U2 adds Pittsburgh finale to North American tour schedule

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Story by Tara Hall, SoundSpike Contributor

With an extensive European run newly complete, U2 has firmed up the final stop on the band's rescheduled 360 tour, which will canvas major U.S. and Canadian markets next summer.

Tickets for the newly announced July 26 tour finale at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field go on sale Monday (10/18) via Ticketmaster, though subscribers to the band's website can enter a special advance presale beginning Thursday (10/14) and running through Saturday (10/16).

The next leg of the stadium rockers' North American trek kicks off May 21 in Denver, followed by another 18 shows in 14 cities. The full schedule, including international dates in Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, is shown at right.

Earlier this summer, the tour's North American leg was postponed after frontman Bono suffered a back injury while preparing for the trek. The run is now taking place about a year later than originally scheduled.

Bono underwent emergency back surgery at a Munich hospital in May, shortly before the elaborate tour -- which got underway last year -- was scheduled to resume.

Bono posted a website video for his fans shortly after the incident, apologizing for the trouble his injury caused fans. "People go through a lot of trouble to get U2 tickets and we don't take it for granted," he said. "Thank you for standing by us in our hour of need. It was not a lot of fun for me. The injury was quite serious."

The bright side, Bono said in the video, was that the "forced indolence" of "staring at the ceiling" helped him to come up with some new songs that the band has been recording, "and we might be playing them onstage."

The band unveiled its 12th studio album, "No Line on the Horizon," in February of 2009. The set debuted at No. 1 in 30 countries, including the U.S., where it posted first-week sales of about 484,000 copies.

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