U2 begin the first leg of their international PopMart tour in America at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium on April 25.
The PopMart tour - a giant, sci-fi disco supermarket setting - will play in stadiums in 62 cities in 20 countries through December 1997, and extends into an additional 20 countries in 1998. POP, U2's 11th album, is released March 4 in North America and March 3 in the rest of the world, on Island Records.
PopMart will visit Las Vegas, San Diego, Denver, Salt Lake City, Eugene, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Clemson, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Washington D.C., Raleigh, New York, Philadelphia, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Oakland, Los Angeles, Madison, Chicago, Boston, Rotterdam, Werchter, Cologne, Leipzig, Mannheim, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki, Katowice, Prague, Wiener Neustadt, Nurnburg, Hannover, London, Leeds, Dublin, Edinburgh, Paris, Montpellier, Reggio Emilia, Thessaloniki, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Minneapolis, Detroit, Montreal, St, Louis, Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami, Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Antonio, Atlanta, Houston, Mexico City, Vancouver, Seattle.
On tour with U2 will be the world's largest video screen, a high technology, state-of-the-art structure using 22 miles (35 kilometres) of cable, 21,000 circuit boards, 120,000 connectors, and 150,000 pixels made up of 1,000,000 LEDs. The enormous screen is 150 feet x 50 feet, covering 833 square yards (700 sq. metres) yet weights only 65,000 pounds.
The PopMart stage design includes a single Golden Arch 100 feet high, a 35 foot high Mirrorball Lemon, a 12 foot wide internally illuminated Stuffed Olive (on a 100 foot tall toothpick) - and a 3 inch tall Squeaky Nun.
On hand for the band to work with will be 1,000 lighting fixtures including over 5,000 feet of disco rope lighting, a large Plexiglas dance floor, six lighting machines, six broadcast TV cameras, one headset camera, 20 Xenon searchlights, 100 strobe lights - in addition to the 35 foot high Mirrorball Lemon.
The touring ensemble, consisting of over 200 people, and the stage set (including a 30 ton PA system as part of 1,200 tons of equipment) will travel on 15 buses and 52 trucks.
Ticket details and on-sale dates will be announced at a later date.
U2 POPMART TOUR DATES
North America 1st Leg
Friday 25 April Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium Monday 28 April San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium Thursday 1 May Denver Mile High Stadium Saturday 3 May Salt Lake City Rice Stadium Tuesday 6 May Eugene Autzen Stadium Friday 9 May Phoenix Sun Devil Stadium Monday 12 May Dallas Cotton Bowl Wed 14 May Memphis Liberty Bowl Friday 16 May Clemson Memorial Stadium Monday 19 May Kansas City Arrohead Stadium Thursday 22 May Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium Saturday 24 May Columbus Ohio State Stadium Monday 26 May Washington DC RFK Stadium Thursday 29 May Raleigh Carter Finley Stadium Saturday 31 May New York Giants Stadium Sundaty 8 June Philadelphia Franklin Field Thursday 12 June Winnipeg Winnipeg Stadium Saturday 14 June Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium Wed 18 June Oakland Oakland Coliseum Saturday 21 June Los Angeles LA Memorial Coliseum Wed 25 June Madison Camp Randall Friday 27 June Chicago Soldier Field Tuesday 1 July Boston Foxboro
Friday 18 July Rotterdam Feynoord Holland Friday 25 July Werchter Festival Site Belgium Sunday 27 July Cologne Butzweiler Hof Germany Tuesday 29 July Lipzig Festweise Germany Thursday 31 July Mannheim Malmarkt Germany Saturday 2 Aug Gothenburg Ullevi Sweden Monday 4 Aug Copenhagen Parken Denmark Wed 6 Aug Oslo Vallehovin Norway Saturday 9 Aug Helsinki Olympic Stadium Finland Tuesday 12 Aug Katowice Slaski Stadium Poland Thursday 14 Aug Prague Strahov Czech
Republic Saturday 16 Aug Wiener Neustadt Airfield Austria Monday 18 Aug Nurnburg Zeppelinfeld Germany Wed 20 Aug Hannover Expo Germany Friday 22 Aug London Wembley Stadium England Thursday 28 Aug Leeds Roundhay Park England Saturday 30 Aug Dublin TBA Ireland Tuesday 2 Sept Edinburgh Murrayfield Scotland Saturday 6 Sept Paris Parc des Princes France Monday 15 Sept Montpellier Espace Grammont France Saturday 20 Sept Reggio Emilia Festival Site Italy Friday 26 Sept Thessaloniki Kaftatzoglio Greece Tuesday 30 Sept Tel Aviv Hayarkon Park Israel
North America 2nd Leg
Sunday 26 Oct Toronto Skydrome Wed 29 Oct Minneapolis Metrodome Friday 31 Oct Detroit Silverdome Sunday 2 Nov Montreal Olympic Stadium Saturday 8 Nov St Louis Trans World Dome Monday 10 Nov Tampa Tampa Stadium Wed 12 Nov Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Friday 14 Nov Miami Pro Player Stadium Wed 19 Nov Indianapolis Hoosier Dome Friday 21 Nov New Orleans Superdome Sunday 23 Nov San Antonio Alamodome Wed 26 Nov Atlanta Georgia Dome Friday 28 Nov Houston Astrodome Tuesday 2 Dec Mexico City Autodromo Tuesday 9 Dec Vancouver BC Place Thursday 11 Dec Seattle Kingdome
Spain Portugal Brazil Chile Argentina Australia New Zealand South Africa Japan
South EAst Asia
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