PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 25: Singer Bono of U2 performs onstage during their "360 Degrees Tour" at the Rose Bowl on October 25, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bono
Some 96,000 people attended Sunday night's U2 show at Pasadena's Rose Bowl.
That's the largest concert crowd in Rose Bowl history. Millions more watched the performance live on YouTube.
What they saw bordered on surreal. The Irish rockers performed on a gigantic, rotating stage that enabled fans to fill the playing field and for everyone to get a center stage view.
Bono called the big claw structure encasing the stage the "space station.'' It was partially inspired by the theme building at LAX -- minus the ever-present scaffolding -- and designed especially for the "360'' tour, which is winding down in North America with its final show in Vancouver Wednesday.
The stage is so cool and innovative the LA Times created an interactive graphic of it just to give it the credit that it's due.
So everybody had a great time -- except the craigslist.com scam victims. Some fans purchased tickets through the website, then discovered the tickets were fake when they arrived at the gate.
Rob and Keiko Feldman bought three tickets for $375. The concert was a 12th birthday gift for their son.
"He actually cried when he found he was gonig to see U2 because he was so excited," Rob said.
They found the tickets on Craigslist, e-mailed the seller and met him.
"They looked perfect to us," Rob said.
Along with 250 other people, they were turned away at the concert because the tickets were fake.
The concert was streamed live on YouTube -- the first full-length concert to be streamed by the Google-owned video site. The concert will also be archived online and available for free viewing.
The Black-Eyed Peas opened the show, which sold-out in hours. The crowd was U2's most enormous ever. The band's previous attendance record -- 84,500 -- was set at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., last month.
The U2 360 Tour was seen by more that 3 million fans in 44 cities, and the largest rock `n' roll touring production ever will return to North America beginning June 6 at Anaheim's Angel Stadium, according to concert promoter Live Nation.
Having performed in a limited number of North American cities this year, U2 360 is set to touch down in a new set of stadiums next summer including stops in Denver, Oakland, Seattle, Edmonton, East Lansing, Miami, Philadelphia and Montreal as well as Anaheim.
In keeping with the concept that the tour is more about a unique staging configuration with excellent sight-lines, tickets for the U2 360 2010 tour will once again be scaled so that 85 percent of the tickets are priced at less than $95, general admission floor tickets at $55 and at least 10,000 tickets per venue priced at $30, according to Live Nation.
Tickets go on sale in November. Full details of all dates and ticket information can be found at www.U2.com.
Bono and the band will be back in the Southland June 6 when the group is scheduled to play in Anaheim, according to concert promoter Live Nation.