Find Yourself In U2 Crowd

The concert delivered for 75,000 fans, who can tag themselves from anywhere in M&T.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers certainly delivered, perhaps even leaping over those expectations, with a two-hour, 24-song spectacle that spanned three decades at the forefront of the music scene.

In continuing the second year of their record-shattering 360° Tour, U2 showed why they are one of the world’s only bands that can still sell out stadiums.

U2 FanCamFor those that accomplished this feat on that summery June evening, U2 teamed up with GigaPixel FanCam to offer a high-resolution 360-degree picture where fans can zoom in and tag themselves from anywhere in M&T.  (I’m the guy with the plaid shirt and backwards hat in this one: http://www.u2.com/gigapixelfancam/110622/3341912-mike-duffy)

Following a solid opening act in Florence and the Machine, the 50-somethings strode on stage around 9 p.m. clad in all black, with front man and activist Bono donning his signature sunglasses.

Bono trod the entire circular stage along with The Edge, and sang above the crowd while strolling out on two movable catwalks midway through the proceedings.

Their giant video board rose up to 68 feet in the air and dropped all the way to stage level.  The band has said in the past that they wanted to shrink the stadium, and the setup accomplished just that.

But, the night wasn’t just about the structure.  Musically, U2 was just as on point.

Kicking things off with a rousing announcement of “Even Better Than The Real Thing” from 1991′s “Achtung Baby,” the guys shredding through their catalog, including such classics as “Mysterious Ways,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”

They also mixed in a few tracks off their most-recent album, “No Line On The Horizon.”

By the time U2 came out for the encore, there was one song that everyone in Baltimore had been waiting to hear.  The band must have known it, as they dusted off a beautiful version of “Where The Streets Have No Name,” which the Ravens use as their entrance song on Sundays.

If you went, you can now tag that memory, as well by visiting http://www.u2.com/gigapixelfancam/110622/

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