Bono Announces 14-City Book Tour: ‘Stories Of Surrender’ 


Bono is headed out on the road in November to celebrate the release of his forthcoming memoir, “Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story.” Brought to you by Live Nation and Penguin Random House, the tour promises “an evening of words, music and some mischief.” 

Due out Nov. 1, the memoir is divided into 40 chapters, each named after a U2 song. The memoir tells stories from the life of the U2 lead singer, artist and activist, including the challenges he’s faced as well as tales of the friends and family who have “shaped and supported him.” Readers will get a close look at Bono’s journey from growing up in Dublin, including losing his mother at age 14, to how U2 became one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, along with his more than 20 years of activism fighting against AIDS and extreme poverty. Plus, the book features 40 original drawings from Bono.

The book tour, “Stories Of Surrender,” takes place in 14 cities in North America and Europe. The run launches at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Nov. 2, followed by shows at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre, Toronto’s Meridian Hall, the Chicago Theatre, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre and Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre. The European portion of the tour kicks off Nov. 16 at The London Palladium and includes gigs in Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin, Berlin, Paris and Madrid. 

 “I miss being on stage and the closeness of U2’s audience,” Bono said in a statement. “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-moir if I think of all the people who helped me get from there to here.”

A subscriber presale starts Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. local time. The general onsale begins Friday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. local time. Each ticket purchased comes with a copy of the memoir, with ticket sales limited to two per person.

U2 graced the cover of Pollstar in late 2019 as the “Artist of the Decade.”

As previously reported, from 2010 to 2019, U2 stands alone as the only touring artist to eclipse $1 billion according to Pollstar’s Boxoffice records. At the time of publication, U2 had grossed $1.038 billion and sold 9,300,500 tickets on 255 shows – not counting the full “Joshua Tree 2019” run that hadn’t wrapped yet.

Check out the routing for “Stories Of Surrender” below. 

 Wed Nov 02 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre 

Fri Nov 04 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre presented by Citizens 

Sun Nov 06 – Toronto, ON – Meridian Hall 

Tue Nov 08 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre 

Wed Nov 09 – 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