U2 playing NYC from the back of a truck…

Eyewitness reports confirm the rumour we mentioned previously, saying the band are playing from the back of a flatbed truck and will be making random stops throughout the city all day until the concert at 3 pm. Let’s hope they’ve buckled up!

We have confirmed with U2 crew that the band are filming a video for “All Because of You” during their drive around the city. Once they arrive at Ferry State Park, the filming for the video will end. We also have confirmed that the entire show at Ferry State Park is being filmed by MTV for a television show called “MTV Jam.”
(Photo: Reuters)


11:15 am EST: Robin contacted us to say U2 were playing in front of Columbia University.

12:30 pm: People arriving at Washington Square Park were redirected to the Brooklyn location, but with more police showing up it is possible Washington Square Park will be hit later down the road. A Washington Square Park “official” claims the Brooklyn taping will be at 4 pm EST, not 3 pm, but U2.com now clearly states 3 pm.

1:15 pm: U2 were sighted on Fifth Avenue.

1:50 pm: Liz reported U2 convoyed past her office at Times Square, where Bono sang “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”


(45th And Broadway, photo courtesy of DRZ)

2:10 pm: Brian reported seeing a helicopter following U2 near Madison Square Garden. A cameraman was dangling precariously out of the helicopter. Risking his life for U2, huh? He must be a fan.

3:10 pm: Fans at Ferry State Park have been allowed into the concert area. Our staff on the scene report the crowd have rushed the stage and that the entire area surrounding the park is littered with people, all the way up to the Brooklyn Bridge. U2 have not yet been spotted in the area.

3:45 pm: U2 are on Manhattan Bridge, in full view of the crowd at Ferry State Park who are cheering the band’s arrival.

More info as it comes in…

Related Links

  • Slideshow of photos at Yahoo News
  • NYCD.com: Video of U2 just south of Madison Square Garden
  • Brooklynvegan’s pictures
  • Cameraphone images at Stereogum.com
  • Cameraphone images by Lia @flickr
  • 38 thoughts on “U2 playing NYC from the back of a truck…

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    3. I just chased after the band who was playing on a flatbed truck through times square… they were singing All Because of You

      –looks like they are filming a video

    4. I just chased after the band who was playing on a flatbed truck through times square… they were singing All Because of You

      –looks like they are filming a video

    5. | rock and rolls stops the traffic |

      u2 fahren einen tag vor der veröffentlichung ihres albums in amerika durch new york – auf der ladefläche eines offenen lkws, spielen das video für eine kommende singleauskopplung ein und halten sicherlich tausende von menschen von der arbeit ab. und

    6. | rock and rolls stops the traffic |

      u2 fahren einen tag vor der veröffentlichung ihres albums in amerika durch new york – auf der ladefläche eines offenen lkws, spielen das video für eine kommende singleauskopplung ein und halten sicherlich tausende von menschen von der arbeit ab. und

    7. They played about 7 songs I think it was, then came back for a 3 song encore. I think the whole thing ran about an hour or so. I got cut off the phone a few times but I’m pretty sure it ran an hour. I was counting on my call timer to tell me

    8. They played about 7 songs I think it was, then came back for a 3 song encore. I think the whole thing ran about an hour or so. I got cut off the phone a few times but I’m pretty sure it ran an hour. I was counting on my call timer to tell me

    9. Good Student, Bad Blawgger

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    10. Good Student, Bad Blawgger

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