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November 12th, 2004

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Exclusive: U2 Tour To Kick Off March 1 - Billboard*



Look for U2 to start its world tour on March 1 in Florida in support of its new Interscope album, "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," the band's manager Paul McGuinness tells Billboard.

"We'll play approximately 35 shows in the arenas in the spring in the U.S., McGuinness says. U2 will then play 30 stadium shows across Europe, return to North America for another 35-date arena swing and the proceed to Japan and Australia.

Rumors have circulated that potential openers include Snow Patrol and the Scissor Sisters. McGuinness said no decision has been made, but added "We love Snow Patrol. Their producer, Jacknife Lee, also worked on U2's album and they're Irish. There's a close connection."

The upcoming trek will be promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment's TNA International, which is spearheaded by president Arthur Fogel. U2's 2001 tour, also promoted by Fogel, grossed $104 million from 106 shows worldwide, according to Billboard Boxscore.

Continuing the move toward a more rock-driven approach emphasized on 2000's "All That You Can't Leave Behind," the new set is front-loaded with a host of satisfyingly straightforward tracks that should thrill U2 fans. Highlights include the chiming, strident "City of Blinding Lights," the powerful Edge showcase "All Because of You" and the emotive, atmospheric "Miracle Drug," where Bono scales the heights of his vocal register.

First single "Vertigo" is in third week at No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Looks like I need to seriously start saving for the tour now. :D
 
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From:stateless
Date:November 12th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
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i've been saving for like a year. :-P
From:stdivine
Date:November 12th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
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I have been trying too but I went on a cd buying binge while back so I dont have that much saved. haha.
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From:hew_
Date:November 12th, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Same here O_o! Well, at least we still have about 5 months.

omg 5 months isnotthatmuch.!
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From:arcmorality
Date:November 12th, 2004 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Ditto! Tho I'm about to blow all my cash just before the tix go on sale!!! Credit Card is my god.
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From:pride4u2
Date:November 12th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
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I hope they come somewhere in New York in addition to NYC. Syracuse or Saratoga would be nice...
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From:siorai_gra_
Date:November 12th, 2004 04:03 pm (UTC)
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YAY! U2 live..is the greatest thing ever. I am only asking for money for christmas. I will sleep in my car. lol I am so excited!! WOO :D
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From:silentbob037
Date:November 12th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC)
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It seems like they're going back to the ZOOTV mode of touring - Do a spring swing through the US, followed by a summer run through Europe, and then return to the US for the late summer/early fall period. Follow that up with a trip down to Japan and Australia where it will be spring and early summer and they'll avoid all of the cold weather entirely.
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From:siorai_gra_
Date:November 12th, 2004 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking it was like elevation. Especially the time frame. Starting in March..35 dates, go to Europe, come to the US do 35. But they didnt go to Japan and Aus on Elevation. I have 2 seperate chances to see them! WOO
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From:silentbob037
Date:November 12th, 2004 04:25 pm (UTC)
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I missed both Elevation shows in my area so I'm definately going to give it a try to make it to this tour...
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From:samuti
Date:November 12th, 2004 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Yay! :D Oh, and I really hope Snow Patrol support, they're great.
From:deltawing
Date:November 13th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)
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They're great on the album, but I didn't think they were very good live. I would prefer Scissor Sisters, methinks.
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From:axver
Date:November 12th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Let's just hope they announce further shows outside North America so that the rest of us don't get shafted again. It would be totally incomprehensible if they failed to visit South America, and I imagine Asian fans would love to see them so much that stadiums there would sell out within minutes.
From:gravitysdream
Date:November 12th, 2004 06:36 pm (UTC)
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I got a credit card specifically for this purpose :) Since I will have graduated from college I intend to go to at LEAST five shows.
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From:igo2shows
Date:November 12th, 2004 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Sweet! I wonder if they will play on St. Patrick's Day and where.
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:November 12th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC)
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HOLY SHIT!
From:stdivine
Date:November 13th, 2004 11:15 am (UTC)
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Yep!
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From:wolfp10
Date:November 12th, 2004 07:25 pm (UTC)
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If they play any city in Pnnsylvania (I am a student at Penn State, dead center of the state) or if they play Hartford or Providence, I am there. I am sure this will do a number on my credit card, but I think it is worth is.
From:melst
Date:November 13th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC)

weeee!!!

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I was just about to post that but thought I'd check in to see if anyone else beat me to it, lol!

I can't wait!!! Been saving for that since 2001! ;P

Dublin here I come! Woohoo!!!!!!!
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From:kim_20_meh
Date:November 13th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
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About how much do their tickets cost? I've never seen them live before, and I fear that if I don't at least once in my lifetime I will suffer for the rest of my life. ha ha

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