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The rock band U2 performs at Angel Stadium on Friday as part of its North America 360 Tour. In front, from left, are lead guitarist The Edge, lead singer Bono and bassist Adam Clayton.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Lead guitarist The Edge performs with U2 at Angel Stadium on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

U2 performs Friday night at Angel Stadium in a concert featuring a rotating 360-degree stage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

The rock band U2, led by Bono, right, performs at Angel Stadium as part of its North America 360 Tour on Friday. Lead guitarist The Edge is at left.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Singer Bono performs with U2 in Anaheim on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

From left are U2 lead guitarist The Edge, lead singer Bono and bassist Adam Clayton.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Bono performs with U2 at Angel Stadium on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Bono lets out a scream at the U2 concert Friday in Anaheim.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Angel Stadium is packed with U2 fans Friday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Guitarist The Edge can be seen on stage at the U2 concert at Anaheim's Angel Stadium on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Lead singer Bono performs with U2 at Angel Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Bassist Adam Clayton performs with U2 at Angel Stadium on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

A woman dances in the audience during Lenny Kravitz's opening act Friday, before U2 took the stage at Angel Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Lenny Kravitz, right, performs with his band at Angel Stadium on Friday as the opening act for U2.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Lenny Kravitz performs in Anaheim on Friday night. The singer and his band opened for rockers U2.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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U2 rocks Angel Stadium in Anaheim

More than a year after U2 was originally scheduled to perform, the band brought its 360 Tour to Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Friday. More than 50,000 fans were expected to attend Friday as well another concert Saturday. The rockers from Dublin were forced to postpone a number of 2010 shows after Bono injured his back during rehearsals for the tour, which features a rotating 360-degree stage, one of the largest ever built.

See also an interactive graphic about the stage.

13 Comments

  1. June 18, 2011, 7:18 am

    So how early do I need to get there tonight to find a parking place (preferably offsite to avoid the departure crush)?

    By: Local fan
  2. June 18, 2011, 7:21 am

    Great show!!!! U2 always give you more than your moneys worth!!!

    By: eebe
  3. June 18, 2011, 9:03 am

    There is a hell of a lot of digital noise in some of these photographs. There are live music photographers both professional and amateur the world over who capture a far higher standard of image than these. If the LA Times of all publications can't hire a decent photographer well versed and equipped for the type of assignment they are undertaking then there is no hope for the future of this career.

    By: benmBen Bentley
  4. June 18, 2011, 10:11 am

    Metrolink was not a good idea. I sat in the Union Station parking lot over an hour trying to leave. What a mess. I don't recommend since I got home after 2 AM in the morning.

    By: rono3849
  5. June 18, 2011, 10:52 am

    What an ABSOLUTELY moronic statement! L-effen-O-effen-L!!! CLEARLY, you are an amateur! "Digital noise"?!? Tell you what, you critical moron, click on the photographers name at the bottom of the pic and THEN tell us all how there is no hope for his guys career! Oh, and by the way, did it ever occur to you that maybe this photographer WANTED some digital noise, in the EXACT same way any number of SUPREME pros purposely like a grainy image when using film?

    By: eeejb4501@mac.com
  6. June 18, 2011, 11:20 am

    If you are catching the concert train from Union Station, make sure you get there with enough time to purchase your ticket and find a seat on the train. There were over 800 people who took that train last night's concert, just from Union Station alone! Here's more info: http://www.metrolinktrains.com/news/?id=6543

    And if you are parking at Union, the cheapest secure parking is the underground garage on the back entrance (enter on Vignes St @ Ramirez). $6 per day and open 24 hrs. I believe the lot facing the main entrance on Alameda costs more.

    You can also take Metro there, but beware that the return train likely won't get back to Union until well after 12:30am, after the final Red and Gold Line trains have already departed for the night.

    By: ddSte
  7. June 18, 2011, 12:11 pm

    Me too !

    By: GuestGggg
  8. June 19, 2011, 10:19 am

    Took us less than 3 minutes to get out of the parking lot after the show. It helps to know the area and the side streets that no one takes. 5 minutes after we left the stadium we picked up our kids at their cousin's house 2 miles away.

    By: vanessa
  9. June 19, 2011, 5:37 pm

    U2 concert was AMAZINGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW what a great experience that was!

    By: Guest22
  10. June 19, 2011, 9:40 pm

    ha! Tell me about it! We were shooting at 1250 ISO! it was dark as night out there and to "stop" the action of a moving person, a 1/250th shutter speed is really the minimum… all at 2.8. I'd love to see all the other shooters' work. The Nikon does perform better than the Canon (which we use), so that is part of the issue at higher ISO's. THANKS for looking AND commenting! Keep it coming! JLC p.s. Thanks eeejb4501 for coming to our defense!

    By: Jay L. Clendenin
  11. June 20, 2011, 8:11 am

    Seriously dude, most of these photographs demonstrate a high degree of mastery of composition, lighting, drama and storytelling. There is no way you can accurately measure the degree of noise in the original capture by viewing the pictures online.

    By: Tracy Maisch
  12. June 20, 2011, 9:56 pm

    great point Tracy! When we send pictures on deadline, we have to send smaller than captured files and compress them for transmission! This degrades the file as well… then they are toned and often the 3/4 tones are brought up for newsprint and the same file gets used on-line… this often exacerbates the noise! ;-( JLC

    By: Jay L. Clendenin
  13. June 24, 2011, 11:54 am

    How stinky is that to have one entire concert stripped down to one photograph?

    There have been a few times that I've been disppointed in the concert photography – but some of that may have to do with how much I personally care about the subject. When I took photos of Ra Ra Riot, I worked hard to get a good shot of their violinist smiling without her arm, violin and bow in front of her face. That took patience. I think the real pros would just move on and shoot someone else onstage.

    By: Diana Diaz

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