Feb. 14 [12:00 EST] -- U2 unveiled the look for its "bigger, better, taller, wider" PopMart tour stage in a computer animated video that the band released at its much ballyhooed K-Mart press conference.
The band took over the lingerie section of downtown Manhattan's only K-Mart (QuickTime, 3MB) to announce details of its upcoming tour, which it described as a "giant, sci-fi disco supermarket."
The scene was every bit as surreal as it sounds, with the band performing "Holy Joe" (Live QuickTime, 3MB) under a K-Mart section sign that read "Pop Group" while the retail chain's trademark blue light flashed in the background.
The band's last outing, the group's Zoo-TV tour, was a spectacle in its own right, but U2 declared their plans for an even more ambitious tour this time out.
The astonishingly sharp video representation of the
PopMart stage features the world's largest video screen (150 ft. by 50 ft.), as well as giant stage props like a mirrorball lemon, a stuffed olive, and a golden arch (QuickTime, 2.5MB).
Here's how the tour shapes up...
4/25 - Las Vegas, NV @ Sam Boyd Stadium 4/28 - San Diego, CA @ Jack Murphy Stadium 5/1 - Denver, CO @ Mile High Stadium 5/3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Rice Stadium 5/6 - Eugene, OR @ Autzen Stadium 5/9 - Phoenix, AZ @ Sun Devil Stadium 5/12 - Dallas, TX @ Cotton Bowl 5/14 - Memphis, TN @ Liberty Bowl 5/16 - Clemson, SC @ Death Valley Stadium 5/19 - Kansas City, MO @ Arrowhead Stadium 5/22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Three Rivers Stadium 5/24 - Columbus, OH @ Ohio Stadium 5/26 - Washington, D.C. @ R.F.K. Stadium 5/29 - Raleigh, NC @ Carter Finley Stadium 5/31 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium 6/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Field 6/12 - Winnipeg, MAN @ Winnepeg Stadium 6/14 - Edmonton, ALB
@ Commonwealth Stadium 6/18 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Coliseum 6/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ L.A. Memorial Coliseum 6/25 - Madison, WI @ Randall Stadium 6/27 - Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field 7/1 - Foxboro, MA @ Foxboro Stadium
10/26 - Toronto, ONT @ Toronto Skydome 10/29 - Minneapolis, MN @ HHH Metrodome 10/31 - Pontiac, MI @ Pontiac Silverdome 11/2 - Montreal, QUE @ Olympic Stadium 11/8 - St. Louis, MO @ Trans World Dome 11/10 - Tampa, FL @ Tampa Stadium 11/12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Municipal Stadium 11/14 - Miami, FL @ Pro Player Stadium 11/19 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome 11/21 - New Orleans, LA @ Louisiana Superdome 11/23 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome 11/26 - Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome 11/29 - Houston, TX @ Astrodome U.S.A. 12/2 - Mexico City, MEX @ Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez 12/9 - Vancouver, BC @ B.C. Place Stadium 12/11 - Seattle, WA @ Kingdome