U2 360 Degrees Claw Stage Setup Time Lapse
The friendly folk over at Big Concerts posted a picture of the mammoth stage construction being undertaken in the FNB Stadium at the moment. It shows the initial stages of the staging for this weekends’ U2 concert being erected. (You can see the snap and related comments here.)
Just from that picture alone, one starts to get a feeling for the scale and complexity of the 360° Tour, and its’ centre-piece: the spaceship on four-legs that has been fondly nick-named “The Claw”.
The set, as is common for many large tours, has multiple identical versions. In the case of the 360° Tour these sets are known as Red Steel, Green Steel, and Blue Steel. The sets essentially need to leapfrog from city to city, with four days required to load in (set-up) and two days to load out (dismantle) at each of the tours’ venues. It’s not clear which of the sets is being used for the South African concerts. Whichever they are, the process of erecting and then later dismantling the stage and set is fascinating to watch.
It’s like a giant Meccano construction set that develops from the ground up into this magnificent edifice to rock music, and which then gets pulled down, packed up and shipped off to the next place, leaving nothing of itself behind.
The video below, set to No Line on the Horizon, is a series of photographs and video clips stitched together time-lapse style to show the whole process from start to finish – essentially it shows 6-odd days on the U2 tour, from the stage crews’ perspective:
Awesomeness of epic proportions!