Friday, June 3, 2011

U2 in Seattle: Details for tomorrow's big, beautiful day

Seattle Gay News will be among the 70,000 people converging at Qwest Field tomorrow night for U2's mega concert.

But we were allowed into the stadium earlier today to get a glimpse of the stage and equipment before the show actually begins.

Here's what we can share with you:

- The band (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.) will probably arrive in Seattle tonight.

- The stage and all of the equipment can take about 4 days to set up, and most of it was already constructed by early this afternoon.

- 575 speakers are built into four claw-like legs that stretch out from the stage. The stage is 68 meters in length from side-to-side.

- U2 will likely play a 2 to 2.2 hour set tomorrow night. Lenny Kravitz opens the concert.

- All gates at Qwest Field open at 5pm tomorrow. The show is supposed to start at 7pm, but like most concerts a delay is always possible.

- According to Jake Berry, Production Designer for the tour, it takes more than 100 trucks and roughly 12 tour buses to transport the equipment and crew from city to city for this mammoth tour.

- According to Craig Evans, U2's tour director, about 7 million fans will have attended the 110 concerts on this tour, which began in 2009 and ends next month. The Seattle show is #93 of 110.

- The photo shown on this blog entry was taken by Seattle Gay News at Qwest Field this afternoon.

- As of 2pm today, some tickets were still available at the Qwest Field box office.

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