Aug. 3, 2011
On July 2nd, U2 played to a sold out crowd at Vanderbilt Stadium as part of the band's 360 Tour. The visit to Music City was the band's first in 30 years.
While the concert took place in just one evening, the work behind the scenes began much earlier. A signature of U2's concert tour is the gigantic stage, which is affectionately known as "the claw." The structure takes nearly a week to assemble at each of the band's concert sites and consists of four legs and rises 170-feet tall. Built into each leg are video screens and lighting effects.
"The claw" is transported to different venues by more than 100 semis. To enable U2 to perform at multiple venues, the band has three stages that are caravanned to different sites throughout the country.
Watch the time lapsed video of the construction and breakdown of the stage at Vanderbilt Stadium here.