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Adam Clayton (left) and The Edge from U2 playing at Croke Park in Dublin

Adam Clayton (left) and The Edge from U2 playing at Croke Park in Dublin

Drummer Larry Mullen gives a smile to the camera as U2 perform live in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Drummer Larry Mullen gives a smile to the camera as U2 perform live in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

A sold out crowd packs into Croke Park, Dublin to watch U2 perform the first of three concerts.

A sold out crowd packs into Croke Park, Dublin to watch U2 perform the first of three concerts.

Liam McBurney

Kilrea man Dermot Hegarty with girlfriend Asling McGill from Londonderry, who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Kilrea man Dermot Hegarty with girlfriend Asling McGill from Londonderry, who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

Lead singer Bono in Croke Park, Dublin on the first night of U2's '360' world tour.

Lead singer Bono in Croke Park, Dublin on the first night of U2's '360' world tour.

Liam McBurney

Omagh girls Siobhan O'Neill, Laura Rodgers and Eimear McCollum,
who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Omagh girls Siobhan O'Neill, Laura Rodgers and Eimear McCollum, who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

Omagh man James Higgins with his dutch girlfriend Mirjam Verdonk who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Omagh man James Higgins with his dutch girlfriend Mirjam Verdonk who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

Northern Irish fans Catherine & Hugh O'Mullan from Ballymena who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Northern Irish fans Catherine & Hugh O'Mullan from Ballymena who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

Bono gets the crowd going in Croke Park, Dublin

Bono gets the crowd going in Croke Park, Dublin

Liam McBurney

Adam Clayton of U2 performs live at Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Adam Clayton of U2 performs live at Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

Bono looks out at the fans in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of U2's "360 degree" world tour.

Bono looks out at the fans in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of U2's "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

Brazilian U2 fans: Camila Ferreira, Carol Haddan, Josianne Moser and Gabriela Moresco before the U2 360 concert in Croke Park, Dublin.

Brazilian U2 fans: Camila Ferreira, Carol Haddan, Josianne Moser and Gabriela Moresco before the U2 360 concert in Croke Park, Dublin.

Gareth Chaney Collins

U2 play at Croke Park in Dublin

U2 play at Croke Park in Dublin

Fan Lisa McCrink from Newry

Fan Lisa McCrink from Newry

The Edge performs live in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of U2's "360 degree" world tour.

The Edge performs live in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of U2's "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

U2 frontman Bono

U2 frontman Bono

From left,  The Edge, BB King and Bono are seen on stage at "The Blues & Jazz" Gala Concert at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday Oct. 26, 2008 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Mainz)

From left, The Edge, BB King and Bono are seen on stage at "The Blues & Jazz" Gala Concert at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday Oct. 26, 2008 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Mainz)

Mark Mainz

Claw -- the circular stage in Camp Nou, Barcelona

Claw -- the circular stage in Camp Nou, Barcelona

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou in Barcelona

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou in Barcelona

Dave Hogan

The Edge of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

The Edge of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

L-R The Edge, Larry Mullen, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

L-R The Edge, Larry Mullen, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Adam Clayton of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Adam Clayton of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Fans of U2 prepare for the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Fans of U2 prepare for the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Fans of U2 watch them perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Ba2rcelona, Spain

Fans of U2 watch them perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Ba2rcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou

Bono of U2 onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

U2 open their world tour in Barcelona

U2 open their world tour in Barcelona

Steve and Marla Lawrenz at a U2 concert in Hawaii, 2006

Steve and Marla Lawrenz at a U2 concert in Hawaii, 2006

U2 concert at Paris Stade de France. 12/07/2009. Submitted by Nicolas Boulay, France

U2 concert at Paris Stade de France. 12/07/2009. Submitted by Nicolas Boulay, France

Bono and the Edge, during the first night of  their 360 degree tour in Barcelona

Bono and the Edge, during the first night of their 360 degree tour in Barcelona

FIONA HANSON

Claw blimey! Work continues on the revolutionary stage for the first of U2’s three gigs in Dublin's Croke Park

Claw blimey! Work continues on the revolutionary stage for the first of U2’s three gigs in Dublin's Croke Park

U2's Bono who launched RED to help fund AIDS programmes in Africa

U2's Bono who launched RED to help fund AIDS programmes in Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Bono, left, singer of Irish rock band U2, talk during Bono's visit to the Berlin Chancellery on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Bono, left, singer of Irish rock band U2, talk during Bono's visit to the Berlin Chancellery on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Popmart Live In Mexico City

Popmart Live In Mexico City

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&lt;!-- Enter image here --&gt;  &lt;!-- Enter caption here --&gt;  &lt;font color=&quot;#999999&quot;&gt;  &lt;/Font&gt;Bono and U2 had recorded four albums at the studio

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Toulouse the rag - Toulouse forward Trevor Brennan grabs hold of Ulster's Justin Harrison

Toulouse the rag - Toulouse forward Trevor Brennan grabs hold of Ulster's Justin Harrison

Bono set for Derry gig?

Bono set for Derry gig?

U2 drummer Larry Mullen

U2 drummer Larry Mullen

The Edge and Bono

The Edge and Bono

Bono from Irish band U2 performs at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)

Bono from Irish band U2 performs at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)

MJ Kim

Bono, left, and Adam Clayton from Irish band U2 perform at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)

Bono, left, and Adam Clayton from Irish band U2 perform at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)

MJ Kim

Bono and U2 perform at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)

Bono and U2 perform at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)

MJ Kim

U2 guitarist The Edge

U2 guitarist The Edge

Even though Bono had not heard of Spotify U2's latest album, No Line on the Horizon, made its debut on the new music service

Even though Bono had not heard of Spotify U2's latest album, No Line on the Horizon, made its debut on the new music service

U2 guitarist The Edge has been labelled an environmental hypocrite over his plans to develop five mansions on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean

U2 guitarist The Edge has been labelled an environmental hypocrite over his plans to develop five mansions on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

The Nou Camp, in Barcelona, gets the U2 treatment in preparation for the launch of the band's 360 world tour

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Adam Clayton (left) and The Edge from U2 playing at Croke Park in Dublin

Irish rockers U2 have become the first stars to stream a full live concert for free on YouTube. Fans were able watch the show from the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California as it happened on the video-sharing website today.

U2 manager Paul McGuinness said: "The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time.

"As we're filming the Los Angeles show, it's the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium.

"Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 - this time U2 can go to them, globally."

The Rose Bowl show is U2's penultimate show this year on the 360° Tour and sold out to the biggest crowd of over 96,000 fans.

The gig began this morning at 3.30am GMT in the UK. It was the first time a show of this size has been streamed live.

Fans also had access to instant messaging network Twitter while watching the show.

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Michele Flannery, the website's music manager, said: "YouTube is thrilled to be able to provide our global audience with a live streaming performance from one of the world's greatest bands.

"We are always looking for new ways to connect fans around the world with their favourite artists, and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that."

It's not the first time U2 has allowed a live streaming of one of their concerts. In 1997 the Boston leg of their 'Popmart' tour was aired on Microsoft's MSN website.

Wearing his trademark sunglasses, lead singer Bono said: "Thank you Los Angeles.

"Thanks to everyone watching on YouTube all over the world - seven continents."

The band performed classic U2 hits including I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For to rapturous applause.

Bono dedicated the song 'The Unforgettable Fire' to Stephen Gately, describing the Boyzone star as "a beautiful spirit and a bright flame".

The live webcast has now ended. You can watch the rebroadcast above or at youtube.com/u2


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