U2 Announce Fall Tour Dates – But Is Bono Getting A New Job?

By | March 7, 2005 at 12:00 AM

If you were worried about missing U2 on their spring tour, don’t fret: The band will be back in North America for a fall swing that will see them playing multiple-night stands in a number of big cities.

The 33-date, four-month tour will begin on September 12 with a pair of shows at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and wind its way through Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, Miami, Cleveland and Salt Lake City, winding up on December 19 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. No opening acts have been announced.

The first leg of the tour – featuring openers King of Leon – kicks off on March 28 in San Diego and is slated to run though a May 28 show in Boston. The band will then hit Europe from June through August with a list of openers that includes Snow Patrol, the Killers, Keane and Franz Ferdinand.

And although it seems unlikely that Bono will get the job, on Sunday, Treasury Secretary John Snow said that he has not ruled out the idea of the singer being added to the list of potential candidates for the leadership of the World Bank.

According to an Associated Press report, Snow said, “I am not going to review here all the candidates that are on the list. But I will attest to my admiration for Bono. He does a lot of good in this world of economic development. Most people know him as a rock star – he’s in a way a rock star of the development world, too. He understands the give-and-take of development. He’s a very pragmatic, effective and idealistic person.”

Snow is helping to find the successor to James Wolfensohn, who is relinquishing his title as the head of the development bank on June 1.

U2 tour dates, according to the band’s Web site:

  • September 12, 2005 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
  • September 14, 2005 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
  • September 20, 2005 – Chicago, IL – United Center
  • September 21, 2005 – Chicago, IL – United Center
  • September 23, 2005 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
  • September 25, 2005 – Milwaukee, WI – Bradley Center
  • October 3, 2005 – Boston, MA – Fleet Center
  • October 4, 2005 – Boston, MA – Fleet Center
  • October 7, 2005 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
  • October 8, 2005 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
  • October 10, 2005 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
  • October 16, 2005 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center
  • October 17, 2005 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center
  • October 19, 2005 – Washington, D.C. – MCI Center
  • October 20, 2005 – Washington, D.C. – MCI Center
  • October 22, 2005 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mellon Arena
  • October 24, 2005 – Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
  • October 28, 2005 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
  • October 29, 2005 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Arena
  • November 1, 2005 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
  • November 2, 2005 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
  • November 13, 2005 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
  • November 16, 2005 – Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum
  • November 18, 2005 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
  • November 25, 2005 – Ottawa, ON – Corel Centre
  • November 26, 2005 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
  • December 7, 2005 – Hartford, CT – Civic Center
  • December 9, 2005 – Buffalo, NY – HSBC Arena
  • December 10, 2005 – Cleveland, OH – Gund Arena
  • December 14, 2005 – St. Louis, MO – Savvis Center
  • December 15, 2005 – Omaha, NEB – Qwest Center
  • December 17, 2005 – Salt Lake City, UT – Delta Center
  • December 19, 2005 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden