LAVAL, Que. -- Several employees at a Montreal-area music venue confirmed Tuesday that U2 are practising there ahead of their upcoming tour.

They told The Canadian Press the Irish group has chosen Place Bell in Laval to prepare for the "eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE" tour, which begins in Oklahoma on May 2.

Several employees could be seen wearing badges with the name of the tour.

One person, who did not want to be identified, said the band would be on the premises Tuesday after also being there Monday.

There was no official word from Place Bell, Universal or evenko, which promotes and produces shows.

U2 are playing Montreal's Bell Centre on June 5 and 6.