If you were worried about missing U2 on their spring tour, don't fret: They'll be back in North America for a fall swing that will see them playing multiple-night stands in a number of big cities.
The 33-date, four-month tour will begin on September 12 with a pair of shows at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and make its way through Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, Miami, Cleveland and Salt Lake City, winding up on December 19 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. No opening acts have been announced for the second tour leg.
The first leg of the tour — featuring openers King of Leon — kicks off on March 28 in San Diego and is slated to run though a May 28 show in Boston (see "U2 Finally Announce Tour Dates"). The band will then hit Europe from June through August with a list of openers that includes Snow Patrol, the Killers, Keane and Franz Ferdinand.
And although it seems unlikely that Bono will get the job, on Sunday, Treasury Secretary John Snow said that he has not ruled out the idea of the singer being added to the list of potential candidates for the leadership of the World Bank.
According to an Associated Press report, Snow said, "I am not going to review here all the candidates that are on the list. But I will attest to my admiration for Bono. He does a lot of good in this world of economic development. Most people know him as a rock star — he's in a way a rock star of the development world, too. He understands the give-and-take of development. He's a very pragmatic, effective and idealistic person."
Snow is helping to find the successor to James Wolfensohn, who is relinquishing his title as the head of the development bank on June 1.
U2 tour dates, according to the band's Web site:
- 9/12 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
- 9/14 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
- 9/20 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
- 9/21 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
- 9/23 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
- 9/25 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
- 10/3 - Boston, MA @ Fleet Center
- 10/4 - Boston, MA @ Fleet Center
- 10/7 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 10/8 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 10/10 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 10/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
- 10/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
- 10/19 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center
- 10/20 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center
- 10/22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
- 10/24 - Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
- 10/28 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
- 10/29 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena
- 11/1 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
- 11/2 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
- 11/13 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
- 11/16 - Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
- 11/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
- 11/25 - Ottawa, ON @ Corel Centre
- 11/26 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
- 12/7 - Hartford, CT @ Civic Center
- 12/9 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
- 12/10 - Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
- 12/14 - St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
- 12/15 - Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center
- 12/17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Center
- 12/19 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden