One of the many reasons U2 is the biggest and best live act in the world is that they always keep refreshing the product; new look, new packaging, new songs...and new stage designs. (Above, Barcelona.)
[Photo: Diana Scrimgeour]
[Photo: Alex Maragos]
Above, at Wembley Stadium, London.
[Photo above: Ralph Larmann]
Early design illustration of "The Claw."
(Above: A stolen shot of the Camp Nou stage under construction more. Below: Testing at the StageCo site in Werchter, Belgium.)
The U2 360° tour opening at the Nou Camp Stadium (below) in Barcelona June 30th is the band’s first stadium outing since the 2005 Vertigo Tour and follows the release of their acclaimed album, No Line On The Horizon
Long-time show director Willie Williams has worked again with architect Mark Fisher to create an innovative 360˚ design which will doubtless be a living hell for the roadies, but affords an unobstructed view for the audience.
Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, U2 360° will visit 14 cities across Europe including dates in Milan, Gothenburg, Amsterdam, Paris, Nice, Dublin, Chorzow, Zagreb, Berlin, Gelsenkirchen, London, Sheffield and Glasgow before finishing at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 22nd August.
The European tour will be followed by dates in North America beginning at Chicago’s Soldier Field on September 12th, 2009.
Above, an inverted section of the main support structure currently under construction at StageCo in Wechter, Belgium. Test builds of the stage begin May 12 along with simultaneous tests of the video screens, designed by Chuck Hoberman and Frederic Opsomer.
Hell, and to think I saw them on the Boy Tour with a few hundred people.
Show openers on selected show dates: