A rumor has surfaced online that U2 will announce their ‘Innocence and Experience’ 2015 world tour on Wednesday, which could include as many as four nights at the TD Garden in Boston. Italian fan site U2place.com first reported the rumors.
As indicated by the rumored dates and venues, U2 is moving from stadiums to arenas on this tour, scaling back the sheer size (and increasing the total number) of individual shows. According to the site, the tour will begin in May with two shows in Vancouver, followed by:
- 4 shows at the TD Garden in Boston and in Montreal (venue unconfirmed, but likely the Bell Centre)
- 8 shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles between May 26 and June 8
- 6 shows at the United Center in Chicago
- 8 shows in New York in late July (presumably at Madison Square Garden)
While the rumors are obviously unconfirmed and the site’s source is, of course, anonymous, the amount of details on the tour are striking. It will be known very soon how accurate their information is, but this information is too detailed and specific not to at least raise some eyebrows.
Since U2 famously (or infamously, depending on your perspective) dropped Songs of Innocence onto millions of iPhones, it’s been presumed that they will support the new album with a tour in 2015. But the surprising part, if this turns out to be true, is that the shows will take place in arenas rather than stadiums.
This setup could make their shows more intimate than the gargantuan 360 Tour, and give the band more flexibility and variation with their setlists. U2 famously played three nights at the Worcester Centrum (now the DCU Center) in 1985 on the Unforgettable Fire tour, so perhaps this is the approach the band chose to take.
Once again, this information is entirely unconfirmed and should be treated for what it is, a rumor. Stay tuned for any official announcements.
Source: Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX