U2’s September In The Sphere

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U2 have finally announced the dates for their Vegas residency.

From $140 USD a ticket fans will be able to see, ‘U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere’,

Described as “a first-of-its-kind live music experience from the world’s biggest rock band in the world’s most cutting-edge venue”, the gigs will be at The Venetian in Las Vegas on:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 &
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8

Bono and The Edge have also given Zane Lowe a sneak preview tour of Sphere and a glimpse into their ideas as they begin to create these shows.

Bono reflected on the invention of stadium rock by the Beatles, and muses about what the future of live music in general might look like. U2 also reflects on some of the experiences that led up to this point, including music video shoots and meeting Frank Sinatra.

Tickets for this run of shows will be in high demand and fans can register now for the Verified Fan presale HERE. Registration for Verified Fan will close Wednesday, April 26 at 3pm Dublin time. Fans who are selected to receive an access code will be able to participate in the Verified Fan presale starting Thursday, April 27.

U2.com subscribers will have first access to tickets through Ticketmaster Request, open now until Wednesday, April 26 at 3pm Dublin time. During this period, U2.com subscribers can sign into their Ticketmaster account, pick up to 3 shows and rank in order of preference, request up to 4 tickets and select the type of tickets preferred. To complete their request, fans will enter payment details and will only be charged if the request can be fulfilled. Requests will only be fulfilled for up to one show and up to 4 tickets. Fans will be notified via email of their request status, and if fulfilled will be provided a link to claim their tickets.

If any tickets remain, they will be sold during a general onsale starting Friday, April 28 at 3pm Dublin time at Ticketmaster.com

‘U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere’ is the band’s latest ambitious creative project and will see them work once again with longtime U2 creative collaborator and show director Willie Williams. It follows the massive success of the band’s acclaimed Joshua Tree 30th anniversary stadium tour which was seen by over 3.2 million fans worldwide and their 2018 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE indoor tour which played to a combined audience of 1 million across Europe and North America.

Bono, The Edge and Adam said, “U2 hasn’t played live since December 2019 and we need to get back on stage and see the faces of our fans again. And what a unique stage they’re building for us out there in the desert… We’re the right band, ACHTUNG BABY the right album, and Sphere the right venue to take the live experience of music to the next level… That’s what U2’s been trying to do all along with our satellite stages and video installations, most memorably on the ZOO TV Tour, which ended in Tokyo 30 years ago this Fall. Sphere is more than just a venue, it’s a gallery and U2’s music is going to be all over the walls.”

The Edge added, “The beauty of Sphere is not only the ground-breaking technology that will make it so unique, with the world’s most advanced audio system, integrated into a structure which is designed with sound quality as a priority; it’s also the possibilities around immersive experience in real and imaginary landscapes. In short, it’s a canvas of an unparalleled scale and image resolution and a once-in-a-generation opportunity. We all thought about it and decided we’d be mad not to accept the invitation.”

Sphere is described as “a next-generation entertainment medium that will bring wonder to the world and redefine the future of live entertainment.”  Sphere’s 22nd century technologies include a 16K x 16K LED display inside the main venue bowl that wraps up, over, and around the audience, creating a fully immersive visual environment. Sphere Immersive Sound, the world’s most advanced concert audio system, delivers crystal-clear audio to every seat in the house. Multi-sensory 4D technologies will enhance the storytelling experience so guests can “feel” the experience – such as the rumble of thunder or the feeling of a cool breeze.