U2 add 16 more dates to iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour

Citing what the band describes as “overwhelming demand,” U2 and their promoters Live Nation have added 16 more concert dates to the 2015 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour. The new dates bring two concerts to each of seven more cities:

– Montreal on June 16 and 17
– Chicago on June 28 and 29
– Boston on July 14 and 15
– New York City on July 36 and 27
– Amsterdam on September 12 and 13
– Stockholm on September 20 and 21
– Berlin on September 28 and 29
– Paris on November 14 and 15

For all these dates there will be a presale for U2.com members running Wednesday (December 10) through Friday (December 12) — it ends today! — and public ticket sales will begin on Monday, December 15 so be on the lookout for tickets if you can’t wait to enjoy U2.

There will not be new ticket codes issued to current U2.com members; if you have not used your code yet, you’re a new U2.com member who can buy during this week’s presales.

The new dates come just a few days after U2 announced details of the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, which is the official name of the 2015 world tour to promote the Songs of Innocence album. The unique capitalisation of the tour name may be a nod to the controversial iTunes release of the album, where free copies of the album were distributed to iTunes users regardless of whether they were U2 fans or not.

The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour will be the first one in over a decade to see U2 playing indoor arenas. Most of the 26 cities on the tour list will see two dates each — Bono has said each of the two nights will have a “completely different feeling” — with the exception of New York and London, where the band will play four dates each at Madison Square Garden and the O2. Bono has said one of the focuses of the tour will be to “have some fun” playing around with the concepts of experience and innocence.

No dates have been confirmed for Ireland yet, but The Edge has said that they will be planning some more shows in Dublin in the last part of 2015 in support of U2’s “music generation project,” more details will be announced.

Arthur Fogel, Global Music chairman and Global Touring president, has characterised the level of anticipation for the tour as “extraordinary, as it should be.” Fogel said he remains amazed that the band still wants to break new ground following the records they set on their massive 360-degree tour, though of course this one will be on a slightly more intimate scale.

Back in November, the Edge had suggested the band would not be trying to repeat the epic spectacle that was the 110-date 360-degree tour, which grossed some £450m. He told Rolling Stone that he thought the band would start small, after all they couldn’t get much bigger than the previous tour.

Bono similarly told Absolute Radio that the new tour would be focusing on creating a more intimate feel, playing more indoor than outdoor venues — places like the O2 — though of course it was hard to predict where fate would take them. U2’s popularity is such that all of their tours seem to bring a whole city on the road with them.

The tickets to the shows went on sale on 8/9 December.

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