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14th Feb 2023

U2 announces Las Vegas residency in new ‘state-of-the-art’ venue

Katy Thornton

U2 announces Las Vegas residency in new 'state-of-the-art' venue

That said, Larry Mullen Jr. will not be performing during the residency because he is undergoing surgery this year.

U2 has announced that they will play a Las Vegas residency at a “state-of-the-art” new venue.

Confirming the news in a Super Bowl ad, the Irish rockers’ residency is titled U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At The Sphere and will see the band launch the MSG Sphere at The Venetian this autumn.

U2 has said the MSG Sphere will introduce “the first 16K screen that wraps up, around, and behind the audience”.

“Sphere Immersive Sound delivers pitch-perfect audio to every seat in the house. 4D technologies will let the audience feel the wind on their face, the heat on their skin and the rumble of thunder,” the band’s statement adds.

“The U2 UV Achtung Baby Live At The Sphere opening series of shows will tap into this exclusive technology, allowing fans to experience something completely new.”

This special run of shows marks U2’s first live outing in four years.

However, Larry Mullen Jr. will not be performing with the band because he is taking time out to “undergo and recuperate from surgery” this year.

Drummer Bram van den Berg will be filling in for Mullen Jr during the residency.

“It’s going to take all we’ve got to approach the Sphere without our bandmate in the drum seat, but Larry has joined us in welcoming Bram van den Berg who is a force in his own right,” U2 said.

“The Sphere show has been in the works for a long time. We don’t want to let people down, least of all our audience. The truth is we miss them as much as they appear to miss us. Our audience was always the fifth member of the band.

“Bottom line, U2 hasn’t played live since December 2019 and we need to get back on stage and see the faces of our fans again. And what a unique stage they’re building for us out there in the desert.

“We’re the right band, Achtung Baby is the right album, and the Sphere is the right venue to take the live experience of music to the next level.

“That’s what U2’s been trying to do all along with our satellite stages and video installations, most memorably on the Zoo TV Tour, which ended in Tokyo 30 years ago this fall.

“The Sphere is more than just a venue, it’s a gallery and U2’s music is going to be all over the walls.”

Fans around the globe can now register at this link to receive more information regarding show dates and on-sale details once they are announced.

Meanwhile, you can read about the movie that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are producing based around U2’s landmark 1997 Sarajevo gig right here.

This article originally appeared on JOE

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