U2 is poised to take on the world yet again with its upcoming 80-show arena tour, set to begin March 24 in Sunrise, Fla., and run through a June 21 date in East Rutherford, N.J., before hitting Europe

U2 is poised to take on the world yet again with its upcoming 80-show arena tour, set to begin March 24 in Sunrise, Fla., and run through a June 21 date in East Rutherford, N.J., before hitting Europe. Tickets for some shows will begin going on sale this weekend through all Ticketmaster outlets. The trek is being dubbed as the "Elevation 2001 Tour," named after a song on the Irish rock act's new Interscope album "All That You Can't Leave Behind," which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 last fall. More regions could be added, and multiple dates for certain markets will be tacked on as ticket sales warrant. As previously reported, U.K. rock outfit PJ Harvey will open the North American dates. As is typical of U2 tours, production will be unique and high-tech, with a 360-degree end-stage configuration. What is atypical, however, particularly among top-shelf rock acts such as U2, is a general admission (GA) setup on the entire floor. Sources close to the tour say the ticket scale in the U.S. will be $130 for gold circle (the seats in the first rows on either side of the stage), $85 reserved, and $45 for the GA floor. Eighty percent of the house is priced at $85 or less. "We're playing arenas, which for us is the equivalent to a club date," Bono told Billboard's Larry Flick last September. "I'll tell ya, this is not a tour to miss. We've been playing a lot together, and there's something indescribable, almost combustible happening between the four of us. I won't be cliche and call it magic, but there's something going on that I believe will make these shows extraordinary. We're back to making music, which should be our first job." Last time out on the PopMart worldwide stadium extravaganza, U2 grossed $173,610,864 and drew just under 4 million people to 95 shows. That tour was promoted by Toronto-based The Next Adventure (TNA), later acquired by SFX Entertainment; former TNA president Arthur Fogel now heads SFX Touring and spearheaded the company's efforts in putting the U2 tour deal together. Here are U2's North American tour dates: March 24: Sunrise, Fla. (National Car Rental Center) March 29: Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Coliseum) March 30: Atlanta (Philips Arena) April 2: Houston (Compaq Center) April 3: Dallas (Reunion Arena) April 6: Denver (Pepsi Center) April 9: Calgary, Alberta (Saddledome) April 12: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome) April 13: Vancouver (General Motors Place) April 15: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden) April 17: San Diego (Sports Arena) April 19: San Jose, Calif. (Arena) April 23: Anaheim, Calif. (Arrowhead Pond) April 26: Sacramento, Calif. (xx) April 28: Phoenix (America West Arena) May 1: Minneapolis (Target Center) May 3: Cleveland (Gund Arena) May 4: Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena) May 6: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena) May 7: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena) May 9: Milwaukee (Bradley Center) May 10: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse) May 14: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center) May 18: St. Louis (Savvis Center) May 19: Chicago (United Center) May 24: Toronto (Air Canada Centre) May 27: Montreal (Molson Centre) May 30: Detroit (Palace Of Auburn Hills) June 2: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena) June 3: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena) June 5: Boston (FleetCenter) June 9: Hartford, Conn. (Hartford Civic Center) June 17: New York (Madison Square Garden) June 21: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)

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