Last week, I noticed that one of my friends on facebook had a couple of extra tickets to the U2 concert in Charlottesville. It worked out for Jennifer and I to go, so we decided to go on a big date. The tickets were general admission for the field and were sold during the presale for members of the fan club. In other words, the tickets were great and inexpensive. If you’re not familiar with the 360 tour, I’ll share a little about the stage. You can see a picture above, but it is hard to comprehend how large and incredible it really is. The 40 million dollar stage is 164 feet tall and takes over 100 tractor and trailers to transport. Simply amazing. You can find more info about the concert and stage from wikipedia.
The round high-tech stage was surrounded by an outer circular walkway that connected by an overhead moving bridge. Jennifer and I were able to get in the inner ring, and we were constantly surrounded by the band as they moved around the stage. Bono was literally inches away from us as he walked across the bridge. The Edge was perfect as always and we were close enough to see all the guitar magic. They played a good mix of old and new music and they were able to really engage the crowd. U2 puts on an incredible show, and Muse was a great opener as well. As a technology junkie, I was amazed at the stage and video and production of it all. My only big regret was that I didn’t take a better camera. The tickets said no cameras allowed except cell phones, but they didn’t check for them and it seemed like everyone brought nice cameras in. We were on our feet for almost 6 straight hours and we had to walk a mile and a half each way, but it was worth it.
The best part — I was able to enjoy the entire experience with Jennifer. Simply Awesome. Here are a few pictures from my phone for you to enjoy.