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Bono checks out The Sphere; MMA, WWE also in play

Updated June 1, 2023 - 10:57 am

U2 front man Bono surreptitiously visited The MSG Sphere on Saturday, according to visual reports from those on-site.

He was reviewing the sites and sound of the place as it has been testing audio and sound technology. Madonna’s “Vogue” reportedly blared through the venue’s PA system, the lyric of “Greta Garbo and Monroe, Dietrich and DiMaggio” reverberating through the facility.

Sound man Joe O’Herlihy, who has been with the band 45 years, arrived Friday. He’s well-known for his long beard, which rivals that of David Letterman, and also Billy F. Gibbons.

Also in the Sphere’s sphere, we believe the buzz about the MSG Sphere presenting combat sports in the venue’s programming. This would bring championship boxing and UFC/WWE events into the rotation, along with U2 and the “Postcard From Earth” theatrical experience.

U2 opens Sept. 29, with all 25 dates through December sold out on Ticketmaster. Tickets on secondary-market seller StubHub range from $400 to $1,700, with prices fluctuating according to demand. “Postcard From Earth” opens Oct. 6, tickets priced at $69-$99 (not including fees), with massive availability.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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