U2 have announced the first dates of their ongoing Vertigo tour for 2006, including their first Australasian shows in eight years.
The ‘Vertigo 06’ tour will also take in shows around Mexico, South America and Japan.
U2’s last appearance down under was during the PopMart tour in 1998. The band decided against bringing the Elevation tour to Australia three years ago, saying the cost of touring the event was too high.
The band’s first antipodean show, in New Zealand on March 17, will mark almost 12 months since the Vertigo jaunt kicked off in North America last year.
Dates for the Australasian dates are as follows:
Auckland Ericsson Stadium (March 17)
Brisbane Queensland Sports & Athletics Centre (21)
Melbourne Telstra Dome (24)
Adelaide AAMI Stadium (28)
Sydney Telstra Stadium (31)
Tickets go on sale on December 5.