Live Music

U2 bring 40-date Sphere residency to a close

More than 700,000 fans saw U2 perform at the Las Vegas Sphere in its sold-out 40-date residency which began in September last year, and ended this month.

Live Nation confirmed the figure of spectators that came from more than 100 countries around the world for the “U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At The Sphere” show.

The residency grossed $244m (£191m/€233m) from 662,532 tickets, and saw U2 place in the Top 20 in Pollstar’s year-end rankings for live revenue after just the first few months of performances at the Sphere.

During the final show, U2 were presented with the “Key to the Las Vegas Strip” by Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom.

Bono, The Edge and Adam Clayton were joined by Bram Van Den Berg on the drums as he was filling in for Larry Mullen Jr., who was recovering from surgery and unable to play.

He was in the crowd, however, and paid tribute to the band later on social media: “What an incredible night at Sphere. So grateful to Bono, Edge, and Adam and of course Bram for an amazing job, very emotional night for me personally.”

The band debuted a new song during the residency called Atomic City. It was produced by Jacknife Lee and Steve Lillywhite, and was released on September 29 before being performed at the Grammy Awards on February 4.

For the final performance, the band was joined by Daniel Lanois on stage for a rendition of the song One. Lanois co-produced the albums The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby.

The next set of concerts at the Sphere will be Phish in April followed by Dead & Co.’s run in May and June.

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