weather icon Clear

Sources: U2 sets MSG Sphere opening date

Updated February 12, 2023 - 4:00 pm

U2 and Garth Brooks are not touring together in 2023, but the superstars are planning to headline in Vegas. Plans for both acts are coming into focus.

Sources with knowledge of U2’s series at MSG Sphere report the band will open Sept. 29-30. That timeline indicates the venue itself opens on that weekend, with no activity planned prior. U2 is reportedly setting up 12 shows, all Fridays and Saturdays, over non-consecutive weekends.

The band’s frontman, Bono, has hinted fairly obviously the band’s general intentions to play Vegas next year. He told “The Brendan O’Connor Show,” hosted by the popular Irish media star, this week, “I can’t announce Vegas, you’d have to shoot me! But if it happens, I can promise you it won’t be like anything you’ve ever seen in Las Vegas or anywhere, ever. There’s no place yet big enough. For us to go, it has to be something that no one’s ever gone before.”

He might be referring to that imposing, round thing behind The Venetian/Palazzo.

The Brooks residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, previously reported in this space, is expected to be announced Monday morning (an earlier version of this story indicated the onsale would be Monday, but those details are to be announced). The series opens in late-March, just after “Weekends with Adele” is scheduled to close.

Brooks has said he wants Trisha Yearwood to join him onstage in Vegas. Fans have responded positively, and also deafeningly, to her participation in shows at Allegiant Stadium and Dolby Live.

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.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.