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U2 adds Las Vegas to fall itinerary

(LiveDaily.com) -- as Vegas is the latest city on the itinerary for U2's world tour behind its latest multi-platinum release, last year's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb."

The Irish rockers touch down in Sin City on Nov. 4 for a show that is sandwiched between stops in Los Angeles and Oakland, CA. Tickets for the newly announced date are set to go on sale Saturday (4/9), according to promoters.

U2 is scheduled to play about 75 North American shows, broken into spring and fall legs, during their 2005 world tour. In 2001, the band played 80 North American dates in support of its 2000 album, "All That You Can't Leave Behind."

The newly enshrined Rock and Roll Hall of Famers opened their outing last week in San Diego, playing a set that spanned their entire 25-plus-year career. The six-song encore ended with "40," a song that ended the band's sets early in its career, but had been mothballed since 1983.

U2 switched up its set list during its weekend stand in Anaheim, CA: after opening shows in San Diego with "City of Blinding Lights," the group launched its Anaheim gigs with "Love and Peace or Else." The recent death of Pope John Paul II may have prompted the change; U2 frontman Bono met the Pope in 1999 during his campaign the get Western nations to forgive third-world debt.

"The best front man the Catholic Church ever had," Bono said a statement issued in the Pontiff's memory. "A great show man, a great communicator of ideas even if you didn't agree with all of them, a great friend to the world's poor which is how I got to meet him. Without John Paul II it's hard to imagine the Drop the Debt campaign succeeding as it did."

"How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" currently sits at No. 34 on The Billboard 200 album chart, up 20 notches since the tour launched. The set is certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping more than 3 million copies in the U.S.

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