On June 11, 2018, U2 will perform at the Apollo Theater in New York's Harlem neighborhood for the first time. The invitation-only show, which is open to SiriusXM subscribers, will air on SiriusXM's channel 30, on SiriusXM.com and through the SiriusXM app that can be used on smartphones and other connected devices.
SiriusXM subscribers who are eligible to attend the show will receive an invitation by email. Subscribers who joined SiriusXM on or after April 25, 2018, can enter a sweepstake to win a trip for two to New York that will include airfare, hotel accommodations and two tickets to U2's Apollo Theater concert.
U2 has been on its 2018 "eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE" world tour in support of the band's 2017 album Songs of Experience. According to a SiriusXM announcement, U2's Apollo Theater show will consist of songs from the album, as well as many of the band's classic hits. U2 famously paid tribute to Apollo Theater performer Billie Holiday in the band's 1988 song "Angel of Harlem."
The Apollo Theater has a seating capacity of about 1,500 people. The last time U2 played a show this intimate in New York was in 2000 when U2 did a concert at Irving Plaza, a ballroom-style venue that can hold about 1,000 people.
U2 lead singer Bono commented in a press release about the band's Apollo Theater show: "New York City and the U2 band have a unique history. From the songs of Lou Reed, Billie Holiday and the Ramones that taught us how to listen, to the New Yorkers at our earliest U.S. shows who taught us how to play, the souls of New York and U2 have always been intertwined. The Apollo Theater is the heart of New York's musical soul, and to finally be playing our songs on the same stage where James Brown begged 'Please Please Please' is not only a bucket list moment, it's an incredible honor."