U2 360° Tour
U2 360° Tour

The U2 360° Tour was a worldwide live performance tour by rock band U2.[1] Staged in assist of the group’s 2009 album No Line on the Horizon, the tour visited stadiums from 2009 by way of 2011. The live shows featured the band taking part in “within the spherical” on a round stage, permitting the viewers to encompass them on all sides.[2] To accommodate the stage configuration, a big four-legged construction nicknamed “The Claw” was constructed above the stage, with the sound system and a cylindrical, increasing video display on prime of it. At 164 ft (50 m) tall, it was the most important stage ever constructed.[3] U2 claimed that the tour could be “the primary time a band has toured in stadiums with such a novel and authentic construction.”[4]

In an period of declining music gross sales, analysts anticipated U2 360° to be a significant supply of revenue for the band.[5] Each date of the tour offered out, many inside minutes of tickets occurring sale. To accommodate the time required to assemble and transport “The Claw” between tour dates, three separate stage buildings had been required on tour. The 360-degree manufacturing elevated the capability of venues by as much as 25{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7}, resulting in attendance information at over 60 venues. Varied themes had been integrated into the exhibits; parts of the live shows featured outer area themes, on account of “The Claw’s” resemblance to a spaceship. Pre-recorded messages from the Worldwide House Station had been displayed in the course of the exhibits, as had been sociopolitical statements from Desmond Tutu and Aung San Suu Kyi. The setlists had been adjusted for annually of the tour; for the 2010 exhibits, unreleased songs had been debuted reside, whereas for 2011 legs, the group carried out extra Nineties songs to mark the twentieth anniversary of the discharge of Achtung Child.

Comprising three legs[6] and 110 exhibits, the tour started on 30 June 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, and concluded on 30 July 2011 in Moncton, New Brunswick. It twice visited Europe and North America, whereas making stops in South America, Africa, and Oceania. The 2010 North American leg of the tour was postponed till the next yr after lead vocalist Bono suffered a critical again harm. U2 gained Billboard Touring Awards for Prime Tour and Prime Draw of 2010 and 2011, and for Prime Boxscore at a single venue in 2009 for exhibits at Croke Park in Dublin. A 2009 present on the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California was filmed for the live performance video U2360° on the Rose Bowl and was streamed reside over YouTube; the live performance set a brand new US attendance file for a single headlining act.[7] The tour was typically properly acquired by critics and followers. By its conclusion, U2 360° had set information for the highest-grossing live performance tour with $736 million in ticket gross sales, and for the highest-attended tour with over 7.2 million tickets offered.

Conception and stage design

The tour stage. The video screen was above the band in a large black container. Four silver legs supporting the screen curved down into the audience. Five circular orange lights were dotted along the top of each leg. The round stage was surrounded by a semi-circular catwalk which can be reached by crossing a bridge. The audience surrounded the band on all sides.

The stage was surrounded by the viewers and featured a claw-like supporting rig.

Willie Williams, who has labored on each U2 tour for the reason that 1982–1983 Warfare Tour, was once more a designer for this tour;[8] Mark Fisher served because the architect.[4] Williams had been toying with concepts for 360-degree stadium staging for U2 for quite a few years,[9] and offered sketches of a four-legged design to the group close to the tip of their Vertigo Tour in 2006.[3] The inspiration for the “spaceship-on-four-legs” design, nicknamed “the Claw”, got here from the landmark Theme Constructing at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport.[3] Early reviews referred to it because the Kiss the Future Tour, although the identify was later modified.[10]

The tour featured a 360-degree configuration, with the stage being positioned nearer to the middle of the stadium’s discipline than typical.[8] The stage design featured a big four-legged metal construction that held the speaker system and cylindrical video display and hovered above the efficiency space. The stage was surrounded by a round ramp, which related to the stage by rotating bridges. Followers with normal admission tickets may very well be positioned each outdoors the ramp in addition to between the ramp and stage. The stage had no outlined entrance or again and was surrounded by the viewers.[8] The stage design was in a position to enhance the venues’ capacities by about 15–20{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7}.[11] Tiered soccer stadiums had been most popular venues on this scheme, in comparison with flat fields or baseball stadiums,[8] though just a few of the latter added to the routing. As with many large-scale excursions of its period, the U2 360° Tour had each the workforce and the revenues related to a medium-sized firm.[5]

A concert stage; four large legs curve up above the stage and hold a video screen which is extended down to the band. The legs were lit up in green. The video screen has multi-coloured lights flashing on it. The audience surrounds the stage on all sides.

“The Claw” options an increasing video display and elaborate lighting results.

The phases had been constructed by the Belgian firm Stageco together with the U.S.-based firm Enerpac. Every stage deployed high-pressure, state-of-the-art hydraulic techniques. These had been used for the primary time ever to assemble and dismantle the excessive tonnage construction. Stageco designed a novel system, primarily based on Enerpac’s Synchronous Carry System, to boost the modular building to a peak of 30 metres in an environment friendly and efficient method.[12][13]

The metal construction was 51 metres (167 ft) tall (doubling the dimensions of the stadium set for The Rolling Stones’ A Greater Bang Tour, the earlier file holder), was in a position to maintain as much as 200 tonnes beneath it, and required 120 vans to move every of the three units constructed to assist the tour.[3][14] Every leg of the construction contained its personal sound system.[3] The price of every construction was between £15 million and £20 million ($23 million and $31 million, respectively).[15] Consequently, the tour was closely insured.[5] The dimensions of the stage led to some issues with its building in sure venues. The band paid $2 million to boost the HD video display in Cowboys Stadium for his or her live performance in Arlington, and paid $3 million to broaden the Hippodrome de Montréal into a short lived stadium for his or her live performance in Montreal.[16][17] The 360° tour crew consisted of 137 touring manufacturing crew supplemented by over 120 employed domestically.[18][19] Every day prices of the manufacturing had been roughly $750,000, not together with the stage building; nearly all of this got here from truck leases, transportation, and employees wages.[20] The tour was not anticipated to interrupt even till the conclusion of the second leg.[20]

The present is an unlikely fusion of the 2 extremes of U2’s excursions – the technological overload of 1992-93’s Zoo TV and the no-frills, bare-stage Elevation Tour.

