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Extra U2 concerts for Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney

Rumour had it that every city on the forthcoming Oceania leg of the 360° Tour was in line to get two gigs. Well, that rumour has been proved correct. Tickets sold extremely quickly at the general sale last Friday, with all venues now sold out. A second show has already been announced for Perth and it too has sold out. Now, second shows have been announced for Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney. The extra dates are:

Friday, 26 November 2010: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
Friday, 3 December 2010: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Thursday, 9 December 2010: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Tuesday, 14 December 2010: ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Tickets for the second Auckland concert will go on sale on Thursday, 9 September at 9am, and the three Australian shows will follow on Friday, 10 September. The Australian sale times are staggered throughout the day: Melbourne will go on sale first at 9am via Ticketmaster, then Sydney at 1pm via Ticketek, followed by Brisbane at 2pm, also via Ticketek. As usual, there will be a U2.com fanclub presale before the general sale.

This extends the Oceania leg to 10 shows, the longest U2 tour of Australia and New Zealand since Lovetown in 1989. ZooTV featured eight shows, Popmart a paltry four, and Vertigo nine. Lovetown, however, featured a staggering twenty-seven shows in Australia and New Zealand. The only other U2 tour of the two countries, The Unforgettable Fire Tour in 1984, also outdoes the 360° Tour with nineteen shows.

It is worth noting that the 360° Tour is now only the second tour on which U2 have scheduled more than one concert in Brisbane, and it is the first time they have played two stadium gigs in the city. The Lovetown Tour featured three shows at the indoor Entertainment Centre.

To close on a sombre note, we would like to extend our best wishes to the people of Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region in New Zealand's South Island, after the devastating earthquake there yesterday morning. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake has wreaked extensive damage, although miraculously serious injuries have been few, and the only reported death was the result of a heart attack. We hope that this beautiful part of the world is able to recover quickly from the disaster.

Posted on by Axver

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