Bono is launching a book tour to support the release of his new memoir.
The 62-year-old rocker – who is best known as the frontman and primary lyricist of U2 – is set to release his autobiography ‘Surrender: 40 Songs One Story’ in November and will offer fans around the globe an “evening of words, music, and some mischief” with new show ‘Stories of Surrender.’
In a statement obtained by Variety, he said: “I miss being on stage and the closeness of U2’s audience. In these shows, I’ve got some stories to sing, and some songs to tell… Plus I want to have some fun presenting my ME-moir, ‘Surrender,’ which is really more of a WE-more if I think of all the people who helped me get from there to here.”
The ‘With Or Without You’ hitmaker will begin his Live Nation-backed theatre tour at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on November 2 before going on to visit Boston, Toronto, and Chicago before arriving in the UK for dates in London, Glasgow, Manchester, and Dublin.
The tour will then visit Europe, with dates in Berlin and Paris before wrapping up in the Spanish capital of Madrid on November 28.
‘Surrender’ is due for release on November 2 and will take readers through the life of Bono – whose real name is Paul David Hewson – as he went on the “unlikely journey” from childhood tragedy in his native Ireland right through to becoming part of the world’s most successful bands.
The book’s announcement read: “The subtitle, ’40 Songs, One Story,’ refers to the book’s 40 chapters, each named after a U2 song. Bono has also created 40 original drawings which will be featured throughout the book. In his unique voice, Bono takes readers from his early days growing up in Dublin, including the sudden loss of his mother when he was fourteen, to U2’s unlikely journey to become one of the world’s most influential rock bands, to his more than twenty years of activism dedicated to the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty. Writing with candor, self-reflection, and humor, Bono opens the aperture on his life—and the family, friends, and faith that have sustained, challenged, and shaped him.”
Wed Nov 2 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Fri Nov 4 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre presented by Citizens
Sun Nov 6 – Toronto, ON – Meridian Hall
Tue Nov 8 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
Wed Nov 9 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Sat Nov 12 – San Francisco, CA – Orpheum Theatre
Sun Nov 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Orpheum Theatre
Wed Nov 16 – London, UK – The London Palladium
Thu Nov 17 – Glasgow, UK – SEC Armadillo
Sat Nov 19 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo Manchester
Mon Nov 21 – Dublin, IE – 3Olympia Theatre
Wed Nov 23 – Berlin, DE – Admiralspalast
Fri Nov 25 – Paris, FR – Le Grand Rex
Mon Nov 28 – Madrid, ES – Teatro Coliseum