 —Brian Hiatt, of Rolling Stone[21]

When the tour was introduced, U2 guitarist The Edge mentioned of the present’s design: “It is arduous to provide you with one thing that is essentially completely different, however we’ve, I believe, on this tour. The place we’re taking our manufacturing won’t ever have been seen earlier than by anyone, and that is an incredible factor to have the ability to say. For a band like U2 that actually thrives on breaking new floor, it is an actual thrill.”[10] Lead singer Bono mentioned the design was supposed to beat the staid conventional look of outside live shows the place the stage was dominated by speaker stacks on both facet: “Now we have some magic, and we have got some lovely objects we’ll take all over the world, and we’re inside that object.”[22] He additionally mentioned that the group’s aim was for the present to not be too choreographed.[23] Williams mentioned the aim is to determine a bodily proximity: “The band is simply sitting within the palm of the viewers’s hand.”[3] On the conclusion of the tour, the intent was to depart the three buildings in numerous elements of the globe and switch them into everlasting live performance venues.[14] An public sale of the phases was deliberate following the final live performance.[24] In April 2018, it was introduced that the Loveland Residing Planet Aquarium in Utah had reached a deal to completely set up one of many claw phases on its expanded campus; the construction is deliberate to be totally assembled by July 2019.[25]

The video display descends throughout a efficiency of “The Unforgettable Fireplace”. The display is made up of video panels affixed to a pantograph.

The reworking video display was designed by Mark Fisher in a collaboration with Chuck Hoberman and Frederic Opsomer. The display was fabricated by Opsomer’s firm Progressive Designs of Belgium, utilizing LED pixels manufactured by Barco. The display was bought and rented to the tour by XL Video. It’s made up of elongated hexagonal segments mounted on a a number of pantograph system, which permits it to “open up” or unfold aside vertically as an impact in the course of the live shows.[26] The video display consists of over one million items: 411,000 pixels, 320,000 fasteners, 150,000 machined items, and 30,000 cables are wanted to create the visible show at every live performance.[27] The display is mounted on a cabled pulley system to allow all the display and pantograph system to maneuver decrease and nearer to the band. The automation for the display deployment was supplied by Kinesys UK.[28] The LED segments of the display are weather-resistant.[18]

Producing this construction was a problem, however the impact has been nice. It dwarfs the stadium, it makes the stage look clear and breaks down the barrier between band and crowd. Having invested on this expertise, I believe it is a sport changer. I do not know what we’ll do subsequent time, however these cleaner phases in stadiums are the best way to go.

 —Adam Clayton[29]

U2 introduced that it could buy carbon offsets to consider the environmental impression of the massive manufacturing, which has been estimated to be as much as 65,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide; roughly the identical quantity that might be emitted in flying a passenger airplane 34 million miles.[3][30] Along with the carbon offsets, the band additionally arrange a web page on PickupPal so that folks might carpool to live shows in an try and decrease the carbon footprint.[31] Moreover they launched a fan journey carbon offset program in partnership with Offset Choices.[32] Many of the carbon emissions are a results of transporting the three stage buildings throughout Europe and North America.[30] An environmental guide to carbonfootprint.com famous that to offset the tour’s 2009 emissions, the band must plant over 20,000 timber.[30] In an interview with BBC Radio, The Edge reiterated that U2 had been offsetting their carbon emissions, additionally stating, “We might like to have some various to massive vans bringing the stuff round however there simply is not one.”[33]

Load-out of the huge set from venues took as a lot as

3+12 days. Sound and light-weight tools was packed into the fleet of vans first in the course of the 4 hours following the live performance; the rest of the time was spent deconstructing the metal buildings making up the stage utilizing 4 cranes.[34] The in depth period of time it took to assemble and disassemble the stage interfered with the event of the schedule for the 2010 Main League Baseball season,[35] on account of U2 scheduling exhibits at 4 MLB stadiums: O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Rogers Centre in Toronto, and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. U2 was additionally compelled to reschedule what would have been their last Giants Stadium live performance, when the NFL modified the beginning time of a New York Jets sport, and load-out time from the live performance a day and a half prior would have been inadequate.[36]

Business partnerships and philanthropy

Automobiles with the BlackBerry and U2 branding in entrance of Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The tour was U2’s first below their 12-year take care of Dwell Nation.[11] It was sponsored by BlackBerry,[22] in a transfer that broke U2’s prior relationship with Apple Inc. and opened potentialities for collaborations between U2 and Analysis in Movement on cell music experiences.[37] Lead singer Bono mentioned of the brand new relationship, “I am very enthusiastic about this. Analysis in Movement goes to offer us what Apple would not: entry to their labs and their folks so we are able to do one thing actually spectacular.”[38] The specific company sponsorship of a tour was a primary for the group, and was because of the anticipated manufacturing prices being larger than for any earlier U2 tour.[3] The primary commercials for a brand new BlackBerry software, known as the “U2 Cellular App”, started airing in early July 2009 towards the tune “I will Go Loopy If I Do not Go Loopy Tonight”; the appliance permits the person to take heed to the album No Line on the Horizon, accommodates a information part which options updates concerning the tour, and an interactive part that permits the sharing of photographs and permits the person to see their place throughout a live performance relative to the band and different software customers.[39] Fashions of the stage had been added to Google Earth roughly per week earlier than the scheduled live performance passed off; tour architect Mark Fisher acknowledged, “We thought it could be attention-grabbing to place up on Google Earth a bit of moveable structure.”[40]

