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U2 announce world tour dates

Story: Jack Foley

U2 have finally confirmed that they will be following in the footsteps of The Rolling Stones by playing Twickenham Stadium as part of their Vertigo World Tour on Saturday, June 18.

The news was announced on Monday, January 24, after weeks of speculation.

Bono, The Edge and co will also play UK dates at the City Of Manchester Stadium, Hampden Park Glasgow, Croke Park Stadium Dublin, and the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

The world tour itself will kick off on March 28 at the San Diego Sports Arena, in America, on what is expected to become one of the most lucrative tours of all-time.

Estimates already predict the tour will be the highest earner of 2005, with the band expected to make in excess of $250 million from around 110 concerts.

To further cash-in, a U2 tour DVD has been scheduled for the end of 2005, while the band looks set to make some of the shows available as digital downloads.

Tickets for the hottest gig of the year go on sale at 9am on Friday, January 28, and are expected to sell-out within minutes.

Additional dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The full Vertigo tour dates are:

March 28 - San Diego, CA, Sports Arena
April 1 - Anaheim, CA, Arrowhead Pond
5 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
9 - San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion
14 - Phoenix, AZ, Glendale Arena
20 - Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
24 - Seattle, WA, Key Arena
28 - Vancouver, BC, General Motors Place

May 7 & 9 - Chicago, IL, United Center
14 - Philadelphia, PA, Wachovia Center
17 & 18 - East Rutherford, NJ, Continental Airlines Arena
21 - New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
24 & 26 - Boston, MA, Fleet Center

European leg:
June 10 - Brussels, King Baudouin Stadium
12 - Gelsenkirchen, Schalke Stadium
14 - Manchester, City of Manchester Stadium
18 - London, Twickenham Stadium
21 - Glasgow, Hampden Park
24 - Dublin, Croke Park
29 - Cardiff, Millenium Stadium

July 2 - Vienna, Ernst Happel Stadium
5 - Katowice, Slaski Stadium
7 - Berlin, Olympic Stadium
9 - Paris, Stade de France
11 - Zurich, Letzigrund Stadium
13 - Amsterdam, Arena
19 - Milan, San Siro
23 - Rome, Olympic Stadium
27 - Oslo, Vallehovin Stadium
29 - Gothenburg, Ullevi Stadium
31 - Copenhagen, Parken

August 3 - Munich, Olympic Stadium
5 - Nice, Parc des Sports Charles Ehrmann
7 - Barcelona, Camp Nou
9 - San Sebastian, Anoeta Stadium
11 - Madrid, Estadio Vicente Calderon
14 - August Lisbon, Alvalade

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