U2 pull tour

Dates postponed due to illness of 'an immediate family member'

U2 have postponed their upcoming Australasian tour due to the illness of “an immediate family member”.

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, but fans have now been asked to “stay tuned for more information”. Shows in Japan and Hawaii have also been put on hold.

As previously reported on NME.COM, over 120,000 tickets to the band’s Vertigo 06 tour were snapped up in just under six hours when the first dates of the tour were announced last December.

In a joint statement from promoters TNA International and Michael Coppel Presents today (March 9), TNA President Arthur Fogel said it was not an easy choice to make for the recent Grammy Award winners.

“Any fan of U2 will realise that this decision has not been taken lightly,” the statement reads. “(It was) unavoidable due to the illness of an immediate family member of one of the band. We will announce further details as soon as we have them.”

The shows affected are:

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)