The iconic rock band U2 spectacular concert their UV Achtung Baby residency at The Sphere, a state-of-the-art globe-shaped venue in Las Vegas, on Friday, September 29. The concert a mesmerising visual spectacle and an enthralling performance that left the audience in sheer amazement.
A Breathtaking Commencement
The evening commenced with two helicopters soaring across the star-studded desert sky, creating radiant spotlights above Las Vegas. Bono, the lead vocalist of U2, knelt on the ground while delivering their hit song from 2004, “Vertigo.”
While this scene may seem ordinary, the astonishing visuals were crafted using graphics spanning from the floor to the ceiling within The Sphere, leaving a profound impression on the spectators. It just one of the many remarkable moments witnessed during the concert.
A Star-Studded Audience
The concert attracted a prominent audience, including notable figures like Oprah Winfrey, LeBron James, Matt Damon, Andre Agassi, Ava DuVernay, Josh Duhamel, Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Oscar de la Hoya, Henrik Lundqvist, Flavor Flav, Diplo, Dakota Fanning, Orlando Bloom, and Mario Lopez.
A Two-Hour Extravaganza
The Grammy-winning band delivered a two-hour performance within the colossal globe-shaped venue. Throughout the night, the audience treat to a plethora of captivating visuals, including kaleidoscopic displays, burning flags, and the iconic Las Vegas skyline, immersing over 18,000 attendees in an epic musical odyssey with U2.
Acknowledging Sphere’s Innovation
Bono expressed his appreciation for the visionary efforts of Sphere’s owner, James Dolan, who played a pivotal role in creating the venue, equipped with a staggering 260 million video pixels.
“I believe Sphere may have arisen because Jim Dolan endeavoring to resolve a challenge that originated when The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium,” commented Bono. “Audiences couldn’t hear the artists, and artists couldn’t hear themselves. Well, The Sphere is here now. … Can you hear us?”
An Emotionally Charged Moment
The concert also featured a poignant moment when Bono dedicated a song to the late Jimmy Buffett’s family, who were also in attendance.
As U2 brought the show to a close, brilliant lights emanated from the ceiling, and the colossal screen began to showcase images of birds, insects, and reptiles over a serene lake. The band concluded their inaugural Sphere concert with “Beautiful Day,” a song that clinched three Grammy Awards in 2001.
U2’s residency at The Sphere in Las Vegas promises to be a groundbreaking fusion of music and cutting-edge technology. With its visually stunning performances and star-studded audience, this residency is set to be a memorable experience for fans and a testament to the band’s enduring legacy. The innovative utilization of The Sphere’s capabilities to elevate the concert’s visuals adds a unique dimension to U2’s live shows, making it an unmissable event for music enthusiasts and tech aficionados alike.