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June 23, 2017 , 7:00pm
Latest U2 Tour News & Rumors
Saturday afternoon/evening seems like an odd time to announce pretty big news ... until you realize that public ticket sales begin Monday for all of the U.S. shows happening in September.
Ergo, news hit today that Beck will be U2's opening act for the upcoming U.S. shows. (And presumably for any additional U.S. shows that might be announced.) The band previously announced that Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will open the shows in Mexico and South America.
It's official. The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 is getting an extension, with new dates added in both North America and South America throughout September and October. Public ticket sales begin next week for all shows, with a U2.com presale starting this week. Here are the details:
U2 will return to the United States in early September to play seven stadium shows, all in cities that they're not playing currently on the first leg of the tour. The U.S. portion of the third leg begins at Detroit's Ford Field on September 3 and ends September 22 with a show at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. From there, it's on to Mexico City in early October and then down to South America for four shows in four countries. The tour extension concludes at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
(The list below is similar to the rumors that our reliable source shared last weekend, but is missing a rumored September 14 show in New Orleans and September 18 show in Atlanta. It's also missing a second show in Mexico City on October 4, Buenos Aires on October 11, and two shows in Sao Paulo on October 21 and 22. Those could be announced at a later date, or not at all.)
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017: 3rd Leg
September 3 - Detroit at Ford Field
Public ticket sales: Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning next week: Monday June 12 for all announced North America shows; Wednesday June 14 in Mexico City; June 15th in Bogota, Buenos Aires and Santiago; and Friday June 16 in Sao Paulo. Prices will be the same as for the current tour -- as low as $35 in the seats, and $70 for floor GA tickets.
U2.com pre-sales: Paid U2.com members will have access to a pre-sale beginning this Thursday, June 8, at 10:00 AM local time. This is for any previous member who still has an unused access code as well as any new U2.com subscribers. The U2.com Help page explains it this way: "...the 4 ticket presale limit applies to shows that were announced last Jan/Feb and the recently announced shows this week. If you have used your 4 ticket limit already you can purchase tickets during the general onsale."
Opening acts: The official announcement says an opening act for the North American dates will be announced later. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will open the shows in Mexico City and South America (in addition to opening all 12 European shows on the second leg this summer).
The October dates will be U2's first shows in South America since the 360 tour in 2011, and the October 7 concert will be their first in Colombia. Likewise, U2 hasn't performed in Mexico City since the 360 tour in 2011.
UPDATE, JUNE 6: U2 has now formally announced new dates in North & South America. Please see our coverage of that announcement for official information. This original story below remains intact and unedited.
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Although nothing's confirmed yet, @U2 has been tipped by a reliable source that U2 and Live Nation will be extending The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 with additional dates in September and October across the Americas.
We've seen what we believe is one of a handful of tour schedules being considered. The itinerary includes nine new stadium shows in the U.S., all in cities that the band is not playing now on the first leg of the tour. After that, it has the band heading south to Mexico City for a pair of shows and then to South America for shows in four countries.
Here's a look at the itinerary we've seen:
September 3 - Detroit at Ford Field
October 3 & 4 - Mexico City at TBD (either Foro Sol or Azteca)
October 7 - Bogota, Colombia at Estadio El Campin
I'll emphasize again that this is unconfirmed and subject to change and/or be wrong. But it comes from a reliable source that has tipped us correctly in the past, most recently on U2's plans to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live last month. That said, we strongly encourage you NOT to make any travel plans until an official announcement is made.
Speaking of which, we've no idea when these dates might be announced. One person on Interference posted on Friday and Saturday about new U.S. shows, saying that an announcement will happen this coming Tuesday.
The routing above has U2 playing in stadiums just as the NFL season begins in the U.S. We've checked the cities and stadiums listed above, and there are no conflicts with the NFL schedule. The closest issue is in Minneapolis, where the Vikings have a home game three days after U2 would be playing -- but that's plenty of time to get the stage out and give the stadium back to the team. The Atlanta date is interesting: The Falcons have a home game that weekend at their new Mercedes Benz Stadium, which could explain why the band would instead play Georgia State Stadium. For those who don't know, that's the stadium that hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics and then became Turner Field, home of baseball's Atlanta Braves. It's now being remodeled for Georgia State's college football team and is due to be ready for their first home game on August 31.
