U2’s Rose Bowl Show Breaks Attendance Record

It took 22 years but U2 has broken its own attendance record for the best-attended single concert performance at a U.S. venue by one headliner.

The band’s 360 Tour played the Pasadena, Calif. Rose Bowl on Oct. 25 to a sellout crowd of 97,014 — the highest attendance on record for one U.S. show by a single headliner based on box office totals reported to Billboard.

The old record was set on Sept. 25, 1987 at the now-demolished John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia with a crowd of 86,145 in attendance for the band’s Joshua Tree Tour. This year’s Rose Bowl performance grossed more than $9.9 million, considerably more than the 1987 Philly show which brought in a mere $1.5 million in ticket sales.

Among the top five single-concert attendances on record in the U.S., the top three are all U2 performances. The third-highest attendance is also from the band’s current tour at its Sept. 29 sellout at the FedExField in Landover, Md with 84,754. Pink Floyd‘s May 29, 1994 show at the Ohio State University football stadium is in fourth place with 75,250. The Backstreet Boys round out the top five with a sold-out show at the Georgia Dome on Feb. 19, 2000. 73,337 fans filled the Atlanta stadium to see the pop group’s Into the Millennium Tour.

U2’s Rose Bowl show excelled in gross ticket sales as well as attendance. With $9.96 million grossed, it is the second highest-grossing single U.S. concert by a solo headliner. The concert is second only to the Three Tenors‘ July 20, 1996 sold-out show at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Rolling Stones make up the rest of this top five list with a Giants Stadium concert of its own on Sept. 15, 2005, a sold-out benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall on March 14, 2006 and an outdoor show at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Sept. 10, 2005.

Top Attendance at a U.S. concert by a single headliner:

1. U2 – Rose Bowl; Pasadena, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2009)
Attendance: 97,014
Gross: $9,960,036

2. U2 – John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia (Sept. 25, 1987)
Attendance: 86,145
Gross: $1,593,683

3. U2 – FedExField; Landover, Md. (Sept. 29, 2009)
Attendance: 84,754
Gross: $6,718,315

4. Pink Floyd – Ohio State University Stadium; Columbus, Ohio (May 29, 1994)
Attendance: 75,250
Gross: $2,406,920

5. Backstreet Boys – Georgia Dome, Atlanta (Feb. 19, 2000)
Attendance: 73,337
Gross: $2,787,098

Top Gross at a U.S. concert by a single headliner:

1. The Three Tenors – Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J. (July 20, 1996)
Gross: $13,404,350
Attendance: 58,491

2. U2 – Rose Bowl; Pasadena, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2009)
Gross: $9,960,036
Attendance: 97,014

3. The Rolling Stones – Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J. (Sept. 15,
2005)
Gross: $8,692,788
Attendance: 59,184

4. The Rolling Stones – Radio City Music Hall, New York (March 14, 2006)
Gross: $8,625,590
Attendance: 5,800

5. The Rolling Stones – Soldier Field, Chicago (Sept. 10, 2005)
Gross: $7,231,427
Attendance: 55,046

(Found this through Twitter which credited Google news, so I’m not totally sure of the source.)

LOL Cat Halloween Style

Just found this so I thought I’d share. Too cute.

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funny pictures of cats with captions

 

Never Thought I’d See the Day

Wayne Newton thinks 50 years in Las Vegas may be enough.

He just opened a new show this week there, but he’s hinting he may retire after the show ends in April.

Newton says he’s been working since he was 4 and he doesn’t remember a time where he wasn’t working.

His new show, “Once Before I Go,” is a personal account of his life that he expects will be emotional to tell every night.

He says if he still feels like he has something to give after the show’s run, then maybe he’ll work a little less, but if he doesn’t feel that way, he’ll “probably hang it up.”

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

U2 Concert is YouTube’s Largest Streaming Event

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YouTube’s webcast of a U2 concert was watched by nearly 10 million people, the video site’s largest streaming event ever.

The Google Inc.-owned site said that the concert was watched around the world. It was shown live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Sunday.

Chris Maxcy, head of music partnerships at YouTube, called the event “a big win” for the site.

The full 2 1/2-hour concert is available on YouTube. The rebroadcast video has been watched by more than 1.1 million viewers.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Is ‘This is It’ Oscar-Worthy?

“This Is It” has missed the deadline for a documentary Oscar, but there are those who think it could be nominated for best picture.

Variety’s executive editor Steven Gaydos says with the best picture category expanded to 10 films this year, Michael Jackson’s concert movie could be a contender. He says Kenny Ortega could also be nominated for best director.

Ortega says an Oscar would be a fitting cap to Jackson’s career. He says Jackson “deserves one. Come on, people.”

 

Michael Jackson’s concert film is off to a record start. “This Is It” made more than $7 million in its first day, which Sony says is the most a movie’s ever made on a Wednesday in October.

The movie has made a total of more than $20 million worldwide, which makes it the second-biggest concert film in history, just ahead of the Jonas Brothers 3D film.

The all-time top-grossing concert film is “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds,” which made more than $65 million.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

National Cat Day Today! Yes, Today!

