2019 Australian tour rumours (already!)
The eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour ended less than 24 hours ago, and yet there are already rumours of a tour being planned for late 2019. Via U2Start on Twitter, crew members have been asked to set time aside between August and December with the intention of touring Australia. This has been backed up by sources for U2Songs, with the supposition that any tour would take place in stadiums rather than arenas and it would not be considered a third leg of e+i. Perth and Sydney are locations that have been mentioned, with a possible starting date being as early as September.
Any visit down under would almost certainly include dates in New Zealand and Japan. U2 have almost always played New Zealand when visiting Australia. the exception being Popmart in 1998, and Japan has been visited on every occasion except for the group's first Aussie visit in 1984 and their most recent in 2010. However their first visit was intended to be during the War tour, during which they did play Japan but decided against adding more dates then due to their exhaustion from constant touring (sound familiar?). The resulting leg, dubbed "Under Australian Skies", was almost entirely material from the War tour with only four Unforgettable Fire songs being performed due to their unfamiliarity with the forthcoming album material. Pride was performed every night for which we have a complete setlist, and The Unforgettable Fire itself was done during at least 10 of the 19 shows. The other two songs, A Sort of Homecoming and Wire, both appeared on only two occasions.
As noted above, rumoured cities for a visit are Perth and Sydney. It is worth noting that U2 have played in Brisbane and Melbourne on every previous visit, and Adelaide on four of the previous six tours in the country.