U2 are taking over Las Vegas, and what better way to announce their grand return to the stage than with a Super Bowl commercial aired to millions of viewers?
In the ad aired during the big game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday (Feb. 12), the band revealed that they will help launch the MSG Sphere, a long-awaited venue at The Venetian casino and resort, in the fall. The announcement also came with the launch of the corresponding website U2 x SPHERE, where fans can register to receive all the details.
Last month, U2 announced they’ll be releasing a compilation album titled Songs of Surender on March 17, and the project will contain 40 reworked versions of tracks from throughout their 40-plus-year career. The collection, a companion to singer Bono’s recent memoir Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, will feature updated takes on classic hits like “One,” “Bad,” “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Desire,” “With or Without You” and “I Will Follow,” among others. Guitarist The Edge curated and produced the collection of re-recorded and reimagined songs from across U2’s catalog, which were laid down in sessions over the past two years.
U2’s most recent album was 2017’s Songs of Experience. Watch the announcement in the Super Bowl commercial below.
The MSG Sphere — a partnership between the Madison Square Garden Company and Las Vegas Sands Corporation — was initially set to open in 2021, but construction was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch the extended ad below: