"I don't know if we're supposed to say this, but we have ... a way of playing outdoors like no one's ever played," Bono told MTV News about the tour, which arrives Stateside when the band hits Chicago on September 12.
"Every tour you've ever been to outdoors, you just see a big stack of speakers on the left, a big stack of speakers on the right and then this little stage. ... Anyone you've ever seen outdoors [always sets up that same way], and why is that?" he continued. "The engineering is the way it is, 'cause unlike being at Madison Square Garden or an indoor venue, you can't hang things. We've sorted this out. We have some magic, and we've got some beautiful objects we're going to take around the world, and we're inside that object. We're hanging from that object, and it frees up those seats behind the stage. They may be the best seats."
The ambitious production will utilize a 360-degree audience configuration (which is illustrated on 360.U2.com) and employ a cylindrical video screen. "It's going to be a very different way to set up a show," the Edge said. "We always ask the same question: What's never been done? And that's what I think we have going for this tour."
The BlackBerry-sponsored tour, the band's first since the 2005-2006 Vertigo Tour, will offer 85 percent of tickets at less than $95, with general-admission floor tickets going for $55, and at least 10,000 tickets at every venue priced around $30, according to a release announcing the tour. Tickets for North American dates will start going on sale later this month or in early April. Among the opening acts invited on the tour are Glasvegas, Black Eyed Peas, Snow Patrol, Elbow and Kaiser Chiefs.
Bono promised fans will find the cheap seats are among the best in the house, though big spenders need not worry: "There's going to be some very expensive tickets, because rich people have feelings too — so we hear," he joked.
According to Billboard.com, the band will play North America until October 28 and plans to work the new album until the fall of 2010. Only four North American dates were announced on Monday. (Several U2 fan sites have released other dates without official confirmation.)
Official North American U2 tour dates:
» September 12 - Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
» September 16 - Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
» September 20 -Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
» September 24 - New York, NY @ Giants Stadium
MTV News will have lots more from our exclusive interview with U2 in the coming days!