We’re live streaming onto the Internet, he says, while a massive display shows a feed from U2’s Meerkat app account. The band repeats the smartphone spectacle each night for at least one song, although Fallon’s appearance this time was a first. In fact, the band is putting on one of the most technologically advanced shows around.
NEW YORK CITY — About an hour into the third of U2’s eight-show run at Madison Square Garden this week, Bono hands a smartphone to a woman he’s pulled up on stage.
As the fan captures the scene with the phone, Late Night host Jimmy Fallon jumps on stage for a surprise duet of “Desire.” The Meerkat viewer count at home surges; the display shows a flux of people sharing happy face and heart-shaped emoji.
Sure, U2 received major backlash for somewhat forcing its past album onto anyone with an iPhone last year, but Bono and company have long been at the forefront of music technology and spectacularly visual performances — shall we recall that time they built a four-legged spaceship into the design of their stage? When you see U2 in concert, you’re not just watching the band perform. There’s almost always something you’ve never quite seen before. Read more…