The moment every U2 fan has been waiting for is here.
On Wednesday, December 3rd, the 22-time Grammy winning, best selling group announced the dates of their upcoming iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour for 2015. Unfortunately, Bono and the gang cannot be in two places at once, and there are simply not enough days in a year to cover the scope of fans the band has cultivated over the past 30 years. With several week-long gaps between concerts, its no secret that there are more concert locations waiting to be announced.
No one knows for sure which cities will be chosen, but fans are burning with curiosity. European ticket reseller Ticketbis has conducted research in which they gathered data from U2’s upcoming shows and previous tours to determine predictions for cities which are yet to be announced.
Following four shows in Los Angeles (the last being May 31) the group has 9 free days before heading up to Montreal which will likely be filled by at least 2 or 3 shows. Judging from sales figures and patterns from their last tour (The 360º Tour from 2009 to 2011), and considering venue types and sizes for the next tour, Anaheim, Houston, and Portland are the top contenders to fill dates between June 1st and 11th. The venues would be Honda Center, Toyota Center, and Moda Center, respectively.
Between June 26 and July 5 you could expect shows to be announced either at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Scottrade Center in St. Louis, or Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
On September 4, U2 will commence their first leg of the European tour in Turin, Italy. The first series of unannounced shows will take place from September 29 to October 4 after playing four gigs in Berlin. It’s rumored these dates will be filled with one city only. Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia and O2 Arena Prague, Czech Republic are among the venues with the highest prospects for hosting the band during this period. Although never having played in Serbia, Kombank Arena in Belgrade is also a likely contender.
From October 6 to October 13, the group will most likely fill these days with a show at Barclays Center, Madrid or OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens (Greece). Between the Koln and London shows, U2 is likely to play in one of the following venues: Krakow Arena in Krakow (Poland), BostFinance-Arena in Bern (Switzerland), or Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon (France).
Finally, after London the group will have five days before going up to Glasgow. 3Arena in Dublin, Manchester Arena in Manchester, and Motorpoint in Sheffield, UK are among the most likely locations for a show.
Whether fans are willing to wait for new dates to be announced or not before buying their tickets is a dilemma in itself. However, once tickets are sold out, users on secondary market portals with have them available.
If your city hasn’t been named, there is no need to fret as sources say that the tour is likely to run for at least two years. We will most likely see U2 return to Europe and North America, as well as picking up shows in Asia, South America, and Australia.