Monday, January 9, 2017

Concert tour news: U2, Green Day, Biffy Clyro

It's a busy Monday, as news of several major tours arrived in my inbox. Get the lowdown below...

U2 will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band's classic album. Each show will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, with support from Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic or The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in Europe.

Released to universal acclaim on March 9, 1987 and featuring hit singles "With Or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Where The Streets Have No Name", The Joshua Tree was U2's first #1 album in the U.S., topping the charts globally including the U.K. and Ireland, selling in excess of 25 million albums worldwide.

Time Magazine put U2 on its cover in April 1987, proclaiming them "Rock's Hottest Ticket" in a defining year for the band that saw their arena dates roll into stadium shows to accommodate escalating demand.

The 12 months that followed saw the band create now-iconic moments: the traffic-stopping Grammy Award-winning music video on the roof of a Los Angeles liquor store, winning a BRIT Award and two Grammys - including Album of the Year - their first of 22 received to date, distinguishing U2 as the most awarded rock band in Grammy history.

U2's fifth studio album The Joshua Tree was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and featured iconic artwork which cemented the career of photographer and director Anton Corbijn. Recording took place in Dublin at Windmill Lane Studios and Danesmoate, the house which subsequently became bassist Adam Clayton's home.

"It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally written, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk. To celebrate the album – as the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too - we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We're looking forward to it." – The Edge

"Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years… it's quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… all the greats... I've sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I'm up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it's gonna be a great night."- Bono

"We are off to play a few shows with U2! It's the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree - one of the greatest albums ever made, in our opinion, and something well worth a good celebration. It's a record that did so much for us all when we discovered it individually and if ever a record stands the test of time it's that one. So when the lads gave us a call to invite us to play a few gigs opening for them it was our great honour to accept. It's gonna be such a good few nights... " – Mumford & Sons

"I can remember covering the U2 song 'One' in bars back in NYC 10 years ago, with Jer on drums. A lot has changed since then, but still - I NEVER thought we'd get the chance to open for such a legendary band, on such a legendary album - The Joshua Tree. Their songs are so timeless and transcendent, it's impossible to imagine a time when they didn't exist. That type of songwriting has always been the mountaintop for us - songs that can transcend generations." - Wesley Schultz, The Lumineers

"The Joshua Tree is the first album I ever heard from U2 because it came out when I had just started my love affair with music as a young kid... it's the album that made me want to write songs and start a band. Joining them for this tour will be the experience of a lifetime, leaving the bucket list fully checked." - Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic

"It will be both a pleasure and an honour to play my part in what still remains the greatest show on earth." – Noel Gallagher

Following the groundbreaking iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour's arena shows in 2015, U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will see the band return to the stadium stage for the first time since 2009-2011's record-shattering U2 360° Tour, the most successful tour in history seen by over 7.3 million fans worldwide.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will include U2's first ever U.S. festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer, as well as a hometown show in Dublin's Croke Park on July 22.

Tickets for the U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 are on sale Monday, Jan. 16 in Ireland, the UK and Europe and Tuesday, Jan. 17 in the U.S. and Canada. An exclusive priority presale for U2 Subscribers is at from Jan. 11 (9am) through Jan. 13 (5pm) local times. Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands.

There will be a 4 ticket limit for subscriber purchases and a 6 ticket limit commencing with public sales. In North America, all floor tickets will be paperless unless otherwise noted. 



May 12
Vancouver, BC
BC Place
Mumford & Sons
May 14
Seattle, WA
CenturyLink Field
Mumford & Sons
May 17
Santa Clara, CA
Levi's Stadium
Mumford & Sons
May 20
Los Angeles, CA
Rose Bowl
The Lumineers
May 24
Houston, TX
NRG Stadium
The Lumineers
May 26
Dallas, TX
AT&T Stadium
The Lumineers
June 3
Chicago, IL
Soldier Field
The Lumineers
June 7
Pittsburgh, PA
Heinz Field
The Lumineers
June 8-11
Manchester, TN
Bonnaroo Festival
June 11
Miami, FL
Hard Rock Stadium
June 14
Tampa, FL
Raymond James Stadium
June 18
Philadelphia, PA
Lincoln Financial Field
The Lumineers
June 20
Washington DC
The Lumineers
June 23
Toronto, ON
Rogers Centre
The Lumineers
June 25
Boston, MA
Gillette Stadium
The Lumineers
June 28
East Rutherford, NJ
MetLife Stadium
The Lumineers
July 1
Cleveland, OH
FirstEnergy Stadium


