1.24.05 - Reuters
By Jonathan Cohen
NEW YORK (Billboard) - U2 will kick off its 2005 Vertigo tour March 28 in San Diego, the band said Monday.
Sixteen North American dates are on tap so far for the first leg of the tour, which will wrap May 26 in Boston. Tickets for some shows begin going on sale Saturday (Jan. 29), but paid subscribers to U2's Web site can take advantage of an exclusive pre-sale beginning Tuesday.
The band has also confirmed 24 European summer dates, beginning June 10 in Brussels and concluding Aug. 14 in Lisbon. Although a routing has not yet been confirmed, U2 will return to North America for another 30-date leg in the fall.
As on the 2001 Elevation tour, the arena floor will be general admission for about 1,700-1,800 seats, depending on the building.
"This tour will be not unlike the last production in that the lowest priced tickets will be on the floor," says U2 manager Paul McGuinness. "The best seats are the cheapest, and we want people to get excited."
Here are U2's tour dates:
March 28: San Diego (Sports Arena; on sale Jan. 29)
April 1: Anaheim, Calif. (Arrowhead Pond; on sale Jan. 30)
April 5: Los Angeles (Staples Center; on sale Jan. 30)
April 9: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion; on sale Jan. 30)
April 14: Phoenix (Glendale Arena)
April 20: Denver (Pepsi Center; on sale Jan. 29)
April 24: Seattle (Key Arena)
April 28: Vancouver (GM Place)
May 7, 9: Chicago (United Center; on sale Jan. 29)
May 14: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center; on sale Jan. 29)
May 17-18: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena; on sale Jan. 31)
May 21: New York (Madison Square Garden; on sale Jan. 31)
May 24, 26: Boston (Fleet Center; on sale Jan. 29)
June 10: Brussels (King Baudouin Stadium)
June 12: Gelsenkirchen, Germany (Schalke Stadium)
June 14: Manchester, England (Stadium)
June 18: London (Twickenham Stadium)
June 21: Glasgow (Hampden Park)
June 24: Dublin (Croke Park)
June 29: Cardiff, Wales (Millennium Stadium)
July 2: Vienna (Ernst Happel Stadium)
July 5: Katowice, Poland (Slaski Stadium)
July 7: Berlin (Olympic Stadium)
July 9: Paris (Stade de France)
July 11: Zurich (Letzigrund Stadium)
July 13: Amsterdam (Arena)
July 19: Milan (San Siro)
July 23: Rome (Olympic Stadium)
July 27: Oslo (Vallehovin Stadium)
July 29: Gothenburg, Sweden (Ullevi Stadium)
July 31: Copenhagen (Parken)
Aug. 3: Munich (Olympic Stadium)
Aug. 5: Nice, France (Parc des Sports Charles Ehrmann)
Aug. 7: Barcelona (Camp Nou)
Aug. 9: San Sebastian, Spain (Anoeta Stadium)
Aug. 11: Madrid (Estadio Vicente Calderon)
Aug. 14: Lisbon (Alvalade)
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