Thursday 8 December 2016

Experience pays off for U2 as world tour rakes in €122m

Published 07/01/2016 | 08:04

The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform at The see Arena in Belfast. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 18/11/2015
The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform at The see Arena in Belfast. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 18/11/2015

Dublin chart-toppers U2 made over €122m in ticket sales on their sell-out Innocence + Experience world tour.

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Figures released show their tour was the third best-earning over the past 12 months.

The Beautiful Day stars were beaten to the top two slots by One Direction and Taylor Swift, who made an eye-popping €192m and €200m respectively.

Bono and his bandmates also landed on Billboard's top 25 Boxscores for their eight-night gig in Madison Square Garden in July.

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This made €19m from almost 150,000 audience members.

The band's previous tour, called U2 360°, still holds the top spot for the highest-grossing tour of all time. Running between 2009 and 2011, it took in a massive €679m.

U2 finished their world tour by playing their re-scheduled Paris dates on December 6 and 7.

They now have some well-earned time off before they take to the road again in 2016 with huge speculation surrounding their next move.

They are expected to release a new album, Songs of Experience, some time in 2016 with a tour to follow later this year or in early 2017.

Speaking about the next album, Bono said that "a lot of the songs are done already" in what will be music to the ears of their fans.

There's no news yet if they will repeat their controversial move of giving away the album for free on iTunes, like they did with Songs of Innocence.

Bono later issued an apology for the move after doing a deal with Apple, calling it an "honest mistake".

"It was a drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn't be heard," he said.

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