For those who corrected me, I found the website, or at least what looks to be the ‘official’ website for the day.

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And you’ll notice it has the correct date on it. The best part of today? My two kitties could still care less. Twitballs.

Live Review: U2’s 360 Tour at the Rose Bowl

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“Enough of the folk mass!” declared Bono during U2’s historic Rose Bowl performance Sunday, leading his band and the nearly 100,000 fans in the stadium out of a singalong and into a dance party. The 49-year-old singer/activist/life of the party has been making such quick metaphorical turns for much of his life, fronting a band known for transcendence but hardly immune to sensual pleasure.

Usually, Bono and his band mates travel from prayers to come-ons on the force of charisma and a sound that’s ascendant and sleekly funky, structured around the Edge’s stretchy guitar parts and Bono’s dirty-faced choirboy cries. But for this tour, U2 has adopted another mode of transport: the four-legged circular stage rig known as the Claw, or the Space Station. This contraption is an extravagance with a big carbon footprint and an even bigger price tag. But in Pasadena, it proved worth every Euro, allowing this most ambitious rock band to genuinely reconfigure live pop performance.

Plenty of artists have played in the round, built multi-tiered sets and spent time roaming through the crowd on ramps or trapezes. But the Space Station (Bono’s preferred term these days) changes the architecture of the live concert. It not only puts the stadium audience closer to the band, it cuts holes in the fourth wall between star and fan, creating a feeling of immersion and communal connection that’s startling in such a huge venue, and that translated differently in person than it could have on YouTube, where the concert was streamed live. 

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Ringed by a ramp that the band members usually reached via moving bridges, enclosing a good chunk of the crowd within a welcome pen, the Space Station truly conjoined U2 and its audience. The Rose Bowl’s relatively low walls enhanced the illusion that mere footsteps (and sometimes less than that) stood between the men unstack and their elated devotees. When Bono crouched at the ramp’s edge or the Edge strode across it, churning out a riff, they seemed as touchable as superstars could be.

The Space Station’s fragmented and shifting ground dismantled the conventions of the rock concert. “I was born to lift you up,” Bono sang in “Magnificent,” one of the many songs performed from the band’s latest album, “No Line on the Horizon.” But at times this music seemed to do the opposite — it pushed the crowd under a wave of echo and distortion, or formed a passageway between the fans and the band.

Those joyfully shouted group choruses, to older songs like “One” and “With or Without You” but also to newer ones like “Magnificent” and “Unknown Caller” (the latter aided by lyrics splayed across the Space Station’s screen), offered the clearest route to union. But it also happened when the Edge and billowing guitar phrases bathed the space in harmonics during “Until the End of the World,” or when the rhythm section of Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. (the latter playing a strapped-on conga) moved every body in the house with a Latin-cum-rave take on “I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight.”

U2’s time-honored approach to spiritual enlightenment worked its magic too, when Bono prefaced the old favorite “Where the Streets Have No Name” with some verses of “Amazing Grace,” or when he interjected phrases from crowd-pleasing oldies like “Stand by Me,” or simply shouted “Soul! Soul! Soul!” (His funniest interjection, though, was when he compared himself to Dennis Hopper and then did a bit of that actor’s heavy breathing from the film “Blue Velvet.”)

But after three decades as an important band, U2 is long past simple uplift. Its music is as much about emotional entanglement (as in “Ultraviolet” on Sunday) and disorientation (“Vertigo”). Ultimately, it is a meditation on space: the majestic natural landscapes that the Edge’s guitar playing often describes; the crowded dance floors or train platforms Clayton and Mullen’s rhythms evoke; the inches between a whispering mouth and a lover’s ear, or the infinite journey of a prayer hurled into the air.

The Space Station allows U2 to make those musical and lyrical preoccupations physical in a new way. At the Rose Bowl, it created a new experience even for the most jaded concertgoer. U2 concerts have often included moments in which raised voices build goodwill, or shaking hips stimulate joy. But for the first time, perhaps, this band’s noise resulted in a kind of silence and stillness — not a literal one, but the rapture that comes when nearly 100,000 people relax together, as if held within a gentle, open hand.

“God will put a wind at our back and a rising road ahead, if we work together as one,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu in an on-screen message late in the concert. That vision of nations and individuals opening up to one another is at the core of U2’s mission. This extravagant tour gave the band another way to enact it and made for a whole new concert experience in the process.

Opening the show, the Black Eyed Peas went for something more tried and true, but also powerful: a party vibe celebrating the home team. Performing its many hits in an exuberant set, the Peas radiated Southern California pride. Tabu draped himself in Mexican and American flags; will.i.am name-checked neighborhoods and towns from Hollywood to East L.A. to La Crescenta.

The set’s spirited climax came when Fergie took Axl Rose’s part in a rough and true-blooded cover of  the Guns N’ Roses classic “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” with Slash himself on guitar. If U2 aimed for universals, the Black Eyed Peas reminded us that particulars have their uses too. Especially when those particulars are as diverse as the elements that make up the Southland.

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