U2 to reschedule Australian tour dates

The band will return in November

U2 have revealed that they will reschedule their postponed Australian tour dates for November.

There are no specific dates as of yet but according to singer Bono, the band are hoping to make an announcement very soon.

Speaking to ABC’s ‘Enough Rope’ today (March 13), the frontman said that he didn’t want to leave the country without confirming that the group are aiming to get back on the road later in the year.

As previously reported, last week the March and April Australasian dates were postponed because of the illness of a family member of one of the band.

The sold-out shows – the band’s first visit to Australia and New Zealand since their Popmart Tour in 1998 – were to begin in Auckland on March 17. Shows in Japan and Hawaii were also put on hold.

Speaking about the postponing of the tour, Bono said: “I can’t really get into details why. There was a lot of distress and angst and (the) good news is … I can announce tonight we are coming back, looks like November and that’s a great relief for me.”

He added that it was hard to describe how bad the band felt about cancelling the trek – something U2 have only ever done once before – and praised fans for their generous reaction to the sudden news.

“Our music does come out of (a) very tight community,” he said. “So if one of us is going through it we’re all going through it.”

Bono promised that the rescheduled shows would be something special, saying: “It will be the only time you know we get a chance to play these songs for a long time, it will be extraordinary.”

The shows affected were:

Auckland Ericcson Stadium (March 17-18)

Brisbane Queensland Sports & Athletics Centre (21)

Melbourne Telstra Dome (24 & 25)

Adelaide AAMI Stadium (28)

Sydney Telstra Stadium (31 & April 1)

Yokohama Nissan Stadium (4)

Honolulu Aloha Stadium (8)