Live Nation will announce today that the first 16 U2 360 tour concerts will be postponed until sometime in 2011 due to the back injury Bono sustained while preparing for the tour. No new dates were announced but you have to expect U2 fans will have to wait until the summer of 2011 because of the use of large outdoor stadiums for the tour.
Bono had to cancel the U2 headlining gig at the Glastonbury festival on June 25 and is said to be out for at least 8 weeks, maybe longer according to Billboard.com. It sounds like Bono had a pretty serious back injury to cancel the entire US portion of his tour, and even the European portion set to start on August 12 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome may be in peril.
Live Nation must be having fits right now trying to figure out what to do with all the tour merchandise that can’t be used now that the U2 tour has been postponed. There are thousands of concert tees, posters and tour programs with the wrong dates already printed for a tour that won’t happen this year.
Tickets for U2 are available for all the U2 360 tour dates in 2011, and U2 fans are encouraged to hold onto their concert tickets until a new round of tour dates for 2011 are announced.