Update 2/12/23 – NEW TRAILER
During the Super Bowl on Sunday night (Feb. 12), U2 gave an update on their Las Vegas residency set for 2023. The band revealed that the show will take place at the new MSG Sphere at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada this fall. No dates have been released as of yet.
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Along with the news, the band released a trailer for the residency (see below) and confirmed that drummer Larry Mullen Jr. will not be joining them as he will be undergoing surgery in 2023. Drummer Bram van den Berg will sit in for Mullen Jr.
“It‘s going to take all we’ve got to approach the Sphere without our bandmate in the drum seat, but Larry has joined us in welcoming Bram van den Berg who is a force in his own right,” Bono, the Edge, and Clayton said in a press statement. “Bottom line, U2 hasn’t played live since December 2019 and we need to get back on stage and see the faces of our fans again.”
The Edge added, “ 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.”
The new MSG Sphere will be able to accommodate up to 20,000 guests and will live near The Venetian Casino on the Las Vegas strip. The venue offers nearly 600,000 square feet of LED paneling and 170,000 ultra-directional speakers that use beam-forming technology to offer specifically-targeted audio to each seat in the house.
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Original story 7/23/22 :
U2 has a big gig on the docket.
The famed Irish rock band is slated to open Las Vegas’ new MSG Sphere in 2023. The show marks the band’s first confirmed live performance in four years.
According to Billboard, the band will play several shows at the all-new venue over the course of 2023. The gigs are thought to be non-consecutive and will likely be spread out over several months throughout the calendar year.
As of now, specific show dates and ticket information have yet to be announced.
According to reports, the new MSG Sphere will be a 20,000-seat venue that will live near The Venetian Casino on the Las Vegas strip. Costing $1.8 billion, the venue offers nearly 600,000 square feet of LED paneling and 170,000 ultra-directional speakers that use beam-forming technology to offer specifically-targeted audio to each seat in the house. In other words, it’s state of the art.
Soon, there will be a second MSG Sphere as one is currently being constructed in London, England.
As for U2, the band last hit the stage prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2019.
Earlier this year, two of the band’s members, frontman Bono and guitarist The Edge offered a surprise show inside a Ukraine bomb shelter as a tribute to the war-torn country’s soldiers and fallen citizens.
Also recently announced, U2 will be celebrated alongside singer Gladys Knight and actor George Clooney at the 45th Annual Kennedy Center in December.
In other U2 news, several months ago, there was a new show announced by J. J. Abrams based on the band’s music and career. For more information on that series, click HERE.
Witness history unfold! Get your tickets for U2’s Sphere Residency and be part of their farewell to a remarkable career.
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