July 8
London, UK
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
July 12
Berlin, DE
Olympic Stadium
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
July 15
Rome, IT
Olympic Stadium
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
July 18
Barcelona, ES
Olympic Stadium
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
July 22
Dublin, IE
Croke Park
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
July 25
Paris, FR
Stade de France
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
July 29
Amsterdam, NE
Amsterdam Arena
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
August 1
Brussels, BE
Stade Roi Baudouin
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 

Green Day has announced the Revolution Radio summer tour, kicking off in August and hitting amphitheaters, stadiums, and arenas across the country. UK based band Catfish and the Bottlemen will support all dates.

The band will also perform for the first time at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Dates and on-sale information for those shows will be revealed in the coming weeks. See below for a complete list of confirmed dates.

Presale tickets will be available to Idiot Nation members on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10:00 AM local venue time. For more information on the presale, please visit Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Jan. 13.

VIP packages will be available for all dates. Visit for ticket info. Green Day's latest album, Revolution Radio, was released on Oct. 7 by Reprise Records and debuted at No. 1 around the world. The album features the band's 10th No. 1 song "Bang Bang" and the Top 10 "Still Breathing".

New Dates:

8/1 Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre^
8/2 Portland, OR - Moda Center^
8/5 Oakland, CA - Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum^
8/7 Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre^
8/9 Englewood, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre^
8/11 Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center^
8/12 Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center^
8/14 Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
8/16 Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center^
8/18 Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage^
8/20 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center^
8/21 Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center^
8/26 Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center^
8/28 Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center^
8/29 Hartford, CT - The XFINITY Theatre^
8/31 Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion^
9/1 Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek^
9/3 West Palm Beach, FL - Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre^
9/5 Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre^
9/6 Orange Beach, AL - The Wharf Amphitheater^
9/8 San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center^
9/9 Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater^
9/11 Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater^
9/13 Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre^
^with Catfish and the Bottlemen

Previously Announced Dates:

3/1 Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena*
3/2 El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum*
3/4 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center*
3/5 Houston, TX - Toyota Center*
3/7 Tulsa, OK - BOK Center*
3/8 North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena*
3/10 Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Center*
3/12 Norfolk, VA - Constant Convocation Center*
3/13 Washington, DC - Verizon Center*
3/15 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center*
3/17 Worcester, MA - DCU Center*
3/19 London, ON - Budweiser Gardens*
3/20 Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre*
3/22 Montreal, QC - Bell Centre*
3/23 Quebec, QC - Vidéotron Centre*
3/25 Pittsburgh, PA - Petersen Events Center*
3/27 Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena*
3/28 Champaign, IL - State Farm Center*
3/30 Green Bay, WI - Resch Center*
4/1 Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center*
4/3 Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena*
4/5 Broomfield, CO - 1stBank Center*
4/7 Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena*
4/8 San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center*
*with Against Me

Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro announced a North American tour in support of their current album Ellipsis. Tickets go on sale at 10 am local time this Friday, Jan. 13 at BIFFYCLYRO.COM/SHOWS

Over the summer, Biffy Clyro performed headline sets at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK. Click here to view footage of "Rearrange," the set opener and their most recent single, here to view "Wolves Of Winter," and here to view "Howl".

Released by Warner Bros. Records/14th Floor Recordings in July, Ellipsis went to #1 in the UK album chart and was also #1 in Switzerland, Germany and Ireland. It remained in the U.K. Top 40 for 11 weeks before claiming the top spot on the album chart, making it Biffy Clyro's second No. 1 album after 2013's Opposites.

Tour Dates:

3/24 Las Vegas, NV Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
3/25 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
3/26 Los Angeles, CA Belasco Theater
3/28 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
3/30 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre
3/31 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
4/01 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
4/04 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
4/05 Chicago, IL House of Blues
4/07 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
4/08 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/09 Montreal, QC Café Campus
4/11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
4/13 New York, NY Irving Plaza
4/14 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
4/15 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

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