California, October 26--Often called by many the best rock band of all time, U2 gave a historical treat to its fans recently.
U2's entire concert on Sunday in Rosebowl, California was streamed live through YouTube. It is just another example of technology has brought the world closer.
Tweeting to the “whole world”?
The show was a sellout, with an expected audience of 96,000, and according to U2, on their website, it would be the first time that a show of such scale would be streamed live for the entertainment of the whole world. It began at 8.30 PM.
Regular Tweets were being sent via a Twitter widget embedded on the YouTube's U2 page.
Technically, the “whole world” was not involved. It was made available only to YouTube users in Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain and the United States.
Other territories were supposed to be “geoblocked” which means that a error will be displayed if viewers will try to view the content. But the Tweets were addressed to countries other than the officially declared ones, leaving one unsure of where all the band reached.
A dream come true
According to the band's manager, Paul McGuinness, "Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 - this time U2 can go to them, globally." He made the announcement on the band's official web site.
Google Inc.'s YouTube has provided two replays after the live feed. Both are available on www.U2.com and YouTube.
In a statement, McGuinness had said, "The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time."
He added, "As we're filming the LA show, it's the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium.”
Not U2's first time
YouTube and the recording studious have had a cold war going with the latter accusing the former of not giving them adequate share for featuring their artists.
This is not U2's first time in the field of live streaming of music. In 1997, the band had used Microsoft MSN to stream one of their gig from the popmart concert.
U2 is an Irish band formed in Doublin, and consists of Bono taking care of vocals and rhythm guitar, The Edge on guitar, keyboards, and vocals, Adam Claytin on bass guitar, and Larry Mullen, Jr. on drums and percussion.
They received their first Grammy for The Joshua Tree in 1978, and have 22 to their credit by now. Their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame took place in early 2005.