U2 Announces “Innocence + Experience” Tour 2015

Hey there readers, so I’m going to try and do a whole lot more of these “Upcoming Tour” posts for you and even do the occasional “Non-Metal” touring run for those acts that are bigger than big. It makes sense since as we all grow in our musical interests, there are times when some of these might suit your fancy. That said, here is the latest about the mighty U2 who will embark on the “Innocence + Experience” tour in 2015. I didn’t have a proper press release to work off of so I referred to several popular news sites for my information below such as the AP Wire and Billboard.

The Press Release:
U2 has announced a massive new tour that will deliver some 44 in 19 cities on the upcoming arena tour called “Innocence + Experience Tour 2015”. This will be a LiveNation Production.

“To begin the tour, which is in support of U2’s album Songs Of Innocence, the band will play six cities in North America (three in Canada, six in the U.S.), and 10 cities in the U.K. and Europe, beginning Sept. 4 in Turin, Italy. All of the tour stops are at least doubles, with four shows announced for the Forum in Los Angeles, Madison Square Garden in New York, and the O2 in London. A Nov. 16 bicycle accident that seriously injured frontman Bono did not delay the start of the tour, which has long been slated to begin in the spring of 2015.

Innocence + Experience will find U2 returning to the relatively intimate confines of arenas for the first time since the Vertigo tour in 2005-2007, which grossed $389 million, according to Boxscore. On 360, U2 played only stadiums, but, rather than relating to demand — 360 sold every ticket in every city in a stagnant concert market — the move to arenas is likely driven more by aesthetics. U2 is one of the very few bands capable of selling out stadiums around the world, but the band is a product of arenas, with those venues proving a fitting showcase for U2 since they first rose to that level 30 years ago. After the enormity and spectacle of 360, it has long been thought that the band would scale things back on their next run, and indoor arenas serve the introspective, personal nature of the music on Songs Of Innocence.”

The Tour Dates: North America:
May 14 – Vancouver (Rogers Arena)
May 15 – Vancouver (Rogers Arena)
May 18 – San Jose (SAP Center at San Jose)
May 19 – San Jose (SAP Center at San Jose)
May 22 – Phoenix (US Airways Center)
May 23 – Phoenix (US Airways Center)
May 26 – Los Angeles (Forum)
May 27 – Los Angeles (Forum)
May 30 – Los Angeles (Forum)
May 31 – Los Angeles (Forum)
June 12 – Montreal (Bell Centre)
June 13 – Montreal (Bell Centre)
June 24 – Chicago (United Center)
June 25 – Chicago (United Center)
July 6 – Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
July 7 – Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
July 10 – Boston (TD Garden)
July 11 – Boston (TD Garden)
July 18 – New York City (Madison Square Garden)
July 19 – New York City (Madison Square Garden)
July 22 – New York City (Madison Square Garden)
July 23 – New York City (Madison Square Garden)

The Tour Dates: Europe:
Sept. 4 – Turin, Italy (Pala Alpitour)
Sept. 5 – Turin, Italy (Pala Alpitour)
Sept. 8 – Amsterdam (Ziggo Dome)
Sept. 9 – Amsterdam (Ziggo Dome)
Sept. 16 – Stockholm, Sweden (Globe)
Sept. 17 – Stockholm, Sweden (Globe)
Sept. 24 – Berlin (O2 World)
Sept. 25 – Berlin (O2 World)
Oct. 5 – Barcelona (Palau Sant Jordi)
Oct. 6 – Barcelona (Palau Sant Jordi)
Oct. 13 – Antwerp, Belgium (Sportpaleis)
Oct. 14 – Antwerp, Belgium (Sportpaleis)
Oct. 17 – Koln, Germany (Lanxess Arena)
Oct. 18 – Koln, Germany (Lanxess Arena)
Oct. 25 – London (O2)
Oct. 26 – London (O2)
Oct. 29 – London (O2)
Oct. 30 – London (O2)
Nov. 6 – Glasgow (The SSE Hydro)
Nov. 7 – Glasgow (The SSE Hydro)
Nov. 10 – Paris (Bercy)
Nov. 11 – Paris (Bercy)

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I’ve been a fan of this band for decades (and from some of their earliest of the works as well), I’ve never managed to catch them in concert since it’s a pretty pricey ticket to invest in. I’m not really fond of sitting up in the stratospheric seats myself. Since there are a few performances set for our own beloved Madison Square Garden, perhaps I can finally cross this off on my concert attending bucket list. I admit that I have not followed much of their recent output but am sure that a show of theirs always includes a healthy batch of the classics. So, what do you readers think about this tour (if they are a band you are interested in of course). Please let me know in the comments section below since I love hearing your thoughts on this stuff. Let’s keep it topical though. See you next time.

Official Website: http://www.u2.com

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