U2 look likely to kick off their world tour in MIAMI next March.
The band’s unofficial fifth member, manager Paul McGuinness, revealed they are planning at least 80 dates, hitting Europe next summer.
Speaking to BBC Radio 1, McGuinness also indicated that though the shows would see U2 eschewing the stadia of their 1997 Popmart tour, preferring instead a return to slightly smaller indoor arenas, the band may headline next August’s annual 80,000 capacity Slane Castle show near their Dublin hometown.
However, a spokesperson for the band today could not confirm that the Miami show would happen on March 5 – a date mooted on several U2 fan sites.
“The entire tour is still under discussion,” she told nme.com. “All dates won’t be completely firmed up until the new year.”
McGuinness also revealed that the tracklisting for U2‘s forthcoming album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ might be expanded.
‘The Ground Beneath Her Feet’, the track Bono penned alongside author Salman Rushdie for the soundtrack to his film ‘The Million Dollar Hotel’, may be included on UK releases. It seems albums are cheaper to buy both for fans and retailers everywhere else in Europe, and the sweetener is to encourage them to buy British.
However, U2 are not impressed by the ploy.
“I think they would wish that it wasn’t necessary,” McGuinness said. “A lot of discussion goes into what the order of the tracks should be and what should be the last one and so you could argue it’s distorting it.”