U2 announce Las Vegas residency with intergalactic Super Bowl spot

It’s a damn good Sunday, as U2 announced a Las Vegas residency with an out-of-this-world Super Bowl commercial during the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.

That’s right, babe: U2 will be launching their very first shows at the MSG Sphere, the highly anticipated sphere-shaped entertainment arena at the Venice resort, once it opens this fall.

THE U2: UV Achtung Baby Live at the Sphere the residency will feature music from the band’s seventh studio album, 1991’s Achtung Baby. The show is described as “a futuristic adventure in a unique desert landscape” and marks U2’s first live outing in four years, following the success of their acclaimed Joshua tree 30th Anniversary Stadium Tour and eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour.

Drummer Larry Mullen Jr., however, will be jumping out of the residency to undergo and recover from surgery. (Mullen already indicated last year that if U2 decides to tour in 2023, it would be without him as he prepares for elbow, knee and neck procedures.) Bram van den Berg will fill in for and join Bono, The Edge, and Adam Clayton at the Sphere.

“It will take all we have to get anywhere near the Sphere without our bandmate on drums, but Larry joined us in welcoming Bram van den Berg, who is a force in his own right,” Bono, The Edge and Clayton said in a joint statement, adding that shows at the Sphere have been “a long time in the works.”

“We don’t want to let people down, much less our audience,” the trio continued. “The truth is, we miss them as much as we seem to miss them. Our audience has always been the fifth member of the band. Bottom line, U2 hasn’t played live since December 2019 and we need to get back on stage and see the band again. faces of our fans. And what a unique stage they are building for us out there in the desert. We are the right band, Achtung Baby the right album and the Sphere is the right place to take the live music experience to the next level”.

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: (LR) Recording artists Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, Bono and The Edge of music group U2 pose at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas , Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 23: (LR) Recording artists Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, Bono and The Edge of music group U2 pose at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas , Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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MSG Executive Chairman and CEO James L. Dolan added, “MSG Sphere’s advanced technology allows a legendary band like U2 to bring their music to life in entirely new ways.”

Bono previously teased the prospect of a Sphere residency during an appearance on Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett’s Less intelligent podcasts last month. “We haven’t signed, but if we do, if we sign it, I’ll say if we can achieve what we’re talking about, it’s like nothing we’ve ever done before,” he told the hosts.

For more information on show dates and sale details, register with Live Nation. See U2’s Super Bowl announcement for the residency above.

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