Opening night of the U2 360 U.S. stadium tour was an amazing experience. More than 90,000 people descended on Chicago’s Soldier Field, each one ready for an incredible spectacle—and they didn’t leave disappointed. The concert was full of everything you’d want from a U2 show: visual extravagance, brash music and crystal-clear sound. In fact, the show was such a big story that I actually wrote two stories for Pro Sound News: one about the Front-of-House mix (sound for the audience) and one on the monitor mixes (sound for the band). Below are a few images from the day that never saw print.
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