U2 will play four UK dates in June as part of a huge world tour and will be in the country at the same time as the Glastonbury Festival, with no dates scheduled for Saturday and Sunday night ...
Dates for the ‘Vertigo’ tour have just been announced, with the band playing June shows at the City Of Manchester Stadium, Glasgow’s Hampden Park,Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and Twickenham Stadium in London. Tickets will be available to buy on Virtual Festivals from 9am this Friday (28 January).
Worth noting is the fact that the band play Dublin’s Croke Park on Friday 24 June, before having a five day break before their next show in Cardiff – interestingly over the same weekend as the Glastonbury Festival (24-26 June).
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The band’s management then denied the story claiming it would interfere with their world tour. However, the gap between Dublin and Cardiff dates is one of the longest in the entire European tour schedule, with most shows taking place every other day.
It would leave U2 free to play a Sunday night headline slot at Glastonbury and still have two days turn around either side.
The ‘Vertigo’ tour kicks off on March 28 at the San Diego Sports Arena in America. Reports estimate that the tour will be the highest earning jaunt of 2005, with the band expected to make in excess of $250 million from approximately 110 concerts. The European dates start later in June.
U2 manager Paul McGuinness explained to Billboard that a U2 tour DVD is likely in late 2005 and that the band may well make some of the shows available as digital downloads.
He said: “We’re exploring technology where it might be possible to download the show you’ve just seen. 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.”
U2’s UK ‘Vertigo’ tour dates are:
City Of Manchester Stadium (Tuesday 14 June)
London Twickenham Stadium (Saturday 18 June)
Glasgow Hampden Park (Tuesday 21 June)
Cardiff Millennium Stadium (Wednesday 29 June)
U2’s North America tour dates are:
San Diego, CA, Sports Arena (28 March)
Anaheim, CA, Arrowhead Pond (1 April)
Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center (5)
San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion (9)
Phoenix, AZ, Glendale Arena (14)
Denver, CO, Pepsi Center (20)
Seattle, WA, Key Arena (24)
Vancouver, BC, General Motors Place (28)
Chicago, IL, United Center (May 7 & 9)
Philadelphia, PA, Wachovia Center (14)
East Rutherford, NJ, Continental Airlines Arena (17 & 18)
New York, NY, Madison Square Garden (21)
Boston, MA, Fleet Center (24 & 26)
Tickets for Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and San Diego on sale Saturday 29 January. Tickets for Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose go on sale Sunday, 30 January. Tickets for New York and East Rutherford on sale Monday, 31 January. (All additional on sale dates will be announced in the next few weeks.)
U2’s European tour dates are:
Brussels, King Baudouin Stadium (10 June)
Gelsenkirchen, Schalke Stadium (12)
Manchester, City of Manchester Stadium (14)
London, Twickenham Stadium (18)
Glasgow, Hampden Park (21)
Dublin, Croke Park (24)
Cardiff, Millenium Stadium (29)
Vienna, Ernst Happel Stadium (2 July)
Katowice, Slaski Stadium (5)
Berlin, Olympic Stadium (7)
Paris, Stade de France (9)
Zurich, Letzigrund Stadium (11)
Amsterdam, Arena (13)
Milan, San Siro (19)
Rome, Olympic Stadium (23)
Oslo, Vallehovin Stadium (27)
Gothenburg, Ullevi Stadium (29)
Copenhagen, Parken (31)
Munich, Olympic Stadium (3 August)
Nice, Parc des Sports Charles Ehrmann (5)
Barcelona, Camp Nou (7)
San Sebastian, Anoeta Stadium (9)
Madrid, Estadio Vicente Calderon (11)
August Lisbon, Alvalade (14)
Tickets for the UK shows on sale at 9am Friday 28 January. Tickets for Brussels on sale Saturday 29 January and tickets for Dublin go on sale on 4 Friday February. (All additional on sale dates will be announced in the coming weeks.)