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Behind the scenes of U2's 360 Tour

Soldier Field
Chicago, IL
July 5, 2011
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U2's 360 Tour at Soldier Field - Sept. 13, 2009

Story and photos by Andy Argyrakis
Live U2 photos by Phil Bonyata

Not only is U2's 360 Tour the highest grossing in history, but it's also the biggest production to ever hit the road. As tour director Craig Evans recently pointed out in Soldier Field's Skyline Suite during load in for the latest Chicago tour stop, the impressive juggernaut doesn't just have one set of staging, but three replicas that piggyback one another to forthcoming cities simply because of their sheer size and set up time.

In fact, tour staff and local crew rolled into the carnivorous stadium last Thursday in advance of a Tuesday, July 5 concert that finds U2 reprising its 360-degree set after first kicking off its North American tour at the very same venue two summers ago. Though the 90 foot structure boasting a center pylon reaching 150 feet may look familiar to faithful fans who took in the previous leg of the show, Evans promised plenty of changes.

Amongst the facelifts this time through are updated video projections during certain songs, which will consume a cylindrical video screen made up of 500,000 pixels, 320,000 fasteners, 30,000 cables and 150,000 machined pieces! Evans also promised a shuffled up set list, which has recently gravitated towards the Achtung Baby album (turning 20 this year), along with additional hits and album cuts that weren't performed during the last visit.

Besides getting a first crack at the stage set up, the afternoon with Evans also included a revelation that U2's hard at work on its next studio CD, will be commemorating the Achtung Baby anniversary (presumably with remastered editions) and also finds Bono and The Edge tweaking their brand new Broadway musical rendition of "Spider-Man." Even amidst all the activities, the Dublin foursome remains committed to serving up plenty of spectacle on this truly final installment of the record breaking 360 Tour.

U2 returns to Chicago's Soldier Field on Tuesday, July 5. For tickets, visit and for additional tour dates visit

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U2 live in Chicago 2009

U2 tour director Craig Evans
Tour Director Craig Evans


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