This was not the kind of bomb U2 fans were looking for.
The Irish rockers were forced to dismantle the final 10 dates of their Vertigo world tour due to a family illness, according to a statement released by promoters.
"This action is unavoidable due to the illness of an immediately family member of one of the band," concert organizer Arthur Fogel said in the release, which was also posted on U2.com. "Any fan of U2 will realize that this decision has not been taken lightly. We will announce further details as soon as we have them."
No further details were disclosed. However, some news reports have indicated that a daughter of one of the band members was ill.
The cancellation affects stadium shows in Auckland, New Zealand Mar. 17 and 18; Brisbane Australia Mar. 21; Melbourne Mar. 24 and 25; Adelaide Mar. 28; Sydney Mar. 31 and Apr. 1; Yokohama, Japan Apr. 4; and Honolulu Apr. 8.
It's expected those sold-out gigs will be made up as soon as Bono and the boys decide they're ready to return the road. U2's jaunt was to be their first jaunt Down Under since the group's Popmart extravaganza in early 1998.
Back in January 2005, two months after the release of their most recent mega-selling album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, family illness was cited as the reason for the rockers to push back the start of the North American leg of their Vertigo World Tour by a month.
Dublin's Sunday World newspaper published a pixilated photo of the ailing person. The Edge, whose relative was apparently depicted, obtained a restraining order preventing the tabloid from printing any more stories on the matter, claiming invasion of privacy.U2 is coming off a successful swing through Latin America. In Jan., they thrilled sell-out crowds in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, where, just before taking the stage, the Grammy-winning quartet was honored with an Amnesty International award for its human rights work and Bono received the country's top cultural accolade, the Neruda Prize.