U2 has rolled out its initial Las Vegas residency dates. As of now, U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere will play at The Venetian on September 29th and 30th and October 5th, 7th, & 8th. With more shows still to be announced.
Fans can register now at U2.ticketmaster.com for a "Verified Fan Presale," starting on Wednesday, April 26th.
The upcoming Vegas shows will mark the band's first without drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., who is recovering from back surgery, and will feature stand-in Bram van den Berg for all the 2023 concerts.
In the original announcement for U2's Vegas run, the band spoke about the upcoming shows:
The Sphere show has been in the works for a long time. We don’t want to let people down, least of all our audience. . . The truth is we miss them as much as they appear to miss us. . . our audience was always the fifth member of the band. 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. And what a unique stage they’re building for us out there in the desert.
We’re the right band, Actung Baby the right album, and the 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. The 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 told us a while back that U2 has always tried to remain adventurous with the way they make music together: ["I joke about it, but people really have to be on their toes to make it happen. When it becomes too easy, I think it just sounds that way, and the easy thing is just so unappealing. I mean, Rock n' roll has to have that sense of people really kind of working at the extent of their abilities and urgency. It gives it a certain feeling."] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . a certain feeling)
Official U2 onsale timings via U2.com:
– U2.com Subscriber Ticket Request: Monday, April 24 – Wed. April 26 (10am ET)
– Vibee Travel Packages On Sale: Monday, April 24 – 10am ET/7am PT.
– Verified Fan Registration: Continues from Monday, April 24 (with announcement) through Wed. April 26 (10am ET)
– Verified Fan Presale: Thursday, April 27th till Thursday, April 27th (10pm Local Times)
– General on sale: Friday, April 28th