Fans wowed as U2 open residency at Las Vegas Sphere venue

Virgin Radio

2 Oct 2023, 10:00

U2 onstage at The Sphere

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Irish legends U2 have played the first ever show at the immersive Las Vegas Sphere, a huge dome-shaped concert venue, which is Las Vegas' most expensive entertainment venue. 

The 18,600-seat auditorium features a 16K resolution wraparound interior LED screen, and U2 opened the venue with a live performance focused on the band’s Achtung Baby album.

During the gig on 29th September, bespoke visuals were displayed on the huge screens. 

“Look at all this stuff,” Bono said to the crowd as he gestured toward the visuals, as the band delivered a set that included The Fly and Even Better Than The Real Thing.

However, even though the show was themed around Achtung Baby, U2 broke off at the mid-point to play some songs from Rattle And Hum.

After a second Achtung Baby section, they encored with other hits, including Where the Streets Have No Name, With or Without You, and their new single, Atomic City.

Fans lucky enough to have been in attendance have shared videos online of the spectacle.  One such fan was American DJ and songwriter, Diplo, who wrote: “I went completely insane at the @SphereVegas.. thanks for having me and @U2 for playing my favourite song ever🤍🤍”

One fan wrote: “On the plane back to Dublin at the moment having been at the show Saturday night. Incredible stage that really has to be seen in Vegas, but as always with @U2 the real star is the music.”

The band also posted footage of the event, including a video of a segment from The Fly, with Bono singing “A man will beg, a man will crawl, on the sheer face of love, like a fly on a wall.”

One fan wrote: "The visuals I've seen so far from last night are just next level."

Friday's concert was the first of a 25-show run at the venue.

In related news, singer Beverley Knight delivered an incredible live cover of a U2 song when she popped in to visit Virgin Radio last week. Watch it here.