U2’s YouTube Tour

u2One of the biggest band’s in the world announced via their YouTube Channel on Monday that they would be offering fans a live online concert .  U2, which will be ending their 360 World Tour next week in Vancouver, will broadcast their concert live from Los Angeles on YouTube Sunday night for fans around in the globe in 16 countries.  The concert has been sold out for quite some time but tickets on Craigslist are going for up to $1000 for those hoping to get a chance to see the band first hand. 

The band has apparently been wanting to reach out to their fans through social media according to U2’s manager Paul McGuinness. “The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time,” said McGuinness. “As we’re filming the LA show, it’s the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium. Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 – this time U2 can go to them, globally.”

“YouTube is thrilled to be able to provide our global audience with a live streaming performance from one of the world’s greatest bands,’ said Chris Maxcy, Director of YouTube Partner Development. ‘We are always looking for new ways to connect fans around the world with their favourite artists, and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

The concert starts at 8:30 PST and in case you miss the concert, it will be available in it’s entirety the following the next morning both on YouTube and on U2’s website.  YouTube’s blog has the list of the 16 countries who will be able to watch the live concert.  YouTube launched live broadcasts late last year with YouTube Live, which brought together some of YouTube’s biggest sensations for a type of variety show.  Since the broadcast only a number of other broadcasts have been shown live.

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