U2 to tour indoor arenas in 2015

The band's last major tour was the ambitious U2 360° Tour of 2009 to 2011

U2 say they’ll be touring their new album, ‘Songs Of Innocence’, in 2015 – and playing indoor arenas.

The move marks a scaling-back for the band, whose last major tour was the U2 360° Tour of 2009 to 2011, which saw the band play 110 shows in outdoor arenas and stadia around the world in support of 2009’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’. They performed in the round from within a bespoke, four-legged structure nicknamed ‘The Claw’, which had a wraparound video screen and multi-directional sound system.

Of the plans to tour next year, Bono told Absolute Radio: “We’re going to be touring. We’re going to start next year. We’re going try and play The O2 [in London] and places like that, more indoors than outdoors this time, but we’ll see where it takes us.”

The singer added: ”It’s exciting. We’ll be coming your way and these songs are the songs that, I think, will play themselves.”

U2 and Apple ‘gifted’ 500 million iTunes users with their new album earlier this month. Following complaints over the unconventional release, Apple released a tool to allow its customers to remove ‘Songs Of Innocence’ from their devices with just one click.

The album’s artwork was revealed last week, picturing drummer Larry Mullen Jr posing with his teenage son (above). Speaking about the image, Bono said that a “raw, naked” cover was needed to reflect the new album.