Two - Barcelona and Amsterdam. Sadly they didn't consult with my holiday planner and it clashes with my summer vacation (hence I'm going to Barcelona) That said whilst I love this album I still don't really get the purpose of the tour..
You don't think it is first and foremost about money/contractual obligations?
Livenation gave u2 an absolute bomb load of money a few years ago to handle all their tours etc....it is very reasonable to think (as i do) that livenation have said 'hey u2 get out there and give us some return on the massive lump of money we have given you'....and this was the idea
A figure of 100m has been thrown about as the amount (lets assume for a moment it is there or thereabouts).... in terms of ROI it would need some amazing amounts of grosses over the years factoring in all the costs etc....my guess (and it is just a guess) is that things are closeish to being profitable enough for the investment made to realise a good return for livenation but certainly not as much as hoped for and this idea will push it over the line, and does so in the quickest manner.
Anyone know when the deal ends/is up for possible renewal - maybe LN wanted a bit more return before considering a renewal for example...
The band and their people have then on the back of this realised that all this could work well from a marketing point of view with a new record to follow at some point, reminding people they are still around/possibly getting people who had jumped off back on the bus and sticking around for new stuff...taking their most well known record on a shortish jaunt - keeping LN happy and doing some marketing of the u2 'brand' at the same time....the tour has already garnered a fair bit of coverage in music press/sites etc already.
I would say there is a pretty close summary of the purpose of this tour.