U2 have finally announced the dates for their upcoming North American tour, which will hit 13 cities before heading overseas for the summer. The tour will kick off at the Sports Arena in San Diego on March 28 and play multiple dates in Chicago, New Jersey and Boston, according to a band spokesperson.
Tickets will go on sale beginning January 29, and, as with 2001's Elevation Tour, the Vertigo outing will feature general-admission floor seats that will allow fans the closest view of the band for the lowest ticket price ($49.50). Tickets will range up to $165. Southern-rock revivalists Kings of Leon will open the North American dates.
The band's manager, Paul McGuinness, said, "Now that all the logistics are worked out, the band are really looking forward to getting on the road. I've heard the new songs in rehearsal and they sound really great, and the new production is going to blow everyone away."
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").
After the initial North American dates, the band will begin a string of 24 European stadium gigs in Belgium on June 10, wrapping up in Portugal on August 14. A second leg of U.S. dates is expected for the fall.
U2's Vertigo Tour dates, according to the band's publicist:
- 3/28 - San Diego, CA @ Sports Arena
- 4/1 - Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
- 4/5 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
- 4/9 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
- 4/14 - Glendale, AZ @ Glendale Arena
- 4/20 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
- 4/24 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
- 4/28 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
- 5/7 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
- 5/9 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
- 5/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
- 5/17 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
- 5/18 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
- 5/21 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 5/24 - Boston, MA @ FleetCenter
- 5/26 - Boston, MA @ FleetCenter