PITTSBURGH – 7 million spectators, 110 shows, 30 countries and today the 2nd to last show. U2 arrives tonight to Heinz Field. This is the last U.S.A stop for the boys. Craig Evans completed the media peek yesterday by running down the normal details of the stage the massive size, the fact that this stage has three versions and takes about 8 days to build. Craig Evans uses one word to describe what Pittsburgh will see tonight at Heinz Field when it hosts U2’s 360 Tour: ambitious.
“It was very ambitious for us to think that two years ago, we could put together a production of this scale, and take it to 30 countries around the world,” said Evans, U2’s tour director, as work crews assembled the last pieces of the mammoth stage set-up on Monday. “And it really required for its success a 360-degree configuration at all these venues to make it all work for the band visually for what they had in mind. But here we are, 108 shows later and it’s been a magnificent success.”
The boys will finalize the set list a few hours before the show to be able to react to any late breaking news events. Tonight’s show songs will be selected with Pittsburg in mind so you can expect a tribute to Steelers chairmen emeritus Dan Rooney, the U.S, Ambassador to Ireland who is said to played a roll in getting U2 to play in Pittsburgh.
As of Monday evening tickets are still available and attendance is expected to exceed 60,000
On Monday, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravensthal declared Tuesday “U2 360 World Tour Day.”
“We are honored that U2 has chosen Pittsburgh as their last U.S. stop in what is now the highest grossing concert tour of all time,” Ravenstahl said in a statement.