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U2 are planning an arena tour next year, frontman Bono has confirmed.

 

The Dublin rockers are excited about going out on the road to promote new album 'Songs of Innocence' but do not want to play vast outdoor spaces this time around.

 

Bono told Absolute Radio's Christian O'Connell: "We're gonna be touring. We're gonna start next year. We're gonna try and play the O2 and places like that, more indoors that outdoors this time, but we'll see where it takes us.

 

"It's exciting. We'll be coming your way and these songs are the songs that, I think... I think they will play themselves."

 

The 54-year-old rocker - who has daughters Jordan, 25, and Memphis, 23, and sons Elijah, 15, and John, 13, with wife Ali - admitted it takes a lot for the group to tour these days and they will only do so if they are truly proud of their new material.

 

He said: "Only if the songs are great can you bear leaving home. We all have families and mates and... so you know, you're looking for 11 great reasons to leave home and I think we've got them.

 

"You know what it's like now, it's like a whole city goes on the road with us. Our kids go out on the road, they get excited about it. It's like... yeah, it's kind of a whole... Dublin goes on the road."

 


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Just to add something about tour...

 

In an interview, Arthur Fogel mentions this moment of U2's career:

 

"U2 won’t be going bankrupt any time soon, and nor, Fogel insists, have the world’s biggest live attraction suffered much from the social-media backlash prompted by their recent iTunes album giveaway. “There are vocal people expressing themselves, and then there’s the 40 to 50 million people who are not so vocal and have actually listened to the record. It was a disruptive and impactful campaign. Mission accomplished.”
 
Fogel hints that the accompanying U2 tour will be a stripped-back affair. “Without giving away any trade secrets, when you get to that level of production and scale [of the 360° tour], it’s not such a bad thing to go back the other way. I’m not sure you can ever go beyond that 360° production and make any sense of it.” U2 will ultimately thrive, he says, because “they are one of the few acts who have mastered the ability to shrink a stadium and to create intimacy in a large space with a lot of people”.
 
You can read the all interview in The Independent.
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Awesome news thanks, I will always be gutted I missed 360, but I do look forward to an arena gig, been watching the Boston 2001 DVD and loving the closeness with the audience, the sound is usually better in an arena too and do like to feel the bass from my fingers to my toes! Bring it on boys :)

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Awesome news thanks, I will always be gutted I missed 360, but I do look forward to an arena gig, been watching the Boston 2001 DVD and loving the closeness with the audience, the sound is usually better in an arena too and do like to feel the bass from my fingers to my toes! Bring it on boys :)

Me too! I was annoyed about missing the 360 tour, but any chance to see them is a good one for me! Bring it on!

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