U2 Announce Las Vegas Residency
U2 has announced their Las Vegas residency billed as U2:UV Achtung Baby Live, coming this fall.
The first show will launch on Sept. 29 at the new MSG Sphere at the Venetian, followed by performances on Sept. 30, Oct. 5, Oct. 7 and Oct. 8.
Tickets will go on sale via Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program. Selected fans will receive presale access codes on April 27, while the general sale will be available on April 28. A limited number of premium-priced tickets will also be available. If fans cannot attend the concert, they will be able to utilize the Ticketmaster Face Value Exchange program in the event.
According to a press release, tickets will start at $140 while 60% of the Sphere’s tickets will be priced at less than $300. The full cost including taxes and fees will be displayed to buyers as all tickets will be listed with “all-in pricing.”
The band said in a statement:
“U2 hasn’t played live since December 2019 and we need to get back onstage and see the faces of our fans again.
“And what a unique stage they’re building for us out there in the desert. … We’re the right band, Achtung Baby the right album, and Sphere the right venue to take the live experience of music to the next level.”
U2 previously revealed that the residency will feature music from their 1991 album, Achtung Baby. In March, the Edge told Rolling Stone:
“I think we’re going to give ourselves the freedom to play the songs in whatever order feels right.
“Obviously, the great thing about this venue is the ability to marry stunning visuals with the audio. There’s a lot to contend with. I’d say we won’t make the final decision until much closer to the shows.”
The visuals he mentioned may remind some fans of U2’s 1992-93 Zoo TV Tour, but the guitarist noted that the band won’t repeat the past show setup saying:
“We were, at one point, thinking it was [unlikely] any of that content would make sense in this new context because it’s so different. We had relatively small screens back then.
“We now have more leeway, more freedom. There’s a chance we’ll refer to Zoo TV, but it won’t be a Zoo TV revival.”
The upcoming residency will be U2’s first performance without co-founding drummer Larry Mullen, who is taking time off for health reasons. Filling in for him is Dutch musician Bram van den Berg.