U2 will utilize the talents of a rotating trio of support acts on the upcoming third leg of its Elevation tour. Garbage will handle the chore from the tour’s Oct. 12 opener in South Bend, Ind., through the Oct. 24 New York date; the Stereophonics support beginning Oct. 28 in East Rutherford, N.J., through Nov. 2 in Philadelphia; and No Doubt will bring up the rear, joining Nov. 5 in Austin, Texas, and hanging on through the Nov. 18 finale in Las Vegas.
Garbage will be supporting its upcoming Almo Sounds/Interscope album “Beautiful Garbage,” due Oct. 2. No Doubt will likely preview material from its new Trauma/Interscope set, “Rock Steady,” due Dec. 18. Stereophonics’ latest V2 album, “Just Enough Education to Perform,” bowed at No. 1 in the U.K. in April.
U2 has already played 50 dates in North America on the tour’s first leg, and 33 in Europe on the second. As first reported here, U2 has committed to 22 North American dates, with only 16 markets on its itinerary, leading to speculation that several multiple-night stands are expected during this go around.
Tickets for the Chicago stop, as well as Canadian shows in Montreal and Hamilton, Ontario, go on sale tomorrow (Sept. 21). Saturday will see Baltimore, Philadelphia, Austin, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas tickets go on sale, with Los Angeles and South Bend following on Sunday and Monday, respectively. On sale dates for remaining stops in New York, East Rutherford, and Providence, R.I., have not yet been set.
Staged in support of U2’s latest album, “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” (Interscope), the tour has grossed $105 million to date. The album debuted last November at No. 3 on The Billboard 200, and has so far spawned the singles “Beautiful Day,” “Elevation,” and “Stuck In a Moment That You Can’t Get Out Of.” The latter track debuts at No. 62 on The Billboard Hot 100 this week.