A class of stage-close seats known as “The Pink Zone” was created to be offered by an public sale course of, at costs estimated at as much as €1,000 ($1,300).[41] All proceeds are to be donated by U2 members to charity, with The International Fund to Struggle AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria anticipated to obtain a lot of it.[41] Roughly €9 million ($11 million) in U2 360° Tour earnings is predicted to go to charity.[41] The band requested followers to deliver masks of Aung San Suu Kyi to live shows and put on them throughout performances of “Stroll On” in her assist; the tune was initially written for Suu Kyi.[42]

The tour was topic to minor criticisms, at each the occasions surrounding the opening live shows in Barcelona, and the live shows in Dublin. When rehearsing for the tour in Barcelona, residents of the town complained concerning the band’s noise after 10 pm, which was the time till which the town allowed the band to rehearse.[43] The setup of the band’s stage for the Croke Park live shows in Dublin was criticised by followers for less than permitting seating round a part of the circular-shaped stage, taking away from the 360° seating configuration that was used at different venues. One fan claimed that solely 270° of seating across the stage was being utilised for the three Dublin live shows, and that there was no purpose that the stage couldn’t be positioned in the midst of the venue.[44] Extra criticisms concerning the Croke Park exhibits arose from about 80 Dublin residents, who protested towards the Dublin Metropolis Council for permitting the band’s crew to dismantle the stage in the midst of the night time following the three live shows, because of the loud noises attributable to the crew. The protest blocked a number of crew vans from exiting the venue, placing the tour not on time, and tour promoter MCD Productions delivered a letter to the protesters informing them that they may very well be sued for any of the tour’s monetary losses because of the protest.[45] Along with the loudness of the band’s crew, the Dublin Metropolis Council determined to withhold the band’s €80,000 ($104,000) bond, after breaking the 75 decibel most quantity in any respect three of the Dublin live shows.[46]

Like most live shows, tour venues have benefited from internet hosting live shows. North Carolina State College’s settlement with Dwell Nation resulted in $166,000 in parking proceeds and $175,858 meals and beverage concessions. Moreover Dwell Nation agreed to pay for changing the sod on the soccer discipline the place the stage and flooring seating was situated up to a price of $250,000.[47]

Ticketing and itinerary

The preliminary tour dates had been introduced in March 2009.[4] U2 performed 44 exhibits in that yr.[11] The tour started in Barcelona on 30 June and performed in Europe by way of 22 August 2009.[11] The North American leg of the tour started on 12 September 2009 in Chicago adopted by two nights in Toronto and ended on 28 October 2009 in Vancouver.[11] The band performed in Europe in 2010 following the postponement of the second North American leg till 2011. They completed 2010 by taking part in Australia and New Zealand in November and December. There have been a number of exhibits in every metropolis making it the most important stadium tour of Australia within the band’s historical past.[48]

U2 supervisor Paul McGuinness confessed nervousness over preliminary ticket gross sales happening in the course of the late 2000s recession.[10] Drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. mentioned, “Will we promote it out? Who is aware of? Will the financial scenario have an effect? In all probability. However that is not going to cease us.”[3] Bono mentioned, “I wish to placed on a rare present, however I would wish to personal my home when it is over.”[49] The tour featured a tiered pricing system for tickets; the most costly ticket being barely larger in worth than the final tour, however the most cost-effective tickets, the overall admission tickets, being decrease.[11] Taking part in bigger capability venues allowed the band to cost tickets extra conservatively and subsidise cheaper tickets with costlier ones.[3] Within the US, discipline degree tickets had been priced at $55, and roughly 10,000 tickets per present had been priced at $30. The worth factors had been $30, $55, and relying in the marketplace, $90–95 and $250.[11] McGuinness mentioned, “Now we have labored very arduous to make sure that U2 followers should purchase a great-priced ticket with a assured nice view.”[50]

Tickets for European exhibits first went on sale in mid-March, with excessive demand. Reveals in Gothenburg, Amsterdam and Milan offered out fairly quick, with second dates being added in every metropolis;[51] these additionally offered out rapidly.[52] In The Netherlands, demand rendered all of KPN’s 0900 paid service numbers unreachable.[53] The almost 90,000 tickets for the opening live performance in Barcelona had been offered in 54 minutes, establishing a brand new file for live shows in Spain.[54] The tour set a file by promoting 650,000 tickets in seven hours.[23] Relating to the short sellout of two Croke Park exhibits in Dublin, Bono mentioned: “It is overwhelming, actually. It is a very massive deal for us to sell-out our hometown at such pace, it is unbelievable. … We do not take something as a right.”[23] Followers from all all over the world travelled to Eire for the band’s hometown exhibits, main the Gaelic Athletic Affiliation to shut their museum in Croke Park during the occasions on account of fears over safety and extreme demand.[55] The Croke Park exhibits later gained Prime Boxscore on the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards.[56]

The primary North American tickets went on sale in late March. Followers who bought normal admission tickets got seating closest to the stage on a first-come, first-served foundation.[11] Presales had been held for U2.com subscribers, with these holding membership the longest getting the primary likelihood to buy tickets.[57] Gross sales had been robust, with preliminary dates in Chicago and outdoors Boston and New York promoting out inside minutes as soon as the general public sale started, and with second exhibits being added at every venue.[58] As a result of larger capability of the 360 diploma configuration, the exhibits usually set information for the most important live performance attendance at every venue;[58] tour director Craig Evans claims the tour set attendance information for 60 completely different venues.[59] Two of the U2 360° Tour’s live shows stay within the prime 5 highest-attended single live shows in the US ever, with the 25 October efficiency in Pasadena, California, setting the file at 97,014 attendees.[7]

The excessive US demand for tickets for the tour, and the problem which some followers had in getting them, introduced consideration to rapidity with which tickets turned up on the higher-priced secondary market.[60] Some tickets had been being resold on the secondary marketplace for costs of as much as $7,500.[61] Moreover, pre-sale passwords had been being offered on eBay for bids of as much as $400.[61] Though some artists had been recognized to be holding again tickets from normal sale and delivering them straight into the secondary market, Dwell Nation mentioned that U2 didn’t interact on this observe.[60]

