As exclusively revealed here Friday, U2 will kick off its 2005 Vertigo tour March 28 in San Diego. Sixteen North American dates are on tap so far for the first leg of the tour, which wraps May 26 in B

As exclusively revealed here Friday, U2 will kick off its 2005 Vertigo tour March 28 in San Diego. Sixteen North American dates are on tap so far for the first leg of the tour, which will wrap May 26 in Boston. Tickets for some shows begin going on sale Saturday (Jan. 29), but paid subscribers to U2's Web site can take advantage of an exclusive pre-sale beginning tomorrow.

The band has also confirmed 24 European summer dates, beginning June 10 in Brussels and concluding Aug. 14 in Lisbon. Although a routing has not yet been confirmed, U2 will return to North America for another 30-date leg in the fall.

As on the 2001 Elevation tour, the arena floor will be general admission for about 1,700-1,800 seats, depending on the building. And, like Elevation, the tour will feature unique production elements.

"This tour will be not unlike the last production in that the lowest priced tickets will be on the floor," says U2 manager Paul McGuinness. "The best seats are the cheapest, and we want people to get excited." He adds that details on distribution of floor tickets will be forthcoming. "Some will be on sale, some will be radio contest winners," he says.

Here are U2's tour dates:

March 28: San Diego (Sports Arena; on sale Jan. 29)
April 1: Anaheim, Calif. (Arrowhead Pond; on sale Jan. 30)
April 5: Los Angeles (Staples Center; on sale Jan. 30)
April 9: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion; on sale Jan. 30)
April 14: Phoenix (Glendale Arena)
April 20: Denver (Pepsi Center; on sale Jan. 29)
April 24: Seattle (Key Arena)
April 28: Vancouver (GM Place)
May 7, 9: Chicago (United Center; on sale Jan. 29)
May 14: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center; on sale Jan. 29)
May 17-18: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena; on sale Jan. 31)
May 21: New York (Madison Square Garden; on sale Jan. 31)
May 24, 26: Boston (Fleet Center; on sale Jan. 29)
June 10: Brussels (King Baudouin Stadium)
June 12: Gelsenkirchen, Germany (Schalke Stadium)
June 14: Manchester, England (Stadium)
June 18: London (Twickenham Stadium)
June 21: Glasgow (Hampden Park)
June 24: Dublin (Croke Park)
June 29: Cardiff, Wales (Millennium Stadium)
July 2: Vienna (Ernst Happel Stadium)
July 5: Katowice, Poland (Slaski Stadium)
July 7: Berlin (Olympic Stadium)
July 9: Paris (Stade de France)
July 11: Zurich (Letzigrund Stadium)
July 13: Amsterdam (Arena)
July 19: Milan (San Siro)
July 23: Rome (Olympic Stadium)
July 27: Oslo (Vallehovin Stadium)
July 29: Gothenburg, Sweden (Ullevi Stadium)
July 31: Copenhagen (Parken)
Aug. 3: Munich (Olympic Stadium)
Aug. 5: Nice, France (Parc des Sports Charles Ehrmann)
Aug. 7: Barcelona (Camp Nou)
Aug. 9: San Sebastian, Spain (Anoeta Stadium)
Aug. 11: Madrid (Estadio Vicente Calderon)
Aug. 14: Lisbon (Alvalade)

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