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U2 To Return To Road

U2, whose last tour in 2009-2011 was the highest-grossing ever, has announced concerts in 2015 across North America and Europe.

The tour plans indicate that frontman Bono expects a full recovery after a bicycle accident last month.

He was replaced by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay's Chris Martin during a surprise show for AIDS relief on Monday in New York.

The Irish superstars announced shows in 19 cities starting with Vancouver's Rogers Arena on May 14-15 and ending at the Bercy Arena in Paris on November 10-11.

U2 will play two dates in most cities, although four shows each are planned at New York's Madison Square Garden, The Forum in the Los Angeles area and London's O2.

"We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two ... and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience," Bono said in a statement.

Bono was alluding to U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, whose subject matter revolves heavily around his childhood memories.

The tour is U2's first since 2009-2011, when the band played 110 shows across the world and generated more than $US736 million ($A796 million) - far more than any other string of concerts.

The last tour, dubbed 360, took place mostly in outdoor stadiums where fans would face a central stage. The upcoming tour will take place in comparatively intimate indoor arenas.

U2 did not immediately announce any dates outside of North America and Europe.

The band said, however, that is planning additional dates in Dublin in late 2015. AAP

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