U2 Fills Barcelona Stadium in Just 54 Minutes

MADRID, March 27 2009 — Veteran Irish band U2 proved again they are among the megastars of rock when all 90,000 tickets for the Barcelona launch of their new world tour reportedly sold out in just 54 minutes.

"In just 54 minutes, all 90,000 tickets on sale found buyers," mainly through the Internet site of the Spanish company in charge of selling them, the Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia said on its website Wednesday.

The tickets for the June 30 gig in the northeastern Spanish city were on sale for between 30 and 150 euros (40 and 200 dollars).

The concert at the Nou Camp, the massive stadium of the Barcelona football club, will be the first of the group’s "360 degrees" tour linked to its new album "No Line on the Horizon".

From Barcelona, the tour moves to Milan’s San Siro stadium on July 7 and then to France, Germany and the Netherlands.

The band, whose career spans nearly three decades, returns home on July 24 to play Croke Park in Dublin before heading for Sweden, Poland and Hungary and then four gigs in Britain.

They then head over the Atlantic, with their first gig of the US and Canada leg at Chicago’s Soldier Field on September 12. (AFP)