U2 to visit Athens for first time

Less that 12 months from now, on September 3, 2010, Irish mega-band U2 is expected in Athens for a single – for the time being at least – concert, as part of their extended 360Ô Tour. While this is not the first time the band will be performing in Greece – U2 previously played a live concert in Thessaloniki – next year’s show will mark the the Irish group’s very first time on stage at the OIympic Stadium. Care for some of the sensational show’s details? Among other stage props, the Olympic Stadium’s stage will host a cylindrical video system, an LED screen wall, a steel construction rising 45 meters above the ground, various rotating bridges – sounds like the absolute 360 degree experience. No one would expect anything less from tech-savvy U2. Besides Greece, the band’s extensive tour in 2010 includes stops in Germany, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Austria, Turkey, France, Belgium, Spanish and Portugal. Sensible rates And there’re more good news, given that ticket prices will range from 30 to 95 euros and are expected to go on sale in just a few weeks’ time. The first impressions of the renewed U2 have been extremely positive. Currently touring around the United States, the band appears to be having a good time. Especially when Bono points his finger at the audience singing «Oh, you look so beautiful» and the public responds by singing back every single word loud and clear – the concert’s metaphysical dimension is guaranteed. The entire show is built around the band’s 30-year-old history. At a recent sold-out performance held at a New Jersey stadium, U2 dedicated its own remix of «He’s the One» and «Desire» – both hits interpreted simultaneously – to Bruce Springsteen, the Boss, who was turning 60 on that day. They kept the best for last, however. How about Velvet Underground’s «Your Blue Room» interpreted by Bono? Only another 11 months to go.

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