U2 Super Bowl ad teases Las Vegas residency for fall 2023
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U2 announced their return to the concert stage after four years with a surprise Super Bowl ad.
The 15-second commercial aired during the big game, featuring a quick glimpse of the band and a floating silver sphere, teasing the show dates for their residency at the MSG Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas this fall.
Titled "U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At The Sphere," the show will focus on the band’s 1991 album "Achtung Baby," which produced hits like "One" and "Mysterious Ways."
In a statement from U2, the band said "The Sphere show has been in the works for a long time. We don’t want to let people down, least of all our audience … the truth is we miss them as much as they appear to miss us … our audience was always the fifth member of the band."
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The statement continued, "The Sphere is more than just a venue, it’s a gallery and U2’s music is going to be all over the walls."
The MSG Sphere has a 20,000 person capacity and features 16k screens that wrap around the audience on all sides. It also has immersive sound and 4D technology that "will let the audience feel the wind on their face, the heat on their skin and the rumble of thunder," according to the press release for the residency.
The Edge raved about the venue’s technology in their statement, saying "The beauty of the Sphere is not only the ground-breaking technology that will make it so unique, with the world’s most advanced audio system, integrated into a structure which is designed with sound quality as a priority; it’s also the possibilities around immersive experience in real and imaginary landscapes. In short, it’s a canvas of an unparalleled scale and image resolution and a once-in-a-generation opportunity. We all thought about it and decided we’d be mad not to accept the invitation."