U2 to stream Rose Bowl concert on YouTube

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U2 will bring their 360° Tour to Southern California on Sunday for a show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. With all 95,000 plus tickets sold, it will be the venue’s largest ever attendance for a concert (and largest crowd for any event since the 1994 World Cup Final). And now, the band is allowing millions of others to check out the action from the comfort of their home. With plans already underway to film the concert for a future DVD release, the band have now decided to stream the show live and uninterrupted online via YouTube.

Of course, the show is set to start at 11:30 eastern so if that’s past you bed time, don’t worry. Fans will be able to watch the uploaded rebroadcast of the full show on demand the next day. For YouTube, the deal marks the first full-length global concert to stream live on their website.

“The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time,” said U2 manager Paul McGuinness. “As we’re filming the LA show, it’s the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium. Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 – this time U2 can go to them, globally.”

Sunday’s show be U2’s second-to-last North American date on the 2009 leg of its 360° Tour, which hit Massachusetts in September for two nights at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Get a taste of the show with this trailer.

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