Tonight the second or third show kicks off at Rice-Eccles Stadium at last check over 200 fans have slept in the GA line and the line continues to grow. Memphis Mullen has arrived late last night and we expect to see her out shortly. Be sure to catch her and grab some swag from her.
Craig Evans in the press walk thru again states “It’s the largest touring production even to be taken around the world.” The steel rides on 48 semi-trucks and leapfrogs between shows. (3 stages are out on this tour )
U2 in the numbers: 16 miles of production cable; a video screen that has 500,000 pixels and weighs 54 tons; about 130 touring crew members and 35 members of management; in addition to 1,500 roadies hired in each city for jobs such as stage hands and concessions.
Fans here have been waiting an extra year due to Bono’s surgery and everyone is ready for an amazing show. Salt Lake City was to the launch of the North American tour. Now the band is on the final leg of its North American tour having played 50 shows.
Tonight, the U2 360 World Tour that was postponed a year ago due to emergency back surgery for Bono will finally make its appearance in Salt Lake City..
Setting up the stage for the 360 tour is like setting up a small city. The stage — nicknamed “The Claw” because of its four large posts that support the structure — takes about four days to build.
A full day is needed to lay down the specialized flooring used to hold the stage and prevent the football field at Rice-Eccles from being torn up or crushed. It normally takes four days to build the steel prongs of the stage, but crews in Salt Lake were able to do it in 3½ even with the rain. It takes an additional day to set up the lights, sound and video.