U2 in front of huge LED screen playing at the Sphere in Las Vegas

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U2: UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere

Asset Coordination
Design & Engineering
LED Integration
Machinery Automation

Longstanding TAIT client U2 wanted a landmark show to commemorate 30 years since the release of the groundbreaking album Achtung Baby and to celebrate Sphere opening in Las Vegas. The show would blend musical artistry and technology, effortlessly navigating physical and virtual worlds. We helped the band bridge the gap between its vision and reality to orchestrate an extraordinary audience experience.

U2 playing on video lit stage in front of video backdrop focusing on lead singer bono at The Sphere in Las Vegas

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The show's centerpiece was a massive 46ft x 46ft video deck stage surrounded by a deck apron, built to resemble the iconic neon turntable. The deck raked from 7ft 6in to 6ft and featured an integrated scissor lift downstage center.
For the song “Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World,” we created a unique hybrid effect. Our TAIT Navigator Automation Platform synchronized a physical rope with a virtual balloon controlled by a BT-290 performer flying winch with pinpoint accuracy.
Image of a massive flag in the dessert on LED screen at The Sphere Las Vegas

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Huge collage of various creatures including butterflies floating on an LED backdrop for U2 performance at The Sphere Las Vegas

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U2's 40-show Sphere residency reimagined a classic album for a new generation in a revolutionary new venue. It showcased modern technology, contrasted against the backdrop of an album from a different era that still has the power to move people. The show stands as the fourth-highest-grossing concert residency of all time and made headlines worldwide, with Rolling Stone heralding “a new era of live music.

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