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U2 announce world tour (2009)


Story by Jack Foley

U2 HAVE announced the first details of a world stadium tour for 2009, including a night at London’s Wembley Stadium in August.

The rockers, who have just topped the UK album charts for the tenth time with their new album No Line On The Horizon, will hit the road on June 30, kicking off the tour at Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium.

They will then continue through Europe – including four UK dates and a Dublin show – before heading to north America.

According to frontman Bono, the band will play on specially designed stages that will find them surrounded by the audience, while support will come from a variety of top acts, including Mercury Music Prize winners Elbow, Glasvegas, Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol and Black Eyed Peas.

In addition to the shows already announced, U2 are due to announce details of September/October shows in Atlanta, Charlottesville, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Norman, Phoenix, Tampa, Washington DC and Vancouver.

The confirmed dates so far are (all 2009):

30 – Barcelona Nou Camp

7 – Milan San Siro
11 – Paris Stade De France
15 – Nice Parc Charles Ehrmann
18 – Berlin Olympic Stadium
20 – Amsterdam Arena
24 – Dublin Croke Park
31 – Gothenburg Ullevi

6 – Chorzow Slaski Stadium
10 – Zagreb Maksimir Stadium
14 – London Wembley Stadium
18 – Glasgow Hampden Park
20 – Sheffield Don Valley Stadium
22 – Cardiff Millennium Stadium

12 – Chicago Soldier Field
16 – Toronto Rogers Centre
20 – Boston Gillette Stadium
24 – New York Giants Stadium

Tickets for the UK and Irish tour dates are due to go on sale on March 20. U2’s new album, No Line On The Horizon, is in stores now. Read our review