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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 4:25 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2006

U2 tickets on sale Saturday

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser entertainment writer

Tickets to U2's highly anticipated Honolulu concert, set for April 8 at Aloha Stadium, will go on sale at 9 a.m. this Saturday at the stadium box office and Ticketmaster locations.

Reserved seats are $165, $95 and $49.50, depending on location, but general admission main floor (grass area) tickets will be $49.50 — offering the closest access to Bono and his Grammy-nominated cohorts from Dublin, Ireland, when they take the stage.

Up to 60,000 fans can be accommodated. Some presale tickets will be sold to fan club members in advance this week, according to the Ticketmaster Web site.

Besides usual Ticketmaster locations, including Times Supermarkets, tickets will be available at the Blaisdell Center box office, the Brigham Young University student activity center tne Mokihana Travel at Lihue, Kaua'i. The stadium box office will be open for Saturday ticket sales; regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays,

Phone reservations may be made at (877) 750-4400; online sales will be at www.ticketmaster.com.

U2 has been on a blitz of sell-out shows, with 78 concerts in North America and 32 in Europe since last March, when the tour was launched in San Diego.

So far, the group's "Vertigo" tour has played to 3.4 million fans and has brought in nearly $140 million worldwide, second only to the Rolling Stones in 2005 revenue.

The group is up for Album of the Year, Song of the Year ("Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own"), Best Performance by a Duo or Group, Best Rock Song ("City of Blinding Lights") and Best Rock Album ("Vertigo") in the Feb. 8 Grammys.