U2 tour Australia. 360 tour in Brisbane Australia in 2010

About an hour before the start of the 1st gig.  All Photo's  taken with my  IPhone
About an hour before the start of the 1st gig. All Photo's taken with my IPhone
Differing incredible lighting  themes for each song
Differing incredible lighting themes for each song
Hundred of workers in orange & white hard hats are ready at the finish of the last song to dismantle the Spaceship & Stage  so that it can be transported and reassembled at the next venue Sydney 1000 kms away.
Hundred of workers in orange & white hard hats are ready at the finish of the last song to dismantle the Spaceship & Stage so that it can be transported and reassembled at the next venue Sydney 1000 kms away.

U2 360 Tour in Brisbane Australia- Last week I was privileged to attend for the first time a performance of the number one rock band in the world U2. The U2 360 tour is one incredible worldwide tour which I believe covers four continents.

The centrepiece of the show is an imposing 57m bug-like spaceship on four legs, nicknamed "The Claw".

A giant four legged spaceship called the "claw'(see images above) over arched the whole U2 set. Out of each leg there were three men on a suspended platform on top of each other with spotlights TV Camera & computers. Suspended down on each side of the spaceship were speakers the likes of which I have never seen they must have been 20 or so feet in length & a couple of metres wide. In the middle of the spaceship was a flexible drop down cone which incorporated light and acted as a giant video screen in which images of all kinds were constantly portrayed at lightening speed. The 360 Space-ship designed stage means just that. all fans in the stadium are able to see the performance from wherever they were in the stadium. I was in the cheapest of seats $39. but as you can see from the images I was able to here and see the performance perfectly.

The numbers surrounding U2's latest world tour are staggering.

It takes 120 trucks to cart and 157 production crew to build the 360 Degrees show. It costs a reported $750,000 a day to keep the show on the road. The Claw is five times heavier than U2's last stage and carries 600 tonnes of cutting-edge sound and light equipment, and an expanding screen.


The opening support act was rapper was Jay-Z a rap artist who I was sorry to say unfamiliar. Although when the person next to me pointed out that he was married/partner to Beyonce I started to take some interest. The rapper took the audience through a medley of to many familiar hits such as New York . Not my kind of music but a lot of the crowd seem to get into them.

After Jay- Z finished there was quite a delay before U2 took the stage. A small army of stage hands moved what seemed to be hundreds of pieces of musical and electrical equipment on and off the stage.

I thought the event was fantastic. The performance by U2 was outstanding particularly by both guitarists . The light and other effects matched perfectly the songs that were being performed. The use of David Bowie's Major Tom as an introduction was very stirring and complemented the star-ship theme and the incredible lighting effects. I enjoyed the whole play-list as the use of the tune One to promote the human rights work of Amnesty International. According to the local radio a tribute on the previous night at Suncorp Stadium highlighted the work of John Lennon marking the thirty year anniversary since he was shot dead outside his apartment in New York.

My favourite U2 tunes- I still haven't found what I'm looking for. (the audience got fully involved) One & With or Without you were performing brilliantly. Each of the songs brought a deep emotional response from myself and I believe most that attended the event. See,ed l;ike the whole statium joined in singing. I look forward to a future opportunity to see the phenomenon called U2 again. In the meantime farewell U2 me and Brisbane will miss your presence. The bandwagon rolls on and U2 bandwagon is the biggest juggernaut of a happening have seen Next stop is Sydney. Sydney your in for a real treat. Don't miss it. For those in other cities around the world I would not miss it either. You may never see anything like it again...

U2 playlist 8.Nov 2010 Brisbane Australia

  1. Introduction as band walk onto stage David Bowies  Major Tom.
  2. Beautiful Day
  3. New Years Day
  4. Get on you boots
  5. Magnificent
  6. Mysterious Ways
  7. Need you tonight
  8. Until the end of the world
  9. I still havent found what Im looking for
  10. Bad
  11. In a little while
  12. Miss Sarajevo
  13. City of Blinding lights
  14. Vertigo
  15. Ill go crazy if I dont go crazy tonight
  16. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  17. Scarlet
  18. Walk on
  19. One
  20. Amazing Grace(snippet) Where the streets have no name
  21. Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me.
  22. With or without you

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Jess 5 years ago

U2 coming to Miami, FL on June 29th!! Absolutely cannot wait to see them again! I have followed them on tour before and man was that a blast! Best time of my life! Also, this place has awesome tickets...http://tinyurl.com/3wkz54c check them out! I wouldn't miss out on this concert for nothing...lol :)


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Sounds like quite a show! Not my 'cup of tea' but I can understand how impressive it must have been. Thanks for sharing your experience there.

Love and peace

Tony


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barryrutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Moncrieff It was a fantastic show of light and sound something that one would be lucky to witness again unless of course you follow the tour around the globe which there are many people that do just that. As for the older tunes well they certainly dont sound dated they are evergreen


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moncrieff 5 years ago from New York, NY

Wow, I didn't know U2 put out such heavy-designed shows. Jay-Z as a support act for U2? That's intriguing as well as the fact he sang oldtime standards.

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