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U2's UK Dates Sell Out Within One Hour
9 March 2001 | 0:00:00 GMT/UTC

Tickets for the UK dates of U2's Elevation tour went on sale at 8am this morning and were completely sold out by 9am. Due to the demand, promoters SFX added five extra dates; one in Manchester, one in Birmingham and three in London. These had also sold out by early afternoon.

The bands' manager, Paul McGuinness said: "Itís great. It looks like the whole tour will be sold out before weíve played the first date and it looks like this will be U2ís biggest record ever. I think itís also their best"

The full UK tour will now be:

  • 11 August - MANCHESTER Evening News Arena
  • 12 August - MANCHESTER Evening News Arena
  • 14 August - BIRMINGHAM NEC
  • 15 August - BIRMINGHAM NEC
  • 18 August - LONDON Earl's Court
  • 19 August - LONDON Earl's Court
  • 21 August - LONDON Earl's Court
  • 22 August - LONDON Earl's Court

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