MSG Sphere at The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV
Set List of Show:
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
Please note: This event has just been announced and some content may still be under revision.
The MSG Sphere at The Venetian is a sphere-shaped entertainment venue opening this September in Las Vegas, NV. U2 are the first act to perform in this new venue. On April 24, five shows at the venue were announced, and this is the first of five. (The shows themselves were teased on February 10 in a press release, and later announced during a 15-second ad during the Super Bowl.)
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The venue itself has seating for 17,500 people, and can accommodate 20,000 people with a general admission area in use. The sphere has nine levels in total, and the inner performance area is a sphere shape, with programmable LED screens covering the sides and top of the performance area. The venue is a dome inside and outside. Not only will people be surrounded by images, there are also features such as scent and wind, a haptic system which will allow users to feel the sound, and targeted sound in the venue. The outside of the sphere is also covered in LED screens and can be used by the performers inside.
A smaller venue, MSG Sphere Studios, located in Burbank, California, opened in May 2022, allowing filmmakers and musicians to work in a scaled down version of the Vegas Sphere to perfect their video content. The interior of the studio is also spherical.
U2’s involvement in The Sphere was leaked in August 2022. In November 2022, Bono discussed the appearances with RTE’s Brendan O’Connor, saying “I can promise you it won’t be like anything you’ve ever seen in Las Vegas or anywhere ever. It is the most extraordinary…If it comes off, it’s grand madness by 100. It would centre around Achtung Baby, which we feel we need to really honor. But it will also, but we have to have the new songs out don’t we? There’s no place yet, big enough. If we can build one for our audience. But it will be, for us to go, it have to be like no one has ever gone before. That sounds a bit Star Trek. Part Star Trek, part traveling salesman. I’ve got some books…” In January he told the SmartLess podcast, “I’m interested in Las Vegas for all kinds of reasons, even going back to ‘The Fly’!”
U2 have confirmed they will focus on the album Achtung Baby with The Edge confirming they will play the entire album, but perhaps not in order.
Tickets range from $140.13 – $501.35 at four different price points for seats. A General Admission floor will be priced at $267.88, and at each show there will be a (RED) Zone riser at the back of the GA area which will hold 50 people, priced at $600.00. A presale opportunity via U2.com opened on April 24, 2023 with the announcement.
Officially Released Tracks