You don’t build the most high-tech, enormous stage in the history of rock and then just put the thing in mothballs. And that’s exactly why [artist id="1022"]U2[/artist] will be bringing their massive 360 Tour back to North America next summer for another string of dates in a handful of the cities they missed the first time around and a few they clearly just can’t leave behind.
The return engagements will find the Irish superstars hitting up Chicago and Toronto again, along with new dates in Oakland, California; Edmonton, Alberta; Anaheim, California; Denver; Seattle; East Lansing, Michigan; Miami; Philadelphia; and Montreal. The first gig on the 2010 12-city trek is a June 6 stop at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and the swing is slated to take the group through a July 19 show at the new Meadowland Stadium in East Rutherford. A string of European dates will follow in August and run through early October.
After a live broadcast of Sunday night’s show at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, the current leg of the tour will wrap on Wednesday night with a show at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Though they’ve played to more than 3 million fans in 44 cities, smashed attendance records at the Rose Bowl and New York’s Giants Stadium, the band has said the massive tour has yet to break even due to the enormous production costs of setting up and designing the 170-ton, $40 million stage.
To add insult to injury, singer Bono recently told The Associated Press that he laments that sales of the group’s latest album, No Line on the Horizon, have been somewhat soft, making for U2′s lowest-selling CD in more than a decade.
U2 360 Tour dates, according to their Web site:
» 6/6 – Anaheim, CA @ Angel Stadium
» 6/12 – Denver, CO 2 Invesco Field at Mile High
» 6/16 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Coliseum
» 6/20 – Seattle, WA @ Qwest Field
» 6/23 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Commonwealth Stadium
» 6/30 – East Lansing, MI @ Spartan Stadium
» 7/3 – Toronto, Ontario @ Rogers Centre
» 7/6 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
» 7/9 – Miami, FL @ Land Shark Stadium
» 7/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
» 7/16 – Montreal, Quebec @ Venue to be announced
» 7/19 – East Rutherford, NJ @ New Meadowlands Stadium