Less than a month after controversially giving away their new studio effort, Songs of Innocence, entirely for free on iTunes, one of the world’s biggest rock bands have announced they will soon be releasing U2 tickets for its accompanying tour.
Speaking to Absolute Radio DJ Christian O’Connell, frontman Bono revealed that the band will hit the road sometime next year, where they will play all the highlights from Songs of Innocence, the long-awaited comeback album which, thanks to its unorthodox release strategy, has reportedly reached one in seven of the world’s population.
The Irish quartet face the unenviable task of following up the 360° tour, the mammoth seven-leg, 110-date world trek staged in support of 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, which spanned over two years, grossed over $736 million in sales of U2 tickets and broke the record for the highest-attended tour of all time.
However, unlike their last live outing, in which a massive four-legged structure nicknamed The Claw allowed the audience to surround the stage, the band have stated that they intend to start small. No dates and places have been officially confirmed as of yet, but Bono has hinted that indoor arenas, rather than outdoor stadiums, will be on the itinerary this time around, with London’s O2 the first venue to be mentioned specifically.
The 22-time Grammy winners, who will issue a physical version of their current album with several previously unreleased acoustic versions on October 13, may also treat fans with U2 tickets to further new material, with follow-up, Songs of Experience, expected to drop via a pioneering ‘interactive format for music’ in the near future.