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U2 will play Baltimore's M & T Bank Stadium in 2011, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Monday morning.

The band will bring its 360 Tour to the stadium on June 22, becoming the most successful headliner to hit the city since Bruce Springsteen played 1st Mariner Arena last year.

"Next summer is going to be a real statement for Baltimore," Rawlings-Blake told The Sun.

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A week before, British singer Sade will kick off her first tour in a decade at 1st Mariner. 

Midnight Sun had previously reported rumors of the show in October, but promoters Live Nation and the stadium refused to speculate on the date.

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A source at the mayor's office confirmed those rumors Sunday. 

Blake herself made the announcement Monday morning on 98 Rock. Live Nation also announced a new St. Louis date Monday.

M&T Bank tried to book the popular band in 2009, but couldn't square a date that didn't clash with the Ravens schedule.

This time, Roy Sommerhof, vice president of stadium operations, said they pursued the band 18 months in advance.

"We're fortunate enough to get it next summer," he said on the show. "It's been a long process." 

For M&T, it's the biggest headliner since Kenny Chesney in 2008. They have hosted concerts like HFStival before.

Florence and the Machine will be U2's opening act.

With U2 and Sade, Baltimore may finally be able to brush aside the impression that Washington DC gets all the big headliners.

"It will put Baltimore on the map" as a major concert venue, Rawlings-Blake said. 

U2 played FedEx Field last year, but the "Smooth Operator" singer chose Baltimore to open her first tour in a decade.

Photo: AP

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