Postponement of 2010 North American exhibits

Bono sustained an harm to his again throughout preparation for the North American third leg of the tour, the harm to which included sciatica, a ligament tear, a herniated disc, and partial paralysis of his decrease leg and resulted within the want for emergency backbone surgical procedure at Ludwig Maximilians-College Hospital in Munich.[62][63] Following the surgical procedure, Dwell Nation introduced that the opening live performance in Salt Lake Metropolis, which had been scheduled to happen on 3 June 2010, could be postponed to a later date, with different dates additionally doubtlessly being affected.[64] His docs, who included famous sports activities doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, then mentioned Bono had a very good prognosis however would wish eight weeks of bodily rehabilitation,[63] and McGuinness and Dwell Nation introduced that all the North American leg was being postponed and could be rescheduled into 2011.[65][66] McGuinness acknowledged, “Our largest and I consider finest tour has been interrupted and we’re all devastated. For a performer who lives to be on stage, that is greater than a blow. He [Bono] feels robbed of the prospect to do what he does finest and appears like he has badly let down the band and their viewers.”[65]

On 13 July 2010, the rescheduled live performance dates had been introduced for 2011,[67] starting 11 Could in Mexico Metropolis, Mexico, and ending 30 July in Moncton, Canada.[68] Bono apologised for the inconvenience to followers over their affected journey plans, however famous that it had given the band the chance to file new materials within the studio which U2 had been contemplating taking part in reside.[67]

Live performance setlists and present themes

Major set

Bono and Adam Clayton throughout a live performance in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Every live performance of the U2 360° Tour contained between 22 and 26 songs. Two songs performed over the general public tackle system preceded the band’s arrival on stage—David Bowie’s “House Oddity” and an outtake from the No Line on the Horizon classes known as “Quickly” (beforehand titled “Kingdom of Your Love”).[21] The opening 5 tracks had been similar every night time on the primary leg; “Breathe” opened and was adopted by “No Line on the Horizon”, “Get on Your Boots”, “Magnificent”, and “Lovely Day”. The following few tracks featured probably the most variation of the setlist. “I Nonetheless Have not Discovered What I am Wanting For” was performed steadily, whereas early live shows featured a variety from “Angel of Harlem”, “In a Little Whereas”, “Want”, and “Social gathering Woman”. Concert events afterward included “Mysterious Methods”, “Till the Finish of the World”, “New Yr’s Day”, and “Caught in a Second You Cannot Get Out Of”. “Keep (Faraway, So Shut!)”, “Elevation, and “Electrical Storm” had been performed on uncommon events, and “One”, which often closed the principle set, was typically carried out about half-way by way of. The remainder of the setlist had little variation. “Unknown Caller” was performed most nights, and was adopted by “The Unforgettable Fireplace”, “Metropolis of Blinding Lights”, and “Vertigo”. The remix association of “I will Go Loopy If I Do not Go Loopy Tonight” was carried out subsequent, that includes Larry Mullen, Jr. strolling across the outer stage taking part in a djembe,[69] adopted by “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, which options scenes from the 2009 Iranian election protests on the video display.[70][71] “Satisfaction (Within the Identify of Love)”, “MLK”, “Stroll On”, “The place the Streets Have No Identify”, and “One” usually rounded out the principle set, although the band sometimes closed it with “Unhealthy” or “Mysterious Methods”. “One” was often preceded by a video from Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaking about help to Africa and the ONE marketing campaign, although the video was performed previous to “The place the Streets Have No Identify” occasionally.[72]

Bono and followers at Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Portugal

The second leg of the tour featured extra variation within the first a part of the setlist. “Breathe” opened most live shows, although its place was sometimes taken by “Magnificent”. “No Line on the Horizon” continued to observe “Breathe” in early setlists, however was later moved again in order that it adopted “Lovely Day” as an alternative. “Mysterious Methods” and “Elevation” had been carried out extra steadily, as was “I Nonetheless Have not Discovered What I am Wanting For”. “Your Blue Room”, a observe from Authentic Soundtracks 1, made its reside debut on the tour (with recorded visitor vocals by Sinéad O’Connor),[21] whereas “Satisfaction (Within the Identify of Love)” was dropped. “Unknown Caller” was dropped for a interval of a number of weeks earlier than being revived in the direction of the tip of the leg, and “In a Little Whereas” additionally returned to the setlist.

The third leg of the tour featured the debut of six beforehand unreleased songs: “North Star”,[73] “Glastonbury”,[73] the instrumental “Return of the Stingray Guitar”,[73] “Each Breaking Wave”,[74] “Mercy”[75] and “Boy Falls from the Sky”, a tune written by Bono and The Edge for the musical Spider-Man: Flip Off the Darkish. “Each Breaking Wave” was later launched on U2’s following studio album, Songs of Innocence (2014), and “Return of the Stingray Guitar” advanced into the backing observe for the tune “Lucifer’s Palms”, which was launched on deluxe editions of the identical album.[76] “Breathe”, “Caught in a Second You Cannot Get Out Of”, and “Unknown Caller” had been dropped from rotation, whereas “Miss Sarajevo”, “I Will Observe”, “Moms of the Disappeared”, “Maintain Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” and “Spanish Eyes” made their tour debuts. On the fourth leg of the tour, “Scarlet” was carried out instead of “MLK” and devoted to the discharge of Suu Kyi.[77] “One Tree Hill” made its tour debut and was devoted to the 29 miners who died within the Pike River Mine catastrophe; their names had been proven on the display on the conclusion of the tune.[77][78] “All I Need Is You” and “Love Rescue Me” had been additionally included within the set in the course of the fourth leg.

