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U2 shim John & Kristie

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shows :: Sunday, October 25, 2009
THE ROSE BOWL, PASADENA, CA :: Just the facts on U2's awesome Rose Bowl concert:

Our hotel: Marriott Courtyard in Old Town Pasadena (an easy 15 minute walk to the Rose Bowl)

Our seats: Two (RED) Zone VIP stage-side tickets.

Sitting next to us: Danny Devito and Josh Homme, along with a couple LiveNation VPs.

Celebrities sighted: Hillary Swank, Demi Moore, Paris Hilton, Collin Farrell, Winona Ryder, and the guy who invented Napster.

Opening band: The Black Eyed Peas

Onstage surprise: Slash & Fergie performing "Sweet Child of Mine"

Nickname for U2's stage (the largest concert stage ever): The Claw or The Space Station

Stage statistics: 164' tall, 210' wide, 190 tons, 72 subwoofers, rotating centerstage, two moving bridges, expandable 360-degree screen with 500,000 pixels and a 14,000' surface area.

Number of people and days required to build and dismantle the stage: More than 250 crew over 8 days for a two-hour concert. There are three copies of the stage continuously being constructed/deconstructed in stadiums around the world.

Number of semi-trucks required to transport the stage: 120

Attendance for U2's Rose Bowl concert: 97,000 (record Rose Bowl crowd)

Viewers of U2's Rose Bowl concert via live YouTube stream: 10 million across 7 continents (YouTube's largest event to-date and first live concert broadcast)

Most distant performer during the concert: Astronaut Frank De Winne aboard the International Space Station sings a segment of "Your Blue Room"

Setlist: Breathe, Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Mysterious Ways, Beautiful Day, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - Stand By Me, Stuck In A Moment, No Line On The Horizon, Elevation, In A Little While, Unknown Caller, Until the End of the World, The Unforgettable Fire, City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo - It's Only Rock and Roll, I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (remix), Sunday Bloody Sunday, MLK, Walk On - You'll Never Walk Alone, One, Amazing Grace, Where the Streets Have No Name, Ultraviolet, With or Without You, Moment of Surrender

John & Kristie's next U2 concert attendance: Qwest Field, Saturday, June 4th, 2011. See ya there!!

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