U2 has added a handful of new dates onto its North American and European itineraries. Vintage Vinyl News reported that the band sold a whopping 1.1 million tickets for the shows already on sale in only 24 hours. Additional, second nights have just been added in Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; and East Rutherford, New Jersey.
U2’s 30th anniversary tour for their 1987 classic album, The Joshua Tree kicks off on May 12th in Vancouver’s BC Place. The opening slot for the stadium tour will alternate between Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, and OneRepublic. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will serve as the band’s opener for the European shows.
A while back, Bono admitted that unfortunately getting all the fans into their shows comes down to commerce — so much so that they even released the 2007 3D film, U2 3D to satisfy demand: “Also, U2 tickets are a bit expensive. I’m just thinking of people going to high school or going to college don’t have the cash. We fight to have the tickets at a reasonable price — like at least 50, 60 percent of them — but you know the way it goes, the tickets get sold on. . . and there’s not enough of them, so. I hope for people who are just thinkin,’ well, I’m kinda into that band, that they’ll give us a shot and come and see what we’ve got.”
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