U2 in Barcelona

U2 wowed the audience with its enormous high technology stage show in Barcelona last night on the first night of their world tour

Last night the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona became the stage for the first show of this U2 world tour. The enormous, ultra-modern stage was designed so that all ends of the stadium could enjoy a good view of the band.

The concert began with four songs from their latest album (Breathe, No line on the horizon, Get on your boots and Magnificent). Later on during the middle part of the show they played Unknown caller, with a karaoke screen so that the audience could join in. They played Beautiful day to a rapturous stadium and later played Angel of Harlem in tribute to Michael Jackson.

As well as their most recent songs the concert included some of their most popular songs from the past including I still haven’t found what I’m looking for, The unforgettable fire, City of blinding lights, Vertigo, Sunday bloody Sunday, Where the streets have no name and Pride (in the name of love).

For their encore they played With or without you. Needless to say the stadium went wild.

As well as the music the concept of a spectacular stage show was a central theme to last night’s concert. While U2 insisted that their stage was inspired by the work of the famous Catalan architect, Gaudí many people have likened it to having similarities with the Eiffel tower while the El Pais correspondent claimed it looked like a long legged alien. The round stage allowed all the corners of the stadium to get a good view of the band and there was also an amazing circular screen which was retractable and two walkways which rotated.