In the course of the sixth leg of the tour in South America, the “Fish Out of Water” remix of “Even Higher Than The Actual Factor”, later launched within the twentieth anniversary reissue of Achtung Child, was revived because the present opener. “Out of Management” and “Zooropa” had been additionally debuted, whereas “In a Little Whereas” was dropped from the setlist. The seventh leg noticed the tour debut of “The Fly”. It moved “Mysterious Methods” and “Till the Finish of the World” each up within the setlist to be the third and fourth songs following “The Fly”. The final present in Moncton, New Brunswick had the refrain of “The Ballad of Springhill” included within the setlist, as a tribute to the close by city of Springhill, Nova Scotia, which suffered from a big mining catastrophe in 1958.[79]


In the course of the encore, Bono wore a laser-embedded swimsuit and sang right into a “glowing steering wheel” microphone which hung from above.

The encore was similar every night time and consisted of “Ultraviolet (Gentle My Method)”, “With or With out You”, and “Second of Give up”.[80] “Ultraviolet” featured an elaborate staging whereby Bono wore a swimsuit with embedded with lasers that shone by way of the violet lighting scheme, whereas singing to, round, and hanging from, an illuminated steering wheel–formed microphone dropped from above.[69] Following the band’s exit from the stage, Elton John’s “Rocket Man” was performed. Starting on the second leg of the tour “One” opened the primary encore and was adopted by “The place the Streets Have No Identify”, with “Wonderful Grace” usually used to bridge between them.[72] The second encore remained unchanged till the third leg, when “Maintain Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” was debuted; U2 rotated it with “Ultraviolet (Gentle My Method)” to open the encore. On the 2 July 2011 present in Nashville, Bono invited a visually impaired fan on-stage to play “All I Need Is You” on guitar for his spouse after the traditional set nearer “Second of Give up.”[81] After the tune, Bono gave the fan his Gretsch Irish Falcon guitar.[81] On the subsequent present on 5 July 2011 in Chicago, the band carried out “One Tree Hill” to finish the present in honour of New Zealander Greg Carroll, an worker of the band whose twenty fifth loss of life anniversary was two days prior. The band’s first single, “Out of Management”, “Unhealthy” and “40”[82] every closed a single present, every of them performed after typical nearer “Second of Give up”.

Variety of fabric carried out

“The Unforgettable Fireplace” and “Love Rescue Me” had been performed in a U2 live performance for the primary time for the reason that Lovetown Tour in 1990. “Ultraviolet (Gentle My Method)” and “Zooropa” had not been carried out by the band for the reason that Zoo TV Tour in 1993, whereas “Electrical Storm”, a 2002 single from The Better of 1990–2000, was performed for the primary time ever.[83][84] “Maintain Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” was performed for the primary time for the reason that finish of the PopMart Tour in 1998.[85] “Scarlet”, from the group’s 1981 album October, was performed for the primary time ever in a live performance setting, and for the primary time since 1981.[77] Though the band’s set turned extra numerous because the tour went on, the band performed fewer songs from No Line on the Horizon, which Mullen felt was “just a little little bit of a defeat.”[86]

Setlist instance

The next setlists carried out had been on the 15 August 2009 live performance held at Wembley Stadium in London, the two October 2010 live performance held at Estádio Cidade de Coimbra in Coimbra, and the 20 July 2011 live performance held at New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. These don’t symbolize all exhibits all through the tour.[87][88][89]

  1. “Breathe”
  2. “No Line on the Horizon”
  3. “Get On Your Boots”
  4. “Magnificent”
  5. “Lovely Day”
  6. “Till the Finish of the World”
  7. “New Yr’s Day”
  8. “I Nonetheless Have not Discovered What I am Wanting For”
  9. “Keep (Faraway, So Shut!)”
  10. “Unknown Caller”
  11. “The Unforgettable Fireplace”
  12. “Metropolis of Blinding Lights”
  13. “Vertigo”
  14. “I will Go Loopy If I Do not Go Loopy Tonight” (Remix model)
  15. “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
  16. “Satisfaction (Within the Identify of Love)”
  17. “MLK”
  18. “Stroll On”
  19. “The place the Streets Have No Identify”
  20. “One”
  21. “Unhealthy”


  1. “Ultraviolet (Gentle My Method)”
  2. “With or With out You”
  3. “Second of Give up”
  1. “Return of the Stingray Guitar”
  2. “Lovely Day”
  3. “I Will Observe”
  4. “Get On Your Boots”
  5. “Magnificent”
  6. “Mysterious Methods”
  7. “Elevation”
  8. “Till the Finish of the World”
  9. “I Nonetheless Have not Discovered What I am Wanting For”
  10. “North Star”
  11. “Mercy”
  12. “In a Little Whereas”
  13. “Miss Sarajevo”
  14. “Metropolis of Blinding Lights”
  15. “Vertigo”
  16. “I will Go Loopy If I Do not Go Loopy Tonight” (Remix model)
  17. “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
  18. “MLK”
  19. “Stroll On”

Encore 1

  1. “One”
  2. “The place the Streets Have No Identify”

Encore 2

  1. “Maintain Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”
  2. “With or With out You”
  3. “Second of Give up”
  1. “Even Higher Than the Actual Factor”
  2. “The Fly”
  3. “Mysterious Methods”
  4. “Till the Finish of the World”
  5. “I Will Observe”
  6. “Get On Your Boots”
  7. “Magnificent”
  8. “I Nonetheless Have not Discovered What I am Wanting For”
  9. “Keep (Faraway, So Shut!)”
  10. “Lovely Day”
  11. “Elevation”
  12. “Satisfaction (Within the Identify of Love)”
  13. “Miss Sarajevo”
  14. “Zooropa”
  15. “Metropolis of Blinding Lights”
  16. “Vertigo”
  17. “I will Go Loopy If I Do not Go Loopy Tonight” (Remix model)
  18. “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
  19. “Scarlet”
  20. “Stroll On”

