U2 Announce Tour, Tap Kings of Leon for Support 

(antiMUSIC) Update: U2 have selected Kings of Leon as support for the U.S. leg of their forthcoming Vertigo World Tour.  The tour is set to kick off on March 28th at the San Diego Sports Arena. At press time, the unofficial word out of the U2 is that the U.S. leg of the tour will run until May with the final show in Boston. 

A second U.S. leg of 30 arena dates are expected in late summer after a 30 date European leg that kicks off on June 10th in Belgium. 

Confirmed dates for the world tour will be released on Monday and according to a press release from a promotion company for the Kings of Leon tickets will begin to go on sale on January 29th.   According to the press release, "Similar to U2's Elevation Tour in 2001, the Vertigo dates will feature approximately 17-hundred general-admission seats on arena floors, giving fans a chance to see the group close-up."

U2 is offering their online subscribers access to presale tickets. 

U2.com reports: There are plenty of misleading stories out there about dates and venues, but the real dates, cities and venues will be officially announced on U2.Com on Monday - along with information on tickets. 

Fans who have paid to become SUBSCRIBERS of U2.Com will have the oppertunity to purchase tickets - a few days ahead of the general sale. 

We have secured a limited number of these advance-sale tickets for U2.Com Subscribers. They will be able to buy 2 tickets for a seated venue (USA) and 4 tickets for an outdoor show (Europe). 

Once the tour is announced U2.Com subscribers will receive an email with ticketing purchase information sent to their email address. 

Update: Kings of Leon have the following confirmed "headline" dates supported by The Features:
Date City/State Venue

1/25 Seattle WA- Neumos 
1/26 Portland OR- Aladdin Theatre
1/28 San Francisco, CA- Slim's
1/29 Los Angeles CA- Roxy
1/30 Los Angeles CA- Roxy 
1/31 San Diego CA
2/3 Tokyo Japan- The Liquid Room
2/5 Tokyo Japan- The Intex
2/6 Osaka Japan- Messe
2/17 Nashville TN- Exit In
2/18 Nashville TN- Exit In
2/19 Louisville, KY- Headliners Music Hall
2/22 New York NY- Irving Plaza
2/23 NY NY Webster Hall
2/25 Philadephia PA- TLA 
2/26 Washington DC- 9:30 Club
2/27 Boston MA- Paradise
3/2 Toronto ONT- Opera House
3/4 Chicago IL- Metro
3/5 Minneapolis MN- Fine Line
3/6 Kansas City MO- Beaumont Club
3/11 Oklahoma City OK- Bricktown Live
3/12 Austin TX- La Zona Rosa
3/13 Dallas TX- Gypsy Ballroom
3/15 Houston TX- Meridian
3/17 New Orleans LA- House of Blues
3/18 Atlanta GA- Roxy
3/19 Birmingham AL- Workplay Theatre

The following U2 Vertigo dates supported by Kings of Leon:

March 28 San Diego, CA Sports Arena
April1 Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
April 5 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
April 9 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
April 14 Phoenix, AZ Glendale Arena 
April 20 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
April 24 Seattle, WA Key Arena 
April 28 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
May 7 & May 9 Chicago, IL United Center 
May 14 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center 
May 17 & May 18 East Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena 
May 21 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
May 24 & May 26 Boston, MA Fleet Center

Tickets for performances in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and San Diego will go on sale Saturday, January 29th. Tickets for performances in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose go on sale on Sunday, January 30th and tickets for New York and East Rutherford go on sale Monday, January 31st. All additional on sale dates will be announced in the next few weeks.

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