U2 360 Rose Bowl Pasadena streamed live on YouTube

Wow! Even though we’re now living in the age of music being freely available, I’d never ever imagined a band like U2 would actually stream a performance live. In fact, when I first heard about it, it seemed too good to be true, and I headed over still thinking it was some kind of hoax.

U2 Rose Bowl Pasadena
Rich Niewiroski Jr. (RichN) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
However, lo and behold, it was true, and though initially the quality was pretty bad, it improved considerably later on. Fans across 16 countries, including the US, UK and India watched the Irishmen perform live at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California.

The event was attended by 97,014 people, breaking the US record for single concert attendance for one headline act, and an estimated 7 million watching it live on YouTube. The band had disclosed last week that they had entered into a tie-up with YouTube to do this.

Overall, it was a pretty nice experience, though I had to cut it short as I was leaving for work. Saw it later, though.. 😀