Encore 1

  1. “One”
  2. “The place the Streets Have No Identify”

Encore 2

  1. “Maintain Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”
  2. “With or With out You”
  3. “Second of Give up”
  4. “Out of Management”


Earlier than the U2 360° Tour commenced, “If God Will Ship His Angels”, “Generally You Cannot Make It on Your Personal”, and “Drowning Man” (a beforehand unplayed tune from Warfare), had been rehearsed, as was “Even Higher Than the Actual Factor” within the Perfecto combine type,[90] whereas The Edge acknowledged in an interview with Rolling Stone that “Luminous Instances (Maintain on to Love)” was additionally being thought of.[91] None of those had been performed in the course of the first 4 legs of the tour. Willie Williams acknowledged in his 27 June 2009 tour diary entry on U2.com that the band “actually desires [Drowning Man] to work and it sounds nice”, however the remainder of the setlist struggled because of the tune’s “lovely melancholy”.[92] In his 24 July 2009 entry, Williams famous that “October” and “White as Snow” had been additionally being thought of.[93] “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Mysterious Methods” had been rehearsed in an acoustic type,[90] however performances in the course of the tour had been achieved by the complete band. Earlier than the third leg, “Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Across the World” was additionally rehearsed.

Present themes

Bono acknowledged that the setlist was divided into two acts and a coda. The primary half, from “Breathe” to “Vertigo”, targeted on the non-public, the place Bono “envisages himself as a younger man, struggling to search out his ft in life and looking for some type of private epiphany.”[70] The remix model of “I will Go Loopy If I Do not Go Loopy Tonight” was created by the music staff Fish out of Water as a mashup of earlier remixes by Redanka and Soiled South.[94] The “I will Go Loopy” remix is meant to disorient the viewers because the band strikes into the second act, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” to the encore, which focuses extra on the political facet of Bono’s persona, the place he “[wrestles] with the issues of the broader world.”[70] The coda, showcased within the encore, shows U2 “at their most uncooked and weak, stripped to the metaphorical bone.”[70]

Hyperlink up with the Worldwide House Station

A video of astronaut Mark Kelly was featured previous to performances of “Lovely Day” on the ultimate leg.

Throughout some live shows on the European leg of the tour, a video link-up with the crew of the Worldwide House Station was aired.[95] This phase was recorded by the astronauts on 26 June 2009.[96] In an interview with BBC Radio, Bono acknowledged {that a} second video piece had been recorded the place the astronauts aboard the Worldwide House Station sang “Your Blue Room”.[71] A NASA press launch revealed that ESA astronaut Frank De Winne had recorded the ultimate verse of the tune on 18 August 2009.[96][97] Photos of the Station and of area supplied to the band by NASA had been offered in a video montage in the course of the piece, recorded for the North American leg of the tour.[96] A special video piece that includes DeWinne debuted on the Las Vegas live performance throughout “In a Little Whereas” the place Frank repeats the bridge on the very finish of the tune.

In the course of the second North American leg, a recording of astronaut Mark Kelly throughout House Shuttle Endeavour’s journey to the Worldwide House Station was used to introduce the tune “Lovely Day.”[98] Utilizing lyrics from David Bowie’s “House Oddity”, he devoted it to his spouse, US Congress member Gabby Giffords. The consultant, shot within the head by an murderer within the 2011 Tucson capturing and nonetheless in restoration on the time of the recording, had beforehand chosen “Lovely Day” as a wake-up name for Kelly throughout a earlier shuttle mission.[99]

Live performance broadcast and releases

U2360° on the Rose Bowl

Panorama of Rose Bowl during the filming of the concert.

A panorama of the Rose Bowl in the course of the filming of the reside live performance.

The 25 October 2009 live performance from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, U2’s penultimate present of the yr, was concurrently broadcast reside on YouTube and filmed for a future video launch.[100] Directed by Tom Krueger, the shoot used 27 excessive definition cameras,[101] and it marked the primary time since 1983’s U2 Dwell at Pink Rocks: Below a Blood Pink Sky that the band deliberately filmed over a single night time—in distinction to recording a number of exhibits.[102] It was the primary time a live performance was streamed reside on YouTube, and almost 10 million folks from 188 international locations had been reported to have watched.[103] The feed was initially set to be restricted to 16 international locations however was later made obtainable worldwide.[104][105] The present’s attendance reached 97,014 folks, breaking the US file for single live performance attendance for one headline act, a mark U2 beforehand held.[7] In June 2010, the present was launched to dwelling video as U2360° on the Rose Bowl on DVD and Blu-ray,[101] receiving constructive opinions from critics.[106]


On 24 October 2011, it was introduced that U2 would launch a double CD set entitled U22, containing 22 songs recorded in the course of the tour. Members of U2.com had been in a position to vote on what songs would seem on the discharge by way of December 2011. U22 is offered solely to members of U2.com. A bonus observe, “Unknown Caller”, was additionally made obtainable to subscribers.[107]

From the Floor Up

On 30 September 2012, U2.com introduced its 2012/2013 subscriber’s pack would include a “lavish 260-page large-format hardback photobook” known as From the Floor Up that includes pictures from the tour, 4 lithographs of every band member, bookmarks and an album known as Edge’s Decide that may include 15 tracks from the tour chosen by The Edge that weren’t on U22. 5 bonus tracks, “No Line on the Horizon”, “Spanish Eyes”, “Want”, “Satisfaction”, and “Angel of Harlem”, had been additionally made obtainable to subscribers.[108][109]


