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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lots of People Sat in Front of Their Computers on Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 11:52 AM

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Approximately 10 million people sat in front of their computers Sunday night and watched U2's live-streaming concert on YouTube.

Actually, as Variety reports, at least a million of those views came in the days after the concert, when the show was available for replay on YouTube.

Still, that's a pretty impressive number — the largest live-streaming event in YouTube's history, in fact.

The two-and-a-half-hour show is still available online, just in case you want to see what the big deal is.

And it was a pretty cool deal. In addition to the concert itself, YouTube's cameras were backstage, so you got to see the band make their way to the massive stage.

The set was good, if a little over-the-top (for all his talk about feeding starving people, you'd think Bono would have scrimped a little on that big-ass spider stage thing and sent some of that money to buy rice or something).

Still, the songs spanned everything from "Sunday Bloody Sunday" to a bunch of songs from U2's most recent album, No Line on the Horizon. Best of all, it was nice to hear "The Unforgettable Fire" onstage again. Apparently, 10 million of you were enthralled enough to keep your asses glued to the screen. —Michael Gallucci

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