It’s confirmed! U2 fans world-wide are ready to “get on their boots” as U2 360° Tour, presented by Blackberry, announces multiple sell-outs in Amsterdam, Dublin, Gothenburg, and Paris as well as additional sell-outs in Milan, Nice, Chorzow, Zagreb and Sheffield.
Response has been overwhelming and records continue to shatter. In London, with over 6700 tickets sold in just 60 seconds, ticket sales for U2 360° Tour at Wembley Stadium resulted in the highest sales rate ever in the UK. At Dublin’s Croke Park, 160,000 tickets for U2 360° Tour performances in July 24th and 25th sold out in just 40 minutes, leading the announcement of a 3rd and final event in that city. Response to U2’s Toronto performance has been so overwhelming that a second and final show was announced before the first date went on sale. Sales in Gothenburg and Amsterdam were so brisk that 2nd performances were added and sold out within hours of them going on sale. Zagreb sales broke all sales records in that country and last week – U2’s tour opener in Barcelona sold out in 54 minutes becoming the fastest ever sold out show in the history of pop music in Spain.
U2 360° Tour, their first stadium outing since the Vertigo Tour of 05/06 follows the release of their 12th studio album No Line On The Horizon which debuted at #1 in over 30 territories.
Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, U2 360° begins June 30th in Barcelona and will visit 14 cities across Europe through August. The tour will then storm North America beginning at Chicago’s Soldier Field on September 12th, 2009 with concert dates confirmed through Vancouver on October 28th.
Long-time U2 Show Director Willie Williams has worked again with architect Mark Fisher (ZooTV, PopMart, Elevation and Vertigo), to create an innovative 360˚ design which affords an unobstructed view for the audience. U2 360° also marks the first time a band has toured in stadiums with such a unique and original structure (which can be viewed at U2.com).
“U2 has always been at their best when surrounded by their audience, this staging takes a giant leap forward. With 85 percent of the tickets priced at less than $95.00, general admission floor tickets priced at $55.00 and at least 10,000 tickets at every venue priced at the $30.00 price range, we have worked very hard to ensure that U2 fans can purchase a great priced ticket with a guaranteed great view” says U2’s manager Paul McGuinness.
Arthur Fogel, CEO Global Touring/Chairman - Global Music Live Nation: "Following the overwhelming worldwide success of the Vertigo tour where every available ticket was sold, there is tremendous anticipation for this tour and to experience this revolutionary production. As usual fans will not be disappointed." Commenting on the new relationship between U2 and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM), Paul McGuinness added: "This tour announcement marks the first stage of a relationship and shared vision between RIM and U2 that we expect will lead to new and innovative ways to enhance the mobile music experience on the BlackBerry platform for U2 fans. We look forward to sharing more details as the relationship unfolds.”
In keeping with their long-standing tradition, U2 will welcome a number of different support acts to the tour, including: Snow Patrol, Muse, Glasvegas, Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs and Black Eyed Peas.