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October 5, 2010

U2 to play Baltimore in 2011, maybe

U2 could play Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium next year, the band accidentally revealed on its website.

In a post announcing plans to play the Glastonbury festival in 2011, also inadvertently revealed a possible date with Charm City June 22. 

Representatives for M&T Bank Stadium and tour promoters Live Nation have not returned calls for comment. 

It's not the first time the band has teased Baltimore with a possible performance.

Last year, Ravens president Dick Cass told Midnight Sun the stadium almost booked the band for a date, but it conflicted with the game schedule. 

But if the 2011 date works, it would be the first major league non-sports event at the stadium in recent years, and the biggest headliner in the area since Bruce Springsteen played M&T Stadium 1st Mariner last year.

Baltimore radio stations reported the 2011 rumor earlier this week.  But it wasn't any more than wishful thinking until the post went up Oct. 2.

A picture from the band's accidental post, after the jump. 

U2 fan site grabbed this screen shot from the band's official website before it was taken down:


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Posted by Erik Maza at 12:23 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Music News


First off, Springsteen played at First Mariner Arena, not the stadium.

I think this could be a great show. Saw them at Fedex Field which is a much more spread out venue. The smaller feel of M&T could make it great. Plus, it's much easier to get in and out of. Woot!

Actually, Bronchtis Bruce played at 1st Mariner Arena in 2010.

As much as i have complained about the music heavy posts on this blog recently, i welcome this news

The author said that Bruce Springsteen played at 1st Mariner Arena in 2010, you idiots!!! Read the entire article before you post stupid comments.

This is cool. I already have my tickets for the rescheduled Philly show in July.

Really? U2? I've never liked them...I actually dislike them more than the Steelers, whom (as a Ravens fan) I would welcome to M&T Bank Stadium.

@ Penn-

Actually, the original article indeed stated that The Boss played M&T Bank Stadium. It was changed by the author to fix his mistake. My stupid comment was 100% accurate at the time it was posted. Don't get your panties in a bunch.

U2? LOL...Another in a LONG line of OLD GEEZERS still trying to be relevant. Sure says a lot about the music industry when old farts (you know, the Stones, Springsteen, U2) are the only ones being booked. Make that old WHITE farts. How come local stadia or the arena doesn't book any Black acts? U2?...break out the Geritol. Wake me up when it's over.

Guess The Who couldn't dig up Entwistle and Moon in time to play the Baltimore gig.

Easy Truth Serum. Beyonce, Jay-Z, Usher, and Alicia Keys have all played the Baltimore Arena in the last year.

U2 can only dream of being as awesome as The Who...even without Entwistle and Moonie!

Actually, Bruce Springsteen played 1st Mariner Arena in 2009, NOT 2010. Check your calendars, folks.

(And next time you wanna call someone out, you might wanna make sure that you actually know what you're talking about...)

And regarding the subject of this article, I really hope that the rumors are true. U2 would be a great live act for the stadium.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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