March 9, 2009 / 5:36 PM / 11 years ago

U2 announces 2009-10 "360" world tour

Bono of U2 perform with the band at Forham University in New York during a broadcast of ABC's "Good Morning America" in this publicity photo released to Reuters March 6, 2009. The performance coincided with the release of U2's 12th album "No Line on the Horizon". QUALITY FROM SOURCE REUTERS/Ida Mae Astute/ABC/Handout

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Irish super group U2 officially announced its 2009-2010 world tour on Monday, kicking off in Barcelona on June 30 and playing its first North American date on September 12 in Chicago.

The 90-100 date tour, in support of the band’s “No Line on the Horizon” album, is the band’s first stadium outing since their Vertigo tour in 2005-2006.

The album soared straight to top of the British album chart on Sunday, becoming the fastest selling album of the year so far, the Official Charts Company said.

The U2 360 Tour, announced on the band’s Web site, will visit 14 cities in Europe before hitting North America. There will be a number of different supporting acts including Glasvegas, Black Eyed Peas and Snow Patrol.

U2 said they would play in the round, using a new 360 degree design that would have the band surrounded by the audience and give everyone an unobstructed view.

Most of the details of the 360 Tour were reported last Friday by music trade publication Billboard, which said the tour was expected to be one of the highest-grossing ever.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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