UPDATE: As expected, both the Facebook event and Ticketmaster sales page have been removed. Our original story is below, with links (now broken) still intact.
An unannounced -- and possibly completely made up -- U2 concert in Columbus, Ohio, next fall has just shown up on U2's Facebook page as well as Ticketmaster.com.
A little after 5:00 PM PT, fans started alerting us on Twitter to a Facebook event that was added to U2's event listings there. The show is listed as taking place on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:00 PM at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
As you can see on the screenshot, there's an indication that tickets are available through Ticketmaster, with a "Find Tickets" link that leads to a sales page on Ticketmaster.com that looks like this:
Both pages indicate that the show is part of the Innocence + Experience tour. The Ticketmaster page includes a message saying "On sale date and time are in the works - please check back!" It doesn't include a stage diagram for any U2 show; instead, it shows the venue's default end-stage concert setup. The language related to ticket sales matches how the 2015 tour worked -- i.e., "Some locations are credit card entry only" and so forth. Ticket prices are listed as ranging from $33 to $278. I'm guessing that both the Facebook event and Ticketmaster sales page will be removed soon.
This has happened before previous U2 tours/legs. It could just be a system test using a random city, venue and date. It could also be an actual show that U2 is planning for next year, and could be a sign that a tour announcement is coming soon. If October 2017 seems too far away for an announcement now, keep in mind that the entire 2015 tour -- with dates from May to November, 2015 -- was announced on December 3, 2014.
We've sent an e-mail to U2's communications team and will update this post if we learn anything new.
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