Kiss The Future, U2’s world tour in support of its new album “No Line on the Horizon,” will play stadiums around the world, beginning June 30 in Barcelona, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Details of the tour will be announced March 9.
Itâ€™s a groundbreaking tour with production that includes a 360-degree audience configuration, ambitious staging and a cylindrical video screen. â€œWeâ€™re very excited about the idea to go on the road with this album,â€ the Edge says. â€œItâ€™s an album that I think is going to translate so well to the live context. The songs weâ€™ve tried in rehearsal are sounding fantastic, so thatâ€™s got everyone really fired up.â€
U2 will be playing in a setting unique among all previous tours, by any artist. The tour will be global and lengthy. U2 will stay in Europe through Aug. 22, then hit American shores on Sept. 12 with a show at Soldier Field in Chicago. The band will play in North America until Oct. 28 and plans on working the globe until the fall of 2010.
Per manager Paul McGuinness
â€œThis is going to be a very big tour, the biggest shows weâ€™ve ever done,â€ he reveals. â€œWeâ€™re going to play stadiums only. Football stadiums. That excludes, for instance, baseball stadiums because the production that weâ€™ve designed is 360Âº. Itâ€™s a stage with the audience on all sides.â€
Will the stage be in the centre of the arena?
â€œNot quite in the centre, it will be towards one end of the field in a typical football stadium, so the places weâ€™re playing will be tiered football stadiums; no flat fields, no festivals, no baseball stadiums. Only big, tiered stadiums.â€