Tour Updates: June 25, 2019
Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-06-25)
Update: June 27, 2019:
We have been told by multiple reliable sources that there will not be a second show for Melbourne. Live Nation Australia and New Zealand confirmed yesterday that this is the case, with a note on Facebook that stated, “With the schedule now complete for U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour in New Zealand and Australia Live Nation has announced that a number of production tickets have just been released for the U2 concert at Marvel Stadium…” Other acts, such as Taylor Swift and Metallica have struggled to sell second shows in Melbourne recently.
Original Story: June 25, 2019:
For those who were wondering about the logistics issues at the show in Melbourne that we mentioned, those have been resolved, and this has resulted in a large release of tickets for the first Melbourne show. This includes GA tickets which are available now. If you were looking for tickets for the first show, and were unable to get them until this point as we write this there are tickets available again. There are multiple configurations available for Marvel Stadium, and until now it was not decided whether this area would be made available as seats, or as General Admission, but the area has been released as standing tickets. With this drop of tickets for Melbourne, tickets are available for all cities in Australia and New Zealand, although in some cases this is limited to second shows in some of the cities. General admission standing tickets are available for Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney 2, Auckland 2. The only city where general admission tickets are not currently available in New Zealand and Australia is in Brisbane, but seats are available in most categories.
Tickets are still available for the first show in Seoul as well, where 1127 tickets in the general admission area are available. Seoul has a split GA section, and these are all in the back general admission area. The front area has been sold.
A second show for Singapore came a surprise to many including us. Our sources had not been aware of a second show planned for there. At the time of the tour announcement, a second show for Singapore was not showing on the itinerary for the tour. The seat map shows that the stage in Singapore will be oriented on the long side of the field which lowers the overall capacity of the stadium. This change in configuration is similar to what was used in Brussels on the second leg of The Joshua Tree 2017 tour where the stage was also oriented to the side, rather than in one end of the stadium.
In Japan tickets are now finished in the Japanese presales at Ticket PIA and E-Plus, allowing Japan residents to apply for tickets in a lottery based presale. A second round of presales for non-Japanese based residents starts July 1 at noon Japan standard time, and will run until July 13 at 23:59. More information on these new presales will be available on U2japan2019.com. The general sale for Japan, if there are any tickets remaining after these presales, will start on Saturday July 20 at 10am.
Second shows were planned for Melbourne and for Seoul if ticket sales were good. The venues have been on hold in both locations for a second show, which would follow the night after the first. At this point we have confirmed that the venues were still on hold in both cases as of yesterday, but we are told that the longer these go without announcement, the less likely the shows will happen, and we are told that a second show for Melbourne will likely not happen. If we get any updates we will pass those along. At least one fan has started a petition to get a second show added for Melbourne if you are interested in adding your name to the petition.
Finally, Ryan Tedder, the front man for OneRepublic, teased on Instagram that he may be going to some of the upcoming Joshua Tree shows. As a post on Instagram Stories, Tedder posted a picture of U2 onstage during 2017, and included a note, “Joshua street stadium tour part 2 this fall. Mayyyyy be going.” Although Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds has been announced as an opening act for the shows in New Zealand and Australia, no opening act has been announced at this time for the shows in Asia. Could it be OneRepublic that open these shows? OneRepublic has previously opened for shows on the U2360 tour in Munich, Zurich and Vienna, and shows on The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour in Miami, Tampa, Louisville and Cleveland. Tedder has also worked extensively with U2 as a producer and musician on the last two albums.
Finally here are a few links from our site with additional coverage of the tour:
- Show Page: The Joshua Tree Tour 2019: Links to all of our news report, show listings, and more.
- Questions and Answers about The Joshua Tree Tour 2019
- Countdown clock to the show in Auckland NZ