After the new U.S. shows, the itinerary has U2 playing two shows in Mexico City -- either at Foro Sol Stadium or Azteca Stadium. And then it's on to South America for seven shows in four countries -- including what would be U2's first time performing in Colombia. The dates in Sao Paulo have been circulating for a couple months now and even appeared already on stadium web sites there.
There are also rumors of U2 touring Australia and New Zealand in the new year, but we've heard nothing about that one way or another.
Again, all of this is unconfirmed and just rumors for now. There's a lot we don't know -- i.e., when an announcement might happen; if the list above is complete; if more cities would be added; if and how fan club tickets might be sold; and so forth.
The band has also promised to release its new album, Songs Of Experience, in 2017. The impact of a Joshua Tree Tour 2017 extension on that plan is anyone's guess. It could mean yet another delay. Or, if the 2017 tour actually does end in October, it might clear the way for a November/December album release and perhaps even some promotional appearances, too. Stay tuned....
[Ed. note: Article has been corrected to reflect the name of the new Atlanta Falcons' stadium.]
U2 visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! this evening, performing two songs and chatting for most of the show with host Jimmy Kimmel. With over 200 in the studio audience, the band was joined by the Selah Gospel Choir for "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and closed out the show with "The Little Things That Give You Away." Prior to the performances, the band talked about The Joshua Tree reissue and tour, as well as Songs Of Experience. Bono blamed Edge for the delay of the new album, to which Edge jokingly said that it'll be out within 27 years. Kimmel also asked the band about their 1987 alter egos, The Dalton Brothers, which prompted Bono to sing an abbreviated, a cappella version of "Lucille" -- one of the songs The Daltons used to sing as U2's opening act (and a song which they hadn't sung since December 12, 1987).
Kimmel asked the band about the tragedy in Manchester, England. Bono talked about how terrible it was and how wonderful it was to see so many people helping each other. Bono was also asked about his feelings about U.S. President Donald Trump. Bono said he respected and understood the frustrations of the Republicans who voted for him, but that Trump isn't the person we need in power right now.
During the commerical breaks, Bono spoke with Kimmel's security guard, Guillermo, about how the Irish and Mexicans are similar.
The show will air tonight on ABC television at 11:35 pm EDT / 10:35 CDT.
U2 will perform next week on ABC's late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel himself announced it during his show tonight (Thursday):
Next week on the show we have brand new shows... (announces non-musical guests) ... music from Bush, Zac Brown Band and Lil Yachty. And U2 will be here in celebration -- this is going to be very, very exciting -- of the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree album. So please join us for all of that.
Although he doesn't specifically say U2 will perform, including U2 in the list of musical guests is a signal that they will.
Ironically, we were chasing down this rumor today, posted the rumor on Twitter and then Kimmel made the announcement on air about 10 minutes later. We've heard the band will perform two songs and that it'll happen on Kimmel's show next Tuesday, May 23. That's a day off on the Joshua Tree 2017 tour, but just a day before U2 performs in Houston.
U2 has never appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but Bono has participated in two (RED) Shopathon fundraisers during Kimmel's show.
UPDATE, May 19: Variety.com confirms that this'll happen on Tuesday, May 23, and also quotes a hard-to-find news release that says U2 will do an interview and perform on the show: "...their only sit down TV interview and performance while on the road in the U.S. for The Joshua Tree Tour 2017."
U2 opened The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Friday night at BC Place in Vancouver with a show that ran about two hours and highlighted the 30th anniversary of U2's most popular album. It seemed to start a little later than expected, due to a difficult entry process that especially affected GA ticket holders.
The band played a handful of songs from War and The Unforgettable Fire on the b-stage (shaped like the Joshua Tree logo) before launching into a non-stop performance of the entire Joshua Tree album in sequence on the main stage. Each song featured a separate video created by U2's longtime photographer, Anton Corbijn, on an enormous and incredibly clear video screen behind the band. The encore featured a mix of post-1990 songs and also featured one new song, "The Little Things That Give You Away," which Bono introduced as "a Song Of Experience," referring to the name of U2's next album. (See the lyrics here.) At the end of the song, the screen showed a visual of what we expect is the Songs Of Experience album cover -- a photo of Bono's son Eli holding hands with Edge's daughter, Sian (who also happens to be wearing a military helmet).
For more, see the full Vancouver concert set list.
You can also see the new song in our video below.
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