U2 announced that their 2018 Experience + Innocence Tour will commence this May in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s set to end in June in Newark, New Jersey.
When it’s all said and done, U2 concert tickets will have been collected in 15 North American cities including Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Boston.
This will be U2’s second tour in as many years. In 2017, they hit the road to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their seminal release, Joshua Tree. The band played more than 50 dates in three continents while celebrating their legendary album.
This is U2’s second trek using the “Experience + Innocence” moniker. Their previous trip under that name took place in 2015.
That excursion supported the album Songs of Innocence. Their upcoming jaunt will support Songs of Experience. The new opus is set to drop on Dec. 1.
U2 lost their innocence long ago, but have experience to spare. All four band members are closer to 60 then they are to 50.
The teenage son of Bono, Eli Hewson, and the twenty-year-old daughter of The Edge, Sian Evans, adorn the cover of the band’s forthcoming LP.
Adult children are only the beginning of the band’s “experience.”
U2 is 41 years old. They formed in 1976.
This past spring, the foursome celebrated the 40th anniversary of their first gig. This winter, they can wish their first tour happy 37th birthday. “U2-3” launched in 1979 and ended in 1980.
Their first single, “Another Day,” and their first album, Boy, both dropped in 1980. In other words, both are 37.
The band’s third album, War, which knocked Michael Jackson off the top of the charts in the United Kingdom, is 34-years old.
U2’s performance at Live Aid at Wembley Stadium is more than two-and-thirty years. That performance showed the world the greatness of a U2 concert.
We’ve already mentioned that three decades have passed since the release of Joshua Tree. Not only was that the band’s creative pinnacle, it was also their bestselling album. It has moved more than 25 million units.
In 2018, the band’s popular rockumentary, Rattle and Hum, will celebrate its pearl anniversary. That means Bono has been asking fans if he’s “bugging” them for 30 years. Both the album and movie were released in October of 1988.
Also turning the big 3-0 in 2018, are the first two of U2’s 22 Grammy Awards. That year, they won the trophies for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Album of the Year.
In 1997, U2 released what many view as their weakest offering, Pop. The oeuvre’s age is now north of three decades.
To put the band’s immense experience in perspective, their tenth studio album, All That You Can’t Leave behind—the one with “Beautiful Day” and “Elevation”—will be old enough to vote in 2018.
That is if the album was American and an actual person. All That You Can’t Leave Behind came out in 2000!
In 2018, the band celebrates the ninth anniversary of the highest grossing tour of all-time, “U2 360° Tour.” That 110-concert odyssey grossed nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars.
U2’s 2018 Experience + Innocence Tour
- May 2 – U2 concert in Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
- May 4 – U2 in St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
- May 7 – U2 live concert in San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
- May 11 – U2 concert in Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
- May 15 – U2 concert in Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
- May 22 – U2 concert in Chicago, IL @ United Center
- May 26 – U2 rock concert in Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
- May 28 – U2 concert in Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
- June 5 –U2 concert in Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
- June 9 – U2 concert in Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
- June 13 – U2 concert in Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
- June 17 – U2 show in Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
- June 21 – U2 concert in Boston, MA @ TD Garden
- June 25 – U2 concert in New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- June 29 – U2 live in Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center