U2 Teases Las Vegas Residency: “If This Happens, This Will Be Really Extraordinary”

“If it happens, I can promise you it won’t be like anything you’ve ever seen in Las Vegas or anywhere ever,” Bono said of a potential Sin City residency.

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Posted on February 12, 2023

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U2; Photo Courtesy of Super Bowl Commercial

Keep an eye out this Super Bowl Sunday— U2 is teasing their long overdue Las Vegas residency in an ad during the big game’s iconic commercial breaks.

The Irish rock band will reportedly be the first group to perform in Vegas’ brand-new MSG Sphere venue—which Billboard reports is worth $1.8 billion— inside The Venetian Resort.

The band’s publicity team released a statement that read, “Something is coming………… Tune In For A Special Ad This Super Bowl Sunday to See More.”

U2 also teased the forthcoming announcement with an image of the MSG Sphere, which displays a glowing baby’s face that U2 fans are naming “Achtung,” a reference from their 1991 album, Achtung Baby. They linked u2xsphere.com for additional information.

The venue is said to hold 20,000 standing spectators or 17,500 seated guests and 23 VIP suites, making it the largest spherical structure in the world. In addition, the space will include state-of-the-art spatial audio, an exterior exosphere with fully programmable LED technology and 160,000 square feet of video viewing space. 

U2 in Philadelphia; Photo Courtesy of Steve Garfinkel
U2 in Philadelphia; Photo Courtesy of Steve Garfinkel

U2 Frontman Bono Recently Teased The Sin City Residency

Bono, frontman of the iconic rock group, shared his excitement for the new venue and possible residency with Irish media personality Brendan O’Conner back in November. 

“I hope it would be ready. I can’t announce Vegas. You’d have to shoot me. But if it happens, I can promise you it won’t be like anything you’ve ever seen in Las Vegas or anywhere ever. It is the most extraordinary — If it comes off, it’s grand madness by one hundred. It will center around Achtung Baby, which we feel we need to really honor. But we have to have the new songs out don’t we?” he asks.

U2 in Philadelphia; Photo Courtesy of Steve Garfinkel
U2 in Philadelphia; Photo Courtesy of Steve Garfinkel

Last month, he discussed the opportunity in depth during an episode of Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes’ SmartLess podcast

“We haven’t signed off on it, but if we do, if we do sign off on this, I will say that if we can pull off what we’re talking about, it’s not like anything we’ve ever done before,” he added. “It’s nothing like Las Vegas has ever seen before. If this happens, this will be really extraordinary.”

U2 Will Soon Release Their New Album, Songs Of Surrender

The band is also scheduled to drop their highly anticipated album, Songs Of Surrender, on March 17th via Island Records.

Songs Of Surrender will feature a collection of 40 re-recorded and re-interpreted songs from the group’s back catalog, which were all recorded over a two-year period of lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U2 celebrated the project announcement in January by releasing new versions of U2 fan favorites: “Pride (In the Name of Love)” and “With or Without You.”

The same day as the album release, Disney+ is premiering Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, with Dave Letterman. Directed by Morgan Neville, the documentary will feature clips of Bono and the Edge touring with Dave Letterman, a Dublin native, along with concert footage. 

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Additionally, Bono has added more dates to his widely popular Stories of Surrender book tour in spring of 2023, which will take place at New York’s Beacon Theater. The critically acclaimed show runs in support of the New York Times and Sunday Times best-selling memoir by Bono, titled “Surrender: 40 Songs, One story.”

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