U2 tour dates rescheduled

U.S. 360° Tour was postponed due to Bono's back surgery

The 16 U2 360° Tour dates in the U.S. previously postponed due to Bono's back surgery have been rescheduled for spring/summer 2011, with all tickets being valid at the rescheduled performances.

The 2010 European tour, which was not been affected, begins as scheduled on Aug. 6 in Turin, Italy.

U2's manager Paul McGuinness thanked fans for their ongoing support. "We're delighted the dates are rescheduled and in all the same venues we originally planned to play," he said in a prepared statement. "It hasn't been easy to accomplish this, and I'd like to thank the managers of the many venues and sports teams across North America and Live Nation Global Touring for their help and cooperation in making this complex new plan possible. Above all we want to thank the U2 fans for bearing with us. They're the best and the band wants to get back to where they belong, surrounded by their audience."

The U2 360° Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring and sponsored in 2010 by BlackBerry. More than 1 million tickets had been sold to the 16 North American shows prior to their postponement, worth more than $100 million in boxoffice revenue. Last year, 360 grossed more than $311 million and sold more than 3 million tickets, according to Billboard Boxscore. Year Two would have taken the tour toward $600 million in boxoffice, topping the $558 million generated by the Rolling Stones' 2005-2007 Bigger Bang tour; now it looks like that U2 may not top that milestone mark until 2011.

These are not uncharted waters for the band. U2's 2005-2007 Vertigo tour had to postpone an Asia/Pacific leg for a time as a result of an illness in guitarist The Edge's family. That tour went on to gross $389 million, currently third all time.

"It all worked out in the end, and the most important part was everybody was fine and healthy," Live Nation Global Touring chairman Arthur Fogel told Billboard.biz in an earlier interview, expressing confidence at that time that the 360 dates would be rescheduled soon. "It's the intersection of life and entertainment. You do what you do, you sort it out, and make it all work in the end."

The rescheduled North American 360 Tour dates for 2011 are confirmed as follows:

May 21: Denver, Col. (Invesco Field, formerly June 12)
May 24: Salt Lake City, Utah (Rice Eccles Stadium, formerly June 3)
June 1: Edmonton, Alberta (Commonwealth Stadium, formerly June 23)
June 4: Seattle, Wash. (Qwest Field, formerly June 20)
June 7: Oakland, Calif. (McAfee Coliseum, formerly June 16)
June 17: Anaheim, Calif. (Angels Stadium, formerly June 6)
June 18: Anaheim, Calif. (Angels Stadium, formerly June 7)
June 26: East Lansing, Mich. (Spartan Stadium at MSU, formerly June 30)
June 29: Miami, Fla. (Sun Life Stadium, formerly July 9) *previously Dolphin Stadium
July 5: Chicago, Ill. (Soldier Field, formerly July 6)
July 8: Montreal, Quebec (Hippodrome, formerly July 16)
July 9: Montreal, Quebec (Hippodrome, formerly July 17)
July 11: Toronto, Ontario (Rogers Center, formerly July 3)
July 14: Philadelphia, Pa. (Lincoln Financial Field, formerly July 12)
July 20: East Rutherford, N.J. (New Meadowlands Stadium, formerly July 19)
July 23: Minneapolis, Minn. (TCF Bank Stadium, formerly June 27)