U2 to play Charlottesville
One of the world's most popular bands is coming to Charlottesville. Dublin, Ireland-based U2 will perform locally in September or October, according to a press release issued Monday morning by Elizabeth Flynn of the SMG, the company operating the John Paul Jones Arena.
Though the exact when and where of the show has yet to be officially announced, an unconfirmed report on U2gigs.com puts the show in Scott Stadium on Thursday, October 1 with tickets going on sale April 4. Should this be the case, it would be only the fourth concert ever at the UVA football stadium. In 1956 Duke Ellington performed there as part of Easters Weekend, Dave Matthews Band played their Charlottesville homecoming show at the stadium in April 2001, and the Rolling Stones brought their "Bigger Bang" tour to town in October 2005.
By most any measure, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. constitute the biggest active rock band in the world today. Their last album, 2004's How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, sold 7 million copies worldwide, won eight Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. Their Vertigo Tour in support of the album grossed $389 million, with 4.6 million tickets sold over the course of 131 shows, setting a new world record. Last week, U2 released its 12th album No Line on the Horizon, which promises to be its 12th platinum-selling album, and its eighth album to reach #1 on the Billboard charts. The band celebrated with a week's worth of performances on the Late Show with David Letterman and an impromptu gig in the main quad at New York's Fordham University.