U2 to live stream Sunday's Rose Bowl concert [UPDATED]
Not one of the 95,000 or so people descending upon Pasadena this Sunday for U2's 360 gig at the Rose Bowl? The band has thought of you too. Or, perhaps more accurately, you will benefit from the filming of the concert for an upcoming DVD release.
In an e-mail blast sent out to fans today, U2 announced that it will stream Sunday night's concert on YouTube. The show begins at 8:30 p.m., Pacific time.
UPDATED 1:25 P.M.: Chris Maxcy, director of YouTube partner development, said the Google-owned video streaming site is still determining whether there will be ads during the live stream and if so, what type.
He did confirm that the concert will be archived and available to view after it streams live. There will be overlay ads on the archived version.
This marks the first time that YouTube is streaming a full length concert live.
As previously reported, Sunday's U2 gig will be the largest-ever attendance for a concert at the Rose Bowl. The design of U2's 360 stage allows for a whopping 95,000 people to attend. Typically, Rose Bowl concerts top off at about 65,000 people. U2 will sport the venue's largest crowd since the 1994 World Cup Final, according to Rose Bowl reps.
The reps are plotting for all sorts of parking madness, so plan ahead. Detailed information is available on the Rose Bowl website.The deadline to purchase advance parking is Tuesday.
-- Todd Martens
(Thanks to Ben Fritz over at Company Town for supplying more information on the YouTube stream.)