The Elevation of U2

The Band Rides High with a Scaled-Back Production

U2 walks onto the stage with all of the house lights on--with every light in the building on--and plays the first song, explains the band's longtime show designer Willie Williams. And it absolutely brings the house down. But this is not the U2 from the mid-to-late 90s. Gone are the set pieces the size of a small house. Gone is the video wall that used enough electricity to power southern California. Gone are the stadiums.

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