Veteran Irish rockers U2 have confirmed via video blog that their sold-out concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California, this Sunday, 25th October, will be streamed free, in full and live on YouTube. It’s the first time a show of this size will be streamed live, says the band.
The Rose Bowl show is the penultimate U2 show this year and is already set to host the venue’s biggest ever audience of over 96,000 fans. YouTube will offer access for fans worldwide – in countries yet to be visited by the tour, or not at all, who will be able to watch the whole show online.
U2 manager Paul McGuinness said, ‘The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time. As we’re filming the LA show, it’s the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium. Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 – this time U2 can go to them, globally.’
YouTube will be streaming live across five continents. The show will be available in the usual You Tube way, as video-on-demand, following two full replays – after the live stream – on both U2.com and You Tube.
As a fellow musician once remarked: U2 have been together since the dawn of time and despite occasional forays to save the world, still manage to turn out albums with decent tracks on them. An irritating band in the sense that you feel you should dislike them as rock dinosaurs, but when they turn out tracks like Elevation, Vertigo, Get on your Boots and White as Snow, you can’t help but love them as much as when they were hip the first time round with Sunday Bloody Sunday.