Essential response

U2 performing in Arlington, Texas in October 2009

Reception in the direction of the U2 360° Tour was typically constructive. The New York Instances described the stage as “half insect, half spacecraft, half cathedral”, noting that the design meant the band was extra seen than on earlier excursions.[110] In addition they praised the truth that political messages took a backseat to the music, whereas NBC Information steered that utilizing the video display to show Aung San Suu Kyi and Desmond Tutu reminded attendees of the plights of individuals within the creating world.[110][111] Rolling Stone known as the manufacturing a cross between Zoo TV and the Elevation Tour and famous that the design parts “all however disappear” from the band’s perspective onstage.[21] Canada’s Nationwide Submit noticed structural similarities within the stage to the alien craft in Warfare of the Worlds, stating the live performance “was as if the band had descended to colonize the stadium with their message of intergalactic hope”, and that the area theme meant “When you possibly can play music with somebody who’s in area, the thought goes, you are shrinking our nook of the universe right down to dimension.”[97] The Washington Submit acknowledged that the visible show made the band appear invincible, however that the efficiency was extra of an “orgy of sunshine and sound” than a rock live performance.[112] In distinction, The Boston Globe complained that the stage’s dimension induced the band to wrestle to attach with the viewers and play with intimacy, as all 4 members had been usually taking part in to a unique part of the stadium.[113]

Business efficiency

The U2 360° Tour was the highest-grossing tour of 2009, with earnings of over $311 million for the yr’s 44 exhibits,[114] and round 3 million ticket gross sales.[49] As a result of excessive prices to function the tour, U2’s earnings had been minimal. Gross sales of No Line on the Horizon had been sluggish, which means the group was not making a lot cash from that both.[49] Via November 2010, the tour’s first 66 exhibits had grossed $443 million and offered 4.3 million tickets.[114][115] On the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, U2 had been honored for the yr’s Prime Tour and Prime Draw for U2 360°.[116]

On 11 April 2011, Dwell Nation introduced that the U2 360° Tour turned the highest-grossing live performance tour in historical past, with ticket gross sales totalling over $700 million.[117] The tour concluded in July 2011 with a last gross of $736,421,586, and a complete attendance of seven,272,046.[118] In keeping with Billboard.com, the ultimate gross and attendance figures for the tour had been the best ever reported to the positioning.[119] On the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, U2 repeated as winners within the Prime Tour and Prime Draw classes.[120]

