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U2 Puts Spartan Stadium Back On Its Itinerary

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U2 has rescheduled its postponed North American tour for next year, slotting a June 26, 2011 date for Spartans Stadium in East Lansing.

The Irish rock group was originally supposed to play there on June 30 but scuttled the entire tour after frontman Bono injured himself in May during rehearsals in Germany. The singer underwent surgery and will be ready to resume U2's 360 Tour -- named for the in-the-round stage the group performs on at the shows -- on Aug. 6 in Turin, Italy.

The rescheduled North American dates begin next May 21 in Denver. Tickets for the original shows will be honored, and refunds, if necessary, will be made at the point of purchase.

Tickets are still available for the East Lansing date.

In a statement, U2 manager Paul McGuinness said that, "We're delighted the dates are rescheduled and in all the same venues we originally planned to play. It hasn't been easy to accomplish this and I'd like to thank the managers of the many venues and sports teams across North America and Live Nation Global Touring for their help and cooperation in making this complex new plan possible.

"Above all we want to thank the U2 fans for bearing with us. They're the best and the band wants to get back to where they belong, surrounded by their audience."

U2 began its 360 Tour in June of 2009 in Europe and grossed $311 million in 44 shows there and in North America. A home video, "U2 360 at the Rose Bowl," was filmed last Oct. 25 and released last month.

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