U2 just announced their tour plans for 2015, and this time around, they’re scaling down to play arenas (their last tour was a stadium trek).
The trek, called the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour (yes, that’s how they are typesetting it) will take the band to nine cities in North America (and 19 worldwide) next year, with pairs of shows in each city. And they’re going to make it worth your time (and money) to attend both, should you decide to do that.
“We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two,” Bono said in a statement on U2’s website, “and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!”
The Edge called in to the Kevin and Bean show on L.A.’s KROQ (a CBS Radio station) on the day of the announcement (Dec. 3) to discuss the tour, as well as Bono’s recent bicycle injury and recovery, which should be complete by the time the tour rolls around in May.
“Talking to Bono’s doctors, they’re very confident that he’ll be up and about in time for the U2 tour,” The Edge said. “From May, we’re going to be hitting the road. Maybe that’s not a good term right now [laughs]. We’re doing shows in North America, Canada United States and Europe, 19 cities. It’s the first time in a decade that we’re going to be playing indoors. We decided after the size of the 360 outdoor production that we couldn’t really go any bigger so we decided to take it smaller.”
Part of the tour’s allure is the multiple dates in a city consecutively—sometimes four total, in the case of Los Angeles and New York.
“One of the most unusual things that we’re doing, that we’ve never done, we’re going to be doing shows on consecutive nights that are quite different,” he said.