U2 Finally Unleash World Tour!

21 January 2005

Full details of the tour (expected to arrive in Europe for the summer beginning on June 10 in Brussels, with UK and Irish dates rumoured to also be taking place later that month) will be announced on Monday 24 January.

U2 manager Paul McGuinness told US Billboard magazine: "One of the great privileges of working with U2 is you get to go on the road with them," "We are, I suppose, that rarest of things: a major touring attraction that is still having number one records all over the world after 25 years."

McGuinness also added that a tour DVD is likely in late 2005 and that the band may well make some of the shows available as digital downloads.

"We're exploring technology where it might be possible to download the show you've just seen," he continued, "We've been talking to iTunes and the folks at Apple, with whom we have a great relationship, but it's not quite there yet. We're certainly looking at it."

Billboard also estimates the tour to be the highest earning jaunt of 2005, with the band expected to make in excess of $250 million from approximately 110 concerts.

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