U2 Confirms 2023 Las Vegas Residency In Super Bowl Commercial
In a commercial during Sunday’s Super Bowl, the Irish rock band U2 announced a series of Las Vegas shows in a UFO-themed trailer.
The U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at the Sphere residency is scheduled to take place this fall at the MSG Sphere in the Venetian resort in Las Vegas.
U2 will be the first band to perform at the new venue, which can hold up to 17,500 people.
The MGS Sphere was originally set to open in 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its construction until 2023.
The show is described as a “futuristic adventure in a unique desert landscape.” It’s the band’s first live performance in four years following their 30th anniversary Joshua Tree tour.
A new version of the song “One” off their 1991 album, Achtung Baby, was played during the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year presentation that honored Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott.
This rendition of the song will be on their upcoming album, Songs of Surrender, which features the band reimagining 40 of their past songs.
The announcement came with the news that drummer Larry Mullen Jr. will not be part of the residency as he undergoes and recovers from surgery.
Drummer Bram van den Berg will play in his place alongside Bono, The Edge and Adam Clayton.
“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,” Bono, The Edge, and Clayton said in a joint statement, later adding that the Sphere shows have “been in the works for a long time.”
Get the most-revealing celebrity conversations with the uInterview podcast!