The Chicago Tribune gets a behind the scenes look at U2360 at Soldier Field with Jake Berry, Paul McGuinness and Mark Fisher. Berry once again mentions the ‘intimacy’ this stage set up provides. For the band, yeah – but for the audience? Not so much – certainly not more, perhaps a little less than on previous tours – at least that’s been my experience at 11 shows on the European leg.
I think the intimacy at U2 gigs is created between band and audience, through the magic of music. Sure the production can help, but it’s not the be all and end all. And focusing on this and giving the tour that ‘360’ moniker, perhaps was a bit of a miscalculation – a lot of not so clued in folks got the wrong impression (Some thought the stage would be in the middle of the stadium, or it would rotate, or they complained it wasn’t fully 360, etc.)
That said, it’s a great tour, seems like the band is in a good place, I enjoyed the shows immensely. I hope all of you experience the same on the USA leg about to start. We probably won’t be able to cover this leg the way we did the previous, but there’s a lot of sites out there that will. We’ll try to point you in the right direction.