'll tell ya, this is not a tour to miss. We've been playing a lot together, and there's something indescribable, almost combustible happening between the four of us. I won't be cliche and call it magic, but there's something going on that I believe will make these shows extraordinary. We're back to making music, which should be our first job."
Last time out on the PopMart worldwide stadium extravaganza, U2 grossed $173,610,864 and drew just under 4 million people to 95 shows. That tour was promoted by Toronto-based The Next Adventure (TNA), later acquired by SFX Entertainment; former TNA president Arthur Fogel now heads SFX Touring and spearheaded the company's efforts in putting the U2 tour deal together.
Despite the big numbers it generated, there was a perception by some in the industry that PopMart was something less than totally successful. Roughly half of the dates sold out, but U2 had gone clean at virtually every show on previous tours, albeit often at smaller venues. Regardless, PopMart did extremely well in Europe and most North American markets and remains one of the top-grossing tours of all time.
-- Ray Waddell, Nashville