U2 announced they will stream live one of the bands last concerts of the year on YouTube. The concert will take place this Sunday, October 25th at 8:30 PST. Fans from 16 countries will be able to watch the concert from their living room.
“The Rose Bowl show is the penultimate U2 show this year – with more to come in 2010 – and already is set to host the venue’s biggest ever audience of over 96,000 fans. The 360° Tour, which has been critically acclaimed and ‘re-invents rock’n’roll’ (Rolling Stone Magazine), will now boast unique access for fans worldwide – as fans in territories yet to be visited by the tour, or not at all, will be able to enjoy the whole show online.”
This isn’t the first time YouTube has stirred up the musical world. Earlier this year, YouTube brought the world together by hosting auditions online for the first YouTube Symphony Orchestra. YouTube hasn’t always played nice with the music world, but the popular video site seems to be turning a corner recently reconciling differences with Warner Music Group after the label pulled all music videos.
It’s difficult to determine if streaming concerts will become a regular activity on YouTube. The Wired Epicenter blog hinted about the complexity around rights and licensing agreements. It is complicated enough dealing with one country’s licensing issues, I can only imagine the painful legal boardroom battles that happen to come up a global agreement.
YouTube said it would fund the concert with advertising. The site will also offer viewers the opportunity to donate to Bono’s RED Project.
So, will you be one of the thousands, if not millions, of people watching the concert?