U2's world tour will kick off on March 28 at the San Diego Sports Arena. With the full itinerary slated to be unveiled on Monday, a spokesperson for the band confirmed that the U.S. leg of the Vertigo Tour will run for two months and conclude with a May date in Boston. Southern-rock revivalists Kings of Leon will open.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale on January 29.
After the first string of American shows, the band will head to Europe for 30 stadium dates, which begin on June 10 in Belgium and wrap in mid-August. Then, the group will come back to the U.S. for 30 arena dates in the fall.
Mirroring 2001's Elevation Tour, the Vertigo dates will feature approximately 1,700 general-admission seats on arena floors, giving fans a chance to see the group close-up.
The band had originally intended to announce the dates on January 10, but begged off citing routing issues (see "U2 Postpone Announcing Dates For World Tour"). The spokesperson confirmed that the delay was due to routing, but would not comment on reports that a family-health issue was the cause of the delay, citing Irish laws protecting the privacy of medical information.
U2 will perform at the Grammys on February 13, where they are nominated for three awards (see "Green Day, U2, Alicia Keys Lead List Of Grammy Performers"), and they are expected to attend their March 14 induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.