The 29th of June is sure to be marked as an important date in the calendar of any Welsh fan of U2 — the band will be playing the Millennium Stadium as part of their world tour — Vertigo 2005. The band’s worldwide success across the years has been phenomenal, and the past year was no exception. Their latest album, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb", has sold 7.5 million copies outside of the UK, making them Britain’s biggest selling music export of 2004. The band’s lead singer Bono has to be admired for putting his fame to good use — he’s taken time out of the band’s busy schedule of preparation for the tour to attend an economic conference in Switzerland with Bill Gates and Tony Blair. His aim is to raise awareness for the problems which still plague Africa, and is campaigning for the cancellation of Third World debt.
It was announced this month that the tour will commence in San Diego in March, and will continue through 13 North American cities before arriving in Brussels on the 10th of June. The band will then play 24 European dates, the final concert being played in Lisbon in mid-August. Many fans have been voicing their complaints after trying to buy tickets from U2’s official website — members of the website had been promised priority for tickets but many have failed to get hold of one. Even so the tour has very nearly sold out already and is guaranteed to be a roaring success.