Monday, February 13, 2023

U2 announce Achtung Baby Las Vegas residency

U2 has announced details for a Las Vegas residency this fall.

“U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At The Sphere” at The Venetian will see the band perform the opening shows at the new Las Vegas venue MSG Sphere, which bills itself as “the world's most experiential venue” which introduces 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, while 4D technologies will let the audience feel the wind on their face, the heat on their skin and the rumble of thunder.

U2’s seventh album, 1991’s “Achtung Baby”, topped the charts around the world with hits and instant classics like “One”, “Even Better Than The Real Thing” and “Mysterious Ways”, while going platinum or multi-platinum in many regions.

The 2023 residency will feature a lineup change for the Irish rockers, as drummer Larry Mullen Jr. will take time out to undergo and recuperate from surgery, with Bram van den Berg sitting in at the Sphere.

“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,” says Bono, The Edge and Adam Clayton. “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 the right album, and the Sphere 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 can register for news on show dates and tickets at

U2 will release a series of newly-reimagined recordings from their catalog on the forthcoming collection, “Songs Of Surrender.”

Due March 17 and curated and produced by The Edge, the package delivers 40 songs from the group’s extensive history that were re-recorded during sessions over the past two years and includes “a musical reimagining” resulting in a completely new recordings of each track, to include the arrangements and, in some cases, new lyrics.

Get your copy of some preview tracks from the album here.

See also:

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