Tour dates

Checklist of live shows, displaying date, metropolis, nation, venue, opening act, tickets offered, variety of obtainable tickets and quantity of gross income
Date Metropolis Nation Venue Opening act Attendance Income
Leg 1 – Europe[121][122]
30 June 2009 Barcelona Spain Camp Nou Snow Patrol 182,055 / 182,055 $19,825,497
2 July 2009
7 July 2009 Milan Italy San Siro 153,806 / 153,806 $15,168,799
8 July 2009
11 July 2009 Saint-Denis France Stade de France Kaiser Chiefs 186,544 / 186,544 $20,902,760
12 July 2009
15 July 2009 Good Stade Charles-Ehrmann Snow Patrol 55,641 / 55,641 $6,261,208
18 July 2009 Berlin Germany Olympic Stadium 88,265 / 88,265 $9,169,830
20 July 2009 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam Area 125,866 / 125,866 $12,583,998
21 July 2009
24 July 2009 Dublin Eire Croke Park Glasvegas
Damien Dempsey
243,198 / 243,198 $28,815,352
25 July 2009 Kaiser Chiefs
Republic of Free
27 July 2009 Bell X1
The Script
31 July 2009 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi Snow Patrol 119,297 / 119,297 $11,047,995
1 August 2009
3 August 2009 Gelsenkirchen Germany Veltins-Area 73,704 / 73,704 $7,292,826
6 August 2009 Chorzów Poland Silesian Stadium 75,180 / 75,180 $6,414,960
9 August 2009 Zagreb Croatia Stadion Maksimir Snow Patrol
The Hours
124,012 / 124,012 $12,700,784
10 August 2009
14 August 2009 London England Wembley Stadium Elbow
The Hours
164,244 / 164,244 $20,680,860
15 August 2009 Glasvegas
The Hours
18 August 2009 Glasgow Scotland Hampden Park 50,917 / 50,917 $5,290,103
20 August 2009 Sheffield England Don Valley Stadium Elbow
The Hours
49,955 / 49,955 $5,147,896
22 August 2009 Cardiff Wales Millennium Stadium Glasvegas
The Hours
66,538 / 66,538 $7,041,576
Leg 2 – North America[121][122]
12 September 2009 Chicago United States Soldier Subject Snow Patrol 135,872 / 135,872 $13,860,480
13 September 2009
16 September 2009 Toronto Canada Rogers Centre 115,411 / 115,411 $9,571,672
17 September 2009
20 September 2009 Foxborough United States Gillette Stadium 138,805 / 138,805 $12,859,778
21 September 2009
23 September 2009 East Rutherford Giants Stadium Muse 161,810 / 161,810 $16,128,950
24 September 2009
29 September 2009 Landover FedExField 84,754 / 84,754 $6,718,315
1 October 2009 Charlottesville Scott Stadium 52,433 / 52,433 $4,738,695
3 October 2009 Raleigh Carter–Finley Stadium 55,027 / 55,027 $4,962,240
6 October 2009 Atlanta Georgia Dome 61,419 / 61,419 $5,746,430
9 October 2009 Tampa Raymond James Stadium 72,688 / 72,688 $6,399,375
12 October 2009 Arlington Cowboys Stadium 70,766 / 70,766 $6,664,880
14 October 2009 Houston Reliant Stadium 58,328 / 58,328 $5,985,101
18 October 2009 Norman Oklahoma Memorial Stadium The Black Eyed Peas 50,951 / 50,951 $4,395,085
20 October 2009 Glendale College of Phoenix Stadium 50,775 / 50,775 $4,912,050
23 October 2009 Whitney Sam Boyd Stadium 42,213 / 42,213 $4,641,280
25 October 2009 Pasadena Rose Bowl 97,014 / 97,014 $9,960,036
28 October 2009 Vancouver Canada BC Place Stadium 63,802 / 63,802 $5,748,919
Leg 3 – Europe[68][122]
6 August 2010 Turin Italy Stadio Olimpico di Torino Kasabian 42,441 / 42,441 $3,944,452
10 August 2010 Frankfurt Germany Commerzbank-Area 53,825 / 53,825 $5,544,868
12 August 2010 Hanover AWD-Area 56,494 / 56,494 $4,967,381
15 August 2010 Horsens Denmark CASA Area Horsens Snow Patrol 69,886 / 69,886 $7,809,611
16 August 2010
20 August 2010 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Olympic Stadium Razorlight 106,360 / 106,360 $10,642,517
21 August 2010
25 August 2010 Moscow Russia Luzhniki Stadium Snow Patrol 60,496 / 60,496 $7,986,534
30 August 2010 Vienna Austria Ernst-Happel-Stadion OneRepublic 69,253 / 69,253 $6,866,065
3 September 2010 Athens Greece Olympic Stadium Snow Patrol
Aviv Geffen
82,622 / 82,622 $7,321,356
6 September 2010 Istanbul Turkey Atatürk Olympic Stadium Snow Patrol 54,278 / 54,278 $3,775,662
11 September 2010 Zürich Switzerland Letzigrund OneRepublic 90,349 / 90,349 $9,152,209
12 September 2010
15 September 2010 Munich Germany Olympiastadion 76,150 / 76,150 $7,624,367
18 September 2010 Saint-Denis France Stade de France Interpol 96,540 / 96,540 $10,175,248
22 September 2010 Brussels Belgium King Baudouin Stadium 144,338 / 144,338 $15,074,746
23 September 2010
26 September 2010 San Sebastián Spain Estadio Anoeta 47,721 / 47,721 $4,956,464
30 September 2010 Seville Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla 76,159 / 76,159 $7,519,534
2 October 2010 Coimbra Portugal Estádio Cidade de Coimbra 109,985 / 109,985 $9,925,611
3 October 2010
8 October 2010 Rome Italy Stadio Olimpico 75,847 / 75,847 $8,215,742
Leg 4 – Oceania[122][123]
25 November 2010 Auckland New Zealand Mount Good Stadium Jay-Z 93,519 / 93,519 $8,819,418
26 November 2010
1 December 2010 Melbourne Australia Etihad Stadium 105,312 / 105,312 $13,460,407
3 December 2010
8 December 2010 Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 85,745 / 85,745 $11,031,839
9 December 2010
13 December 2010 Sydney ANZ Stadium 107,155 / 107,155 $13,695,929
14 December 2010
18 December 2010 Perth Subiaco Oval 108,706 / 108,706 $13,910,989
19 December 2010
Leg 5 – Africa[122][124]
13 February 2011 Johannesburg South Africa FNB Stadium Springbok Nude Ladies
Amadou & Mariam
94,232 / 94,232 $9,433,051
18 February 2011 Cape City Cape City Stadium 72,532 / 72,532 $6,107,754
Leg 6 – South America[122][125]
25 March 2011 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional de Chile Muse 77,765 / 77,765 $7,550,446
30 March 2011 La Plata Argentina Estadio Ciudad de La Plata 172,029 / 172,029 $20,550,302
2 April 2011
3 April 2011
9 April 2011 São Paulo Brazil Estádio do Morumbi 269,491 / 269,491 $32,754,065
10 April 2011
13 April 2011
Leg 7 – North America[122][125]
11 Could 2011 Mexico Metropolis Mexico Estadio Azteca Snow Patrol 282,978 / 282,978 $22,866,542
14 Could 2011
15 Could 2011
21 Could 2011 Denver United States Invesco Subject The Fray 77,918 / 77,918 $6,663,410
24 Could 2011 Salt Lake Metropolis Rice-Eccles Stadium 47,710 / 47,710 $3,029,760
29 Could 2011 Winnipeg Canada Canad Inns Stadium 47,190 / 47,190 $4,908,091
1 June 2011 Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium 66,835 / 66,835 $6,498,291
4 June 2011 Seattle United States Qwest Subject Lenny Kravitz 69,439 / 69,439 $6,118,785
7 June 2011 Oakland O.co Coliseum 64,829 / 64,829 $6,075,895
17 June 2011 Anaheim Angel Stadium of Anaheim 105,955 / 105,955 $10,790,140
18 June 2011
22 June 2011 Baltimore M&T Financial institution Stadium Florence and the Machine 74,557 / 74,557 $6,832,510
26 June 2011 East Lansing Spartan Stadium 63,824 / 63,824 $5,064,980
29 June 2011 Miami Gardens Solar Life Stadium 72,569 / 72,569 $6,799,670
2 July 2011 Nashville Vanderbilt Stadium 46,857 / 46,857 $4,269,125
5 July 2011 Chicago Soldier Subject Interpol 64,297 / 64,297 $5,786,335
8 July 2011 Montreal Canada Hippodrome de Montreal 162,466 / 162,466 $17,178,724
9 July 2011
11 July 2011 Toronto Rogers Centre 58,420 / 58,420 $6,856,131
14 July 2011 Philadelphia United States Lincoln Monetary Subject 72,389 / 72,389 $6,536,230
17 July 2011 St. Louis Busch Stadium 52,273 / 52,273 $4,423,395
20 July 2011 East Rutherford New Meadowlands Stadium 88,491 / 88,491 $8,927,150
23 July 2011 Minneapolis TCF Financial institution Stadium 59,843 / 59,843 $5,163,440
26 July 2011 Pittsburgh Heinz Subject 55,823 / 55,823 $5,050,730
30 July 2011 Moncton Canada Magnetic Hill Live performance Web site Carney
Arcade Fireplace
66,823 / 66,823 $6,127,953
Whole 7,272,046 / 7,272,046 (100{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7}) $736,421,584

See additionally

  • Timeline of U2

  • Official tour web site
  • Mark Fisher’s U2 360° Tour gallery

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