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U2 reveals its 2015 World Tour

The Irish rock band U2 has announced that it will start its 44-date, 19-city global tour in 2015.

The band will perform in indoor arenas once again after nearly a decade. The World Tour has been titled “Innocence + Experience” and it will commence from May 14 in British Columbia. The tour will play numerous shows in 9 cities across Northern America. The tour will conclude at Madison-Square Garden with 4 concerts on 18th, 19th, 22nd, and 23rd July. The European leg will begin in Turin, Italy on 4th September and conclude with the 2 shows in Paris scheduled to be held in November. The public can purchase the tickets from Monday.

The World Tour will surely test U2’s drawing power. The band launched its debut album in 1980 and it has produced several hits since its inception. U2’s previous tour, titled “360”, acquired 736 million dollars from tickets sales. However, its current album sales have slowed down significantly.

In September, the band was condemned for its contract with Apple for giving away copies of “Songs of Innocence”. The lead singer of U2, Bono, revealed that the promotion was successful as it resulted in 30 million downloads. However, the contract that automatically placed “Songs of Innocence” in iTunes accounts was criticized.

The album was commercially launched in October and in the US, it has sold about 60,000 copies. Information about U2’s forthcoming tour came within 24 hours of the Live Nation announcement. It was declared that Jimmy Iovine (a close associate of U2) had been chosen as a board member of Live Nation. U2’s merchandising and touring rights are currently managed by Live Nation.