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30.06.2009 23:58

Camp Nou rocks to U2


On Tuesday, some 90,000 people turned up to the Camp Nou for the first stop in the 'U2 360º Tour'. Among the concert goers was Barça coach Josep Guardiola, who was introduced to Bono at the Irish singer’s own request.

The U2 concert began just after 10 pm after Snow Patrol – also Irish – had opened the show. They started their two-hour set with 'Breathe', a track from their latest album.

Guardiola and Bono

Before the concert, Josep Guardiola and Bono had a short meeting in the singer’s dressing room. Guardiola was accompanied by his friend and filmmaker David Trueba and presented Bono with a Barça shirt.

_M3_0843.JPGOnce on stage, Bono told the fans: “U2 has a new friend now. His name is Pep and he has personally given me a Barça shirt”. At that point he turned around to show he was wearing the Barça shirt with his name and the number 1 – a moment that was greeted with thunderous applause.

The link with UNICEF

Bono also referred to the work being done by the Club in collaboration with UNICEF: “FC Barcelona is the only football club in the world that wears UNICEF on their shirts”.

Other Barça VIPs

_M3_0678.JPGA number of other Barça personalities were present at the concert including Gerard Piqué, Rafa Márquez, and Joan Laporta. Former Barça defender Juliano Belletti, was also among the many familiar faces.

Old and new

The 90,000 fans were treated to a concert full of the typical U2 energy and commitment. They played 22 songs including 7 from the 'No line on the horizon' album.

Homage to Michael Jackson

The band dedicated 'Angel of Harlem' to the King of Pop Michael Jackson. The recently deceased star had planned to play a concert at the Camp Nou.

_M3_0632.JPGTo general surprise, Bono was linked up to the International Space Station and spoke to the astronauts live via a giant video screen. One of the astronauts wore a UNICEF T-shirt and declared: “Barcelona looks fantastic from up here in space”.
Camp Nou rocks to U2
Solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi
One of the most emotional moments of the evening was when most of the spectators put on a mask showing the face of the Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. The band had planned the protest from their website and dedicated 'Walk on' to the emblematic Burmese dissident.

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